Here’s How 5 Letters Will Help You Get SMART(er)!

When colleges are looking for prospective players there are some non-negotiables.  Statistics like height, weight and 40 speed are not numbers you can change quickly, if at all. And, depending on the position coaches are recruiting,  you may be considered or marked off of a list without ever knowing due where you fit in those three areas. Once you’ve made the initial cut based upon your physical attributes, coaches want to know that you are goal-oriented. Here is an easy way to show your mastery of accomplishing objectives, and they are easy to remember, just be SMART!

  • S – Specific. The easier it is to understand, the better. Imagine you are telling your grandmother – if it’s too complicated or hard to understand, go back to the drawing board.
  • M – Measurable. There must be a number associated with your goal. Do you want to bench press ‘a lot’ or 350 lbs?
  • A – Attainable – Sure, every TE wants to run a 4.4 40, but take a moment and be honest with your capabilities.
  • R – Realistic – If you have your heart set on an IVY League school and have a 25 on the ACT you’re not being realistic. A stretch goal can be a great motivator, but be sure you keep realistic ones in the majority.
  • T – Time-oriented. This is by when you can complete your goal. By associating a deadline with your plan, you will be able to see what has to happen today in order to get you one step closer to what you are working towards.

Here’s a great example from a 2018 6’3 190 pound WR who runs a 4.4 40 with a 3.4 GPA and a 26 on the ACT: Get 5 offers from academically-focused D1 schools by 12/14/2016. He does not have control over making his phone ring, but what he can do is make sure he has plenty of film available, that his social media accounts are something that would not turn off a coach, that his teachers know that he is serious about his grades and that his high school coach agrees that his goal is attainable. He set this goal in mid-September and is already at 2 offers!


When setting any goal, the odds of reaching it increase dramatically just by writing it down; you can use your mobile phone to keep up with your objectives and for setting reminders to review them. Now that’s SMART!