TAMPA, Fla. — Jim McElwain’s message at the Sound Mind Sound Body Football Academy was simple but effective Sunday morning.
“It’s about what you do today, tomorrow, and how you invest in yourself to take the next step in life,” McElwain told more than 500 college football prospects at Roland Park Middle School in central Tampa.
Arkansas coach Bret Bielema, Penn State coach James Franklin and Eastern Michigan coach Chris Creighton also spoke to the prospects and/or parents, offering life skills advice and answering questions about the college football recruiting process.
McElwain also encouraged the prospects to be giving of themselves and be prepared to be accountable for their actions.
“We live in America, the greatest place on Earth, because we have freedom of choice,” McElwain said. “But understand this, no one here has freedom from consequence. It’s based on those choices, and it’s based on the investment of who you are.
“Our whole staff from the University of Florida is right here. Why? Because we want you to get a little better, and to enjoy this.”
The Gators enter the 2016 season picked to finish behind Tennessee in the SEC East Division by most analysts, coming off a 41-7 loss to Michigan in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl in Orlando.