Recruiting 101

Today we answer one of the most common recruiting questions we get. Does playing on a winning team help me get a scholarship?

Recruiting 101
This is part four of a series that we have been running discussing recruiting.  The most common questions we get via emails deal with recruiting.  Instead of answering each one individually we decided to answer the most common questions in on big story.

Today's question: Does playing on a winning team help with recruiting?

This is a question that has lots of ways to answer it.  Does playing on a winning team help?  The first thing that needs to be said is that it doesn't hurt.  Teams that are successful are usually successful because of the talent that their players have.  Colleges are interested in talent and when teams are talented colleges will take a look.

The one thing that needs to be mentioned though, is that just because a player is really good on a really good team doesn't mean that he will be a scholarship worthy individual.  Just means that he's a good player on a good team.  Sometimes players can be a great player on a great team and still not be worthy of a scholarship.  Mayfield legend Matt Sandoval comes to mind with that last statement.  The Trojan teams with him playing QB were as good as any teams in the New Mexico's recent memory.  Sandoval was the engine that made that machine go; however, his lack of size guaranteed that he wasn't going to have the opportunity to play in college.  At least not on a scholarship.  Remember Brian Mead from Clovis and how good he was?  Mead was as good a high school RB as there was, but he didn't get that offer.  He ended up walking on at NMSU and having to earn his way on, and those Clovis teams were very good.

The one thing that always needs to be remembered is that talent is talent and that it doesn't matter what your team's record is.  If a kid is a D1 athlete he's a D1 athlete.  A kid in Arizona a few years ago named Marcel Jones was a big left tackle at 6'8 300 and he could really play.  However, he played at Trevor Browne high school who hadn't won a game in two seasons.  Most were saying that he wouldn't even get a look because his team wasn't any good and that he should transfer.  Jones didn't transfer and ended up with several big schools recruiting him.  He had offers from a bunch of schools and narrowed his choices to Arizona State, Nebraska and Oregon State.  Jones finally settled in on Nebraska and is in his second year with the Cornhuskers.

So to answer this question, it really can't hurt that you play on a really good team.  However, if a kid is a legit D1 athlete it doesn't matter where a player plays or who that coach is.  All that matters is talent and D1 kid's talent shine.

Next week's recruiting question.
Should I use a scouting service to help me get recruited?


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