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Football Recruiting Is About Academics

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 are.

When it comes time for college coaches to recruit you, your athletic ability is what got them interested.

You’ve got your foot in the door with them because of your amazing athletic ability, however the door will be slammed shut in your face if your grades are not up to par.

 

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Here’s The Commitment To Play At The College Level

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. 

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You’re Not Getting Recruited Because Of Your Parents

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 who’s dreams have been shattered believing they were going to make it to the next level.

College coaches are in constant recruit-mode, evaluating student-athletes and parents simultaneously.

Most parents are clueless of the recruiting process unaware they, too, are being evaluated, analyzed, and scrutinized.

Far too often parents with their knucklehead attitudes try to coach their kids from the sidelines.

Also, in that same knuckleheaded breath, they’re second-guessing the coach’s every move bringing unwanted attention on to themselves with a huge flow of negativity placed upon their son or daughter by their own stupid, idiotic, arrogant ways.

We’ve all seen this act play out time and time again where the parents are at a game trying to coach their kid from the sidelines, constantly yelling instructions the entire ball game! It’s a nuisance and it’s annoying to everyone who’s trying to enjoy the game!


The absolute last thing a college program wants to be involved with is an undisciplined parent.

Privately, college coaches do not want to have anything to do with parents because they are annoying, they ask too many stupid questions, they’re looking for some sort of deal, they want a scholarship like right now, they want playing time for their son or daughter as a freshman, and they want all types of guarantees.

This is why college coaches can’t stand the majority of parents.

If the parent is perceived to be a knucklehead the college coach will turn away.

College programs are not going to recruit a student-athlete if the parent is completely bat-shit out of their minds. That’s just the way it is.

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The Sad Reality Of The Unsigned Senior Event

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 and concludes senior year of high school.

When you add it all up that’s six years to make something happen in terms of exposure to college coaches, getting your name out, improving athletically, and playing club ball.

These are the critical Intangibles to getting recruited for college. 


Popping up all over the place nearing the end of the student-athlete’s senior year are these so-called unsigned senior events. They are a joke. A rip-off. Don’t waste your money.

Don’t waste your time. It’s clearly not worth the stress and anxiety associated with recruiting.

These events suggest that on a particular weekend, after hundreds of weekends have been lost, that somehow a student-athlete will get recruited on that day.

Are you foolish enough to believe that after months and years of recruiting that on one weekend major college coaches, or any college coaches, will show up to this event to pick up scraps?

Surprisingly, there are student-athletes and families who have lost all hope in the recruiting process and decided to pay money as a last-ditch desperate act of recruiting glory. 


The longer you ponder and procrastinate, scholarships will disappear, college dollars will evaporate, and years of athletic development could all go to waste. Action is not progressing through the valuable years of recruiting. 

An unsigned senior event will be staring you in the face and you’ll be itching to pull the trigger on your credit or debit card for one last hope when, in reality, it’s blowing up in smoke.

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It’s All About Good Grades

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, sensational star athlete, conference player-of-the-year where you have a ranking next to your name.

None of that would mean much of anything if your grades are sub-par.

The obvious remedy to bad grades would be a junior college or maybe a prep school.

A lot of junior colleges are so far away from home you can’t even find them on the map.

Others have less than a thousand students in attendance and you would be stuck there for two years, away from friends and family, out of your comfort zone all because you didn’t buckle down in the classroom during your high school years.

Now you’re being punished and locked down in a junior college. You have totally lost control.

Student-athletes spend countless hours of practice devoted to developing their talents into amazing talent.

So much dedication, but why do they fall short in the classroom? Why aren’t grades just as important as athletic development?

For every hour of practice an equal amount of time should be devoted to academic development, it only makes sense.

Standardized tests are just as important as any statistical category you hope to achieve as a student-athlete. 

Often student-athletes do not take these critical tests as serious as they should.

There’s a lot of downtime during the summer months so why not, as a team or in a group get together to form a study group? 

You all could have a meeting at the local library where there’s air conditioning and quiet, surrounded by books.

Maybe one of the parents or two could work as an administrator gathering up the group, transporting the group, facilitating the study process, etc.

This is also a great way to build team chemistry among the players and parents. 

The standardized tests are so critical to college placement it’s one of the most critical components out there and just as important as your height, weight, your skill-set, your ability, your heart, and your passion.

Your grades are that powerful.

Don’t ever think that a college program will recruit you if you have bad grades!

It’s impossible you could ever get admitted into college. Do not take this for granted, ever.

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The Mass-Mailing Dilemma

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 student-athlete’s high school in care of the coach. 

On a particular day, randomly out of nowhere a student-athlete is handed a letter by his/her high school coach that was sent to them by a big-time university. 

The student-athlete is happy and thrilled, but wants to show the letter to their teammates and run home to tell Mom and Dad of their first recruiting letter.

Sometimes the letter is one page or it may have a brochure attached. 

On rare occasions it could even have a questionnaire to be completed and returned immediately.

At that moment, is the student-athlete being recruited by that college program or is it just a mass mailing of junk mail that is sent out to thousands of student-athletes on the same day with the same intention? 

  • What does it really mean?
  • Where’s the value from the letter? 

Does it really contain recruiting information or is it no different than a day old lottery ticket?

Lesser-known college programs have to resort to mass-mailings in an effort to recruit student-athletes. 

The reason behind this strategy is mainly due to budget constraints. 

Not every college program is working with big dollars therefore, mass mailing is there only option to recruit.

Most student-athletes are just names on a college coach’s clipboard. 

You’re being accidentally recruited. 

The college coach does not know who you are. 

They have absolutely no information on you in terms of your grades, videos, maybe even recent test scores. 

You’re a random name on a random list sent randomly. Sorry for the bad news!

The uneducated with no real understanding of recruiting seriously believe the value of a letter from a major college program over someone’s opinion.

That letter has no real value or real meaning.

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