Hey Recruit, You’re Too Short. Now What Are You Going to Do About it?

(pictured: 5’9″ Andy Isabella who was the state 100m champ in high school and attended U.Mass. He was the 2nd round pick of the Arizona Cardinals)

By: Chad Wilson – Owner – GridironStuds.com
Twitter: @GridironStuds

We all have our deficiencies in life.  Pick someone and you can find one.  What separates the haves from the have nots or the successful from the not so successful is how they handle the setbacks that come from lacking that required ingredient.

Every recruiting cycle some recruits are left to deal with the fact that they did not receive offers or sign a scholarship.  Assuming that they were indeed talented enough,  the biggest reason for this happening is related to size and in particular,  lack of height.  Often times these recruits take to Twitter to express their disappointment, anger and displeasure with their situation.  What I have found during my time involved in the world of recruiting is that lack of height is a problem that for many,  has a solution if they are willing to tackle it.

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3 Ways to Get College Football Recruiting Attention this Summer

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

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.

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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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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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