With Signing Day getting closer and closer, it is really getting to crunch time for football recruits across the country. This is for players at all levels, including those look at Division I-AA and Division II schools. I had a chance to catch up with a number of recruits that are looking at scholarship programs to see what their answer would be when I asked if the recruiting process was stressful. These are real quotes and it really does vary from player to player. Here is what they said.
“I wouldn’t say that it is stressful but once it is over, it would be a relief. I think it is probably just talking to so many coaches. It is not like where it is a decision between good and bad. That is an easy decision. It is hard because there are so many good options. There are so many good things about every place. You think about this place one day and the next day another college. Then your mind is all over the place.”
It seems as if during the athletic recruiting process, there are athletes in two different camps. The first one is the players that want to stay close to home and be surrounded by friends and family. The location allows those close to the athlete to see them frequently as well as come to games easily.
The other type of athlete is the one who says during the recruiting process that they want to get away from home. They may want to see another part of the country and that will give them the opportunity to travel so that they can see something new. And while most athletes are thinking either one of these ways, location should be a much bigger factor than most realize.
For some sports like football, an outstanding recruiting highlight video can make or break what type of attention that you will receive in the recruiting process. I have stressed for years the importance of having a quality product put together and the impact that it can have on you. But in working on one recently, something really stood out to me.
If you read different sources, some say you need to include your best twelve plays, your best twenty plays, or any other random number you can come up with. But in my mind, there is one thing you should really think about when producing a recruiting highlight video. Is this play scholarship worthy?
One of my favorite parts about this site is when users interact with those on the site and ask questions about specific situations that they are currently going through. Because the recruiting process is so difficult, especially for football, there are always a ton of questions that parents have been unable to ask.
Well, one dad came along and asked us about the time table for Division I-A and I-AA schools and how they handle the recruiting process for recruits who are not nationally known. In the first article, I talked about when Division I-AA (FCS) schools usually offered scholarships. In the second article here, I talked about when Division I (BCS) schools usually offer scholarships and official visits. This third part of the article will break down when official visits are normally set for schools in the Division I-AA ranks.
This is a look at an official visit from the eyes of a mother and what she thought about the entire experience. Before getting underway with the questions, let me state a few things about the situation. Her son received a scholarship offer for football from a BCS school during the summer and he ended the recruiting process in late August. He has remained committed to this program and is not considering any other options. Before the recruiting process ended, she did frequently visit this site and used a number of methods that are recommended so it was a perfect example of these articles working. A special thanks for her help as well!
How did the official visit compare to unofficial visits that you have been to there?
“Our son will be going to a college that is two and a half hours from home so in the past we only made one day trips to attend games or visit the campus. The official visit was for 48 hours and we were on campus and with the coaches and players during much of it. We had more time to really get to know the coaches and players and to get very comfortable with the campus and city.”
One of my favorite parts about this site is when users interact with those on the site and ask questions about specific situations that they are currently going through. Because the recruiting process is so difficult, especially for football, there are always a ton of questions that parents have been few rarely ever ask.
Well, one dad came along and asked us about the time table for Division I-A and I-AA schools and how they handle the recruiting process for recruits who are not national. In this second part of two articles, I will be taking a look at updated timetables as to when Division I-A (BCS) schools make a decision on when they offer athletes.
I have always stressed on here that one way to really help yourself in the athletic recruiting process is by taking care of your grades. Most coaches feel that the athletes with the best grades are usually the ones that they have to worry about the least in the classroom as well as away from the field or court on weekends. These are not the players coaches lose sleep over after big wins.
What made me really start thinking harder and harder about grades is a recent email I received from a parent. While I will not mention his name or the name of his son, he brought up some very excellent points regarding academics and the ability for an athlete to walk on. It may seem menial during the recruiting process but academics are even more important for walk ons than scholarship athletes.
I recently had a chance to email the father of an athlete a number of questions related to the football recruiting process that his son had just completed. His son is a senior and plays in a very small area that receives little recognition by colleges throughout the country.
But instead of complaining about the situation, the father took it upon himself to help market his son to college coaches. In the end, it paid off as the son ended with double digit Division I-A (BCS) scholarship offers. Schools in the SEC, Big 12, Big 10, and a number of other conferences were offering him before it was over. Here is what the father said about his experiences during the recruiting process:
A few years back I was talking with some people about recruiting rankings. When discussing the athletes, my evaluations made it obvious as to which athlete should be ranked higher. They had more scholarships, put up bigger numbers as a junior, and seemed to be liked more by a variety of college coaches than the other recruit.
But the other person, who had some bias with the second recruit, said that the only reason the recruit I favored had those offers is because they marketed themselves to college coaches and did everything possible to get their name out there. Yes, it was true that he did do this but does a good marketing plan have that much of a difference?
I recently had the opportunity to speak with a recruit about the amount of college interest he has been receiving. He named a variety of big schools and some smaller ones as well throughout the area. When asking these questions to athletes, they are not exactly going to be 100% honest. I am not saying that they are lying but few athletes honestly are only going to talk about the Division III schools that are really recruiting them. They are going to talk about the bigger programs that may be showing them interest in other ways.
But for senior football recruits out there, here is one question that can sum up the recruiting process for you. Which schools have called you? If you are a senior football recruit, think about that for a second. You may love State University and hope to get a scholarship there but the only attention that they may be showing you is mail. Maybe there is a Division I-AA school in your area as well and their only contact has been through email. As great as those are, calls show a lot in the recruiting process.