Football phenom Tahj Gary soaks up praise like a winning coach's polo soaks up Gatorade. It arrives in overwhelming amounts and is a pretty reliable indication that athletic greatness has found a new home.
But as we explore the world of sports recruiting and the young men and women caught up in it, it has to be noted that stud athletes like the 11-year-old Gary (pictured above) are only the latest prospects to receive such generous accolades.
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Before they became household names, coaches of future football icons like Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson knew they were witnessing something special. We've found some pretty telling quotes from these stars' former coaches reflecting on what separated these players, even when they were still just high schoolers, and shared them above.
They could be describing any current hotshot recruit, such as Tahj Gary. They just happen to be talking about guys whose talents would eventually take them to the pinnacle of their profession.
And here's how Tom Brady's high school coach pitched him to college coaches in 1994:
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