Ethan Sloan is one of the best players from the Dallas, TX area in the Class of 2023.
The 5-foot-7,130-pound Sloan, who attends Gunter Middle School, is a versatile player that works as a quarterback, running back and wide receiver for the Goon Squad 7 on 7 All-Stars.
Sloan has earned plenty of recognition during his outstanding career, such as scoring 32 touchdowns in the 2017-2018 school year and winning MVP for the Pylon 7on7 SMU Tournament.
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Here’s some other events Sloan has attended and will be participating in.
2018 UA All-America Camp Series Middle School, Dallas
2018 NextGen Elite Texas Showcase All-America Camp, Dallas
2018 SMU Pylon Middles
Tarleton State HS Elite Camp, Tarleton State University, June 19, 2018
Sloan has also captured MVP on his soccer team four years in a row.
Sloan is humbled by the recognition and the opportunity to compete against the best of the best.
“It means that all of my hard work is paying off,” Sloan said. “It was a reminder that I am among the elite of elite athletes and in order to be recognized, I really have to step up my game and work harder than ever. Competing at this level of events pushes me to work harder so that I will always be ready for the next level.”
No matter the opponent, on each snap Sloan is determined to give it his all.
Sloan is going all out.
The motor is always at full throttle whenever Sloan steps between the lines.
“My mindset at my position is clear and focused. When it’s time to play ball, I push away all doubt and trust my training,” Sloan said. “That’s what leaders do and I think my team looks at me at being a leader for them.”
Sloan has great passion and energy whenever he’s on the gridiron. Sloan tells why he enjoys the game of football so much.
“I love running the football and scoring touchdowns,” Sloan said.
Sloan has learned many valuable lessons from playing football that he applies to his everyday life.
The main one is applying perspective to all situations.
“Winning doesn’t make you a failure. Losing doesn’t make you failure. Only you can make you a failure,” Sloan said.
Sloan recalls his favorite football memory.
“Scoring 32 touchdowns with the help of my teammates during our 7th grade football season. It was a goal I set for myself early and crushed it,” Sloan said. “The team was all on board helping me keep up with the count. It was pretty amazing.”
Brandon Reprogle is Sloan’s coach for the Goon Squad 7on7 All-Stars.
Reprogle explains the best parts of Sloan’s game.
“His Speed which is unrivaled by anybody else on the team. We are a mix of 7th and 8th graders and it’s not a matter of him trying to pass beat people in during our conditioning, it becomes a matter of how much he can beat them by. His hands were iffy at the beginning of the season when we first got him out there but after a couple big drops early on he came back and now has some of the strongest hands on the team in the way he hangs on through contact,” Reprogle said. “His technique is physical. He’s not going to back down from anybody but then again he can just run right past you.”
Sloan takes his role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Sloan makes sure he’s a daily positive influence on his peers.
“I talk to my teammates and encourage them to be their best,” Sloan said. “The best advice I’ve given is don’t stop. I try to teach them to believe in themselves by not stopping when the training gets hard or when we may be trailing in a game.”
Reprogle raves that Sloan is the consummate teammate that every locker room needs to be successful.
“He leads by example,” Reprogle said. “He puts his head down and works.”
Sloan is appreciative of having amazing male role models that are supportive.
“My coaches have taught me tough people win, on and off the field,” Sloan said. “The best advice I’ve gotten is to stay grounded, work hard, and when you think you are done, remember TPW --tough people win.”
Reprogle is an advocate of Sloan’s capabilities.
“When it’s third and long and we need a big play we get him on a one on one situation we can send him on an out and up and he just smokes his defender,” Reprogle said.
In addition to making clutch plays, Sloan also has a high level of football IQ as well.
Sloan has excellent football awareness that puts him in position to thrive.
“When we send him on out to post he knows how to sell the out long enough to get the linebacker to bite and then break it to the post,” Reprogle said.
Sloan is on the grind to perfect and hone his craft in any way possible.
“His work ethic is next level,” Reprogle said. “He never complains about having to work either.”
Reprogle shares why he compares Sloan to this emerging pro.
“He’s a lot like Christian McCaffrey,” Reprogle said. “Because of his versatility as a weapon on offense.”
Sloan patterns his style of play after many athletes.
“That’s tough. There are so many and not just in football,” Sloan said. “I appreciate a lot of the greats like Earl Campbell. I’m kind of an under-dog fan.”
Sloan is constantly striving for greatness in everything that he does.
“I want to be a good leader for my peers, on and off the field. I have friends who don’t play football, they may play soccer or other sports. I just want to be remembered as someone who gave good advice and cared enough to listen,” Sloan said. “You don’t need to bleed football like me to earn my respect.”
Before the pros, Sloan wants to attend a university that provides him with the opportunities to thrive on the field and in the classroom.
“I don’t have a dream college right now. I hope to be able to look at the offers as they come in along with the academic programs of study the school has to offer,” Sloan said. “Right now I plan to major in architecture or something dominant in math.
Reprogle outlines the next areas of improvement that will take Sloan’s game to the next level.
“Just being more vocal,” Reprogle said. “But he’s still young and that will develop with time.”
Reprogle believes the sky is the limit as long as Sloan continues to stay hungry.
“His potential is unlimited with the way he works,” Reprogle said. “I know he’s destined for great things.”
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