The five best times to excel in order to help yourself dominate with the football recruiting process
Going into the football recruiting process, some families feel that as long as you find a way to excel in at least one year at the prep level, then there is a good chance that you will get scholarship offers. And while I wish that were true for all those hard working football players (and their parents) out there, that is definitely not the case.
Because of this, I have decided to put together a list of the five best times during the football recruiting process to excel. For some, these may be a surprise as to the time frame I am talking about. But in order to be evaluated and hopefully be considered for an eventual scholarship offer, here are the five best times to shine.
As I have mentioned many times in my recruiting definitions for parents and players, college coaches are prone to deadline an athlete during the recruiting process. I even spoke with a college coach just yesterday about an athlete. He said there was an athlete with an offer still waiting to decide but they had another kid ready to pull the trigger who does not have an offer. If the first kid doesn’t decide soon, they will deadline him and move on. And just for the sake of mentioning, this is from a Division II school.
When a college coach deadlines you in the athletic recruiting process, it is a difficult situation no matter how many scholarship offers you have. But what makes it even harder is if there is only one athletic scholarship on the table and only interest from other schools. If you are deadlined, is it worth committing to the school even though you are not 100% sure about it?
What happens at a Junior Day during the football recruiting process from the perspective of an athlete?
I have written a number of different articles talking about what a Junior Day is and what happens throughout these visits. These are important events during the football recruiting process that I would recommend if you have the time and money to travel there.
And while I can only pass along what I know happens during a Junior Day, this time I enlisted the help of a number of athletes who have made these visits. Each of these quotes are from a number of players who all made a visit to the same Junior Day. See for yourself what they say about the event and what their overall thoughts are:
First off, let me note that regardless of if you are a top twenty recruit in the country or someone who will play Division III football, colleges are limited in what they can send you. The real mail can begin on September 1st of your junior year. Before that date, colleges are legally only able to send you camp invites and a questionnaire. That is all you can receive.
So the first thing you need to do is not get extremely disappointed that you have not been hearing from schools. It does happen throughout the recruiting process and is another fun part that you need to deal with during this time. But even though you are still young, it would not hurt to get your name on their radar for future reference.
One of the most interesting and loaded questions that I have received in recent weeks was sent by email recently. The athlete wanted to know more about phone calls from college coaches and what exactly does it mean. As I have said, this is a sure sign that the college coaches at their school are seriously interested in you.
But if they have almost a month and a half to call recruits across the country, how many are they actually calling? The reason that this question is so loaded is because it varies so much. One school may call 100 prospects and another 500. It just depends on the school and their recruiting base. But here is what I think are the normal numbers for an average Division I-A (BCS) program.
According to NCAA rules, today is the beginning of the evaluation process for junior football recruits across the country. What this means for the most part is that assistant coaches from basically every Division I-A and I-AA college will be traveling the country and visiting high schools.
Why does this really matter? College coaches use this time for a number of different things. The first is to either build or continue to improve the relationships with the high school coaches in the area. It is important for them to foster these relationships because they are crucial for landing either players from their high school or eventually being tipped off on an opposing athlete with the skills needed to play at their level.
For junior football recruits out there, April and May really is the most vital time thus far in the recruiting process. This finally gives you a feeling (either good or bad) about the schools that are seriously recruiting you. If a college coach takes the time to call you, then you are at least on their radar and that is a great thing.
But with most teenagers, the coaches will seem to be the ones talking the majority of the time because they are trying to build a bond. If these coaches don’t talk during most of the time, then there will be a lot of dead air and awkwardness. If you want to take control of the athletic recruiting process yourself, you should not let this happen. Instead, what you should be doing is asking questions and trying to find out as much as you can about the school. Here are some of the best questions to ask at this time period to the coaches if they come calling.
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).
In previous articles, I have talked about how important it is to love the sport that you want to play at the college level. No matter how much you think you need a scholarship (There are student loans), if you don’t love the sport, getting through four or five years of it will not be easy. It would be similar to an extent to waking up to a job everyday that you hate.
In this article, I will be looking at the time allotted by the NCAA for Division I athletes. This includes the limit of practice time in and out season. If you are a basketball player, trust me in saying that your off-season workouts will not be you coming into the gym along and shooting some jumpers. It will be an intense workout that is directed by an assistant coach.
There is a junior football prospect who I recently spoke with about what is going on with his recruiting. This athlete has done a marvelous job marketing himself to schools throughout the country. He has impressive testing numbers and looks solid on film. And with that, he has received a lot of information from colleges in a wide variety of places.
And while I think he will receive a Division I-AA (FCS) scholarship at worst, no schools have stepped up to offer him at this point. With all of the attention that he has been getting, this junior has been invited to a lot of Junior Days that he has attended. The family has spent a great deal of money going to somewhere around five to ten Junior Days in a variety of locations. Once you add in travel (gas or airfare), lodging, and eating for every one of these visits, the price tag keeps growing.