When Iola lineman Nic Zimmerman waded into his first practice for the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl at South Grand Prairie High School in a suburb of Dallas, something dawned on him.
The Mustang senior looked out at his fellow high school seniors participating in the game around him from across the country many three- and four-star rated recruits and saw, maybe for the first time ever, a group of football players taking every step seriously.
You dont get that at the high school level, Zimmerman said. Sure, you have some guys that take it seriously but not like that. It was nice. And it was easy to tell that everyone was there for a reason, including me.