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Gooding football player weighing offers, including one from Alabama

Published: Mar. 30, 2021 at 2:40 PM MDT
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GOODING, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — A Gooding football player is in rare company, after his latest Division I offer.

The reigning national champion, the University of Alabama offered Colston Loveland earlier this month. The junior is believed to be the first ever Idaho high school football player to receive an offer to play for the Crimson Tide.

“Coming from Idaho, there’s not a lot of attention to Idaho from football especially,” Loveland explained.

Most recently Loveland attended a 7 on 7 tournament in Dallas, going with a Boise team (GAS) where as you can see from the video, found some success.

He already has 11 offers so far and can start taking official visits as soon as June 1.

As of today, he’s pretty open, but plans to officially visit Alabama, Arizona State and Oregon State.

“Relationships is a big thing for me, I want to be really close to the staff, especially the players,” Loveland said.

And of course, everyone wants to know what Alabama’s tight ends coach, Jay Graham had to say when he offered Mr. Loveland.

“We’ve seen your film, we’re super impressed with your film we think you’re a special player. But they wanted to see me in person before they offered,” Loveland explained. “{Cameron} Andersen and I were talking to them and by the time we see each other in person, that could be too late, I could have made a decision, then he goes ‘why don’t we just hop on it right now’ and he offered. It was pretty, pretty sick.”

Gooding head football coach Cameron Andersen explained, “we’ve put kids into Weber State, Eastern Washington, and Idaho State, Division I programs and never a Power 5 or a Group of 5, so it’s a completely different game and it’s a game. They have an agenda and ideas and we know what we’re trying to get for Colston or any student-athlete that we have.”

When you have an athlete of this caliber, people start to doubt the nature of the offer or interest, to which Andersen has this to say of his star player.

“It’s hard for me to ever quantify what they need to hear for Colston to be at that level,” Andersen said. “They’re going to see him as they see him. Colleges see him and the potential he’s going to become.”

Besides film, coaches discuss the player’s grades, what are they like in the hallway and their leadership abilities on the team. Those intangibles are what separates the level of recruits at these big-time programs.

Luckily for schools, Loveland maintains a 3.72 GPA, is well-liked and a leader on the team.

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