As always, Recruiting-101 wants to let readers know what parents before you have done in the past in order to receive scholarship offer. We had an opportunity to do a Q&A with this parent who used Recruiting-101 to help their son sign a National Letter of Intent to a Division I-A program.
Please give an overview of the recruiting process that you went through?
Because I didn’t get started until the 11th grade I was already behind quite a bit, so it was a bit overwhelming somewhat, but I was fortunate enough to have other parents within my son’s school that had already gone through this process and they were able to provide me with advise, and while talking to parents I found out about different camps, combines and recruiting websites that would help me along to get through this process.
Did you have much experience with recruiting before this?
I did not have any recruiting experience prior to this.
How can I help support Recruiting-101?
- Use highlight-videos.com for a Hudl tuneup/new video
- E-Book: Guide to the Athletic Recruiting Process for Parents
- E-Book: How Juniors Can Get a Head Start on the Football Recruiting Process
- Complete Package: Junior Football All State Recruiting Package
- E-Book: Football Recruiting Position by Position Advice
- Complete Package: Senior Football All State Recruiting Package
- E-Book: Producing a Scholarship Worthy Highlight Video
- E-Book: How Seniors Can Finish the Football Recruiting Process Strong
Looking back, was there anything you would have done differently?
I would have started in the 9th Grade.
How did you use Recruiting-101 as an aid in the recruiting process?
The various pieces of information you guys put out all throughout the year are very helpful, anything from what should recruits do when they go to an official or unofficial visit to attending spring games, attending camps, what clues to look for when attending a camp that will let you know whether or not a school is actually interested in your son, I took my son to a UNC camp this past summer and after the coaches went through a few drills with with all the recruits, he took my son and another recruit out of the group and took them to another field to evaluate them individually plus I also noticed the head coach also came over to see them go through the different drills, so this was of course a sign telling me they were actually interested.
Did you use any other sites or books that helped?
Probably rivals and scout.
What are a few things that every family should do in recruiting?
Start out early, trust me the earliest you start the better, I wish I had started in the 9th grade, it would have made things a lot easier.
How many camps did you attend?
He didn’t attend that many camps as they are rather expensive, but he did to a couple of 1 day camps given by the schools that were actually recruiting him.
Did you make a highlight video? If so, how did you distribute it to coaches?
Yes I did have someone make his highlight video and as far as distribution our coach would give it out to all the colleges that came through our school, I also mailed a few copies to a few schools, but I mostly just sent out his you tube link.
What was the most unique piece of recruiting mail your son received?
His Letter of Intent.
Do you feel coaches were honest with your family the entire time?
Some but not all, the one school that was by far the most honest was the school he will be signing with.
How much input did your family have in helping your son make a decision?
I think we played a pretty good role in ensuring that he was making the right decision.
How many offers did he receive?
He received three offers
How many official visits did he take?
He only took one, because by the time he went on to his first viist there was no more time left to attend other visits.
What was the most stressful part of recruiting for you, the parent?
Ensuring that my son kept up with his grades.
What was the most stressful part of recruiting for your son?
Since he didn’t do so well in the 9th and 10th grade he was playing catch up during the 11th grade so this was kind of overwhelming for him as he knew that he needed to have a certain GPA and SAT score in order to qualify.
Did the relationship between your family grow during the recruiting process?
I think it did as my son and I got to spend more time together.
Do you have any other advice for parents reading this?
Start the recruiting process early, hopefully 9th grade, emphasize the importance of academics and the SAT/ACT, remember that it doesn’t matter how talented your son is, if he doesn’t have the grades schools that are interested more than likely will walk away.
Want to help support Recruiting-101? Please consider purchasing one of our E-Books today!
Are you a junior football recruit who needs direction on where to go from February until August of your junior year? Recruiting-101 has written a 29-page E-Book that breaks down the football recruiting process from Signing Day until Summer of their junior year and is for sale for only $10.00. Find out more about purchasing the e-book and what else is included by clicking here now!
Recruiting-101 has written a 51-page E-Book that helps parents throughout the journey of the recruiting process. This includes an example recruiting profile, a step-by-step time line, and much more. It is currently available for sale for only $10.00. Find out more about purchasing the e-book and what else is included by clicking here now!
Recruiting-101 has put together a 25-page e-book on how to Produce a Scholarship Worthy Highlight Video. It breaks down the overall process of creating a Highlight Video and gives step by step instructions for football and basketball recruits. Click here to learn more about the e-book now, which is currently on sale for only $7.50!
For position by position help throughout the football recruiting process, Recruiting-101 has put together a 28-page guide to help athletes get a better feel for what college coaches are looking for at each spot. Click here to learn more about the e-book now, which is currently on sale for only $5.00!