We want you to think back to when you were in 7th grade, for most of us, that was the first year of junior high and a million new experiences. We met a couple of 7th graders from Brandon who are about to embark on an experience of a lifetime when they play in an invitation only football game in Texas next month. We watch them training at an accelerated rate at the Avera Sports Institute.
These two Brandon 12 year olds are best of friends. They've been playing football together since they were 6. They hope one day to be compared to the likes of Joe Montana and Jerry Rice. They are football phenoms Jake Comeaux and Austin Trevino and it's hard to believe they are only in 7th grade.
Jake says, "I like football because it's just a really competitive sport and I like getting challenged. I just want to keep driving to get better and better."
Jake and Austin have been invited by Football University to play at an All American Youth Game in San Antonio in January. FBU is a national camp that works with elite high school athletes trained by elite coaches. They just extended their program to include younger kids. Jake went to one of their camps this summer.
Paul Keizer is an Acceleration Specialist at the Avera Sports Institute and has been working with the boys. He says, "They are unbelievable. They're great. Jake has already worked with coaches that have said he is as technically sound as any 12 year old they've ever seen. And these are coaches who have worked with Tom Brady, Peyton Manning."
To get ready for the big game, they've been training at the Avera Sports Institute 2 days a week for 2 months.
After they get done working with their specialized football coaches under the dome of the Avera Sports Institute. They hand the ball off to Paul to work on the acceleration part.
Keizer says, "I'm helping them with their baseline strength. We work on weights and proper running techniques, on their vertical, standing long jump."
As for the boys, this is a game they take very seriously and appreciate the chance to play for Football University among the nations best.
Austin says, "It's a really good opportunity for Jake and me to express our talent."
Jake says, "We're good, but there are going to be a lot of talented kids down there in San Antonio. We have to perform well and be humble about it. "
They both are hoping with continued hard work they'll make it to a Division One college, play football and get drafted by a NFL team. I hope in 13 years I'll be able to report, I knew them when.
Jake would love to play for the San Diego Chargers and Austin likes the Chicago Bears, although he laughs that any team would be great. The Football University game is January 7th in San Antonio, Texas.