DeMarcco Hellams: Grind Season is Here
What’s happening everybody? This is DeMarcco Hellams here with my second RecruitDiary. I haven’t written in awhile, but I just want to let everyone know that I plan to write more the next couple of months, so expect to hear more from me. A lot has occurred since my last diary. My season ended, DeMatha won another state title, and I started running track. My freshman season absolutely flew by, but I loved every minute of it.
My freshman year was everything I could have ever dreamed of and so much more. I chose to attend DeMatha because I already knew a lot of people there and my brother was also on the football team. There is no place I would have rather gone, and no other place where I would have been part of a brotherhood as close as we were this year. I built relationships that will last me forever. My mindset going into the season was to build relationships with my teammates and coaches, stay on top of all my schoolwork, and to take advantage of all the opportunities that I have been afforded. Everything went according to plan and I was really happy with how the season went for me. The most important thing I learned this year was that nothing comes easy. At DeMatha, you have to work for everything; all the championships we have won and all the talent that is produced have all come from hard work. Every day I was competing with the best of the best on the field and in the weight room to get better. There were no days off. Every single day, I was pushing myself to the limit, whether it is in the classroom, the weight room, or on the field. The best moments of the season have to be winning a state championship and watching our coach dance in the locker room after the game. I improved on a lot of things this season that will help me going forward, but my work ethic and drive improved more than anything. I am coming back next year hungrier than ever.
I had to adjust a lot during the season, and many different people helped me with my transition to high school and to varsity football. My brother Tay had a large influence on my transition and I knew that I could always go to him if I had a question or needed advice. He is one of the veteran players on the team and someone that I really look up to and admire. He helped me stay focused and taught me a lot this year. Robbie Robinson, one of the seniors, helped me realize that if I use my football experiences the right way, it can open doors and take me cool places throughout life. Anthony McFarland, a fellow Recruit Diary writer and the top running back in 2017, taught me that having early success could bring a lot of haters. He is a great example of someone that blocks out the haters and stays grounded, even though he has had success early on. Last, but certainly not least, would be Tino Ellis. He is the epitome of what a DeMatha football player should strive to be. He has been successful ever since he put on a DeMatha jersey, and is the most humble guy I know. He also taught me a lot on the field and I want to try to emulate his success on and off the field.
The grind season is upon us and I am going to take full advantage of it. That’s right, there is no such thing as an off- season. If you really want to make your dream a reality, you have to work harder than anybody for it. I have been waking up at 5:30 every morning to get a lot of one-on-one work in before school starts. At the moment, I have two trainers that I work with in preparation for next year. One is for explosion training, and the other is a receiver coach. I am also running track to make sure I stay in the best shape I can be in when spring football returns. I’ll be in the weight room a lot too; I want to get stronger and faster for next season. I want to be able to be a factor in the run game by blocking as well as catching balls. My goals for the offseason are simple: I want to continue to build chemistry with my teammates and show out at all the events in the coming months and over the summer. The major key in preparing for next season is to take everything one step at a time, and put my trust into God’s hands.
This year I sat back and watched my DeMatha brothers balled out, but next year I plan on playing a major role on the team. Obviously the goal next year is to repeat as WCAC champs, which would give the class of 2017 four straight titles. Also, I want to win a national championship, because after failing to send the class of 2016 out with one, we want to give the honor to the class of 2017. They deserve nothing less. As an individual, I want to make the all conference team. I honestly think it’s my time to show what I can do. I’ve waited my turn, worked hard, and competed every chance I have had. I’m not nervous at all. People are going to expect great things from me and I am ready to show them what I can do. I want to surpass everybody’s expectations, and show them why I am going to be one of the greatest players to ever come out of DeMatha.
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