Are there downfalls to posting your recruiting highlight videos online?

Are there downfalls to posting your recruiting highlight videos online?With video sites like Youtube.com popping up on a daily basis, there is no doubt that getting video footage online continues to be easier.  A number of recruited prep athletes in a variety of sports have taken advantage of these sites and posted their recruiting highlight videos to the sites.  And while this is great, some are still worried about doing it.

So are there any downfalls to posting this footage of yourself online?  There are always going to be a certain number of people who feel as if you posting your highlights is bragging.  These are also the same people that think that if you are good enough, college coaches will find you.  The problem is with these people is that the Internet has changed everything and they need to adjust.

No matter what, these people will think that you are showing off by posting your footage online.  Honestly, you are not putting this footage on the Internet to let others see it.  Outside of college coaches and may family, there is not a whole lot of reason to post your footage online.  And while showing it to grandma that lives across the country is great, the main reason to do it is for college coaches.

First off, these coaches are likely not going to be scouring Youtube for the latest and greatest football sensation that they can recruit.  The reason that athletes put their video on Youtube is so they can send the link in email.  Because the URL for Youtube video is normally very long, it basically has to be done via email.

Your video may also be seen by your opponents and they can pick up tendencies.  You may be a basketball player who only goes right or a football player who prefers to run outside.  If they use your recruiting highlight video to find out about these, then that happens.  If this school has a competent head coach, chances are they are going to be able to find video of you and your team regardless of if your highlights are posted online.

This past year, I had a coach paranoid enough that he didn’t want a highlight video of the quarterback posted on their team.  Again, old time coaches may still think that if this video gets out, then the footage will give up all their secrets.  The problem with that is in order to help broadcast your ability in the eyes of college coaches, you need to get this video on the Internet.

Again, there are a few downfalls to posting your highlights online.  Some will think your bragging and you may give away your a few tendencies that the opponents may see in these highlights.  But to be able to send coaches direct links to your video is worth the trade off.  This is a way to help your stock in the recruiting process and impress college coaches who may have no other way to see you.

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