Signing Day was last Wednesday. It was a joyous occasion for 100’s of high school football players as they ended their recruiting process by putting pen to paper bonding themselves to universities all across the country. Not everyone who signed last week was happy. Some student athletes signed on the dotted line to schools that they really didn’t want to go to but felt like they had to. This article today is for them.
It’s that time of year. Some call it the offseason, a bunch of others call it camp season. Recruiting camps as some call them will be plentiful and consistent over the next few months. Some will make very bold promises about their ability to bring you recruiting exposure. Other camps will be expected to perform that task whether it is true or not. Who knows who coined these camps by the phrase “recruiting camp” but whether or not they will get you recruited depends on your approach and what you expect going into them.
When I was a kid growing up, we had something known as Cracker Jacks. Cracker Jacks was a box full of candied popcorn that was very tasty. The candied treat was only part of the allure of Cracker Jacks. What really drew people to the treat was what was inside. Inside the Cracker Jack box was a prize. It could be a tattoo, a magnifying glass or any other assortment of bite size toys to occupy an adolescent mind for hours (it was a simpler time then). That toy was everything and so that Cracker Jack box was important.
I am sure we all remember the debates that were going on some time ago about the possibility of an early signing period in college football. Some wanted it to be December while others wanted it in June. Quite a few did not want it at all. Whatever the case may have been, enough people wanted it and so we now have it in the month of December. While the appearance in the early going is that it went off without a hitch last month, I am not blind to see that it will change the way college football prospects will have to go about doing things.
As some of you may know, GridironStuds.com is not the only thing I do. I also run All Eyes DB Camp and train defensive backs. I am often approached by parents of youngsters in the age range of 8-12 years old asking if I would train their child to be a defensive back. My immediate response is no. Of course I don’t ever just leave it at that. With that no comes the explanation that I only train individuals age 13 plus and I recommend that their child play a different sport in the offseason.
Maybe you know it or maybe you don’t but when your senior season of high school football ends, you are now in the 4th quarter of the recruiting process. This is also known as crunch time. If you know anything about crunch time, it’s when things start getting real and I mean fast.
What does real mean in the world of college football recruiting? It means that if you don’t possess a certain amount of self awareness then there’s a chance you can end up signing with a school you don’t really want to go to or worse yet, end up sitting in the crowd during the signing day ceremony wishing you were on the stage with a pen in hand.