The Game of the Century
Why do college football coaches in the SEC recruit predominately Black classes? (Florida, for instance, had an all-Black recruiting class in 2010.) For one, just as Black quarterbacks were once discriminated against because of their perceived lack of intelligence, White running backs, receivers, and safeties (and linebackers) at the high school level are perceived to lack the skills and athletic “measurables” (40-yard-dash time being the most prominent) necessary to compete at the collegiate level. One of the top evaluators of high school talent, Tom Lemming, has stated in numerous interviews that White high school athletes are routinely passed over by college recruiters, who believe White players lack the abilities on the field to keep up with more athletic Blacks. The NFL’s leading receiver, Wes Welker, had only one scholarship offer after posting insane statistics in high school, most likely due to the stereotyping of him as a flat-footed White guy.