Recruiting Law: Develop Decision Making Skills

In the next part of my recruiting law series,  I move onto one that is the essence of the recruiting process and that is decision making.  Everything in recruiting is about decisions.  When to workout,  what high school to go to,  what camps to go to,  etc.  Every level of the process and every aspect of the process involves making decisions so it only stands to reason that being good at making decisions should be a key emphasis as you go through this process.

Start Early

This article is as much for parents as it is for prospects.  The reason I say this is that the earlier a prospect can develop decision making skills the better.  As much as I may think I am good at writing,  I know a kid playing youth football is not likely to read this article.  So to the parent or mentor that is reading this,  make making decisions a key part of a child’s development.  Don’t make all the decisions for them.  Give them options and observe their choices.  Review with them the results and give praise when a good decision was made with positive results.  Likewise,  point out the negative results when a poor decision is made.  However,  do not forget to point out when a poor decision was made and through fortune (aka luck) a good result was achieved.  This is very important!  Explain to your young titan how he “got away with one” and how he may not be so fortunate next time.  Believe me,  the opportunity will come where you can show him how he attempted to make the same type of decision and it didn’t work out for him.  Bottom line though,  like anything else you want your kid to be good at,  making decisions needs practice.

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Recruiting Law: Don’t Be Late to the Party

Ever showed up to a party later than you wanted only to see people filing out of the house or hall or club?  Remember the sinking feeling you had as people walked by smiling and laughing.  Perhaps the dagger really got stuck in your heart when you saw someone you know and they say “man you missed it,  where were you?”.

Perhaps you missed the party for the ages by moving too slowly for whatever reason.  In time,  you’ll get over it.  Being late to the recruiting party can be a pain that lasts a lifetime.

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RECRUITING LAW: Intelligence is Underrated

Stop me if you’ve heard me say this before,  the world of college football recruiting is very competitive.  Being on point in all aspects of your recruiting profile is in your best interest.  Unfortunately,  one of the aspects of the profile that gets overlooked the most is intelligence.  This article is here to tell you that this is a mistake.

When it comes to the upper-echelon of college football recruiting meaning the Power 5  and Top 25 teams,  thoughts on the academics tends to stray towards get a “good enough” GPA and get the score you need to pass the test (SAT, ACT).  On the face of it,  sure,  you need the proper GPA and score to even be offered a scholarship.  However,  if that is the extent or prevailing opinion that you have regarding your academics,  you may be setting yourself up for failure.

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Recruiting Law: Develop Your Athleticism

If you’ve been in recruiting for any amount of time,  you have learned that it is not an exact science.  What works for one recruit,  may not work for another.  What one college likes,  another college may not.  However,  there are somethings in college football recruiting that hold true no matter who you are or where you want to go.  Today,   we will discuss one of those things.

Football is a rough game played by mostly big people.  So,  it stands to reason that college football recruiters every year head out on the trail looking for big and tall prospects.  You can not fault colleges for pursuing these prospects as you can never have too many large people in a big man’s game.  Let’s face it,  this is not horse racing and they aren’t searching for jockeys.

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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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