KEY POINTS FOR RECRUITS

See what the parents of a top DI recruit say about the recruiting process. The father is also a DI College Football Coach.

KEY POINTS FOR RECRUITS TO KNOW

OPS NOTES**Information in BLUE is OhioPrepScene's feelings about what we hear and see.  The rest of the comments are from Mr. & Mrs. Greg Gregory.  Mr. Gregory is a DI Football Coach at Ohio University.

COACH GREGORY BIO FROM OHIO UNIVERSITY

 


1 -- Make sure you have a quality tape/video for college coaches to evaluate.

This is very important.  We receive many tapes that we can't watch.  Sometimes we will get another to watch and others we never see again.  A college coach is very busy.  While they don't want to miss on any player that could help them, a bad tape can kill any chance of getting noticed.

2 -- Get the tapes sent to the schools that you have an interest in and/or the schools that you feel might have an interest in you (not everyone can go to OSU or FSU).  We suggest mailing the tapes in January after your junior year.

We can't stress this point enough.  Keep your sight on the big picture.  You want to trade football for a education.   

3 -- Understand that intitial mass mailings are just that -- "mass mailings" sent to hundreds of kids.  Do not assume that you are going to be actively recruited by a school just because you receive mass mass mailings.  Generally once you begin to receive personal notes from various colleges and phone calls during the permissible time periods, you are then being actively recruited.  Still, it is a big defference between being actively recruited and being offered a scholarship.

4 -- The month of May is termed Junior recruiting.  This is the month that college coaches visit high schools, talk with High School coaches and begin to narrow down their recruiting lists.  Although college coaches can't have formal face to face contact with a prospect during May, they are allowed one phone call to a prospect during the month.  Along those lines, once a prospect receives a phone call from a coach, and is receiving personal notes from that instituion, he then can consider himself a legitimate prospect for that school.  If an athlete has (A) not received a visit from a member of a college coaching staff during May, (B) has not received any personal hand written notes from a college and has not received a phone call during the month of may, the odds are he will not be recruited by those schools.

5 -- Once a prospect has established a list of schools that he is interested in and schools that are interested in him, the athlete should begin to plan to attend as many one day or portions of those schools' summer football camps.  Many colleges have onen day camps or permit athletes to attend sessions of their 3-4 day fooball camps on a pro-rated cost basis.  These should be pre-arranged with the coachings staff.

Let the college know that you are camping with them.  Each year kids head to a camp and come away feeling that no one cared.  Many times this is becasue the college coach who is recruiting him didn't know the player was coming.  This will also allow you to see more of the school during your time there and could help you save time during the recruiting process.

6 -- Parents should not be afraid to ask a coach flat out -- "Am I a legit scholarship prospect?"  The majority of coaches will be honest with you.  Remember even if you are told you are a scholarship prospect, it doesn't mean you will get one.  You are simply a candidate.

We tell many parents not to be afraid to ask this question.  I can say you time and effort.

7 -- A handful of prospects will receive verbal scholarship offers in May and sometimes earlier than that.  A few others will receive offers after attending camps.  The majority will fall into one of two categories after attending summer camps.

A) They will continue to be recruited and evaluated during their senior season.

B) They are emilinated as potential prospects by those schools.  Therefore, if you are planning to attend a football camp of any kind where you will be evaluated, make sure you are at the top of your game in all aspects (speed/quickness, agility, skill, strength).

Camps are there for kids to show what they have.  It may be your only chance to shine and help you get the offer you want.

8 -- The next phase of recruiting is your senior year.  The best advice a prospect can have is to play as well as he possibly can.  College coaches are not concerned with individual stats the way most people think.  An individual's performance, toughness, speed/quickness, effort and skill level is far more important than stats.  Stats many times are more a product of a system than athletic ability.  College coaches are going to evaluate athletes based on what they see, not on what they read.

This is the biggest question we get asked.  Why did this kid get an offer and mine didn't.  College coaches know what they want from a player.  There are many factors to this.  EXP: Two kids make all state as OL.  Player A get a offer and B doesn't.  Player A is 6'5" and 275lbs. Player B is 5'11" and 230lbs.  Which player is going to get a DI offer.  If you say player A, you may be right but you could be wrong also.  Recruiting experts or (Guru's) don't know everything.  Many have not played or coached the sport they cover.  Just becasue a person say's a kid is a top player doen't make him one in the eye's of college coaches.  College coaches like to believe what they see.  Not numbers on a sheet of paper.

9 -- Be accurate when you or anyone close to you reports your physical stats.  There is nothing that a college coach hates more than inaccurate reporting of height, weight and speed.  To be told a kid is 6'2 and runs a 4.4 when he is really 6'0 and runs a 4.9 is very frustrating.

I have been to many camps where players were listed bigger than what they are.  This is OK for your high school football program.  But a college coach can be turned off not only at you, but the person who gave them the information.  If the information came from a high school coach, that coach will lose the respect of the college coaches when other players come up the ranks.

10 -- From September of your senior season until the first wednesday in February, you will be receiving phone calls, mass mailings, and personal notes from collegs that have an interest in you.  If this is not occuring from select schools, then you are not being actively recruited by those schools.  Again, even though you may be contacted on a regular basis, this does not mean you will get a scholarship offer.  The month of December and January are set aside for prospects to make official visits, at the college expense, to those schools that extend an invitation.  A number of prospects will already have been offered a scholarship prior to coming on an official visit.  Others will be offered during their visits and still others will leave empty handed.  Again, an official visit to a college does not mean that you have a scholarship offer.

By NCAA rule a recruit has five official visits.  Be carefull what ones you take. 

11 -- The official signing of the national letter of intent, which binds you to that college or institution takes place the first wednesday in February.  This is referred to as National Signing Day.

This is the day you go from most wanted to just another player.  Recruiting is done and the schools that were hot after you have to go and recruit the players who are going to replace you.

12 -- Remember that recruiting is a business for college coaches.  They are expected to win football games.  College coaches will lose their jobs if they don't win!  They cannot afford to make mistakes and it is crucial to sign the best prospects possible to help their team win.  At times it is a ruthless business and feelings do get hurt.  On the flip side, the athlete needs to look out for himself.    Don't allow coaches to squeeze you into making choices before you are ready.  Also, don't hesitate to change a verbal commitment if a better opportunity develops.  The athlete needs to select a college that best fits his needs and desires.  Remember for most 18 year olds, this is their first major decision in life.

The choice of a school is just the start of many things you will do the rest of your life.  You may meet the person you marry at college.  You will pick the field you may work in the rest of your life.  And you will network with many others who could have a hand in your future.  Remember! You are the one living at the school you pick.  Your friends and family will not be with you on a day to day basis.  Only you know what will make you happy.  If you pick the wrong school, leaving is not as easy as you think.

13 -- Understand that receiving a scholarship to play major college football is very difficult and a tremendous accomplishment.  For example at the quarterback position this year, the top 60 football programs will sign maybe 100 QBs.  To secure one of those scholarships is very difficult and quite an
accomplishment.

This year a little over 100 kids in Ohio will receive a DI scholarship.  Think about how many kids play high school football in this state and you can see how hard this accomplishment really is.  Ohio has a little over 800 school playing football.

OhioPrepScene would like to thank Mr. & Mrs. Gregory for this information.  Mr. Gregory is a DI College Football Coach (Ohio University) and the father of a top recruit.  Mrs. Gregory is the mother of a top DI recruit in 2003 and has the hardest job in the world as wife of a college coach.  Both are proud parents of Grant Gregory and wanted to pass this important information on to other parents who are learing how to deal with recruiting.  The Gregory family has now seen both sides of recruiting, that of a coach and now a parent.  We hope those who have children being recruited find this a help.


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