Steve Sarkisian speaks about Texas recruit opting out, points to 'trickle down effect'
Texas recruit Jaydon Blue drew a lot of attention in the last week for his decision to opt out of his senior season of high school football in order to prevent further wear and tear on his body while he prepares for college football.
For the first time, Longhorns coach Steve Sarkisian reacted to the development, though didn’t mention Blue, a running back from the Houston area, by name.
“I’ve put a lot of thought into it,” Sarkisian said, per 247Sports. “I think a little bit of it is, it’s kind of the trickle down effect, right? I don’t know how many ever years ago when NFL players started holding out — wanted more guaranteed money, wanted a better contract or they wanted to go to another team. Then all of a sudden, you had college players not playing in a bowl game right before the draft before they were going to the NFL. Then all of a sudden, last season, we had college players opting out and deciding not to play. I was just thinking about this, I know three off the top of my head of players that opted out that ended up being top-10 NFL draft picks that didn’t even play last season in college football. Now here we are in high school football talking about it.”
It’s unclear if this will be a trend like the other aspects of football, but Blue will certainly a prospect to watch in the years to come to see if his decision pans out.