College Football Recruiting
Second half senior year February – first football National Letter of Intent Signing Day with colleges (www. ncaa. org) April – second National Letter of Intent Signing Day Key Roles ETHS college advisors – very knowledgeable, academic focus ETHS coaches – prepare highlights DVDs, make recommendations to college coaches, advise athletes, focus on good environment for student athlete Athlete and parents – identify schools, narrow choices, pursue coaches and self promote, push for commitments, commit at best time Third party advisors
ETHS coach sends letter to selected college coaches with list of prospects, height, weight, GPA, and contact information Athlete sends letter to selected coaches stating serious interest in program and attaching athletic resume including: contact information, GPA, test scores, academic honors, and athletic information such as height, weight, statistics, awards, references, and highlight DVD and directions to ETHS football internet address for highlight DVD access. forms available) Athlete considers taking prep course for ACT and SAT and takes ACT and SAT. Register with NCAA clearing house Considering participating in high school football testing and competition clinics, including for example National Underclassmen Football Combines (www. nationalunderclassmen. com) College visits Summer after junior year Continue college visits Consider attending college football team prospect camp
Request ETHS head coach to write specific letters of recommendation to preferred college coaches Call, write, email, and text college coaches to show interest and to ask questions about football program and how much interest school has in player Fall senior year Submit applications to short list of colleges Go to up to five paid for official college football recruiting visits Continue contact with coaches from top choice schools Ask ETHS coaches to make first 4 game highlight DVD and send to college coaches Narrow list to top 4 – 6 schools
Push scholarship program coaches to commit that they will definitely offer scholarship and/or push non-scholarship program coaches to commit that they will use all influence with admissions office for admission Prepare to make choice and to commit to one school Winter/spring senior year Continue to press college coaches and to focus on top list February is first NCAA letter of intent signing day April is second letter of intent signing day Key Concepts
Process starts big with lots of schools and data and must be driven steadily down to fewer schools with best fit Accurately assessing athletic skill level and academic status is extremely important to long term success Athlete must aggressively seek out football program that fits and will work long term Many resources are available to assist, but athlete and parents together must push process and people to achieve success Gradually over time must press college coaches for commitments of scholarships at scholarship program schools or commitments of admission at non-scholarship schools If playing football in college is essential, make sure program is at right level for the athlete.