Who Am I? How to Pick Your Fit in College Football Recruiting

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

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.

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The Fastest 40 Yard Dash Ever

What Research Found Out On This Very Important Topic
By: Chad Wilson   @Gridironstuds

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Football fans across America continue to obsess over the most simple drill in the game of football. Is there anything more discussed than the 40 yard dash? Every Spring, this drill takes center stage and undoubtedly the question is asked 1,o00’s of times. What’s the fastest 40 yard dash?

Just as sure as you get the question asked 1,000 times, you will get dozens of ridiculous answers. For starters, let’s find out why the 40 yard dash? When and why did 40 yards become so significant? It started in the 1960’s with the NFL team that had the most developed and comprehensive scouting department and that was the Dallas Cowboys. Prior to this time period, NFL coaches chose the 50 yard dash as the mark of measure to determine a player speed worthiness. In 1960, Gil Brandt, the director scouting for the Cowboys along with his department came up with the 40/20/10 measurement. The 40 was used for all players. The 20 yard split time of the 40 was of great significance for linemen since the thought was that they rarely run 40 yards in a game. The 10 yard split was important for wide receivers as a measure of their burst off of the line of scrimmage. With this, a drill was born and almost 50 years later, it has become the center piece of info on a prospective high school, college or professional football player.

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Reasons Why Film Study Is Important for Your Football Team

By: Kevin Moritis – Contributor – GridironStuds
TwitterID: @DefnseUnivrsity

For coaches the use of film is a valuable resource for both correcting your players and preparing for the upcoming opponent. If you are a HUDL team you have one of the best tools to help your team get better. HUDL allows you to see and correct errors by both players and coaches. It allows you to leave notes for your players on what they need to work on and how to avoid the same mistakes. Then you can take multiple films of your upcoming opponent, make your plan, print out it to use at practice.  Another tool is the ability to film your practice and critique your players from that day and week. That’s how coaches benefit from the use of film.

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They Already Had the Team Picked Before I Got Out There

Chad Wilson – Editor – GridironStuds Blog
Twitter: @GridironStuds

It’s camp season and it’s also 7-on-7 season.  Along with the high speed athletic workouts and amazing physical feats comes a ton of disappointment.  Camps pick MVPs,  they hand out invites to bigger camps and 7-on-7 teams have tryouts.  With that being the case, a lot of prospects are going to fail to hear their name called and fall short of their goals.

When you are young and full of testosterone,  admitting failure is hard.  Accepting it is even harder.  One of the most common ways we cope with failure as human beings is by criticizing the system.  Nothing soothes us more than by making our failure the result of being cheated by those running the show.  Perhaps the temporary relief of calling out the short comings of others can keep our egos from being eternally bruised but there’s a danger in extending our arms to finger point.

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An Offer from Any School is A Blessing…. Here’s Why


By: Chad Wilson – Editor – GridironStuds Blog

Twitter: @GridironStuds

Signing Day just came and passed.  If you did not sign with a school,  then you need not read beyond the headline to feel the message that I am putting forth.  However,  this article is not for those guys,  it’s for the highly recruited prospect that feels he is sitting on top of the World and has so many gifts under the Christmas tree that he can ignore the pair of socks that grandma gave him.

I was recently scrolling through my Twitter timeline and came across a high school coach’s tweet in which he said that prospects should stop tweeting out their Division II football offers.  I am not sure what the spirit of that tweet was but the overwhelming perception of it was a negative one.  It also helped breed a stereotype that many young prospects have easily fed into.

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Recruiting School: The School I Signed With Was Not Where I Wanted to Go

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

Signing Day was yesterday.  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 yesterday 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.

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