Episcopal senior quarterback Dylan Mehrotra played his first game of tackle football at eight years old. Now, after playing for the Knights since the fifth grade, Mehrotra has committed to play football at the University of Alabama Birmingham next fall. Needless to say, he is excited about the future. “This means everything to me!” he says. “I get to continue on my journey to live my dreams to play college football at the Division 1, FBS level. UAB is doing some amazing things with their football program!” Mehrotra points to the fact that the UAB team was the Conference USA champs in 2018 and the winner of the West Division in 2019. In addition to that, they are building a 45,000-seat stadium that he looks forward to competing in soon. And then there’s a future opponent. “I also learned that during my sophomore year, we will play LSU in Tiger Stadium, a dream come true!” he says.
Mehrotra plans to study business and minor in sports management when he arrives at UAB. “UAB was the right school because it checked off so many boxes for me,” he says. “It’s a great city, has a large student enrollment, and offers areas of study that interest me.” In addition, his future coaches and current coaches were on board. “The UAB coaching staff made me feel extremely comfortable and assured if I work hard, I have a chance to compete for the starting job,” he says. “Two people that I trust and admire (Coach Bourgeois and Coach Stevens), felt that this was an excellent fit for me as a student-athlete.”
Episcopal Head Coach Travis Bourgeois is happy to see Mehrotra achieve his goal of playing in college. “To see a player put the work in and get rewarded with a scholarship defines what playing sports is all about,” he says. “He is a great example to the younger players. Dylan represents what an Episcopal student/athlete is all about. He plays multiple sports and maintains his grades. It is awesome to watch Dylan grow as a person/player throughout his years on campus.”
Episcopal Athletic Director Randy Richard agrees. “I’m proud of Dylan,” he says. “Over his four years in high school, Dylan has become a hard worker who understands what it’s like to be a top-level athlete. I think his transition will be fairly seamless because he understands the difficulty at hand to be a college athlete. He knows the UAB coaches won’t expect less than the Episcopal coaches when it comes to hard work and dedication.” Bourgeois offers the following advice: “He needs to remember the things in life that got him to this point; family, faith, work ethic, education, being able to take constructive criticism, accepting competition, leading and learning with others. People see things differently, come from different backgrounds, so have an open mind.”
Mehrotra’s journey to college football did not happen by accident. When asked what advice he would give to fellow student athletes, he had this to say: “I would tell them there is no substitute for hard work and always give your best effort. Episcopal has great coaches, soak up their knowledge and believe in the process. You have to put in the time, and once you do that and play well, coaches will take notice.” Mehrotra says Episcopal has done a great job of preparing him for this next step. “I know that the teachers and administrators at Episcopal have set me up for success in college!”
Before Mehrotra heads on to UAB, there is still the business of the Knights football season. “We have a talented quarterback that will give us a chance to be successful every game,” says Coach Bourgeois. “We have a leader who will make good decisions for the team on and off the field.” Regardless of what this season holds, Richard says the decision to commit early allows Mehrotra the opportunity to focus more on his senior year and guide his team to be in the best situation possible.
Congratulations, Dylan! We can’t wait to see you play. Please wish Dylan well in the comments below.