Going into the football recruiting process, some families feel that as long as you find a way to excel in at least one year at the prep level, then there is a good chance that you will get scholarship offers. And while I wish that were true for all those hard working football players (and their parents) out there, that is definitely not the case.
Because of this, I have decided to put together a list of the five best times during the football recruiting process to excel. For some, these may be a surprise as to the time frame I am talking about. But in order to be evaluated and hopefully be considered for an eventual scholarship offer, here are the five best times to shine.
I received this question a few months back when talking to a parent of a senior football player. This mom talked about how her son is not very talkative (it happens a lot in teenagers) and he is especially shy on the phone to people he doesn’t know. What the parent worried about most is will his lack of communication skills make him look bad in the eyes of college coaches and hurt his chances of a scholarship offer?
For the most part, I do believe that college coaches know that many high school athletes are not talkative. They are rather quiet, like to be left alone, and keep to themselves. But these coaches are paid to build relationships with athletes that help them bring in talented players. The more talented players that they bring in, regardless of their social skills, in turn helps them win football games and keep their job.
I didn’t expect to have a great junior season in my favorite sport and now I am behind in the recruiting process. What should I do?
I recently had an opportunity to talk to a football recruit who is currently a junior. This athlete was refreshingly honest with me about the entire recruiting process and what he had been going through. He told me that he had not been invited to any Junior Days and mentioned the two primary schools that have been sending mail.
This was refreshingly honest because I hear athletes try to make up schools recruiting them and not answer the questions that I ask. With this athlete, he was completely honest the entire time and that made it a great interview. But what this player said to me regarding the recruiting process really stood out to me. He said he wasn’t expecting to have quite the junior season of football that he had. With that, he had no idea what he should do to help himself get recruited. Now he feels that because he hasn’t learned or been able to look into his recruiting options, he is behind. What should he do?
Taking the time to process athletic recruiting visits and the importance of not making rash college decisions
I recently had a chance to speak with a parent of one of the top basketball players in the country. This recruit has excelled against the top players on the AAU circuit and he basically can name any college in the country that he wants to go and he will receive a scholarship to play hoops there. And although not all athletes are blessed with the ability that this athlete has, what sets the family apart in my eyes is their overall thoughts on the recruiting process.
When talking them about a recent athlete who decommitted, they made sure to talk about the importance of staying strong with a commitment. That is why despite so many offers and opportunities, this athlete is only going to be making one college decision. They are going to research all of the programs recruiting their son and figure out what will give him the best chance to succeed athletically and academically. But what I found extremely interesting was what they said about college visits. …CONTINUE READING =>
If you are a sought after recruit, one thing that you must get used to is the fact that you will be getting visits from college coaches very often. These coaches will mostly be coming to your high school but they may also see you in action at one of your games or come to your house for an in home visit.
While a coach will not offer you based on how polite you are, if the staff feels that you are not the type of person they want in their program, they really will move on. Who is going to offer an athlete that is disrespectful of their parents? Chances are high that this athlete will do the same thing to their coaches down the road.
There is no doubt in my mind that I feel having parents and coaches involved in the athletic recruiting process, regardless of the sport, is vital overall. Regardless if you are a parent, a coach, or even an athlete reading this, your coach and parents are an important part of your overall recruiting team that should be able to help you be evaluated by coaches at the college level.
But I have a major problem when one of the powers mentioned above take too much control and do everything. It may be the high school coach being overbearing and handling the entire recruiting process. Or it could also be a parent not even relaying the interest to the high school coach and handling everything themselves. In my opinion, it is a huge mistake for either to dominate the athletic recruiting process.
Because of the growth of the Internet over the past fifteen years, a variety of businesses have opened that are made easier because of the Internet. One area that has had a lot of growth because of this is paid scouting services. These are the types of scouting services that advertise to get your name out to college coaches and help you earn a scholarship. With a price tag from $500 to thousands of dollars, are these really worth that hefty amount?
Here are some of the things that a few of these scouting services offer: “We promote each athlete to every college in the country offering the athlete’s sport. We do not pick and choose colleges in order to cut costs and we do not leave anyone out. Consequently 100% of our prospects get widespread exposure and recognition.” Here is also another one: “For the past 25 years, we have dedicated our efforts toward providing thousands of prospects, parents and college coaches with state – of – the – art products and unparalleled services. And, you will agree that our results speak for themselves.”
When starting the recruiting process, some may think that all schools start at the same time when sending prospective athletes mail. That however could not be further from the truth. Some schools like to get in early on younger players and try to show their interest in them early on. Others wait until they are older and see what kind of player that they have become as a senior.
One of the more interesting levels to follow in regards to recruiting is schools at the FCS/Division I-AA level. These programs are at a disadvantage over BCS/Division I-A schools because they do not have the resources that their rivals have. For example, a BCS school has to offer every player a full ride while the FCS school normally extends scholarships that are partials (There are exceptions at times).
One scholarship for a position, three offers out, and multiple commitments. What happens in this scenario?
I recently received a very interesting email regarding the football recruiting process. The parent had a question about a scenario that could easily happen to any college program. The situation is that the school is only wanting to bring in one tight end during the current recruiting class. This certain school feels that they are recruiting three tight ends with similar abilities so they decide to offer all three. With only one taken in this recruiting class, the focus is on landing one as soon as possible and pulling the scholarships from the remaining two.
But what happens if some reason this school ends up sending their current tight end to an NFL team early in the draft? The program becomes known as Tight End U and the three athletes with offers become very serious at the school. They all take visits to the program for a Junior Day and each one decides that they want to end the recruiting process by committing to Tight End U. What does the school do then?
In previous articles, I have talked about how important it is to love the sport that you want to play at the college level. No matter how much you think you need a scholarship (There are student loans), if you don’t love the sport, getting through four or five years of it will not be easy. It would be similar to an extent to waking up to a job everyday that you hate.
In this article, I will be looking at the time allotted by the NCAA for Division I athletes. This includes the limit of practice time in and out season. If you are a basketball player, trust me in saying that your off-season workouts will not be you coming into the gym along and shooting some jumpers. It will be an intense workout that is directed by an assistant coach.