I Commit You Not – The Right Way to Handle Your College Football Recruitment

By: Chad Wilson – Editor GridironStuds Blog
Twitter: @GridironStuds

Remember when people got engaged,  got married and remained married until death?  Yeah me neither.  Divorce rates in our country have grown steadily over the years as people have found the word commitment less and less appealing in their social standards.  College football recruiting over the last decade has mimicked this pattern in a most troubling way.

I am not certain who is to blame for the trend we have seen in college football recruiting recently.  Recruits now commit just for the hell of it and often change their minds multiple times in the process.  I do know this,  the word “offer” has seen it’s value plummet faster than United Airlines stock days after their overbooked flight fiasco.  College football coaches are passing out offers left and right,  often times in an effort to gain publicity.  Kids who have neither gained lip hair nor varsity playing time are picking up offers from Power 5 schools.  Perhaps social media is to blame as it has appeared to have shaped society’s behavior since it arrived on the scene roughly a decade ago.

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How the Media Creates Busts and Ignores Producers

By: Chad Wilson - Editor - GridironStuds Blog
Twitter: @GridironStuds

In this day and age more than ever, the public as well as the media loves athletes with big personalities. Big personalities get big coverage and with that we all often get lied to.

Display a big personality in these days and you are ratings gold for media outlets. The public at large has an insatiable appetite for entertainment. At every turn we must be cured of our boredom. This is the reason why smart phones have taken off over the last decade. We must be entertained at all times.

So where do the lies come in? The media will always gravitate to the big personalities. Big personalities make their jobs easier. Big personalities provide stories that get clicks, views and shares. More viewers, more advertisers. More advertisers, more money.

Once the media finds a personality, they will cover up their short comings on the field of play. They will also give them awards and accolades because it adds to the narrative. In essence, the media will create a star for their own use. I have watched this at almost every level of sport especially in football.

Unfortunately what comes next is the downfall. At some point, the hype won't meet the height. The public consumes all the good stories and the only thing left is to drag the personality back down the ladder the media accelerated him up.

In the process, strong performers get overlooked, get less coverage and get underserved. What we are creating in sports media is a diva syndrome. If you aren't outlandish, you don't get covered. Perhaps this has always existed but with the advent of social media, this whole scenario is on steroids.

I first observed this in college football recruiting g coverage and now I am noticing it in the NFL draft coverage. Athletes on the high school level will be given awards, MVPs and superlatives for things that have little to do with their on field play. Since the public at large does little to research nor do they know enough to decipher what they are seeing, they take these media opinions and run with them.

Unfortunately it doesn't just stop in high school. This phenomenon grows in college and balloons in the NFL draft. I have been spending quite a bit of time watching draft hopefuls on tape and as someone who has both played and coached the game, I have one thought. What in the hell are people looking at? I am left to think one thing, these networks providing draft coverage and mock drafts must have only one objective and that is to entertain. Clearly they are not here to inform.

So time and time again, the media will create the stories for us and go out of their way to help us think what they want us to think. With our society becoming less and less willing to work to get knowledge, we become victims of the media puppets

A Primer On Speed, the 40 Yard Dash and Why We Often Get it Wrong

By: Chad Wilson – Editor – GridironStuds Blog
Twitter: @GridironStuds

The 2017 NFL combine just passed a week ago and for the last seven days, NFL football fans and the media personnel that play up to them have discussed the 40 yard dash times of the prospects ad nauseam.  Yes, we all know the obsession over 40 yard dash times can reach epic proportions but can something talked about so much be very misunderstood?  The answer is yes.

Training and 3 Point Stances

I’ve had the pleasure of watching the greatest wide receiver of all time,  Jerry Rice and the greatest cornerback of all time, Deion Sanders play their entire careers.  I mention these two positions because these are the times that most fans and media obsess over. The time during which wide receivers lined up in three point stances has long passed.  The practice of lining up in a 3 point stance as a wide receiver had made it’s way out of the NFL game by the time Jerry Rice stepped on the scene in 1984.  As part of his audition for the NFL in ’84,  Jerry Rice,  like all other prospects, was asked to run a 40 yard dash and come out of a three point stance. As we all know by now,  Rice’s time (4.7) was not ideal and people questioned his ability to be an elite NFL wide receiver.  In a short sprint like the 40 yard dash, technique is of the utmost importance.  Negotiating your way out of a three point stance and into proper running form while making maximum use of your push forces is just about everything.  Choose the wrong stance or make some false steps and your time will look like a retired busy street prostitute without her make up on.

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Four Things You Have to Know When Going the Junior College Football Route

By: Jerry Williamson – Special contributor
Twitter: @JerryRecruiting

Instagram: @Jerry_RisingStars

Jerry’s Bio:  FIU alumnus, Talent Scout & Journalist for Generation Nexxt, Founder/Chief Executive for Rising Stars and Academic Mentor

2017 – marks approximately a decade worth of experience as an academic mentor finding student-athletes college placement (throughout the southeast region) as well as networking with a number of junior college football coaches and recruiting analyst.

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Not An Elite Prospect? Find Your Gimmick in Recruiting

By: Chad Wilson – Editor – GridironStuds Blog
Twitter: @GridironStuds

Well gimmick may be a strong word even the wrong word but it’s an emotional word. It’s a word that likely got you to land your eyes on this blog post. Mission accomplished because if you are a prospect or the parent of one,  I need you to read this.  One of the best ways to succeed in life is to have great self awareness.  This also happens to be the most important factor you need to possess as a college football prospect.

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Is Youth Football in Danger?

By: Scott Huntington – Special Contributor – GridironStuds Blog
Twitter: @SMHuntington

The number of concussion-related incidents in professional and youth football alike in the past decade has prompted ample concern. The media spotlight has been prominent as well. The discovery of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the concussion-related ailment that many football players suffer from without notable symptoms, was chronicled in the relatively recent film “Concussion,” starring Will Smith.

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