The recipe for athletic success that many subscribe to is talent, plus hard work and dedication. It doesn’t matter the size of the school, scouts will find talent. Former Texas Southern and Ft. Bend Elkins standout Darvin Kidsy and Prairie View A&M All-Conference performer KhaDarel Hodge, both wide receivers, are prime examples of that recipe’s end result.

Both young men were undrafted rookie free agents and both were recently signed to NFL practice squad rosters – Kidsy with the Washington Redskins and Hodge with the Los Angeles Rams.

As a member of the practice squad, a player goes through all of the standard preparation as players on the active roster, including all meetings, practices, etc. Practice squad players will primarily run the upcoming opponents’ plays as part of the scout team to assist the active roster in preparation for upcoming games. They are not eligible to play in regular season games as a member of the practice squad, but can be signed to the active roster at any time by any NFL team.

Kidsy, 23, began his collegiate career at North Texas. In three seasons for the Mean Green, he appeared in 36 games, collecting 48 receptions for 539 yards and two touchdowns. After his junior season, Kidsy transferred to TSU.

At TSU Kidsy recorded career highs in receptions (38), receiving yards (519) and receiving touchdowns (three) in 2017. Heranked ninth in the SWAC in receptions per game (3.5) and averaged a seventh best 47.2 receiving yards per contest in the conference.

Last season for the PVAMU Panthers, Hodge earned first-team All-SWAC honors, as well as Black College All-America accolades from both Boxtorow and SBN/Power News Radio Network. Hodge was third in the SWAC in both receptions (48) and receiving yards (844), second in yards per catch (17.6) and first in touchdown receptions (12).

In his last seven games of 2017, he caught 39 passes for 746 yards and 11 touchdowns, posting three 100-yard receiving games and four multi-TD receiving games. Hodge broke Otis Taylor’s 53-year old single-game receiving yards school record with 232 yards on eight receptions and three touchdowns vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Nov. 11. In his three-year career, Hodge caught 104 passes for 1,797 yards and 21 touchdowns.

Welcome to the NFL gentlemen.