This is the recruiting reel of Rich Tran, a senior tight end/linebacker for Dominion High School in Virginia, and as the intro warns, Be Prepared. There's Tran, No. 81, throwing a block ... on the side of the field away from the ball. There's Tran, standing on the sideline, cheering on his Titan teammates. There's Tran, hustling to run down the ballcarrier—oops, he's tackled before Tran gets there. This is the Rich Tran experience.
By now you've worked out that Tran, 18, isn't headed to a big-time college football program next season. But his self-produced highlight reel is infinitely more entertaining and honest than the thousands of "serious" videos recruits send to coaches across the country. I spoke to Tran by phone from his home in Sterling, Va., and he says it was done just to make his friends laugh—though he wouldn't turn down a full scholarship from Alabama if it happened to come his way.
It started a joke in the middle of a boring class last week; Tran had seen his teammates' impressive top plays, set to hype music, and decided he should have a reel of his own, despite having played only "30 or 40" snaps in his lone season of varsity football. He was inspired, in part, by the video of a Tennessee special teams player who didn't have much to show for his career beyond a few extra points. All of Dominion's games were filmed, so it was just a matter of Tran locating the plays he was on the field for. It wasn't easy.