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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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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So You Want to Transfer Eh? Some Things For You to Consider

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

At the end of each year,  Webster’s dictionary will come up with the word or phrase of the year.  It’s typically an old word that became alive again by it’s repetitive use socially during the year that has come to an end.  We haven’t reached the end of the month of January  yet but already we may have been blessed with our phrase of the year and it’s “transfer portal”.

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If You Really Love Ball, You’ll Go Play Small

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

Power 5 or Bust! That’s the rallying cry I hear annually around this time of year as senior high school football players try to scramble for the remaining scholarships that are available out there.  It’s a cry that I understand but it’s also one that makes me wonder.  I’ll tell you why in this article.

One of the biggest mistakes we make in life and in particular when we are teenagers,  is comparing ourself to others.  This less than desirable practice has only been accelerated by the onset of social media into our daily lives.  Individuals giving you the highlight clips of their mundane and sometimes tumultuous lives often paint an unrealistic picture of what is really going on.  Those created realities are what many others are basing their own lives off of and it disrupts their abilities to effectively manage their own lives.  This is a major problem when it comes to recruiting.

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Recruiting School: The Waiting Game Is Not For Everybody

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

Whoever said good things come to those who wait definitely was not a high school football player hunting for a college football scholarship.  Many a college football recruit has done damage to themselves by waiting too long to make a very important decision.  For some,  waiting is best,  for the majority,  not so much.

I’ve told the story on my Instagram account (@GridironStuds) about the time I took a recruiting visit out of high school to California Berkeley.  It was the biggest of my handful of offers and I was not a rated recruit.  In 1990,  it was a whole lot harder to get ranked and recognized as a high school football player and with only one good season of playing under my belt,  no chance.  With that in mind,  I had no business making a school like Cal in the Pac-10 wait for my commitment.  However,  I lacked guidance in the process and pretty much flew by the seat of my pants in the World of recruiting.

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Your Half An Effort Will Not Get You A Full Scholarship

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

I will see it from time to time and be amazed by it.  Across this country,  student athletes are suiting up to play football and with it arm themselves with some entitlements.  Allow me to pat you down and take some of those offensive weapons off of you as they will likely harm someone,  mainly yourself.

The entitlements come in many forms.  I can count on many hands and many feet the amount of times I have received a DM or email from a high school football player who tells me they want to go D-1.  Ok,  well that’s fine,  you should aim high but what have you done to earn a D1 scholarship?  If your effort on the practice field and in the classroom is not to the utmost of your abilities then I am not sure what you think is supposed to happen here.  Despite what some athletes may think,  just because you play high school football does not mean you are entitled to a scholarship.

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