This is the first week of October, the end of the regular season is only three weeks away and the state playoff is just around the corner.
So what should seniors and juniors who are good enough to play at the next level--or think they are good enough--be doing at this moment in time? Has the recruiting process passed them by? Are they even aware of how the recruiting process works?
Here is some information that might provide an education for you and your parents?
If you are a senior who wants to play football in college but has no scholarship offers, what should you do?
The clock is ticking and time is running out. The key is to immediately put together a highlight tape of your best players of the 2010 season followed by your best game, then request your high school coach to author a strong letter of recommendation to send to a college at whichever level you are capable of playing at.
Then ask that college coach to call your high school coach after reviewing your film to inform him if you are recruitable or not, if you are capable of playing at that level or not.
You must do the legwork. Have your high school coach mail the letters out. If your parents do it, the chances are you won't get a reply at all. But if your high school coach does it, the college coach will respond because he realizes he has to come back to your school each year to recruit players.
Remember, this is a matter of urgency. As a senior, time is almost over. Mail out tapes before the season is over.
Meanwhile, if you are a junior who wants to play in college but has little or no interest from recruiters, what should you do?
You need as much exposure to the colleges as possible, not to the shoe companies. It is good to attend the college one-day camps in June. Some camps do a good job of training kids as freshmen and sophomores. But you should go to recruiting camps as a junior where the colleges will see you or hear about you.
Be in good physical condition and be prepared to do your best or suffer the consequences. Remember, these combines are meat markets. Colleges are only interested in the best players, not hurting anyone's feelings.
Go to the right combine, the one-day camps, the college prospect camps. Don't go to a moneymaker camp where you will only spin your wheels. Get recognition from the right people, not me or other analysts or Internet sites. Utilize your time wisely. Be in shape so you won't run a 4.7 and hurt your chances.