This isn't a sales pitch. I'm not selling anything. I'm just responding to several inquiries by parents and high school coaches who want to how to make colleges aware of a high school football player who they believe might be a Division I prospect but plays for a losing or obscure program and is getting little if any exposure to recruiters.
What should he do?
Call Tom Lemming.
I'll take care of it. If he is good enough, I'll let the colleges know. In this day and age, with access to the Internet, no one should be overlooked, no matter where he lives or what kind of program he plays for.
If you are a Randy Moss who plays with a quarterback who can't throw the ball, contact Tom Lemming before your senior year so we can arrange for you to attend camps and combines where you will receive plenty of exposure to college recruiters.
If you are a sophomore or junior and your parent or high school coach believes you are a Division I prospect, contact Tom Lemming. Sure, parents and high school coaches often aren't very objective. But film doesn't lie. I only takes a few minutes to determine if a player is a legitimate college prospect.
Contrary to what some people would have you believe, I don't charge a penny. Never have. There is no cost at all. Send me a film and I'll analyze it. If your son is a legitimate prospect, I'll recommend him to college coaches and arrange for him to attend camps and combines. If he isn't a legitimate prospect, in my view, I'll tell you.
In 30 years of evaluating high school players, I've helped hundreds of kids to get to college. I suppose one that I am most proud of was Ben Kotwica of Andrew, who was overlooked as a too-short linebacker coming out of high school. He went to West Point, was a three-year starter and team captain and now is an assistant coach with the New York Jets.
Former Vocational, Notre Dame and Chicago Bears star Chris Zorich was another. He didn't command much attention coming out of high school. I contacted schools for him. He attended one of my events in the city. I didn't know much about him at the time. He was a linebacker in high school, not a defensive lineman. He received a lot of letters but not much serious attention. He had a good senior year but was only average as a sophomore and junior. But he was a tough kid. Finally, he received offers from Illinois, UCLA, Northwestern and Notre Dame.
Remember, recruiting isn't an exact science. Evaluators make mistakes. Not every high school football player who is awarded a college scholarship ends up as a starter or earns a spot in the NFL. But there is no excuse for being overlooked. Every kid with potential and production, with speed and size and strength, should have an opportunity to be evaluated and receive exposure to college recruiters.
This is one way to do it.