2012 Football Recruiting Checklist for athletes WITHOUT recruiting interest

2009 Football Recruiting Checklist for athletes WITHOUT recruiting interestSoon I will be releasing a football recruiting checklist for athletes that have received attention from college coaches.  Today I am going to be taking a lot at the steps athletes who have not received attention from college programs should be doing in preparing for the upcoming football season.

You may be an athlete who hasn’t marketed himself or just hasn’t played varsity football.  But there are certainly some things that you can do to help you get ahead in the football recruiting process in comparison to your classmates across the country.

As a note, some of these will be similar to the previous articles but there certainly are differences.  I think going into the season with attention versus not having any interest from college coaches does greatly differ.  Here are some of the things I do believe you should do.

Game tapes for an eventual highlight video
If this is your first season of varsity football, are you positive that you will be seeing a big role?  If you had asked me that question when I was in high school I will tell you right now that I was not realistic at all.  I thought I was going to play much more than I did both as a junior and a senior.  So if you haven’t played varsity, how sure are you?  This is a tough dilemma parents out there.

Right now, the last thing you want to do is pay someone to video the games if your son isn’t playing.  And it would be hard talking to a coach about getting game tape if your son doesn’t have a spot locked down.  There are so many variables about getting game tapes when your playing time is in question.  In this situation, my advice is have the family video tape the games and get a feel of the playing time early in the year.  If your son ends up being the stud of the team, then talk to the coaches midway through the season about getting full game tape.

For those that have had extensive playing time, talk to the high school coaches about getting copies of the games tapes.  Check the quality and see if it is worth it to have your family do the filming themselves or if the money is there, consider hiring a professional videographer.  It won’t be cheap but they will likely do the best job.

Have a highlight video option lined up
What I ask families to do here is their due diligence in researching a potential recruiting highlight video.  If your son plays a great deal and becomes a star, then having done that research beforehand will really pay off.  If he doesn’t play, then all you did is waste an hour or two to be prepared in case things work out well.  Here is what I said in the previous article that I believe needs repeated:

I have heard from many parents who at the end of the football season are behind and scrambling to get a football highlight video produced as soon as humanly possible.  That is why doing the work early on is something that will pay dividends down the road.  The first option is if any of the coaches on the team does a highlight video.  If they do, make sure to see a previous copy.  If it is good, ask about time it takes and make sure you know when to find another option.  If you can do it yourself, even better.  The other option is to speak with a variety of companies that do highlight videos.  I stress that it is important to work with someone who only does highlight videos and not weddings or graduations.  The reason is because you need someone who knows what college coaches are looking for (see www.highlight-videos.com for a company that we recommend).

Have you recruiting profile ready
I have talked a great deal in The Five Steps to a Scholarship about making your football recruiting profile and the importance of it.  If your family has the time before the season, why not put a template together that you can fill in with the thousands of rushing yards and hundreds of tackles you will rack up during the season.  Without any college interest, you will want to spend time in the fall marketing yourself to college coaches.  You need this to do so.

Do your research
Before you start the marketing process to colleges (I stress that you don’t mass send out your resume to hundreds of college coaches.  It wastes your time and their time), you will want to look into schools that can match you athletically, academically, and socially.  Figuring out your future level of play is very difficult at this juncture in your career but you can at least look at a variety of schools at different levels.  You want to know what schools you are interested.  Make sure to not have just Division I eyes or I will come find you and make you think differently.

Prepare for a great season
Really there is only so much you can do about this but hopefully athletes have used the off-season to their advantage and added weight, strength, and speed.  Not much else to say here really.

Help your team win
I have seen Division I recruits on winless football teams before.  But it seems that college coaches flock to the teams that have excellent athletes who are just winners.  That is the type of players that they hope to land at the college level.

Have fun
This could be your final year on the prep football field.  Enjoy yourself and focus on football.  If you do that and let your parents handle most of the recruiting attention, then things will likely go smoothly during the fall.

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