With football camps going on throughout the country, many athletes are hoping that they can finally get a chance to showcase their skills in front of college coaches and receive a scholarship offer. And while few get a chance to actually live that dream, many are at least spending some time at these camps. The question is how long should they be there?
In all honesty, the answer to that question really depends on a lot of things. The biggest factor is if you are there strictly to get recruited. If that is the case and the coaches are serious about you as a recruit, they will do whatever they can to accommodate your schedule so that they can see you in action. The coaches should be able to see you in action for a full day and figure out what the next step is in recruiting. It may be to offer, continue recruiting, or move on to another prospect. But at the very least, they will figure out one of of those three options.
If this is the case for you as an athlete, the first thing you need to ask yourself is do you really want to play college football? If you do decide to play in college, you must make the decision that you are doing it for yourself and not your dad, a friend, or family members. The amount of time that you spend in the sport is incredible so make sure that you are 100% focused on playing.
I am going to be honest with readers and say that if you are not receiving much interest at this point, it is going to be tough to be a Division I-A scholarship football player coming out of high school. While there are some exceptions obviously, it will not be an easy road. But this site also tries to help football recruits find smaller schools and that will be part of what you need to look at.
When starting the recruiting process, some may think that all schools start at the same time when sending prospective athletes mail. That however could not be further from the truth. Some schools like to get in early on younger players and try to show their interest in them early on. Others wait until they are older and see what kind of player that they have become as a senior.
One of the more interesting levels to follow in regards to recruiting is schools at the FCS/Division I-AA level. These programs are at a disadvantage over BCS/Division I-A schools because they do not have the resources that their rivals have. For example, a BCS school has to offer every player a full ride while the FCS school normally extends scholarships that are partials (There are exceptions at times).
My dream school hasn’t called yet during the football recruiting evaluation period. What should I do?
I received an email with a question that was somewhat similar to this. The family wanted to know what to do because they had received calls from other schools but their dream school had not contacted them over the phone as of yet. The athlete was already starting to get mad about it and was going to take steps to avoid them in the future.
That is a huge problem. The evaluation period is forty five days. There are a lot of opportunities for coaches to call you. And if they don’t, then they obviously do not have you high on their radar. It may be your dream school right now in your mind but it doesn’t mean it will be in February when you need to sign your Letter of Intent.
Should I cross Division I schools off my list if I didn’t get any calls or high school visits during the spring evaluation period?
If you have been a faithful reader of this site, you may be getting sick of me talking about the importance of the spring evaluation period for football recruits. It finally gives those junior athletes a chance to get a real feel for the amount of recruiting attention you are getting. And unless you had scholarship offers before the spring, it is a difficult challenge to really tell.
So with this period about to end, coaches won’t be able to call prospective athletes again until September. If you are a football player who received two calls from your top five schools, what exactly should you be thinking about these other three schools? Is it worth still pursuing them and going to their camps? Before making any final decisions, let me stress that you should wait until the complete end of the month to make 100% sure these programs won’t be calling.
How to finish the evaluation period strong and decide on camps during the football recruiting process
The May evaluation period has flown by and once June hits, that means college football coaches will not be able to contact you with phone calls and visits until the fall. You will still be able to call them, attend their camps, receive letters, and email with them but the evaluation period will be closed until September 1st.
So with that in mind, it is important that you do everything you can to finish the spring evaluation period strong. So what can I do to accomplish that? Here are a few things to think in regards to this and the upcoming football recruiting camp circuit. …CONTINUE READING =>
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Overall, how would you describe the recruiting process that you went through?
Only one that I’ve been through, but I’d say it was about what was expected from reading your website and doing other research. It was informative, eye-opening, entertaining at times.
I recently read an article about ten things you can do to not get rich during your life. Because of how interesting the article was, I thought I would put together a piece that talks about the ten things you should do to not get recruited. This applies to all sports so keep this in mind no matter what sport you play. There are in reverse order to build up the suspense:
10.) Do poorly in school There is little doubt that doing poorly in school will scare many schools away. Not putting much time into your school work and struggling early on usually creates a hole that is very hard to get out of.
With the way the recruiting process works these days, athletes are getting scholarship offers earlier and earlier. The reason is because Division I college coaches, especially those who are not coaching at Duke, North Carolina, and Kansas, need to land the best players that they can. And one way to do that is by offering an extremely early scholarship and building a relationship to get them to commit/stay with that commitment.
One interesting case has been unfolding before my eyes as of late. There was a recruit who received a scholarship offer from an in-state Division I program before his freshman year even started. There was so much hype surrounding this athlete as his coach said that schools like North Carolina and others had heard about him and were sending mail. His AAU coach even talked about how he could possibly be good enough to be a McDonalds All American. Fast forward a few years and things seem to have changed.
As an athlete at the high school level, it is always great to receive mail from college coaches. Even if it is a form letter or just a camp invite, it really just make you feel special to open the letter from a big school. And while I am not here to rain on your parade, I think it important for athletes to realize what a camp invite means and how you should handle them.
Let me start out by saying that a number of college programs send out tape invites to hundreds and probably thousands of athletes. Unless you have been hearing from the school before receiving this invite, then really, it means nothing. Unless you really blow up at their camp (And the chances are slim), than they are not going to recruit you. And if you have spent the money to attend the week long camp, hopefully you got something out of it more than a hope that you can improve your recruiting stock.