Watch List OL feels the spotlight early

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- A lot of athletes don’t hit the public eye until they get onto a college campus and play on Saturdays. But for football players at high-profile programs throughout the country, that spotlight comes a bit early.

Watch List offensive guard Sam Mustipher (Olney, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel) is in that position. He knows that anytime he wears a football shirt or his varsity jacket, he’s representing more than himself.

“Pretty much anywhere in Maryland,” Mustipher said, regarding where Good Counsel gets recognized. “It’s pretty cool and a humbling experience. With that, you know you have a spotlight on your back at all times. If I’m wearing something with Good Counsel on it, people are going to look to me to set the example.”

And considering his 20-plus offers from the likes of Alabama, Florida, Michigan, Ohio State, Florida State and Notre Dame, coaches have noticed a lot more than a shirt. Recently, his game film has him being recognized further west at schools such as Oregon, USC and Stanford -- all of which he hopes to get offers from soon.