Have you heard of Babatunde Aiyegbusi? No? Well, you should get familiar. The man hails from Warsaw, Poland, standing at 6-foot-9, 351-lbs. He has a dream to play in the NFL, but his journey hasn’t been that of a typical prospect. Aiyegbusi has never played a down of college football in his life – not one. He started as a basketball player before deciding to give football a shot. He’s pretty good, too.
It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that highlight viewing consumes a good chunk of our days. We’re frequently alerted anytime a new reel gains traction, and – most of the time – it’s for good reason. A lacrosse goal from 40 yards out or the starting QB sticking a flip for six in the state championship are what we expect to see. What we found a few weeks ago, however, was a little different. It featured an Iowa sophomore with his own style of school spirit.
For most teams, basketball season is either winding down or all wrapped up, making now the perfect time for athletes and coaches to relive a team’s best moments – with highlights. What makes highlights so great? Why not recap a season with regular old game film? We’re happy to fill you in.
It’s playoff time. Seems crazy, right? We think so, too, but the pinnacle of the season for teams who navigated their way through district and conference tournaments is upon us. All those early morning practices, gassers, blisters, away game bus rides, Hawaiian-themed student sections, led to this moment – the playoffs. Win or go home.
Another National Signing Day is in the books, and another class of Hudl users are continuing their athletic careers. NSD is a big deal for athletes competing at all levels, and we get to play a unique role in the process. Check out what we learned this time around.
We’re continuing the clinic grind through mid-February, reaching coaches from one coast to the other and everywhere in between. This is the brunt of our clinic schedule and definitely one of our favorite times of the year. A large portion of our time has been spent at 16 Glazier and seven Nike COY Clinics, and we plan to make each and every remaining one in the coming weeks.
Just because football season is over doesn’t mean the hard work stops. Every offseason is a chance for underclassmen to improve their skills in an effort to take their game to the next level. One way to get better this offseason is by attending one of Nike Football’s regional camps.
We’re no strangers to stories of successful Hudl Campaigns. One youth team may work toward funding Hudl accounts for the entire organization while a high school rallies around new strength and conditioning equipment to benefit every athlete, regardless of sport. It all goes to show that money raised by a Hudl team doesn’t have to pay for Hudl – or for that matter, help the given team.
In the old days of Hudl, we had a “clinic season” consisting of the bulk of clinics we planned to attend that calendar year. In 2014, we shattered numbers by attending 250+ clinics, and – while plenty of trips came later in the year – February and March were definitely the craziest. This year is no different.
Wrapping up our countdown of high school football state champions is a quick visit to the self-proclaimed “best coast”. Now, we’re not here to argue one way or the other, but more than a handful of these matchups went down to the wire and we sincerely thank the teams below for closing down the 2014 season with a serious bang.