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The thirty second rule in recruiting highlight videos

Posted by | May 28, 2015 | Comment

The thirty second rule in recruiting highlight videosRecently when talking to a parent regarding putting together a highlight tape, one of the things that was mentioned was the thirty second rule. While this may or may not be true, it would not surprise me one second if this really does happen. And considering this rule came from an Ivy League school, I can only imagine what SEC coaches do.

What this rule involves is when a coach watches a highlight tape of a player. The rule is that within thirty seconds, if the coach is not overly impressed with the highlights, then he moves on. The coach feels that if he is stretching to find a great play that the player made, than chances are solid that they are not going to recruit him. That means the coach can move onto the next tape and give that prospect the same time as well.  This also means don’t load up the start of your video with endless titles and accolades.


I am a sophomore/freshman football recruit. What should I be doing during the football recruiting process now (May)?

Posted by | May 27, 2015 | Comment

I am a sophomore/freshman football recruit.  What should I be doing during the football recruiting process now (May)?I always seem to focus a great deal on older football recruits but there is little doubt that getting an early start on the recruiting process will only pay off down the road.  So for those sophomore and freshman football recruits throughout the country, this article is dedicated to you and what you should be doing during May of your freshman or sophomore year.  The reason both ages are lumped together because due to NCAA rules, it is nearly impossible to tell how interested a school really is in you.

For those with varsity experience, it is a no brainer to start actively getting yourself involved with the recruiting process.  While it may take away from of your precious time, what will it hurt to start going through The Five Steps to a Scholarship Offer?  If you have not logged varsity time at this point, then you have to make a decision whether or not to go ahead with the process and start trying to put your name out there.  It will be tougher with a lack of varsity experience but can be done.


How can you tell the priority of a summer camp invite during the recruiting process?

Posted by | May 26, 2015 | Comment

How can you tell the priority of a summer camp invite during the recruiting process?Recently we have had some great comments and questions related to figuring out the interest from a college coach who invites an athlete to their summer camp.  It may be because I am a cynic and think the majority of invites that go out are to build up camp numbers and put more money into the pockets of coaches.  If you are blindly driving around to camps at schools that have barely shown you attention, the money you are putting into the camp may actually be helping the coaches remodel their houses.

But how do you really tell how serious a school is when they invite you to a camp?  Really, it is a difficult question because so many colleges back off after the camp no matter if you go or not.  Once their camp schedule is over, there is no reason that they need to stay in contact with fringe prospects at that level.


One Day Football Camps vs. Three Day Football Camps

Posted by | May 25, 2015 | Comment

One Day Football Camps vs. Three Day Football CampsWith 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.


I’m a junior with little to no football recruiting interest. What do I do?

Posted by | May 24, 2015 | Comment

I'm a junior with little to no football recruiting interest. What do I do?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 do Division I-AA schools start the football recruiting process?

Posted by | May 23, 2015 | Comment

When do Division I-AA schools start the football recruiting process?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?

Posted by | May 22, 2015 | Comment

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?

Posted by | May 21, 2015 | Comment

What is the difference between a low Division I school and a high Division II school in the athletic recruiting process?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

Posted by | May 20, 2015 | 2 Comments

How to finish the evaluation period strong and decide on camps during the football recruiting processThe 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 =>

Q&A with a parent who used Recruiting-101 to own the recruiting process

Posted by | May 19, 2015 | Comment

Cold sending highlight video tapes to college coaches and more on how they can affect the football recruiting processNavigating the recruiting process for the first time is a difficult process but thousands of families have done it using  We caught up with a parent who shared their story about how they did it without using an overpriced recruiting service.

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.