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.
The importance of fallback schools during the athletic recruiting process and how it can be factor in
If you had read the articles where I talked about how you should consider all of your options during the athletic recruiting process, this is going to be another story along those lines. But there is no doubt that this article pertaining to fallback schools does have some major relevance.
What is a fallback school? It is basically a school that if all of your dream schools and larger programs end up not coming through, there is still an option that you like in the recruiting process. If you are a senior with no offers currently, you might as well try coming up with a fallback school at all levels. The goal obviously would be to play college football at the highest level possible but if that doesn’t work out and you still want to play, there will be an option you enjoy awaiting you still.
From Rivals to Scout to everywhere in between, recruiting websites get a lot of page views by posting opinion based player rankings. These rankings are a lot about pride for the athletes and really are just for fun when everything is said and done. But there is no doubt seeing yourself or your child ranked low or not ranked at all is something that never sits well with a family.
So what should you do if Rivals, Scout, 247Sports, the local newspaper, or some random blog doesn’t have your son or daughter ranked on their list? Should you come out with guns blazing and tell them about the terrible job that they are doing with the site and how their son is great? Should you beg them to put your son on the list?
College 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.
I am a senior in the football recruiting process with scholarship offers. What should I be doing in November (Part Two)?
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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.
Over 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:
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.
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
This 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.
Should I ask a college coach if I am going to get a scholarship offer 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?
My son won’t call back Division III football coaches. Will that hurt him in recruiting 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.