COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - When it comes to talent, college coaches are looking for d-linemen with a big number in the quarterback sacks column.
But a big number in the quarterback SAT column also counts.
In the weight room, champions are made. In the classroom, even more is on the line. Just ask Carver High School coach Dre'Mail King.
"It can literally change their life," he said.
King is hosting an ACT, SAT prep course to help his kids make the next level, and make sure the grades don't hold them back.
"A lot of big-time athletes come through here and a lot of times we don't get the opportunity to go on further or we don't get the opportunity to play on a big stage because of academics," King said. "One thing I'm going to make sure is that all the players on our team get that opportunity."
Good test scores can get you playing in Jordan-Hare or Bryant-Denny Stadium, while bad scores won't get you to any stadium at all.
"Being able to handle things inside the classroom shows that you're as disciplined on and off the field," junior Cameron Ashe said.
"We're trying to get prepared the best we can for this because we really do need this to further our career and go to college," junior lineman Bryan Calhoun said. "We really need this."
What happens between the sidelines helps make their dreams come true, but it's what happens between the notebook lines that makes the difference.