Prom, graduation, even senior skip day, are all part of the last hoorah experiences in high school.
But for many football players, getting a jump on their new life is more important than graduation night, girlfriends and garbage classes. Far more pressing is learning their new playbook, building relationships with coaches and getting to know their new teammates.
There’s also the desire to get on the field as soon as possible. They’ve enrolled in college a semester early, leaving their prep days in their wake while they pursue a higher calling.
Here are five of several January freshmen participating in spring football camp and could vie for significant playing time right away.