They also found that of the 26 former Utah players who were on NFL rosters last season (including practice squads), at least 18 of them played multiple sports in high school nine on defense, nine on offense. Steve Smith ran track. Matt Asiata played basketball. Jake Murphy played basketball, baseball and football. Of the Utes’ four offensive linemen in the league, three of them were three sport prep athletes and the other played two sports. Jacksonville’s Zane Beadles played football, basketball and baseball at Hillcrest High.
In 2012, the Utah Youth Soccer Association reported that 41,000 kids played club soccer in the state. According to the Deseret News’ annual athletic scholarship tally, a total of just 88 scholarships were awarded to girl and boy soccer players for cheap football jerseys
the 2013 14 class in Utah. The vast majority of those are partial scholarships to small schools (Western Nebraska Community College, Iowa Western, Rensselaer Polytechnic, Western Wyoming CC, Iowa Lakes CC).
Along with clubs in the so called “minor sports,” the football world has seen a proliferation of power lifting meets, football camps, seven on seven tournaments, and specialized private training, many of them serving as profitable businesses that double as meat markets. So football players spend their offseason jumping up and down on boxes and lifting weights when they could be jumping up and down on basketball courts (think plyometrics) or learning balance, footwork and leverage on the wrestling mat or honing speed on the track while also meeting the pressure and challenge of competition.
“A lot of it is because of the coaches,” says Peck. “We get along so well, and we’ve always promoted multi sport athletes. We share athletes, and we never put a kid in an awkward position. If there’s a camp or some schedule conflict between sports, the coaches get together and make a decision so the kid isn’t put on the spot. Most of the time we ask ourselves which sport does he have the best chance to play at the next level and go with that. We work it out. It’s a big reason why Bingham is so good in so many sports.”