Recently, there were some comments on the site posted about Junior Colleges and the recruiting process involving them. Since it has been something that I really have not talked about, now is a good time to take a look at why you should attend a Junior College or why it should be a place you at least give a look to.
The first and most major reason that the majority of top football players attend a Junior College is because of grades. They either did not have a qualifying ACT/SAT or a GPA to be able to sign a National Letter of Intent. When it is obvious that a top recruit does not have the grades to be a qualifier, Junior Colleges throughout the country show this prospect attention.
I have had a chance to look at hundreds and possibly thousands of highlight recruiting videos over the last decade. During that time, I have seen a great deal of outstanding highlight videos as well as some terrible videos that would not get the top player in the country a scholarship.
Like other articles that I write, I want to help those that are currently going through the recruiting process and am happy to share my advice about what to do and not to do when putting a recruiting highlight video together. While these are not sure fire ways to get a scholarship from USC and Texas, it is advice that will help you showcase your ability in front of college coaches. You obviously have to be able to play but these should help in the long run.
What do I do? If it is that early in the recruiting process, schools can only have limited contact with you. By NCAA rules, they can only send you a questionnaire and camp invites. Obviously with the numbers game at the summer camps, they would love to bring you on campus. That doesn’t matter if you will be the most sought recruit in that class or someone who eventually decides not to play in college.
But if you have already made a name for yourself as a sophomore and are getting that early recruiting interest, you are in a good position. You are already ahead of the game and have been added to the recruiting lists of college coaches. As mentioned before, these recruiting lists are huge in size but it is important to at least get yourself on them.
Do football scholarship offers come in the month of March? If so, what type of recruits will receive them?
When thinking about this question, I do have to once again repeat what I wrote in an article last week. Out of all the months in the year, March is one of the slowest and most boring for junior football recruits.
There are a few reasons as to why this is. Most college coaches at Division I-A level have already started peaking ahead to the upcoming classes and know who the best players are. By the time March rolls around, in a perfect world you should already have sent your highlight tape out shortly after the season ended. The coaches should have already evaluated this because you get things done early, right?
I have harped for quite sometime about how college coaches do a great job narrowing down their recruiting databases and eventually finding recruits that can fit their system. These coaches cut through the thousands of athletes to eventually get to only a small number in any sport that deserve a scholarship offer. But what makes it difficult is when the college coaches believe that there are two athletes with very similar abilities.
I found one article recently that had another great story with a college coach may determine who ends up getting the scholarship offer. As I talked about before, I know a Division I college basketball coach that ended up offering a small school prospect because he knew that the athlete work up every morning at 5 AM and lifted before school. This showed the work ethic that this athlete had and helped him land a major Division I scholarship offer.
As my wife can attest to, I enjoy setting goals and writing them down on paper. I think it allows me to focus on a number of different things that I need to do and keeps me on task as well. My lists of goals on a regular basis didn’t start until after I was graduated from college and I was working full time.
But goals can be used everywhere, including throughout the athletic recruiting process. When I talk about these goals, I am going to leave playing ability in your sport of choice out of the question. The reason is because it is obvious that you will have to put in a ton of time to play at any college so that should be a given. But for helping yourself in the recruiting process, goals are crucial.
More than one athlete on a team can play at the college level and why the better the team, the better for you in the long run
A few weeks back I got an email from an athlete talking about a teammate. His teammate has much better college potential because of his size along the offensive line and college coaches have taken notice of that. What this teammate did, in my mind, was very questionable.
He basically just emailed me destroying the teammate and his abilities. He hyped himself up in the process but the overlying theme that I got out of the emails was his lack of respect for his teammate. And for the record, his teammate is getting early Division I attention at this point. I don’t know if there is jealousy involved or what but it didn’t sit well with me.
One of the features that I hope to do monthly is to focus on what I feel recruits in football, basketball, and possibly other sports should be doing right now to help themselves in the recruiting. As I have said many times, this is a difficult journey and most families are intimidated by it. But if you focus on what you need to do, it can help you work towards that scholarship.
This look will focus on what you need to do to help yourself hopefully earn a scholarship down the road or open doors to college that you were previously not considering. While many people still think that if you are good enough, schools will find you. The problem is that the schools that may eventually find you (If they do at all) will be unable to give you any scholarship money. You will be found but your student loan bills will haunt you for quite sometime (Which I can attest to).
As I have mentioned, some college coaching staffs begin the recruiting process with over 5,000 prospective recruits. With a list like that, it is definitely not an overnight project to narrow it down to the thirty to fifty (that number varies by school) prospects that they will eventually offer athletic scholarships. Schools there are certain schools and coaches who have have been renowned for offering hundreds of prospects but I would guess that most college programs end up offering athletic scholarships to forty or fifty sought after prospects. That will depend on how many players they need to sign and if they are landing any of these athletes.
When the coaches build this list, the first thing they will do is send out questionnaires to the prospective athletes trying to find out more information about them. These sheets are vital to fill out but at this point, the coaches may be looking more to cut down that recruiting database. If the player has lack luster stats or bad grades, chances are that once the form is filled out, they will be taken out of the database or at least downgraded in the level that they are recruited.
There is no doubt that before May of your junior year in high school, it is extremely difficult to really gauge how interest college coaches are in you as a prospect. I receive that very question quite frequently from families throughout the country. How can I judge what college coaches are serious about me as a recruit? And as I have said many times before, it is difficult to tell before the month of May.
Before May, these coaches are limited to the amount of contact that they can have with you. Their could be letters, questionnaires, camp invites (which I obviously love), game day invites, Junior Day invites, and things along those lines. They can also offer scholarships and in a lot of cases with their top recruits they do. But unless they have offered you a scholarship, the first time you can tell what programs are serious about you as a football recruit is during the month of May.