My 13 year old son has been a OL/DL type pretty much every year going through JAAF......he wasn't every really fat just naturally strong, quick in short areas and had a knack for finding the ball in the backfield.....
He decided that this wasn't what he wanted to do....worked hard in the offseason....got faster and more agile. And landed starting FB and LB positions......he is averaging around 11 yards a carry at FB (he gets chunks of 3, 5, 7 type yards and over 4 games he has 2 runs of 35 plus yards and 2 touchdowns) the freshman high school coaches are calling him "Mr. first down" when they come to watch the games.....at linebacker I would say he is "steady"....he can lay some good hits and offenses mostly stay away from his area.
but once again is not really satisfied. He gets maybe 5-6 carries a game at FB and got a taste for it.....he wants to be a 20 carry type feature back. He loves playing defense and would play whereever they wanted him to (the defensive coaches play him at linebacker because we dont have another kid who can play that spot as well....but they have told me repeatedly they think he could be an all state defensive linemen
So in talking to the HC the other day my son told him about his plans this offseason to change his training from FB and more towards tailback. The HC said it was a very bad idea.....he thinks he would start immediately at FB at the high school level and he would just be a tailback in a stable of tailbacks if he went that route.....
What do you guys think? Work towards a position where he might just be one of a group or specialize more towards what he is doing well now.....his running ability right now is strictly between the tackles north south....he is not a 4.4 speed guy right now.....breaks the first tackly.....punishes linebackers. We run a double wing but every once in a while in a game we line up in a power I where gets to seek and destroy linebackers and that works very well for us (to be honest we should probably make this our base offense)
Obviously......scholarship would be nice in the future if at all possible.....pretty much all of his coaches think he should stick to FB