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Navigating Adversity in Recruiting and Life

The road to athletic greatness is not marked by perfection, but the ability to constantly overcome adversity and failure. Success in life comes when you simply refuse to give up. Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful. Champions are made from something they have deep down inside of them: a desire, a dream, a vision.

When Adversity Strikes

They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Whatever you’ve been through can give you confidence that you’re capable of handling whatever comes your way. The keys to overcoming adversity is never giving up. We all face adversity from time to time, but successful people have found a way of jumping over roadblocks that might stop others completely. You must believe in yourself when no one else will! Know that there is something inside of you greater than any obstacle.

Navigating Adversity in Recruiting

Stars or no stars, always remember you’re more than a rank! Recruits - you must love the journey, love the grind, and love the process. Rewards and successes will come from it. Advice to student athletes - start working on pure athletic ability. Your main position may not be where you are best suited! Building your athleticism should be your focus!

Remember, every program in the country is recruiting your position. Every program is looking to upgrade their team and roster. Be the UPGRADE! Lose the D1 dream or bust. The reality is, a lot of players go D1 and bust. Don’t compare yourself to others, stop chasing the division, and find the right fit for you! If you get to play college football at any level, it’s a gift! Every level is a blessing and you get to choose what to do with that gift. If your dream is to play in the NFL one day, remember you must go to school somewhere where you can get film.

Training doesn’t end when you put the weights away, nor when you take your cleats off! You have to transform your lifestyle and strive to improve every way you can, on and off the field. To all the young kids out there, always aim to be an example of others to follow. To be the best, you have to work the hardest. To work the hardest, you have to be the most motivated. There’s more to life than just sports. Don’t just be a good athlete. Be a good person!


Corey Cj Greenlee is from Seneca, SC. Corey went to Seneca High School where he played varsity football all 4 years. He was a team player, playing multiple positions throughout his career to best help his team. After high school, Corey went off to Palmetto Preparatory Academy located in Columbia, SC. When his time was up, he signed to the University of Pikeville in Kentucky’s Appalachian Mountains. Afterwards, he began his training and coaching career which he resumes to this day.

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