The Bears have won four of their first six games with pretty good offense and a subpar defense. Head coach Matt Rhule is doing a good job of recruiting raw speed and SPARQ superstars to Waco while simultaneously understanding that his natural inclination to win with defense as at Temple isn't going to cut it with this current Bear roster. Consequently, the Bears run a wide open tempo offense that runs a lot of plays.
Anytime there's a rule change of significance in any sport (the 3 point line and defensive rules in basketball, pro-offense rules in football and the NHL), you learn to quickly distinguish which coaching staffs play checkers, which play chess and which struggle with rock-paper-scissors.
In the mid-19th century, "Go West, Young Man" was advice popularized by Horace Greeley that urged enterprising youth to seek their fortunes by taking a left and building a country along the way. In 2018, "Go West, For Young Athletes" is my advice for an ambitious Texas staff rebuilding a proud program.
The Evaluating Football Athletes series illustrates the physical attributes competent evaluators should be looking to feed into their development process. It's also a caution to focus on what players CAN BE. Film can be self-evident - it doesn't take many clips of Adrian Peterson or Shaun Rogers in high school to understand what you're seeing - but they're exceptional athletes with floors already higher at age 18 than most athlete's ceilings at age 25. That's why you recruit them.
There a number of physical, mental and skill-based traits that go into evaluating athletes. The art is far from exact. If you're a recruitnik, this discussion is the red pill that will enrich your understanding in assessing high school prospects.