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Preparing yourself for the eyeball test from college coaches during the football recruiting process

Posted by | November 24, 2014 | Comment

Preparing for the eyeball test from college coaches during the football recruiting processCollege coaches throughout the country are currently making the rounds at high schools across the State.  It doesn’t matter if these colleges are Division I to Junior College, many of these coaches will likely be descending to your school in order to find out more information about you and your teammates.  And although it is great to see the Division I programs make an appearance, it is far from a sure sign that you will get attention from these schools.  Many of the Division I assistant coaches visit the same schools no matter if they have zero recruits or ten at their level.

But for the senior athletes out there who has had coaches come by and will have more coaches stopping in soon, there is one thing that you will need to prepare yourself for.  That is the dreaded eyeball test.  The eyeball test is when the college coaches come to your school, say hello, and shake hands with you.  The main reason that these coaches are doing it is to see how big you are, height and weight wise.  If you are listed at 6-foot-4 and look 6-foot-1, they will definitely notice that on their trip to the school.  Here are a few hints for the days that you know college coaches are visiting.  This applies to athletes at all grade levels.

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I am a senior in the football recruiting process with scholarship offers. What should I be doing in November (Part Two)?

Posted by | November 23, 2014 | Comment

I am a senior in the football recruiting process with scholarship offers. What should I be doing in November (Part Two)?This is the second part of an article that was continued from last Monday.  Please Click Here Now to see the first part of the article.

If you are not thrilled with your offer and/or your attention at this point, then I would push you towards getting a video done (see www.highlight-videos.com for more) or updating your hudl footage.  Your scholarship will likely open some doors with certain schools but if you are not satisfied with where the football recruiting process sits at this point, spending the money or taking the time to do it must be done and done quickly.  Right now, it is less than three months away from Signing Day so time really is limited.

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Athletic Recruiting advice from a sought after national recruit

Posted by | November 22, 2014 | Comment

Athletic Recruiting advice from a national recruitOver the last two years, I have had the opportunity to interact with one of the top athletic recruits in he country.  While I am not going to say his name, I have also had the opportunity to interact with his mother as well.  And despite having the ability to play his sport of choice at any college in the country (let me stress any college in the country), they are taking things extremely slow.  In fact, the way they have handled the recruiting process has been one of the most impressive things I have seen in the last ten years of covering recruiting.

In a recent email with his mother, she sent me two things that they do to make sure that the recruiting process does not overwhelm them.  With so many different scholarship offers from schools around the country, it could be difficult for most.  But the family is focused on finding the right school for athletics that offers a great opportunity academically.  His 4.0 GPA does not hurt him with the big boys of the college coaching world.  Anyways, onto the two things she mentioned as well as some other things that I learned from the family thus far:

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I am a senior in the football recruiting process with scholarship offers. What should I be doing in November (Part One)?

Posted by | November 21, 2014 | Comment

I am a senior in the football recruiting process with scholarship offers. What should I be doing in November (Part One)?We thought now would be a good time to talk about what a senior with scholarships should be doing in November.  There are only a few more months before Signing Day so before you know it you will likely be signing your Letter of Intent.

If you do have offer/offers (preferably written instead of verbal) on the table, the first thing you need to do right now is be extremely thankful.  You are in a position that many other athletes aspire for and yet cannot reach.  I could careless if the offer is from USC or the local Junior College, having an offer this early even from the worst school in the country is a great thing to have.

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What is the length of time after I sent my recruiting highlight video to a school should I wait before contacting them during the recruiting process

Posted by | November 20, 2014 | Comment

How long after I sent my recruiting highlight video to a school should I wait before contacting them during the recruiting processThis question was posed recently in a comment on one of the recent articles on this site.  Again, I am happy to help athletes and families during the athletic recruiting process so feel free to comment on any specific areas that you may be curious about.  This is a great question, especially if you are a senior, and is definitely worth answering in a full fledged article.

Before going into my answer, let me go into my usual spiel (veteran readers can skip this section).  If you cold sent (see Updated Athletic Recruiting Definitions for more information) your highlight video to colleges without any prior contact from the coaches, don’t waste your time contacting them again.  They are not going to watch that tape.  You are better off spending your time playing video games.  If you continue reading, there is actually more info regarding when you should contact them.

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Should I ask a college coach if I am going to get a scholarship offer during the athletic recruiting process?

Posted by | November 19, 2014 | 2 Comments

Should I ask a college coach if I am going to get a scholarship during the athletic recruiting process?There is no doubt that hearing the phrase “be patient” over and over against during the athletic recruiting process with frustrate even the most patient families.  The reason that an athlete has worked so hard over the years is to excel at the high school level and open doors to help pay for their college education.  And being patient right now isn’t exactly going to help pay the extreme costs of college.

So if you are sick of being patient, what should you do?  One thing to consider is to ask a college coach flat out on the spot if they are going to offer you a scholarship during the athletic recruiting process.  But is this something that I really should do?  Outside of extreme awkwardness after the question is asked, could this end up hurting my recruiting?

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My son won’t call back Division III football coaches. Will that hurt him in recruiting and what should I do?

Posted by | November 18, 2014 | Comment

My son won't call back Division III football coaches.  Will that hurt him and what should I do?In one of the best all time comments on Recruiting-101, I had a parent ask some serious questions about calls from college coaches.  Here is what she said: “My son is getting loads of calls from DIII schools and a few from DII. I have almost threatened to disown him if he doesn’t return the DIII calls because I feel it’s important to get back to everyone. Is that true? If he doesn’t call them all back will anything bad happen? Will he be blacklisted or anything like that? Do DIII and II coaches talk to each other about recruits?”

First off, yes it is important to get back to as many college coaches as you can.  Each and every one of these schools have some serious interest in your son if they are taking the time to call him.  But at the same time, as a 17 or 18 year old, I know that it is difficult to try and field all of the calls from coaches.  When I was in high school, I had one coach calling me regularly and I didn’t answer his calls all the time.  With a great deal of calls, it is never going to be easy to handle the amount of attention he is receiving.

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Please do not compare your son to top rated athletes during the recruiting process and control what you can control

Posted by | November 17, 2014 | Comment

Please do not compare your son to top rated athletes during the recruiting process!This past week I received an email from a parent comparing his son (now called Athlete A) to another athlete who plays in the same area (now called Athlete B).  Athlete A is a solid high school player.  He rushed for over 900 yards for a team that made the playoffs this fall on the football field.  Athlete A has worked hard and done a nice job on the football field.  He has Division III college coaches interested in his skills.

Athlete B on the other hand received multiple Division I scholarship offers before committing to a program close to home as a sophomore.  He has helped his team to two straight State titles and his club is favored to win their third championship in a row very soon.  Athlete B has moved from position to position during his high school career and is just a freak of nature.  He has rushed for over 1,800 yards this season and will go down as one of the top high school athletes ever to play in his State.

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The importance of making a deep run in the postseason and how it can factor into recruiting for all sports

Posted by | November 16, 2014 | Comment

The importance of making a deep run in the postseason and how it can factor into recruiting for all sportsTo be successful in the recruiting process for all sports, the first thing you must be is good at your chosen sport.  College coaches are always keeping an eye out for talented athletes who can help them win games at the next level.  It doesn’t matter the level or the location, talent trumps everything in the athletic recruiting process and that includes being on a successful team.

A good example of this has happened actually at the same high school over the last decade.  A few years back, the school produced a running back with Division I scholarship offers from a variety of schools in the eastern half of the country.  He ended picking a prestigious University but his team went winless that year on the gridiron.  Keep reading because there is a point to this that ties in to the subject, I promise.

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Big school or bust during the athletic recruiting process

Posted by | November 15, 2014 | Comment

Big school or bust during the athletic recruiting processI recently had a chance to speak to a football recruit who was hoping to be able to play in college at a very high level.  This athlete is a solid football player but he is someone who is more suited for the Division III/lower Division II level in college.  But for whatever reason, he was not interested in playing at a small school.

This recruit basically said he was big school or bust.  He wanted the opportunity to walk on at two of the biggest in-state schools or he wasn’t going to play.  As I have mentioned, playing college athletics takes a huge commitment from you.  I still feel strongly that limiting your options like this is not a smart move if playing in college is something that you really want to do.

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