For junior football recruits out there, the spring evaluation period really is the most vital time thus far in the recruiting process. This finally gives you a feeling (either good or bad) about the schools that are seriously recruiting you. If a college coach takes the time to call you, then you are at least on their radar and that is a great thing.
But with most teenagers, the coaches will seem to be the ones talking the majority of the time because they are trying to build a bond. If these coaches don’t talk during most of the time, then there will be a lot of dead air and awkwardness. If you want to take control of the athletic recruiting process yourself, you should not let this happen. Instead, what you should be doing is asking questions and trying to find out as much as you can about the school. Here are some of the best questions to ask at this time period to the coaches if they come calling.
When thinking about any potential college, think long and hard about what you want to know. Any questions you throw there way will either be answered or researched and then responded to. The more questions you ask, the more interested you seem in the school. The most you are wasting is the ten or so minutes you are on the phone with the coach so it is worth it to learn more about their program.
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Here are some of the most important questions you should think about asking when these calls are arriving. It is easy to think of more but these are some of the most obvious ones that should be brought up:
How vital is going to your summer camp?
What is the best camp that I can go to so that I can be evaluated?
How does the evaluation process work?
How many players do you hope to bring in on scholarship at my position?
How did spring practices go?
What is your overall outlook on the upcoming season?
What workouts are the team doing now? How does that change in the summer?
Where do you see the program in the next four or five years?
How do athletes balance academics and athletics?
Is there help in the classroom if I am struggling in a class?
How would you describe your coaching style?
What are the best features of your school?
Will the facilities be updated any time soon (take what they say with a grain of salt)?
How well does the school/student body support the program?
Does the team go on any unique travel opportunities during the year or the summer?
How would you describe the overall attitude of the team?
Again, there are so many others that you can add to the list. These are just some of the ones that I thought of. All should be considered but it is probably best that you only pick a few because if you have a talkative coach, you may be on the phone with them for hours. That won’t look good on that eventual cell phone bill that your parents will be paying for.
As a note, the spring evaluation period starts on April 15th.
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