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July 9, 2002
Some players work in the heat sweating at their summer jobs. But Lewisville, Texas, standout linebacker Demarrio Pleasant prefers to chill out.
"I'm working for a packing company," Pleasant said. "I'm packing crates. I basically throw milk into crates. It's in the freezer, so I stay pretty cool."
Fellow Rivals100 selection Tim Washington wishes he had it that easy.
"I'm working this summer at Long John Silver's," the standout defensive end from Sugar Land (Texas) Dulles said. "It's not the best job in the world, but it helps us make some extra money."
And that's the name of the game for many recruits during the summer time - make some extra cash between workouts and preparation for the upcoming season.
Just like the player's reasons for making decisions are often unusual, so are some of the summer jobs.
Working as a life-guard has become one of the most popular summer jobs. It's often an opportunity for recruits to get some sun, get good exercise and definitely scope out the opposite sex.
"It has it perks," said one top-level recruit from Florida that didn't want it out that he spent all summer sitting around looking at girls. "But I was able to save somebody's life the other day. This girl got in too deep and kind of panicked. I had to jump in and save her."
So did he get her digits? You bet he did.
Working at fast food places is also a great job for the bigger guys to get some extra dinero and dinner at the same time. But that some times get hazardous when you're working and you've also made a commitment.
Last year, four-star defensive lineman Greg Jones of Jonesboro, Ark., was working at Sonic when news of his commitment to Tennessee broke. Let's just say the Sonic in Jonesboro never had a night like that.
According to Jones, there were 41 calls in three hours to the Sonic and they definitely weren't for take out orders.
On the other end of the spectrum is one top-flight recruit in the Midwest. Instead of spending time flipping burgers or sunning himself at the pool, he spends time digging holes.
"My family owns a bait shop," he said. "I help him dig for worms. My friends all make fun of me, but it's a steady job. It's something to do while I'm away from football. But please don't put my name on the Internet."
Don't worry, the secret is safe with us. But it's definitely clear that sometimes secret to a player's fall success can be attributed to a great summer job.