The best advice from familes that have had their kids receive scholarships in the football recruiting process

The best advice from parents in the football recruiting processOver the four and a half years that I have been running this site, I have had an opportunity to do question and answers with a number of outstanding families.  I did these after they wrapped up the football recruiting process so that they could look back on what they saw and learned.

One of the questions that I always tried to ask was if they had advice for other families out there reading.  In this article, I decided to take information that the parents provided for that answer and put it into one article.  Again, these are real parents who went through the ups and downs of football recruiting over the last few years.  Find out what they said.

Be patient. The coaches may try to pressure you and your son into making a decision right away. When our son got his offer, they wanted to know by the weekend whether or not he was going to commit to them.  Your son may be overwhelmed or intimidated by adult coaches who are calling them or stopping at school all the time and constantly asking for an answer. What we found out was if they think you are good enough to offer a scholarship to, more than likely they will wait for an answer. They might still ask all the time, but they probably are not going to pull the offer and give it to someone else if you don’t feel comfortable answering them in a week’s time. Contact the school or coach and let them know that you would like to be informed when they are going to visit at school so you can meet them. It is a big decision.  Go visit colleges, even if you don’t get to talk to the coach, talk to someone in the academic department in which your child is interested.  Your child is going there to get an education and how comfortable they are on the campus and the kind of academic support they will receive should be one of the main factors that affect their decision.

First of all be REALISTIC about the abilities of your son. In high school, a player can play linebacker at 5’10” 175 lbs. However, to play linebacker at that size at a scholarship level, is not a realistic expectation. College coaches really stress speed and explosiveness when evaluating players. They are less impressed with a 350 lb bench press than a kid who can run a 4.5 40 yard dash and has a 36” vertical jump. College coaches can help gain strength and help kids gain weight, but it is more difficult to coach speed and explosiveness.

Know that the process takes a lot of time.
Having a good highlight tape is very important.
It’s important to attend as many game day invites as you can.
Become as educated as you can about the recruiting process. The Rivals.com recruiting seminars are excellent.
Make sure you frequently communicate with your high school head coach as he plays a key role in the recruiting process.
Don’t be afraid to promote your son.
Have fun with the process knowing that it provides great opportunities.

Enjoy the whole process while not letting it consume you and your family. Also, if you get stressed out about the whole thing your kid probably will too. Try not to figure it out either as far as who schools recruit and why. Even our son’s coach said he cannot figure out how it all works and once he thinks he knows he just gets confused all over again.

Get a highlight tape professionally made and spend time learning about the recruiting process, the timelines, etc. Summer camps are a very significant part of the recruiting process – our son didn’t attend any after his sophomore season which was probably a good choice for him because he matured physically so much during his junior year and became a much stronger/quicker player after he finally quit growing. But he didn’t receive the real early interest like those who had been at camps. In many situations attending camps after their sophomore season may be beneficial especially if it’s a school they are really interested in.

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