Eight-man football star bound for the big time, thanks to YouTube

In another striking example of the power of internet video to level the playing field for athletes from small high schools, Brigham Young University has offered a full scholarship to a student who plays eight-man football based on highlights of his play on YouTube, reports the Los Angeles Times. The BYU coaching staff had never seen Collin Keoshian play a down in person; the only evidence they had that Keoshian even existed was a 4-minute, 29-second video that a BYU fan found on YouTube. But that was enough to convince them they should offer the Santa Clarita Christian School player a full scholarship. "I would say that’s very rare," says Paul Tidwell, who coaches BYU’s inside linebackers. Rarer still because Keoshian plays eight-man football, which is played on a smaller field that is hardly ever a proving ground for top-level college prospects. Keoshian is worthy of the exception; what BYU coaches saw on the video is athletic ability that’s difficult to measure. Credit Santa Clarita videographer Brandon Chandler with an assist. Put together at Keoshian’s request from footage Chandler shot for the school’s annual season-highlight video, the clips were packaged and ready to be sent to about 100 Division I schools when, in January, Chandler posted the video on YouTube just for kicks. One viewer was an avid BYU fan who called SCCS Coach Garrick Moss, asking for permission to share the video with the college…

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