Drew Neubauer refines his receiver skills at a recent training session with B2G Sports. Photo by Jason Lewis
By Jason Lewis
Sentinel Sports Editor
Twelve-year-old Drew Neubauer plays running back, wide receiver, and corner back for the Simi Valley Vikings, and he is quick to say why he likes playing offense more than defense.
“I like scoring touchdowns!” Neubauer said.
Neubauer racked up 18 of them this past football season as he led his team to a Super Bowl victory.
Simi Valley took the show on the road, and an interception by Neubauer helped his team win the 2011 Ice Bowl in Utah.
Neubauer is a new age athlete. Back in the day athletes refined their skills and abilities on the playgrounds at school, out in the streets, the front yard, or they would meet up at the park for a game.
But today, with the competition level for college scholarships and potential professional careers, the top athletes are not putting in work out in the streets, they are seeking the best coaching available.
Neubauer worked with Football University, Top Gun, he was an Eastbay All American nominee, and now he is working locally with B2G Sports to take his talents to the next level.
“I work hard, trying to get better,” Neubauer said. “I work on my mechanics and my skills.”
Competition only makes Neubauer into a better football player.
“I like to go up against people that are really good, and I like to compete against them,” Neubauer said.
Football was not Neubauer’s first sport. He started out as a baseball player, which he still excels at today. A coach noticed that he was faster than his teammates, and asked his parents Curtis and Heather Carr if he could play football. His parents were okay with it, and it did not take long before he was running for touchdowns.
“There was a little bit of raw talent there, which was why he was asked to play football,” Heather Carr said. “He had a lot of speed, even though he was never taught how to run. As he has improved, we’ve seen him blossom over the years. A lot of the coaching and the camps that he’s attended have given him an upper edge.”
Neubauer is one of the few players on his football team who has sought out extra training, and his parents are happy with the benefits. They have seen how it separates him from his teammates.
“These camps have really helped give him the upper edge because he gets to see a lot of other talented players,” Heather Carr said. “It helps to see how he does against other kids. There is a lot of talent out here and a lot of speed. There are different coaches. He likes to take a little bit from each coach and the different styles.”
When Neubauer scored his first touchdown, it was not long before they started coming in bunches.
“It was like all the hard work that he put into it, and then boom, you could actually see the rewards,” Curtis Carr said. “Once he had the taste of success, he just wanted it more and more. He figured that he had to work more and more to get more and more success.”
Carr played free safety at Howard University, but he understands that his son is more advanced than he was at the same age, and more advanced than most athletes of the past.
“These kids nowadays are just far more superior in their knowledge of the game,” Curtis Carr said. “Between the camps, the internet, the coaching, the new equipment, they defiantly have an advantage over us.”
Neubauer caught the eye of B2G Sports coach Will Gilmore, who is also the defensive coordinator at Taft high school. Gilmore worked with the wide receivers at the training session, teaching them jam release techniques.
“Drew is nice,” Gilmore said. “He has good mechanics, good understanding. He’s logical on the way he approaches the game. Out of the kids we had today, he’s the one who picked it up the best.”
Gilmore believes that the extra training will benefit Neubauer when he goes back to his football team.
“It’s going to refine him, and it’s going to make compete,” Gilmore said. “He’s going to understand what competition means. A lot of people think they are competitors, but until they face somebody who is just as much as a competitor, they don’t know how they are going to react. I think B2G sets up a situation where the climate around here is competition at it’s finest. It’s the best players and the best coaches around. It’s a competitive elite situation.”
Count on Neubauer to continue down this road, and pretty soon his name will be popping up in high school football, and then one day he will be announcing which college he will play football at.
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