With the end of the Spring Evaluation Period the recruiting calendar transitions to the summer football camp season. Colleges programs and coaches will start the process of evaluating prospects at camps all across the country. Attending several summer college football camps has become a big part of the recruiting process. Often referred to as the Summer Camp Circuit, it is becoming increasingly important for prospective recruits to participate in these football camps to help demonstrate their skills to college coaches.
Mid-March, what a great time of year. The NCAA tournament has kicked off, the weather is getting warmer and Spring Break is here or right around the corner. All you need to focus on is school, your spring sport or training to get better for next season. Life is good. That is unless you are a junior dreaming of playing college football. If that is the case then this time of year is one of the most important and exciting times of the recruiting process. College football programs are in the midst of holding their Junior Day events and the Spring Evaluation Period is less than a month away.
If you are a student-athlete chasing your dream to play in college all it takes is a Google search to find more information than you could possibly read on what you need to do to make that athletic scholarship dream a reality. We won’t deny it, Fullride does and will continue to provide you with our advice and guidance about the recruiting process because these articles can be very helpful. Many of these recruiting articles will occasionally mention things you should avoid doing if you want to receive an offer. You might have run across some of these tips in your social media feeds too, but our experience tells us there really isn’t a good resource to find this information in one place. So, we decided to put together what we hope is a pretty comprehensive list. We feel these “don’t do” tips are just as important to know and understand as the tips on what you should do. In some cases, they may be even more important for you to understand. Even if you have all the skills, tools, athleticism, and attributes that make a college coach drool, if you trip over just one of the items on this list you may seriously be jeopardizing your opportunity to play at the next level.
As part of our continuing series of analyzing what college coaches are looking for when recruiting each position, today we will be taking a look at the quarterback. Playing QB at the high school level requires a certain amount of skill, athleticism, smarts and leadership, but if you want to play at the next level you are going to need to develop the complete package. You won’t be able to rely solely on the superior athleticism that made you a star for your high school team and you won’t be able to disguise the weaknesses that playing with great teammates covered up. College teams run a lot of different offenses and while the attributes they look for in a QB can vary, every coach is looking for a solid combination of the following qualities and skills.
Nutrition as an athlete can be one of the most important pieces to your energy and health. Overall, it can easily make or break your performance in the classroom, on the field, or in the weight room.
What you choose each week can supply you with the energy you need or it can drag you down. One of the least known facts when it comes to sports nutrition is that the meal just before your game will not supply your body with the energy it needs to perform at its highest levels for the entirety of the game. This is why you should be eating the correct foods during the few days before competition. The thing is, there isn’t one food that is necessarily right for every athlete, but there are better meals that you can choose from to help you be at your highest level of play on game day.
We all know that highlight videos are critical if you want to play at the next level. They do not necessarily make or break your opportunity to receive an offer, but your video is your primary tool for grabbing a coach’s attention. For some reason though, highlight videos are also one of the most confusing pieces of the recruiting puzzle to get right. Over the last few years we have had the opportunity to watch a lot of Hudl and YouTube highlights. We have seen a lot of outstanding videos and we have seen our share of videos that make potentially critical mistakes. So rather than write a how-to make a video story we thought it would be more helpful to tell you how not to make your video. The following list highlights those things you need to avoid. Some of which can lead to a coach automatically dropping you as a prospect and others that could make the road to an offer more difficult.
We are starting a series of articles that take a look at each of the positions on the football field. We will analyze each of the skills and characteristics college coaches are looking at when recruiting for each position. Hopefully this will provide you with areas for improvement and areas for refining your fundamentals as you pursue your dream to be a student-athlete at the next level.
Today we are going to focus on the defensive back. The DB is one of the tougher positions for college coaches to evaluate and recruit. There are two good reasons for this – First, because of the position they play, DB’s are not often lined up in the frame of highlights. It is not unusual for a DB to be out of the frame until the last few seconds of a play. Second, if a DB is really good the opposing team will often not challenge him. Both of these factors make it hard for a top DB to put together solid film, which in turn makes it difficult for a coach to get a good evaluation. For this reason, the defensive back is a position that often requires an in person evaluation. This can take place at your school during the evaluation period, at one of your games, or at a camp.
One benefit to playing DB is that there really isn’t a prototypical size that all coaches are looking for. Of course most coaches would love a tall, rangy and physical DB that can cover the bigger receivers, but that is usually a luxury. Coaches are more likely to look at how you fit into their scheme than whether or not you are 6’1’’, 190 lbs.
So, what are coaches and scouts looking for?
Congrats, if you are senior you can finally take Official Visits! Even if you are not a senior this information can be important to know and understand. These visits are one of the most exciting things about the recruiting process. If you receive and invitation for an official visit, you can bet that the interest level is now getting serious. You will want to be prepared and ready. But before we get started on the 10 things you need to know let’s quickly review the definition of an Official Visit.
An Official Visit is any visit where the school pays in whole or in part for your expenses.
1. WHEN CAN I START TAKING OFFICIAL VISITS?
2. WHAT ARE THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS?
3. WHAT DOES A VISIT INCLUDE?
4. WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?
5. HOW MANY OFFICIAL VISITS CAN I TAKE?
6. HOW LONG ARE VISITS?
7. DOES IT MEAN ANYTHING IF A COACH OFFERS ME AN OFFICIAL VISIT?
If a coach offers you an official visit, you have probably already received an offer or you are very high on their recruiting board and you are a priority. In some cases, coaches will also have a weekend of visits for high priority preferred walk on candidates.
8. WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
Not all visits are made equal. Each school will have a different budget and some may have their own internal guidelines on what they can or cannot do. Because of this, your experience may vary with each school. However, there are a few things you can expect from every official visit.
9. IS THERE ANYTHING I NEED TO DO TO BE READY FOR MY VISIT?
Approach the visit the same as you might for a job interview. Remember that while the primary purpose of the visit is to provide you an opportunity to evaluate the school and the program, it is also an opportunity for the coaches to continue to evaluate you. With that in mind, start the visit by dressing nice and showing the coaches that you appreciate the opportunity. Does that mean you need to show up in a suit and tie? No, but you shouldn’t show up in workout shorts and wearing your hat backwards either. A nice pair of jeans and a nice button down or polo shirt will work. You also need to come prepared to answer and ask questions that will help you further help you and the coaches to evaluate each other.
Some questions you should be prepared to answer-
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Some questions to ask players-
Some questions for the professor or academic -
10. WHAT ELSE SHOULD I BE AWARE OF DURING MY VISIT?
OK, so there are a lot more than 10 things to know when preparing for and going on an Official Visit. But when it comes to college athletic recruiting, the Official Visit is an extremely important step in the process. Being invited on an all-expense paid visit indicates that things are getting serious. You want to go into it as prepared as you possibly can be.
Recovery as an athlete is probably one of the most commonly misinterpreted parts of your workout and playing routine. Most players tend to believe that a recovery day is a complete day off – which is a common mistake because a body at rest seems to recover, but that is not entirely true.
Immediate Recovery is the best way to replenish your body’s energy and help relieve muscle soreness while preventing future injuries and soreness. There are many benefits to immediate recovery.
The period of time right after workouts or activity is called Immediate Recovery. This is a very important time for an athlete’s body and muscles to recover quicker. It takes place in the first thirty minutes following activity or competition. Immediate Recovery includes nutrition and hydration. An athlete needs to consume a mixture of carbs, fats, and proteins in an amount based on the sport the athlete plays and body composition. Athletes will also need to include some sort of electrolyte drink such as Gatorade or Powerade and water.
The second part of recovery is based on cryotherapy or ice bathing, as most athletes would call it. This part of recovery requires the athlete to submerge their body in a cold tub at or below 55 degrees for at least 5 minutes. Another option athletes can consider is contrast therapy. This requires the athlete to alternate between hot and cold tubs on 5 minute intervals- 3 minutes in cold and 2 minutes in hot for a total of 20 minutes.
All of the above will help the body start recovering sooner and speed up the overall process. Nutrition and hydration provide the necessary nutrients to replenish glycogen stores and electrolytes. The ice bath will help reduce the body’s core temperature while cooling the body and muscle tissue will help eliminate delayed onset muscle soreness, also known as DOMS.
What are your favorite routines for immediate recovery? Let us know in the comments below.
Division I academic eligibility requirements are changing for the class of 2016 and beyond. Meaning that if you are currently a Senior in high school and you have not taken the time to evaluate where you stand regarding the new requirements, you need to start NOW! If you don't, you will risk not being eligible to play a Division I sport as a freshman. With that in mind, we put together the following infographic. It may not be the most beautiful infographic you have ever seen, but hopefully it helps you understand the basic changes. Visit 2point3.org for more detailed information.
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