For some high schools in Ohio, practice will begin on August 1. For others, practice starts August 4. For me, the best time is the day that teams are allowed to scrimmage different colored jerseys. The best way to really evaluate a college prospect.
Actually received an email yesterday, and the dad asked what he should do to help his son with the recruiting process. His son is going into his junior year. No offers yet, but his son will get recruited. Some simple advice.
1. Begin the first day of practice working as hard as he can. Finish every drill. Work hard to get better. Listen to the coaches. As funny as it sounds, do not worry about getting injured and losing a chance for a scholarship. Play hard all of the time. Bumps and bruises are part of the game. If injured, be sure to report to the coach and do not rush back.
2. Make sure classes are set. If you are a freshman make sure you are taking the correct classes. NCAA standards have changed in regards to taking classes in sequence. There is a jump in required minimum GPA from 2.0 to 2.3. A more challenging rule is one that requires high school athletes to complete 10 of their 16 required core courses before their senior year. Students in the past used to take classes of all kinds just to be eligible. Now the NCAA is demanding that high school students take classes that are built on pre-requisites, and many are required core classes. Continue ReadingRead More »