Do you want to know more about high school football recruiting and how you can play at the college level? More importantly, are you looking learn how you can finally get noticed by football coaches, get recruited, and ultimately receive scholarship offers?
I probably don't have to tell you that the competition to get to the next level is very intense. Each year, there are thousands of high school football players doing everything they can to make it to college football. The unfortunate facts concerning high school football recruiting is that only about 3% to 4% of all high school players will get the opportunity to play in college. The majority, 96% or so, will see their football playing days end when their last high school game is over.
If you want to be among the 3% to 4% who does make it to the college playing level, there are a few things you must know about high school football recruiting that can give you a big advantage over your competition. Here ar five key things you should know:
1 - Understand Coaches Really Don't Care About YOU
I know it sounds harsh, but it's true. When college coaches are looking for players to bring into their program, they don't really care about your individual dream of playing college football. They are really only concerned about filling the particular needs of their program. They won't recruit you because you are a nice guy or you come from a great football family, they will only become interested in you if they think you can help their program become successful or continue to be successful.
2 - Size And Athleticism Are Key To Your Cahces Of Playing In College
In football recruiting, probably more than any other sport, the size and athleticism of the player being evaluated for possible recruitment is absolutely key. Football is a physical sport. One of the first observations a coach will make about you is whether or not you have the size and athleticism to play at the level of competition his team competes at. It doesn't matter if the level is Division I or Junior College, you must have the desired size and athleticism to play.
3 - Have The Right Skills And Talent
Once the coach determines you do have the necessary size and athleticism to play at the level he coaches at, he will then start looking at your specific skills and talents. Of course, the specific skills and talent he will be looking for is different for each position that needs to be filled on the roster.
4 - You Must Have The Mental Toughness
In football recruiting, coaches will only pursue players who have the mental toughness to play in college. Do you have the mental toughness to do the hard work required at the next level? Can you handle a coach holding you accountable every day and often getting in your face to make you better? Can you handle the increased level of competition you will face in college? In college, you can't dominate solely with superior size and athleticism as you did in high school.
5 - Can You Stay Academically Qualified
Coaches want players who can perform in the classroom and stay academically qualified to play. For each roster spot they have, the coach will most likely recruit 5 to 10 players for it. A part of their observation of you during the high school recruiting process will be to see if you have the grades and work ethic in the classroom to stay qualified to play.
If you feel like you have what it takes to be recruited and play at the college level, you need to take control of your recruitment. You need to get involved in the high school recruiting process by marketing and promoting yourself to college football coaches. You can easily do this by sending coaches your athletic resume along with a personal letter. If you have met the criteria mentioned above, college coaches will be happy to hear from you and they will most likely respond to your letter, especially coaches at smaller schools who don't have huge recruiting budgets.
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