While seniors are finishing up the recruiting process and trying to figure out where they will be playing in college, for those juniors out there, many are wondering what exactly they should be doing at this point in the recruiting process. If you have logged extensive varsity playing time and have stats, then you can take one of two options.
The first is to wait and let the recruiting process come to you. The problem with that is you may be waiting a long time before the schools you are very interested evaluate you, if they do at all. The second option is start the recruiting process yourself and give yourself a head start in the eyes of college coaches. You can take whatever way you feel more comfortable with but taking the second is something that I would strongly recommend.
Signing Day is around the corner and many senior football recruits have relied on Recruiting-101 to help them during the process of being evaluated and earning a scholarship offer. And with some seniors about to make a decision, we are going to spend the week taking a time to look at some very vital areas to consider before committing to your top school. We will tackle five different topics this week that should be something you think about before the first Wednesday in February rolls around. So sit back and enjoy!
When athletes talk about wanting a college that offers strong academics, they are talking about the overall perception that is offered at the school. But with individual majors, most students go into college undecided and then figure it out as it goes. That will become a major problem when getting a degree is what you are interested most ends up not being offered by the school you decided on.
If you are a senior in the football recruiting process or other sports for that matter, my hope for you is that you are holding at least one scholarship offer. Obviously this will not be the case for everyone in their final year of high school but having that offer on the table definitely will be a stress reliever knowing that at least part of your college education paid for.
But what should I be doing with that offer? Should I be quietly reading over the paper work again and again as I hope more will come? We have put together a list of ten different things that you should be doing if you are a senior holding a scholarship offer at this point in the athletic recruiting process.
The garbage that college coaches can pull late in the athletic recruiting process and what you can to do to combat them
When talking about scholarship offers from college coaches, it is very important to know that regardless of the situation, you may have one today and it may be gone tomorrow. The coaching staff may decide to go in another direction and apparently is not worried about giving you a warning. This is very scary for those out there overall.
I recently received an email from a father whose son basically was a strong lean towards one school. While they did not commit, the only thing holding him back was the potential to decommit at another time. The coaches at this school knew that they were his #1 and were told that. But for whatever reason, they pulled his offer and used location as the reason. See the entire email and what you can do to protect yourself. …CONTINUE READING =>
I’m a senior and my football scholarship has been pulled. What do I do this late in the recruiting process?
I hate to bring up an article like this because it may force parents to have nightmares when sleeping but this is something that does unfortunately happen to recruits at all levels. For example, as I mentioned a few weeks back, a linebacker who had committed to South Carolina had his scholarship offered pulled when his position coach changed schools. If you were in his shoes, what would you do other than being extremely mad at the world?
Last recruiting season, a lineman took an official visit to the school he had been committed to for six months. Going into the visit, this recruit assumed that the school would tell him about how they are looking forward to getting him on campus. Instead, they told him there was no scholarship available right away and he would have to grayshirt. How what would you do in either of those situations?
Because football recruiting is a game and college coaches have to have backup options, if you are an undecided prospects, things will really heat up right before Signing Day. There could be so much going on that you could get multiple calls from a variety of different schools. These schools may have never sent mail letter but may be mentioning the possibility of a scholarship over the phone.
The reason things get so crazy at that time is because college coaches have to have backup options. If a school has seen their top three players at one position commit to other programs, they will be scrambling to find anyone with the ability to play at their level. They will make as many calls as need be to make sure that options A, B, and C are replenished this late in the football recruiting process.
Would you seriously consider a school who came in with a late scholarship offer during the athletic recruiting process?
Obviously the theme over the last few days on this site has been about Signing Day. We know football recruits throughout the country have made and will make decisions in order to sign on in February. But even the best laid out plans sometimes get thrown for loops this late in the process.
If there was an early signing period, maybe the impact of this would be lessoned. But for those football recruits out there, don’t be surprised if you get some late night calls from colleges that you may not have heard from in the past. The question is, should this be something that you seriously consider?
The top football recruits across the country will be signing their Letters of Intent shortly. But not all readers of this site are the lucky seniors who have offers in hand. So with that in mind, we take a look at ten things that a senior football recruit should be doing if they do not have an offer on the table at this point.
1.) Make 100% sure that you love your sport and want to play in college
This must always be brought up when an athlete does not have a scholarship at this point. Are you sure you love the game and want a big portion of your college career based around athletics? Make 100% sure you want to play and that you want to do it for yourself. If you are playing for your family, then chances are strong you won’t make it. Playing athletics at all levels involves a lot of time so keep that in mind.
With less than a month to go before Signing Day hits, one thing that I heard more than I expected during late December and early January is about how senior football recruits are still open and don’t have any favorites. This happens for two reasons. The first is the athlete doesn’t really want to announce which schools he is favoring at this point. The second is the athlete is receiving very little interest so if any college coaches get word of this and the fact that he is open, they may start recruiting him.
When an athlete tells me that they are currently open this late in the football recruiting process, it seems that they have not done their homework. They likely haven’t out together a recruiting profile, haven’t marketed themselves, haven’t researched the schools, and haven’t put together a highlight video. And if you try doing that and getting a scholarship, unless you are a Reggie Bush type athlete, good luck.
Should you disclose an injury to college coaches during the athletic recruiting process and could it hurt me?
I recently had a chance to speak with a recruit who was telling me that he had missed some time after the football season due to a knee injury. When asking him further about what happened, he told me that he had torn the MCL but didn’t want that to be known. The reason why he was keeping it “on the down low” was because he didn’t want college coaches to know.
In speaking with this recruit and knowing his connection to college football, it struck me as odd that he would want to keep something like this to himself. With medical science these days, what exactly cannot be fixed or improved over time? It is not like this recruit was expected to workout before Signing Day. So the question is, does an injury like this need to be told to a college coach?