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December 15, 2016

Tips to Get Recruited for Football

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Out of the thousands playing high school football this fall, only six percent will go on to play at the collegiate level[1]. For those that get that opportunity they must first go through one of the most grueling aspects of sports – the recruitment process. Some think that when it comes to getting recruited to play college football the college coaches have all the power, but there are certain measures you can take as a potential recruit to help your chances.

1. Practice! Yes, I’m talking about practice. It sounds cliché, but the most effective way to receive that coveted college offer is to put in the time on the practice field. After you hone your skills through practice, you can perform on Friday nights, where it all matters.

2. Maximize your exposure by attending camps and showcases. Many college teams hold open camps that athletes can attend and compete in drills directly in front of the coaches that could potentially offer them a scholarship. This is a great way for you to show your skills to the people that matter. Likewise, filling out an information questionnaire on their team website is a good way to get on their recruiting radar.

3. Be patient. Don’t get frustrated if you haven’t received an offer or spoken to any college recruiters by the end of the season. Most colleges don’t hit the recruiting trail until after they have finished their own season. Equally, if signing day is approaching and you have yet to receive an offer, it is not the end of the world. Not everyone will commit to an offer- meaning if a player decides to go to one school over another, the school he did not choose can now offer another player. Teams will reevaluate their prospects after this process and go through another round of offers. Don’t lose hope!

4. Be open. If your dream is to be a Division I college football player but you aren’t getting approached by coaches, consider Division 1 AA and even Division II and III. Each level respectfully competes in the same game you fell in love with as a kid. Attending a junior college or prep school is another option to consider.

5. Take care of the classroom. You don’t want to be known as the “dumb jock” who couldn’t play college ball because he wasn’t eligible academically. Being in good academic standing definitely makes the recruiting process easier, so it’s important to handle business off the field as well.

The recruiting process is never easy. It can be long, stressful, and take its toll on anyone who isn’t properly prepared. It’s important to always stay positive and follow your heart. The best years of your life are waiting for you on the other side.

 

[1]http://www.ncaa.org/about/resources/research/estimated-probability-competing-college-athletics

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