Robert Felton, a 6-4, 320-pound offensive lineman from Cypress Creek High School in Houston, Tex., was born in Milwaukee and has a lot of family in Wisconsin. Will he decide to return home for his college years?
Robert Felton is far from your average high school football player.
While most of his peers spend their hours after school hanging out, playing video games and surfing the internet, Felton is always hard at work. In addition to playing football and earning a 5.3 grade point average (on a 6.0 scale) he spends his evenings working at a grocery store.
Felton works 25-30 hours a week, even during football season.
“I normally don’t go to bed until 1 a.m. anyways, so I might as well get paid for it,” Felton said. “It’s tough and I have my moments, but I’m the type of person, if I pay attention in class, I will be able to comprehend it. I come home and study, but I don’t have a problem turning in my homework because normally I’ll do it at school so I don’t have to worry about it.”
If there’s one player college coaches won’t have worry about adjusting to college life and learning how to balance time, it’s Felton.
After visits from college coaches every night this week, Felton will take a trip to Madison this weekend. He had visits from Arizona (Sunday), UTEP (Monday), Duke (Tuesday), Wisconsin (last night), Texas A&M and Kansas (this evening), between school and work.
He is excited about returning to the state of Wisconsin, where he was born and lived for two years before moving to Houston.
“All my family is basically from Wisconsin. My parents went to school in Wisconsin and they grew up in Wisconsin. I’m kind of going back home,” Felton said.
Felton is considering a number of schools in Texas, along with the schools he will take official visits to. After Wisconsin this weekend, he will take a trip to Arizona Dec. 13, Arkansas Jan. 10, UTEP Jan. 16 and Duke Jan. 23.
UTEP is about 12 hours from Houston, so Felton is taking a visit there because he has never seen that part of the state.
He is unsure where he wants to go to college, but location is clearly not an issue.
“I want to go as far away as possible. I’ll go anywhere,” Felton said. “I kind of want to get away from home.”
This year was a rebuilding season at Cypress Creek, with the hiring of a new head coach that went 2-8 in his first season. But Felton turned a lot of heads last summer at the Nike Camp at Texas A&M. After that camp, many schools, including Wisconsin, began offering him scholarships.
“To tell you the truth, I really don’t know what (schools like about me),” Felton said. “I guess my aggressiveness on the field. I can be aggressive on the field, and then come back off the field and be nice, so I can have a change of attitude towards different things. I guess I’m a leader on the field and people look up to me. I can pass block and run block, and I have quick feet, which the schools like a lot.”
Felton said he is wide open on his decision, and his official visits will play a big role in making his choice. The main factors he will consider are the school’s surroundings, academic reputation, football program and the location.
“I don’t want it to be like Texas A&M,” Felton said. “College Station is out in the middle of nowhere. I’m not a big school person or a small school person. That’s why I’m taking these visits, because I don’t really know. I’ve never been to Madison before. I want to be able to tell the difference. It will be fun to come back home.”
Felton said the Badgers stand a very good chance heading into his official visit.
“I know they have the best offensive line in the nation, according to ESPN. That’s a big plus. That’s a really good thing,” Felton said. “And it’s a really good school too, so that’s a plus. The only thing is that it’s kind of cold. I’m from Texas and going back to Wisconsin, I know how cold it is. I’m pretty sure I’m going to be (reminded) of that really soon, in a couple of days. That’s probably my only concern about the school, but if I like the school, I’m going to stay there. I’ll manage the cold. I’ll manage the weather wherever I go.”