From a High School Where “Football’s the Backup Plan,” Three Rookies Could Be Headed to the NFL

From a High School Where “Football’s the Backup Plan,” Three Rookies Could Be Headed to the NFL

Jaylen Waddle poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell onstage after being selected with the sixth pick by the Miami Dolphins during round one of the 2021 NFL Draft at the Great Lakes Science Center on April 29, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio.Among the most improbable storylines of this year’s NFL Draft is that one of the big winners was a tiny, private high school in the Houston suburb of Bellaire. Who needs Nietzsche and Yeats when you can have Mel Kiper’s Big Board? Until now, Episcopal High School (enrollment 790) had been most well-known for producing neuroscientists and engineers, the best and the brightest. The school has also produced some notable sports figures, but as head football coach Steve Leisz says, “We’re an academic school. That’s why you come to Episcopal. Football’s the backup plan.” Some backup plan. Leisz is bursting with pride after three of his former players—Alabama receiver Jaylen Waddle, Stanford offensive lineman Walker Little, and Florida State defensive tackle Marvin Wilson—closed in on…View Original Post

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