In Part 1 of How to Get Recruited for Football, we discussed the importance of attending football camps, registering with the NCAA Eligibility Center, and assessing which level of college football is the best fit for you. Let’s take a look at the rest of the process.
4. Research the Programs/Schools You’re Interested In. Which schools offer a program that you want to study? Which schools will have players graduating the soonest at your position? How far away from home do you want to go? These are examples of things you want to know to increase the chances that you’ll earn a degree in a field you like, and that you’ll get playing time.
Check out the below two articles to get an idea of some ways to decide which schools are best for you.
6. Start promoting yourself. Once you’ve registered with the Eligibility Center, figured out the level of football competition that’s best for you, and decided on the school’s you’d like to play at, it’s now time to start contacting programs.
Most colleges have low recruiting budgets. By initializing the contact with college programs yourself, you’re making it easy for the programs to learn about you. If you don’t take the initiative, you’re taking a chance that they may not learn about you at all.
Here’s how you can do it:
∙ Create a youtube highlight video of your performance on the field. Just 5-7 minutes long, tops. You can do this easily with Windows Media Player and Windows Live Movie Maker that come with Windows, so you
don’t even need to buy software.
Remember: you’re making the video to generate interest, so make sure the video contains only highlights. Go through your video a few times to make sure you have only your best plays on there.
The below video gives you some tips on putting your highlight tape together:
∙ Create an academic and athletic resume highlighting your performance and credentials in both areas. These will give the recruiters and coaching staff an idea of whether or not you qualify athletically and academically for their schools.
Click HERE to check out a sample athletic resume.
Click HERE to check out a sample academic resume.
∙ Email (preferred), or mail your athletic and academic resume to college coaches at the schools you’re interested in. You can find the names of the coaches and staff on the team’s website. You can search for their email address and/or phone number on the school’s directory on the school’s website.
DON’T FORGET TO PUT THE LINK TO YOUR YOUTUBE HIGHLIGHT FILM ON YOUR ATHLETIC RESUME!
There’s nothing wrong with sending it to all of the coaches, but you want to at least send it to the position coach for your position.
So take matters into your own hands. Don’t just sit back and wait for college recruiters to contact you. You just might miss out on an opportunity to play college football. Best of luck to you!
Click HERE to check out Part One of How to Get Recruited for Football.