It's a rare occasion for an incoming freshman high school football player to get much publicity, but that's exactly the case in Jacksonville, Florida, where young QB John Wolford is causing quite a stir.
"John is competing for the starting job at Bishop Kenny with a couple of seniors," said father Bob Wolford. "He's been performing well, including a four-touchdown effort at a recent 7-on-7. He had the best numbers of any of our quarterbacks that day.
"There's been a couple of articles about him in the local paper that have created a lot of buzz. He was the top quarterback at a camp run by Darin Slack, who is known as a QB guru in Florida and around the country. He also attended the Steve Clarkson camp in California and, as a result of his performance there, received a subsequent invite to the follow-up camp in Hawaii."
The Wolford family is actually blessed with not one, but two college football prospects.
"My older son Bobby is a 6-foot-3, 225-pound linebacker who will be a junior," said Wolford. "Their uncle, Will Wolford, was an all-pro for the Buffalo Bills back in the 90s, when the Bills made those Super Bowl runs. They also have a couple of cousins that played college football.
"They were born in Dallas, back when I was training at Parkland Hospital, and their grandparents still live there. Their mother graduated from Ursuline Academy and they lived in Dallas for 3 1/2 years before we moved to Florida. They like the Cowboys and we know that SMU is a great academic school. It's a quarterback's dream to play for a coach like June Jones."
The Wolford brothers are excellent students as well.
"They're both straight-A students," said their father. "Bobby scored a 1680 on the SAT and John, who is a Johns Hopkins Young Scholar, has scored a 540 on the math section of the SAT."
Bishop Kenny, which went 8-3 last year, appears ready to challenge The Bolles School as the top private school football program in the area.
"The coaches are excited," said Wolford. "We also have a 6-foot-4 wide receiver/safety named Ahmad Fulwood who ran a 4.53 at Wake Forest. There's a group of great football players on the team and they're all best friends."
A life-long basketball fan, Wolford is now a gridiron dad.
"I was all-state in hoops back in Kentucky," he mused, "but my kids eat, drink, and sleep football."