As much as we hope it will last forever, the inevitable truth splits the uprights every January: the college football season has come to an end. Thankfully for all of the other NCAA fanatics out there, Recruiting Season 2016 is officially underway. College coaches, recruiters and scouts are already back to work in pursuit of the best talent in the nation. The six-month time span between now and Camp Season 2016 begins with coaches evaluating the recently concluded seasons of the players they’ve kept an eye on, watching new film on new players, and building lists of potential candidates for invitations to their camps, always keeping in mind the open positions on next season’s depth charts.
As high school players, the checklist of to-do’s and do-not’s over the off-season is long, and can be intimidating this early in the year. Let’s see if we can make the jobs of both the high school players and the college recruiters just a little easier by outlining some key steps that will help high school players take an active role in becoming the best recruits possible.
Make Yourself A Better Recruit
Make the most of your recruiting experience by following these 7 steps:
- Get in the gym. Actively make a plan with your coaches, trainers and teammates. Be sure to set specific, numeric goals, and track your progress against these goals. Not every player can be the strongest player on the field, but everyone can get stronger. Everyone. Show your coaches and potential recruiters that improving your strength and conditioning is a priority.
- Make sure you have a digital file video/highlight film that you can send to coaches, recruiters and scouts when they ask.
- Start actively searching for programs/coaches that you enjoy, respect and can see yourself playing for. Learn absolutely everything you can about them.
- Hit the books. Recruiting is dynamic and constantly changing environment, but one guarantee that will never change is that if you can’t make the grades, you can’t play ball. We’ve all seen promising players in both high school and college make mistakes in the classroom, costing them a chance to play for their teams. You don’t want to be that guy.
- Revise your approach to social media. If you think that recruiting coaches and scouts don’t look at your profiles, think again. It’s one of the first introductions you make to them, and to people who haven’t had a chance to meet you in person. For examples of great social media presence, take a look at these current player Twitter and Facebook profiles. These are great examples of how to structure what your pages are saying about you as a football player, student, teammate and person.
- Attend as many camps, combines, and showcase events as possible. You will be impressed with how much you can learn from other, especially more talented players. College coaches will have an opportunity to evaluate your skills first hand, and scholarships are offered on the spot to the players that impress the most.
- Make sure that Collegiate Sports Data has your contact information and highlight film so all of the 200+ college teams that we work with each year can have access to your information and start to recruit YOU. We have been helping college teams and coaches recruit players like you for 25 years, and our service still remains 100% completely free for players.
Now that you’ve begun to mold yourself into a great recruit, head on back to #7, and hit the gym. Good luck with your off-season, and have a great 2016!