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The Woods Recruiting Blog

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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You Need A Lot Of Recruiting Video

You Need A Lot Of Recruiting Video  Say Yes To Woods Recruiting I’m sure by now you already know video is a required component. One of the many pieces of the recruiting puzzle which is confusing all in itself. You’re going to need a lot of video. Video is...

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There’s More To Recruiting Than The Showcase

There’s More To Recruiting Than The Showcase  Say Yes To Woods Recruiting The goal is to showcase your talents during the hot steamy summer months. This is what student-athletes strive for. 110% is the effort given in front of college coaches who you’re...

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The Helicopter Parents

The Helicopter Parents  Say Yes To Woods Recruiting Hovering above the student-athlete with propeller blades spinning at top speed unaware of their surroundings, every move the athlete makes parents are hovering. They’re waiting to attack like an eagle high...

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Bad Grades Will Kill You

Bad Grades Will Kill You Say Yes To Woods Recruiting There’s a slow death associated with bad grades eliminating student-athletes from the prize they’ve chased their entire lives in the recruiting process. They are striving for the scholarships....

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Go Where You’re Wanted!

Go Where You’re Wanted!  Say Yes To Woods Recruiting Have you ever mistakenly tried to fit your mailbox key into the front door of your house? It wouldn’t fit, right? You quickly realize the mistake and feel embarrassment and awkward. Student-athletes are...

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Why Not Go For Division One

Why Not Go For Division One  Say Yes To Woods Recruiting Student-athletes are conditioned to achieve excellence, ignore pain, striving constantly in their sport and in the classroom with full intensity. The coach is drilling into their heads the importance of...

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You Only Get One Chance

You Only Get One Chance  Say Yes To Woods Recruiting It is the absolute truth for student-athletes when it comes to recruiting: You only get one chance to go from high school athlete to college athlete.  Critical is the understatement. You must do everything in your...

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