It’s the summer time and that means a bunch of free time. It also means time for high school football players that want to play college ball to start thinking about how they are going to make that happen. Free time can be very expensive in the summer if it is not spent wisely. One of the keys to being successful once you get to college is being able to effectively manage your time so you might as well start doing that now. Here are three great ways to get college scouts’ attention in the summer time.
Football was always important to me even before I actually started playing it in an organized fashion at age 12. Important is one thing, loving it is another. When you love something or someone, your actions are different.
When we were coaching together at University School in Davie, FL, current Toledo WR coach Kevin Beard said something that stuck with me. He said “love is an action word”. Anyone can say they love something but it’s what you do that really shows it. Football was important to me when I entered high school but after my freshman year, being popular and cool was important as well. Being popular and cool didn’t really coincide with having a high GPA and being in class all the time. Yes, I know, it’s the foolish thinking of teens who often think they are the smartest people on Earth. Despite growing up in an environment that stressed reading and education, I decided that I need to break free from that thinking and garner the attention of the ladies.
Freedom of movement. That’s the buzz line for the current generation of “workers” in this day in age. We all want a life devoid of restrictions. Basically we all just want to do what we want to do when we want to do it. So when the NCAA created the transfer portal it appeared to be an outstanding idea that fell right in line with the philosophy I discussed in my opening sentence. However, freedom comes with it’s responsibilities and it’s consequences.
I hear it every year about this time. The Twitter horde that goes on and on about a combine clip of a drill they don’t like and is unrealistic. The mob gets all up in arms about how the drill doesn’t represent anything that will happen in a real game and schools won’t recruit a guy off of this “dumb drill”. If only that were true.
Truth of the matter is that those silly combine drills, those irrelevant 7on7s and unrealistic 1-on-1s all serve their purpose in the whole recruiting puzzle. All of that stuff that Mr. Muddy Trenches could careless for boosts a kid’s recruiting profile and helps to get them recruited for several reasons.
You just became a youth HC and you want to build a good team and have success both on and off the field. You must make lots of decisions and here are some ideas that will help you. One of the most difficult ones you will make is to not become a “Daddy Ball” team. One of the rules I had was that my coordinators couldn’t be on the same side of ball their son was. That was the toughest one and it did cost me players in my first year, but not after that. We are a team and that set the tone for being one.
I was asked recently by a student athlete, what do division I coaches look for in recruiting? Simple enough question and I will not reveal my answer but it did get me to thinking. Most high school football players are concerned with fitting themselves into a program as opposed to finding a program that fits them.
There are several reasons for this, the biggest of which is teens and parents of high school players are mostly concerned with prestige. The school they sign with says everything about what kind of player they are and what kind of parent they are or so they think. The mindset is get in there and then you figure out how to be great once you get there.