As I talked about in yesterday’s article, college coaches usually have a good feel for an athlete going into their camps. While the may send out “invitations” to thousands upon thousands of athletes throughout their region, there are normally only a select few that are actually going to get a look during the recruiting process.
Recently a major Division I college had to cancel their summer camps because of a natural disaster that wreaked havoc on their town. While they are trying to make up a few of them, the recruiting coordinator had a very interesting quote regarding these camps. He mentioned that it is not that big of a deal in recruiting because they use these camps to confirm the ability of a player.
If I was an athlete who just spend hundreds and possibly thousands of dollars at camps in hopes of earning a scholarship offer from the coaching staff and hearing something like this, I would be beside myself. Seriously think about this when you are planning your camp schedule for the schools that did not call you in May.
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This coach also went on and talked about how the majority of evaluations are done off of tape (It shows once again how important a quality tape is in the recruiting process). That means the staff does most of their work beforehand when evaluating players. They watch tape, talk to coaches, and get a good feel for you as a player.
The camp then is used to confirm one thing about the player as the coaches usually have a number of them in the same boat. The staff looks heavily into the junior tape and then if need be, will request senior footage as well. They will be looking to see what improvement was made and to confirm your ability.
The reason that a school normally offers a football recruit around this time of the year is one of two reasons. The coaches had a chance to see you at camp and you confirmed what they were looking for (Whether it be size, physical play, arm strength, etc.). The other reason could be because they either had another prospect commit to a different school or the coaches don’t feel confident about landing that other prospects. You may be target B but if they are not likely to land A, you are likely to get offered.
So what does this article show you considering it is coming from a major Division I recruiting coordinator? The first thing is that it is worth making sure that there will be good video footage available prior to the season. If the answer is no, then you need to line someone up (A parent, a friend, or anyone).
The next thing is that you need to pay the money to put together a quality product to send to coaches. Make sure you pick a company that knows what they are doing and understands the recruiting process. Finding a company that knows what they are doing in recruiting vs. one that just does tapes is a big difference. And the third thing to take away from this article is that you don’t need to be at a week of camp to impress coaches. One day of camp is enough and I will always feel that way unless something changes.
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