I received this question a few months back when talking to a parent of a senior football player in a recent class. 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 to catch up?
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?
The entire family needs to buy into the athletic recruiting process for it to be successful in the long run
Recently I had the opportunity to speak with a football recruit. This player is currently a junior who has limited interest from college coaches. From speaking with him and his dad, it appears that he has followed some of the information on this site and marketed himself to a variety of schools across the country. What is interesting is how varied the schools are and that makes me think that they are finding schools that may be a good match for them.
The marketing part is something I am all for. The problem with the situation is that when talking to the athlete, he wasn’t exactly sure what schools were showing him interest. He said that his dad is his “recruiting coordinator” and that he handles it. It is great for a dad (or a mom for that matter) to play an active role in the recruiting process. The problem with the situation is that it seemed like the dad was doing it all and his son had little clue what was going on. In order for the athletic recruiting process in any sport to be a success, everyone has to buy in.
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.”
The five best times to excel in order to help yourself dominate with the football recruiting process
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.
As I have mentioned many times in my recruiting definitions for parents and players, college coaches are prone to deadline an athlete during the recruiting process. I even spoke with a college coach just yesterday about an athlete. He said there was an athlete with an offer still waiting to decide but they had another kid ready to pull the trigger who does not have an offer. If the first kid doesn’t decide soon, they will deadline him and move on. And just for the sake of mentioning, this is from a Division II school.
When a college coach deadlines you in the athletic recruiting process, it is a difficult situation no matter how many scholarship offers you have. But what makes it even harder is if there is only one athletic scholarship on the table and only interest from other schools. If you are deadlined, is it worth committing to the school even though you are not 100% sure about it?
What happens at a Junior Day during the football recruiting process from the perspective of an athlete?
I have written a number of different articles talking about what a Junior Day is and what happens throughout these visits. These are important events during the football recruiting process that I would recommend if you have the time and money to travel there.
And while I can only pass along what I know happens during a Junior Day, this time I enlisted the help of a number of athletes who have made these visits. Each of these quotes are from a number of players who all made a visit to the same Junior Day. See for yourself what they say about the event and what their overall thoughts are:
First off, let me note that regardless of if you are a top twenty recruit in the country or someone who will play Division III football, colleges are limited in what they can send you. The real mail can begin on September 1st of your junior year. Before that date, colleges are legally only able to send you camp invites and a questionnaire. That is all you can receive.
So the first thing you need to do is not get extremely disappointed that you have not been hearing from schools. It does happen throughout the recruiting process and is another fun part that you need to deal with during this time. But even though you are still young, it would not hurt to get your name on their radar for future reference.
One of the most interesting and loaded questions that I have received in recent weeks was sent by email recently. The athlete wanted to know more about phone calls from college coaches and what exactly does it mean. As I have said, this is a sure sign that the college coaches at their school are seriously interested in you.
But if they have almost a month and a half to call recruits across the country, how many are they actually calling? The reason that this question is so loaded is because it varies so much. One school may call 100 prospects and another 500. It just depends on the school and their recruiting base. But here is what I think are the normal numbers for an average Division I-A (BCS) program.
According to NCAA rules, today is the beginning of the evaluation process for junior football recruits across the country. What this means for the most part is that assistant coaches from basically every Division I-A and I-AA college will be traveling the country and visiting high schools.
Why does this really matter? College coaches use this time for a number of different things. The first is to either build or continue to improve the relationships with the high school coaches in the area. It is important for them to foster these relationships because they are crucial for landing either players from their high school or eventually being tipped off on an opposing athlete with the skills needed to play at their level.