Some of Atlanta’s college football prospects will be writing a weekly diary for the AJC until February’s signing day. They will be sharing their thoughts, opinions, adventures and perspectives on the recruiting journey.
Eddie Printz led Lassiter High School to a 10-0 regular season and No. 1 ranking in Class AAAAAA. Lassiter was upset by Brookwood in the first round of the state playoffs. Last month, Printz verbally committed to Missouri while on his official visit. Printz initially committed to SMU more than a year ago, then later switched to UCLA last January. In September, Printz said he was told by UCLA that his scholarship offer would no longer be honored. After being on the open market for around a month, Printz was picked up by Missouri.
Losing stinks. Congratulations Brookwood. That’s all I have to say about the playoff game. I know only one out of 32 teams finishes with a win. I get it but I don’t like it when it happens to my team. I love my Lassiter teammates and I wish we could have gone further to reach our team goals and to help some of them get more looks to earn scholarships. More exposure would have been good for Lassiter Football.
The past four years have been amazing. Lassiter has the best coaching staff in the state of Georgia. Our coaches care more about us off the field than they do on the field. Our position group dinners every Wednesday were so much fun. It really gave us a chance to get to know our coaches as people when the whistle was left in their locker. Just to talk, just to chill and say whatever was on our mind. The younger players would say what was on their mind and the older players would talk about the way they handled various things. Sometimes it was funny, and sometimes it was serious, but it was something I always looked forward to every week. I want to publicly say Thank You to Coach Irwin and Coach Herring for teaching me so much over the past three years. I am ready to move to the next level.
We had success this season by going 10-0 during the regular season and being ranked No. 1 in the state. I am proud of my team. We battled through injuries, and we fought every game as a team. I have been asked many times about Lassiter’s team next year: Will they drop off? Will they compete or does Lassiter lose too much to be competitive? I believe they will compete for back-to-back region championships. On offense we have five lineman coming back, five great receivers, our RB Lane Jackman and an up-and-coming QB in Russell Aarons. Defense brings back 12 out of the 16 who rotated. Look for Chris Murphy, Zack Spies, CJ Amann, Cory John and Clay Roelle to dominate next year. Those boys are Ballers.
There are many great memories from the past four years but some of my favorites were:
The next step is right around the corner for me. I will be in California Jan. 5 for the Semper Fidelis All-American Game. I am very proud to be part of this event. My uncle is a Marine and he will be there to watch the game. My family will travel from all over the country to support me playing in the game. That is the only postseason High School event I will participate in before heading to the University of Missouri.
Coach Grinch, my recruiting coach from Missouri, calls me once a week to talk and see how things are going. He says they are looking forward to me getting on campus and to me competing right away. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I have worked all my life to get to this point. I love playing football. I am so thankful for the way things played out and I cannot wait to put on that Mizzou Gold and Black next season. I watch every Tigers game as if it were my job. I cannot wait to be on the sideline next season with my future football family.
I want to say thanks to the AJC for allowing me to share my recruiting experience. As you can see there are many peaks and valleys in the recruitment process. The hardest part is there are some things you cannot control. Every player’s recruitment is different, on all levels and positions. I would suggest you find someone you trust to keep things in order. It can be very hectic with all the calls, letters and visits. If there is one thing I could emphasize to you up and coming players is to get good grades right away. I mean ninth grade. Don’t wait until it is too late. As stated in an earlier diary entry, good grades are the single most important thing for opportunity to come your way. Believe that!
And last but not least I want to say THANK YOU to my father for pushing me and never letting me be satisfied. Get better every day! I love you Dad. MIZZOU