ATHENS, Ga. -- Former Central Gwinnett High School football coach Jason Thompson can't remember the exact number of college coaches who weren't interested in recruiting his star player, Mekhi Mews, in 2021.
Whether the coaches were from FBS, FCS, Division II, Division III or even NAIA programs, nearly every one of them told Thompson the same thing: Mews is too small.
"Everyone was worried about how short he was," said Thompson, now the defensive coordinator at Camden County High School in Kingsland, Georgia. "I mean, that's hard. You can't fudge that. You know what I mean?