Some freely admit it, and some never admit it. It doesn’t matter if its high school football, college football, or the NFL, but coaches have their favorite players. It may be because they have tremendous ability, it may be because they just like them on a personal level, but it happens.
Case in point:
There are three players that have played football for Bill Parcells on three different teams. Dave Meggett, Jumbo Elliott, and Pepper Johnson. A coach the magnitude of The Big Tuna doesn’t keep players on his team unless they have the ability, but it also looks like he saw a little something special in these three players.