By now you all should know I do not like Recruiting Services. Coaches consistently tell me and others who as "Do Not Waste Your Money". Are there some good ones? Yes. And I will mention the few we like in a follow up Post. Now my positions are not extreme it is just reality. No one can get you a scholarship in exchange for money. No amount of bribery, influence peddling, or selling tapes to colleges for Thousands will do the job. The "Street Agents" are running the same old Carnival act we have all seen or trying to sell you the same Snake Oil that our ancestors fell for.
So many people that hear that ask me, "Well what the heck are we supposed to do?"
Ok so lets's talk tonight for a moment about the basics and what to do with them once you have your info together.
1: You will need grades good enough to play football in college.
2: You are going to bee good film of 3-5 minutes to show coaches. They are only going to watch about 30 seconds for the most part.
3: You are going to need an informational Resume.
4: You are going to need a list to reach these guys and a system of how to track the responses.
5: You need to showcase talent that projects to the level your trying to be recruited at.
6: You need to maintain behavior consistent with what a College is looking for- this is a huge investment they are asking you to make and eyes are on today's athlete more then ever.
Tonight in Part One of our series on football recruiting- Beyond The Goal Posts - we want to look at #4
One of the things that gives the bad guys power over you and your recruit is that they claim to "Know all the Coaches" and to have influence. What if I was to share with you a simple yet amazingly powerful tool that will put you on an equal playing field with these guys...check that.. even in a better position then them? Would you pay $100? $300? $500? $1000?
Well what if I could get you the number for every single Head coach in the USA in every single sport and we could make that happen for $29.95? Pretty Great right? And what if you could search the Nation by Map Region, Level of play, Academic requirements, and sport? That would power up your effort fast.
So let me introduce you to NWPR's pal Andy Gold and his service CollegeCoachesOnline.net.
Here is what his website says:
If your goal is to receive an athletic scholarship or have the opportunity to compete in college athletics and receive an outstanding college education, College Coaches OnlineSM can be of great tool to help you!
We are not a recruiting service! We endorse the “Do it Yourself” approach to college and university selection. There are many valuable “self help” books on the market that give a step by step guide for the student athlete. However, obtaining the names of coaches and identifying schools which match your academic and athletic skills is a very time consuming process.
College Coaches OnlineSM not only saves countless hours researching colleges and universities, but allows you to narrow your focus of schools quickly. We can help student-athletes find the colleges and universities that match their academic and athletic ability, while allowing you to select a school size, cost and location.
First hand we can tell you this list which is updated Quarterly is the best out there. And it will get you in touch with Coaches and Football offices by phone, email, and by regular mail. And just imagine the emails lists, Facebook friends, and Twitter connections your going to make.
For us this tool helped our kids look at every option our there and realize that there were a lot of schools with scholarship money we did not even know about. In fact most people only know about a small fraction of the options available to them.
We are not paid one cent if you buy this. Andy, being the great guy that he is, offered us a $5 referral for every sale. We rejected that as we do not want to be paid for this sort of referral nor any really. This is about you guys and your families.
You Coaches reading this get a subscription for your team and assign a Coach the job of sending out your best players HUDL info once a month. Mom and Dad get the list and send out film and resume/ profile sheets. You can do this. Some of the kids we have covered have used this to send out 5 a week for 10 weeks. That's 50 schools and most of them send back at least a note or a thank you.
This is powerful and we want you to understand these tools are out there. As you prepare yourself to play this season at doubles and get ready to head into the classroom this simple tool can allow you to power up your collegiate prospects as well.
More on the other steps and how to Master them coming soon. This one we wanted you to know about now.
Doubles is starting folks-- work hard and stay safe. Always keep your head up- on and off the field.