Timberview defender takes advantage of innovative training

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Putting together a work of music in a choir or band involves piecing together separate smaller movements into one beautifully arranged work.

Four years ago, Clay Mack realized the same could be said for the skill sets of football skill players.

So, as a result, he founded Quick Twitch, a sport specific training company that caters to high school football players looking to reach the next level of competition.

Now, not only does Mack work with players all over Tarrant County and the Dallas/Fort-Worth metroplex, his reaches have spanned nation-wide.

The concept started when Mack returned to Dallas, where he attended high school at Dallas Kimball, after playing college football at Mississippi State.

“One of my high school coaches asked me to come help with defensive backs and I got addicted,” Mack said. “I realized how little skill training there was in school.”

With the help of company partner David Robinson, Quick Twitch began as a series of small group clinics to help players break down the individual movements involved in their position group. Once each smaller movement is mastered, the whole product of covering a receiver or running a route is perfected.

“I specialize in defensive backs, but what I truly specialize in is movement,” Mack said. “Some people teach drills. This is football, not drills. I do drills to hone in on why you need to move a certain way or how you move a certain way.”

Through his work with individual standout players in the area, Mack has good knowledge of North Texas football programs. He also knows Tarrant County will be a fantastic place to watch high school football this fall, he said.

One of his current top clients is Timberview defensive back Ed Paris, a 2014 LSU commit.

Paris came to Mack with obvious natural talent, but what Mack said is Paris’ greatest attribute is his ability to retain the training he’s received and apply it directly to his game.

“The one thing that stands out to me over the last year and a half is how much he’s really paid attention to his skill development,” Mack said. “I think a lot of that is being around other big time athletes and seeing how he matches up and seeing how he can separate himself by simply becoming more skillful.”

Mack believes learning the foundations of movement for each position can separate an athlete in the eyes of college coaches and scouts, as they realize they won’t need to reteach these fundamentals once the player steps onto their campus. It also gives players, like Paris, confidence in scouting situations.

“When [Paris] steps on a college campus, they are going to expect his hype matches his skill set,” Mack said.

Mack said because of their strong defensive backfield, Timberview is his team to watch this season. He also said he hopes several Fort Worth ISD schools step back into the spotlight they once had and are successful this year.

However, he is most impressed with schools such as Keller Fossil Ridge that have quickly made a name for themselves.

“Some of the schools like the Fossil Ridges that have been on the radar and are making some noise – I like how some of those schools aren’t buying some of the traditions of some of the older schools and are making a making a name for themselves,” he said.

Coaches have only so much time they can spend with kids on an individual basis, as is mandated by the UIL, so it’s this outside work that can really make a difference in an athletes career, he said.

Personal training outside that which players receive on their high school teams is becoming the trend of the future and Mack believes that players soon must put in this extra work to separate themselves as an elite prospect.

Mack and Quick Twitch can be reached through the company website www.quicktwitch.org.

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