Having a buddy like Cole Seckman has its benefits.
First of all, he's probably the smartest student at Magnolia High School. He has never received a report card with any letter other than an 'A.'
Use him as a study-buddy and your homework worries are cured.
Math is one subject he excels in, so get the slide rules and compasses ready.
At 6-foot-1 and 310 pounds, Seckman is an imposing figure.
Keep him at your side in the hallways and no one will think about pulling any pranks. Can you say bodyguard?
Seckman is well-respected by the administration and faculty at Magnolia as well as the coaching staff on the football team.
This season marks his third year as a starter on both the offensive and defensive line.
At one juncture during his high school career, varsity football coach Mark Batton pondered the idea of moving Seckman away from his snapping duties at center. That thought lasted all of a millisecond.
"His shotgun snaps are perfect," Batton said. "He is too valuable as a center, so we kept him right there."
Seckman will line up once again at tackle on the defensive side of the ball. He's never been recognized as an all-stater, but Batton feels Seckman can play at the next level.
"I think he can and my assistants think he can," Batton said.
"He did a nice highlight film and we got it out there for some of the coaches to look at."
"His work ethic is second to none. I think he would be a great asset for any program."
Seckman carries a quiet demeanor.
But don't be fooled if he happens to be lining up on the opposite side of the football when Friday night arrives.
"He changes when he walks out between the lines," Batton said.
Seckman must take after his father who was a standout at Tyler County. He has a younger brother, sophomore Carter Seckman, who is projected to play on both sides of the ball as well for the Blue Eagles.
"Cole is just a real good role model from a super family," Batton said.
Seckman's biggest thrill on game nights will be watching the back of the jerseys of teammates Drew Keller and Kage Rohde carrying the ball downfield.
"Those guys make it real easy," Seckman said. "As good as they are, they make a cut here or a cut there and you turn your guy - they will find a hole and go."
But just as a safety valve, individuals like Keller can use Seckman as their guardian angel.
"Just the other day we were out at the fair, it was me, Drew Keller and Stephen White," Seckman said. "Drew was in between us and here Stephen and myself are 300 pounds."
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