I read this article written by Doug Sammuels in Football Scoop, a website devoted to primarily college and high school football coaches throughout the country. When I read articles giving advice to parents about football recruiting, I usually stop short and do not finish. Most advice is so unrealistic and almost silly.
Seven points that college coaches feel that recruits need to understand. This article is really good. To the point and so honest. I decided to share it with my readers. Enjoy.
1. Your high school coach is the most important recommendation college coaches seek
It’s a message that Urban Meyer harped on during a camp in Columbus, and his words had college coaches around the country throwing their arms up and shouting “AMEN!” The high school coach is around for good times, and bad, and is a first hand observer of not only your play making ability, but also your attitude, character, work ethic, commitment to the program, and how you respond to adversity, often for four years or more. Those are all traits held in the highest regard by college coaches. Coaches will also talk to the school administration, teachers, secretaries, and even janitors at the school, but the coach’s word carries the most weight – BY FAR.
Earn the recommendation of your high school coach. Not your uncle, your 7 on 7 coach, or anyone else. The opinion of the high school coach goes further than anyone else. Period.
2. 99% of the guys you’re going to play with were the stars on their high school team just like you were
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One of the hardest things that a lot of freshman have to do once they get to campus is learn how to swallow their pride a bit. Chances are really good they were the best player on their high school team, and one of the most recognizable faces in their hometown. But once they get to the college level, they’re surrounded by guys who were once in the same shoes in their hometown. Adjusting to the new hierarchy can be too much for a lot of freshman. Continue Reading