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.
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.
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.
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.
The pass sailed right over his outstretched hand and landed in the basket of the wide receiver. From my seat across the field, I could not entirely make out what happened but you could see the small section of visiting East Carolina fans in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium celebrating so it couldn’t be good. Quincy Wilson had just been beat for a touchdown for the first time in a college football game in front of thousands.