College Football RECRUITING Law : Discipline is A Must

If you have ever heard me talk about recruiting or read an article by me about college football recruiting then you’ve likely heard me talk about how competitive it is.  When something is competitive the basic understanding is that only the strong will succeed and survive.

One of the hardest things for young college football prospects to understand is just how competitive the game of recruiting is is.  Many feel that since they are the best at their school or in their district or their city they are automatically a prime prospect.  Depending on where you are,  this is not necessarily the case.  College football recruiting, since the advent of the Internet and with the acceleration of social media,  has become a nationwide operation for every college football team.

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Recruiting 101: Develop A Competitive Spirit

We often hear the word compete in the world of sports.  We can make the argument that it’s overused but the truth of the matter is that once the game starts,  all that is going on on the field,  court or diamond is competition.  Where we don’t hear the word compete enough is in the world of recruiting.

On the high school gridiron you are competing against one team comprised of 11 people.  In the world of recruiting you are competing against 1,00’s upon 1,000’s of other prospects.  Sometimes,  that is very hard for a college football prospect to understand.  Most prospects can only think about what’s around them locally.  Many don’t consider that their competition for the scholarship from the schools that they want extends beyond their region and onto a national scale.  What also happens,  especially to kids in what are considered “hot beds” for talent,  is that those prospects in those areas become delusional about their level of worthiness.  It’s easy for kids from Florida, Texas, Georgia or California to think that if I am good locally,  then I am the better than mostly everyone else in the country.  That’s faulty thinking.

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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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