One of the questions I get most often from readers or fans is, “Where is (INSERT NAME) going to play in college?” People are fascinated by who is going where. They stamp a player as good or great depending on the answer to that question.
In my 12 years covering football here, North Rockland star Eric Favors is probably the most interesting — and misleading — test case. By all accounts, he is one of the best, most dominant defensive linemen to play in this area in years. He’s been that way since he was a freshman and played an outstanding championship game against John Jay-East Fishkill. Joe Casarella said he wasn’t sure, but he thinks Favors is just the third freshman to start at North Rockland in his 48 years at the school.
Favors has such a fast first step it looks like the center gave him the snap count. He is a weight room fiend and built like a rock. He’s a trim 243 pounds, but, at just 5-foot-11, his college prospects are right now limited, which is an anomaly for a player who dominates like no other at a high level.
“If he was 6-3 or 6-4, I don’t think there would be a school in the country not recruiting him,” said North Rockland coach Tom Lynch, and I haven’t found anyone who disagrees.
Anyway, my story about Favors that ran in Sunday’s Journal News is about just that, but also about another reality: He has found a sport where height does not matter. Favors will begin his senior track season as the No. 1-ranked shot-putter in the nation. He has been courted by schools like LSU, South Carolina, Tennessee, Penn State, Michigan and Rutgers, and heard from dozens more.
Favors had always wanted to play football and only began taking the shot put seriously later in high school. Less than two years ago, he threw the shot 40 feet. Now he throws it over 65 — just two feet shorter than last year’s national champ.
You can read my story about the work, effort and tremendous attitude that Favors has put toward his Plan B. And when you ask where Favors is headed to school, just know, football or not, his future is bright.