We’ve all heard the term diamond in the rough. Is it overused? Perhaps but I feel it is appropriate in this case. West Covina is hardly anyone’s powerhouse in Southern California football. Over the last five seasons, they have managed just two above .500 and last year they were a mere 1-9. However, as is this case all across the nation, not so hot programs will have undiscovered talent. Victor Flores may be one of those talents.
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.
The 2016 high school football season is finally here. Some schools have already played two games and some take to the field for the first time this week. By Monday morning, every high school football team in the country would have gotten at least one football game under their belt for the new season.
Amidst the shuffle of all the wins and losses in the on field battles, the battle still remains in another area and that is recruiting. There’s no way around it, recruiting is becoming a bigger and bigger part of the high school football game with each passing calendar year. The word “exposure” has become a part of every young high schoolers vocabulary. Now, more than ever, there are many ways for an athlete to get exposure. However, there is a catch-22 to the increase in ways to broadcast your talent. The more ways to get exposure, the harder it is to be seen. Now, virtually everyone can get their highlights on social media outlets where some coaches may have the opportunity to see it but the more videos that are available for coaches to see on social media, the less of a chance they have to see yours.