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.
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?
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