In a perfect world, right now would be the best time to be signing up for college football recruiting camps

In a perfect world, now would be the best time to be signing up for college football recruiting campsIf you have been an avid reader of this site and heeded our advice over the last few months, then chances are that you have not figured out your final plans for summer college football recruiting camps.  The reason is not because I push athletes and their families to procrastinate until the last moment.  The reason is because waiting as long as possible will give you the best chance to get a college scholarship while performing at these camps.

The spring evaluation period is the first time you really get a good feel for what college coaches are after junior football recruits.  The reason is because during this period, the coaches are allowed to visit schools and most importantly, they can call recruits.

As I have written about before, I believe somewhere around 95% of the offers extended from BCS conference schools in football recruiting come from coaches who call during this evaluation period.  So if that really is the case, why would a family spent the money on a camp if they didn’t call?

One of the big reasons why a family will still spend the money is because they are fooled into thinking a camp invite means something.  A camp invite is a money grab by the coaches.  The more athletes they get at their camp, the more money they will be bringing home to their family.

So if they mail you a camp invite or give you one while visiting school, please, please, please, please realize that it means nothing at all.  If they really think you are a quality prospect, then they will take ten minutes and call you.  If not, then they will just give you a camp invite.

If you were savvy enough to wait to send your check or input your credit card number, then you are in a perfect situation.  Early this week is by far the best time to evaluation your recruiting and figure out a plan of attack.

If you have been taking care of the process and tracking your recruiting, you can use that information.  Take that information and the dates of the camps.  Sit down with your family and have a long talk about the process, what you want, and what you hope to accomplish.

With most camps, the dates are likely going to overlap each other.  That is why (and this needs to go bold for emphasis) you need to attend only one or two days max at these camps.  The reason is because college coaches who are good know if you can play or not shortly after watching you.  They don’t need four full days to evaluate you.  If they tell you otherwise, they are either lying or poor evaluators.

So after you have figured out with your family about camps, contact the coaches very soon and talk to them about attending one day due to your schedule.  If they called (which I hoped they did), then you should have a solid relationship with them already so making this call will be much easier.  If not, you still need to make the call.

Attending only one day at camps also is a great way to help your family save money.  Financial obstacles can get in the way of attending camps across the country.  But going to one day at camps close to your home is something that families hopefully can afford in the chase for a scholarship.

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