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Football Recruiting Is About Academics

Football Recruiting Is About Academics Having good grades is a powerful component in the college recruiting process. Let’s be clear, if you have bad grades you will be overlooked by college programs. It doesn’t matter how great of a football player you...

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Here’s The Commitment To Play At The College Level

Here's The Commitment To Play At The College Level The commitment at the college level is truly amazing. If you don’t have what it takes to compete at the college level then it doesn’t even matter what division, you will end up quitting.  Please leave me a...

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You’re Not Getting Recruited Because Of Your Parents

You're Not Getting Recruited Because Of Your Parents We can all agree that the recruiting process is extremely challenging and not the easiest thing to comprehend.  The process of recruiting is a battlefield with shattered and crushed bodies of student-athletes...

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The Sad Reality Of The Unsigned Senior Event

The Sad Reality Of The Unsigned Senior Event The recruiting process is a battlefield littered with the broken bodies of student-athletes who have slipped through the cracks and may never get recruited.  In my opinion, the process begins during the middle school years...

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It’s All About Good Grades

It's All About Good Grades We’ve all heard it a thousand times about having good grades, the message is loud and clear but I want to be absolute. If you have bad grades you will be invisible to college coaches. Bad grades do not care if you are the next great,...

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The Mass-Mailing Dilemma

The Mass-Mailing Dilemma   Like a big bonanza cash sweepstakes, college coaches send out hundreds if not thousands of recruiting letters to unsuspecting student-athletes everywhere.  These letters mostly contain questionnaires sent directly to the...

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The Deadly Struggle Of Recruiting Procrastination

The Deadly Struggle Of Recruiting Procrastination In my opinion, recruiting is a six year process.  It begins in middle school with the stunning conclusion at senior year of high school.  For some student-athletes the recruiting process ends in complete disaster. ...

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About Al Woods

About Al Woods Outside of sports, my passion has always been the recruiting process. From August 1989 to September 2018 I ran a recruiting service, Woods Recruiting, where I assisted thousands of student-athletes and parents in the day-to-day challenges of the process...

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Guidelines

Guidelines For The "Ask Al" Podcast Guidelines For The “Ask Al” Podcast  This podcast is specifically designed for those who have questions about the college recruiting process. Recruiting represents extreme challenges that are often confusing,...

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Don’t Throw Away Recruiting Opportunities!

Don’t Throw Away Recruiting Opportunities! Say Yes To Woods Recruiting Surprisingly, but true there are various scenarios where student-athletes have turned their backs on a college scholarship offer, holding out for something better. The student-athlete’s...

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The Old Broken-Down Strategies No Longer Work

The Old Broken-Down Strategies No Longer Work  Say Yes To Woods Recruiting Once upon a time, student-athletes relied heavily on their high school coach to get them recruited for college.  The belief was the high school coach was all-knowing, all responsibilities were...

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Ignore The Noise About Recruiting Services

 Ignore The Noise About Recruiting Services Say Yes To Woods Recruiting Haters are going to hate. They are hating heavily on recruiting services to distract you and throw you off course because that’s what haters do. Don’t listen to these haters when it...

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Letters From College Coaches

Letters From College Coaches  Say Yes To Woods Recruiting Receiving a letter from a college coach.  What real value does it really create?  What power does it have behind it in the eyes of student-athletes and often confused parents? Did you know there are large...

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There Are Many Lies Told In Recruiting

There Are Many Lies Told In Recruiting  Say Yes To Woods Recruiting What is hidden in the dark will come out in the light. The truth about a student-athlete cannot be hidden forever. Lies are being told, abilities are being fabricated, and stretching the truth is...

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What Are College Coaches Looking For In Recruits?

 What Are College Coaches Looking For In Recruits?  Say Yes To Woods Recruiting Positive impact are the influences student-athletes can bring to a college program from the point of view of the college coach.  A bad attitude, rotten apples, or the bad seeds can upset...

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The Wear And Tear On Student-Athletes

The Wear And Tear On Student-Athletes  Say Yes To Woods Recruiting We already know that high school athletics is a year-round commitment.  At the conclusion of the season student-athletes in enormous numbers are flocking to club teams that travel to showcases and...

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I Promise It Will Be Worth It

I Promise It Will Be Worth It  Say Yes To Woods Recruiting It’s a seemingly ongoing battle, journey, climb, and struggle in developing athletic talents into recruitable student-athletes.  Middle school is two years, high school is four which, added together, is...

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High School Athletics Has Become Year-Round Athletics

High School Athletics Has Become Year-Round Athletics Say Yes To Woods Recruiting The days of the off-season are long gone. In the old days you played your season and at the conclusion you were done or you moved on to another sport.  Nowadays, to excel in an...

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The Offer

The Offer Say Yes To Woods Recruiting It’s packaged nicely and presented to the student-athlete. Inside is the offer that student-athletes desperately seeks and their parents, with huge anxiety and fears, hoped for. The recruiting process is a jungle filled with...

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Slipping Through The Cracks. What Does It Really Mean?

Slipping Through The Cracks. What Does It Really Mean?  Say Yes To Woods Recruiting There’s no official definition for slipping through the cracks of the recruiting process. I will attempt to give you my opinion on what it really means. Despite their best...

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Good Coaching Bad Coaching

Good Coaching Bad Coaching  Say Yes To Woods Recruiting For the purpose of this conversation I’m going to be referring to AAU basketball.   This topic is centered around the deep decline of AAU basketball coaching. There are those who are connected who feel...

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