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College Recruiting

Helpful Links:
1001 Recruiting Tips
NCAA Recruiting Center
NAIA Recruiting Rules 
STEPS TO TAKE

Part of any great football program is to help our players move onto the next level if they wish.  There are several things each of you should know and understand about this process.

RECRUITING SERVICES
“If I see an email from a recruiting service I hit delete.  If I see one from a High School Coach I read it and watch the film”  Reggie Mitchell University of KansasYour best recruiting service is the use of HUDL. Each of our football players has access to this service to build their own profile.  I can then use this service to send film to college coaches.  All of our video is on this service and college coaches use it to access our film and the kids profiles and highlights.  HUDL IS THE RECRUITING SERVICE ALL OUR PLAYERS SHOULD BE USING.

WHEN DOES THE PROCESS START?
Typically the process of recruiting starts after your son has played a significant role as a starter on the VARSITY football team.  Every Winter and Spring I have college coaches in my office.  I then begin to share film with them of returning starters.  Football is not like other sports.  The recruiting process for football players very much goes through the high school coach.

WHAT SHOULD WE BE DOING?
There are several things you can be doing as parents to aid in this process.

  • GRADE, GRADES, GRADES–COLLEGE HAVE A HARD TIME LOOKING AT ATHLETES WITH A LOW CORE GPA
  • ACT–Each of our football players should have taken the ACT by the time their Junior year is over if the have interest in college activities.
  • NCAA CLEARINGHOUSE–Each student athlete planning to play in college needs to register online at NCAA
  • HUDL PROFILE AND HIGHLIGHTS–Make sure that these things are updated and ready to go if needed.
  • BE REALISTIC–Understand that colleges recruit nation wide.  Not everyone will receive a college scholarship to play football.
  • SOCIAL MEDIA–Keep an eye on what your kids are posting.  If a college is interested in your son one of the first things they ask me for is the Twitter and Facebook account.  This is a main way that colleges communicate with perspective student athletes.  They can also find out what type of young men they are.