Yesterday was National Signing Day for the high-profile high school football players of America. Alabama quietly got the number one recruiting class in the country (again), we had kids jumping out of airplanes to announce their school of choice, and Jim Harbaugh put on some sort of circus for all of his new Michigan recruits. I didn’t know finishing third in the Big Ten was cause for Ric Flair to be in Ann Arbor, but I’m not writing this to cast stones.
The biggest story of the day might be Matt Heuerman, who I’m guessing was a one or two-star-rated wide receiver from Florida who turned down an offer from Jacksonville State to pursue a career in golf. I don’t hate this move, although I’m not totally sure he’s thought this one through. The kid said he casually plays on the weekend. Golf is not like basketball or football. You can’t just pick it up and learn on the fly.
Per Golf Magazine:
The 6-foot-6, 200-pound wide receiver from Florida’s Barron Collier High School had a scholarship offer from FCS powerhouse Jacksonville State but turned it down in favor of pursuing a career in golf, according to USA Today.
Heuerman comes from a football family: his brother Jeff plays in the NFL while his brother Mike played at Notre Dame. Matt, meanwhile, hasn’t played golf competitively since the eighth grade.
After spending his high school career grabbing weekend rounds when he could and working on his short game while rehabbing from an ACL injury, Heuerman is now turning his full attention to golf. His next step is to grind it out on the range in search of a perfect technique.
“I feel that if I put in as many hours as I did into football, I’ll continue to improve and get one step better each day,” Heuerman said.
If he’s just trying to get a D-1 scholly to hit the links everyday, he could probably make that happen at a place like Florida Gulf Coast or something. But I’d bet my rent next month that he’s not going to make it on the tour. If you’ve never read Tales from Q School, you probably don’t understand just how hard it is not only to get yourself onto the PGA Tour, but to stay on the PGA Tour. The book is about amateur and pro golfers alike who, once a year, literally play for their livelihood in a tournament to qualify for a PGA Tour card. It’s a grueling six-round tournament that only gives out thirty cards in the final round.
According to his swing coach, Heuerman is long off the tee, but that’s not going to get him a tour card. Drive for show, putt for dough. Any self-respecting golfer knows that. Hopefully Heuerman can parlay this into a college career. Hell, maybe even get a spot on the Nationwide Tour. I heard those guys get crazy hotel rewards points, not to the mention the 30K they rake in annually. Best of luck, kid, hopefully your decision to not play college football doesn’t haunt you for the rest of your life. .
[via Golf Magazine]
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