I’m a junior football recruit. What should I be doing right now in the football recruiting process?  

I'm a junior football recruit. What should I be doing now in the football recruiting process?One of the features that I hope to do continue doing monthly is to focus on what I feel recruits in football, basketball, and possibly other sports should be doing right now to help themselves in the recruiting. As I have said many times, this is a difficult journey and most families are intimidated by it. But if you focus on what you need to do, it can help you work towards that scholarship.

If you are a football recruit, I would hope that you would be getting ready for the track season and/or wrapping up the basketball/wrestling seasons. There is no way that going out for track could hurt you as a recruit. It will help with your speed, flexibility, and hopefully strength as well. Even if you are not competing in events every weekend, this is a great sport to go out for to work on your skills.

As far as recruiting, now is a good time to sit down with your family and possibly your head football coach to plan out your summer camp schedule. As I have said in past articles, be wary of the schools that only send you a camp invite. If a program is seriously recruiting you, they will have shown you far more interest at this time. Try to figure out the dates that you want to be at different schools. Speak with the coaches at the colleges to see how serious they are about you. While they may feed you a line or two, be realistic about the level you can play at.

If you really think you are good enough and could earn a scholarship, then maybe Alabama and LSU are the places you want to go. Others may want to focus on Division I-AA and II camps. It really just depends on the individual. As mentioned in a few other articles from parents, coaches will not need to see you in camp all week. So try to figure out a budget for the camps because I know not all families have an unlimited budget in the journey for a college scholarship.

This is also a great time to be setting up unofficial visits. If you have not made any trips out to Junior Days or campus visits, the spring is a great time to work on this. Coaches want to have as many prospective athletes comes visit and see the team practice as possible. Schools may also be bringing in a big number of recruits for their eventual Spring Game. If you are in track, it may not be easy to schedule everything but pick and choose a few schools to go to. With the way that gas prices are looking, it may not be easy for you to get to that many visits overall.

If you have not put together a highlight video from your junior season, you need to do this as soon as possible. It is essential in the recruiting process that you put together a quality video that makes it obvious to coaches where you are on the screen. Doing this will allow the coaches to see how good you are. I recommend putting together a recruiting website as well but that is not as much a necessity as the highlight video.

I think that this bears repeating but I would not advise that you should send out your tape unless you have spoken with the coaches and they have requested it. I will talk about this more but I recently heard an article about a team that finished in the top ten two years ago and it took an athlete to send out four different copies of the highlight video before they watched it. The coaches requested it and lost three copies. What exactly do you think they would do if they didn’t request it? That is just a waste of time and money.

Also, you should try to find some time to sit down with your parents and figure out what you are looking for in your future school. Do you know what fields you want to do in academically? Do you know if you want to stay close to home? There are a lot of things you should figure out. Regardless if you get a scholarship or not, having that information written down will help you during the recruiting process.

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