The offseason is where champions are built. You’ve heard that before but the offseason is also where a lot of recruiting work is done. If you are looking to get more attention in the recruiting game, here are 5 things you can do this offseason to improve your chances of getting recruited by college football programs.
1) HIT THE WEIGHT ROOM: One of the #1 things college recruiters are going to do this offseason is try to get out and see prospects in person. The obvious reason for this is that they want to see how the prospects move around. Another big reason is to verify the “size” of the recruit. Verifying the height and the build of the recruit is a big deal in college football recruiting. You have no control over height but you do have control over how you look. Developing and maintaining a lean body gives you the look of a future college football player. Having a college coach come to see you and you look like you’ve never touched a weight will lead to them questioning your dedication to the sport. Hit the weight room.
2) GET TRAINING: Developing skill and knowledge about your craft is how people succeed in life. This also applies to football. Across the country, the people you are competing with for scholarships are out getting the training they need to excel at their position. If you are not doing the same then you fall behind the competition. A quarterback should be getting in work with a QB trainer. There are many of them out there. Do your research and find a quality one. The same goes for all of the other positions. Your work with a trainer on your craft will show up in camps and during the season. People will notice.
3) SPEED, SPEED, SPEED: Everything in society is moving faster and nowhere is that more apparent on the football field. A slow athlete just does not get recruited, period. If you are not on the track team then you BETTER being doing something this offseason about improving your speed. If your team is not doing speed workouts then I highly suggest you address this issue on your own. One of the best products I have seen for athlete speed development comes from Athletes Acceleration. It really attacks the core principles of speed development in a simple way. I highly recommend. Visit them by clicking here.
4) ATTEND CAMPS: Some debate the merits of 3rd party camps like Rivals, Under Armour, NUC, FBU, etc. I do not. If you are going to these camps expecting recruiters to pour into your inbox then you are going to them for the wrong reason. Attend these camps for one major reason and that is competition. It is important for you to get out and find your competition. It is important for you to know where you stack up against those who are competing for the scholarships you want. The best way to do that is to attend these events. How do you stack up against the 4 and 5 stars? What do you need to work on? You get answers to those questions at these events. Use them for your advancement.
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Author: Chad Wilson
Chad Wilson is a college football recruiting expert and creator of the GridironStudsApp which allows high school football players to gain exposure to college football coaches and fans. Wilson is a former college football player for the University of Miami (92-94) and Long Beach St. (’90-’91) and played briefly for the Seattle Seahawks (’95). He is also a former youth and high school football coach for over 15 years. Wilson’s older son Quincy plays in the NFL for the Indianapolis Colts and his younger son plays cornerback for the University of Florida. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.