Folks got used to this 'red-shirt' idea in college. You'd drop back a grade, an entire year, and then extend out to make yourself and your football career look better.
Well....some folks have finally grasped the idea of holding back Johnny Junior in high school....say the 10th grade. You show a fair amount of talent at football....so dad decides at the end of the tenth grade....to send you to a private academy for one year....still in the tenth grade, and to repeat it. There's special football or basketball or baseball skills tossed at you while at the academy. Then you come back after a year at the academy....to enter the 11th grade at a regular school.
Suddenly, you are showing enormous talent and skill. Major universities are studying you for a scholarship by the end of the 11th grade. They don't care you stepped back a year. By high school graduation....suddenly, you seem to show a great deal of talent.
I read this commentary and just shook my head. You'd drag your kid back a year....just to enhance his football skills? It doesn't make sense.
So, we've basically got commercial football now a behavior episode into the high school level.