I always seem to focus a great deal on older football recruits but there is little doubt that getting an early start on the recruiting process will only pay off down the road. So for those sophomore and freshman football recruits throughout the country, this article is dedicated to you and what you should be doing during May of your freshman or sophomore year. The reason both ages are lumped together because due to NCAA rules, it is nearly impossible to tell how interested a school really is in you.
For those with varsity experience, it is a no brainer to start actively getting yourself involved with the recruiting process. While it may take away from of your precious time, what will it hurt to start going through The Five Steps to a Scholarship Offer? If you have not logged varsity time at this point, then you have to make a decision whether or not to go ahead with the process and start trying to put your name out there. It will be tougher with a lack of varsity experience but can be done.
So why should you wait until you have varsity experience? It is easier to send video and stats to coaches that are strong and against the best competition in your area. Will you be sending Junior Varsity film out to college coaches? What about stats? These are things to think about before going ahead and starting the marketing process. So before going ahead, try to answer that question. I cannot answer it for you unfortunately as each situation is unique. But if you decide to go ahead, then here are some things that you should be doing.
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Like previously mentioned, because college coaches cannot send anything more than questionnaires or camp invites until September 1st of your junior year, gauging their overall interest is nearly impossible. The only way that you will get a good feel for it is if they offer a scholarship to you through your high school coach. And honestly, that is rather rare for a Division I college program to feel comfortable enough to offer a scholarship this early in the process. I would assume it happens to no more than two hundred prospects in each class, if it even reaches that high of a number.
With summer football camps quickly approaching, it would definitely benefit an athlete at this age to get to at least one. The reason is simply because getting college coaching at these camps is something that can really help you develop. Because you have no idea what schools are really recruiting you, it is difficult to try and go to camps simply on the amount of recruiting attention that they have been showing you. What you should go to camps are should be based on if you have heard good recommendations in terms of a teaching camp or if there is a school you have dreamt of playing for. A good camp that can help you get better is essential. And also getting a chance to see what your dream school is like is worth it if money is not a factor.
If you are attending camps, there is certainly no reason to be worried about going to just one day at each camp. The reason why you are going to these is to improve, work on your skills, and possibly help yourself in the recruiting process. But don’t count on helping yourself very much overall. You need to go in focusing on becoming a better player, not hoping to get an early scholarship offer.
One other thing to think about specifically this month is the potential to speak with college coaches. If you are at a larger school and your coach thinks that you are a legitimate prospect, then he may be calling you to his office to say hello to the college coaches. These coaches will definitely be giving you the eyeball test, saying hello (because that is all they can do according to NCAA rules), and probably giving you a camp brochure. As I said before, wear the big shoes during the month of May so you can pass the eyeball test.
After getting all of this in line, then I would strongly recommend going through The Five Steps to a Scholarship. Create a recruiting profile, find schools that match you, and then market yourself to the programs. Getting into their recruiting database early is something that will be a plus overall in the football recruiting process. It allows you to be evaluated and that is a key step to get a scholarship offer.
Should you do the highlight video and the website? That is definitely your decision. I would strongly recommend it for juniors but it is not needed as much for sophomores and freshman. It certainly could help you get your ducks in a row early but it just depends on your resources overall. If you have the skills or the money to do it, then go for it. If not, you will not hurt yourself all that much without them. But start thinking about doing them as a junior so either start saving or learn some computer skills.