So you’re getting ready to finish your senior year (or your child is!), and you want to be a big time college football player? Its a big world out there, fella, so you need to learn all you can about this process. Know that your phone may be ringing off the hook for the next few months. When its all said and done, someone will get hurt – make sure its that other school that wanted you so badly, and not you, that gets hurt!
College Football is one of the most competitive job markets in the world. Check out FootballScoop.com during the football off-season, and see the number of posts that are showing up about open jobs. Then realize that each one of those postings, regardless of pay or location or any other factor, will have around 100 applicants within the first hour that it is posted. Getting a job in college football is tough, and keeping it is tougher.
The only way to keep your job, then, is to recruit the best possible players. It doesn’t matter if you are an assistant, coordinator, or head coach. The best way to get recognized is to become a great recruiter. So when the recruiting process gets started (it never stops), these guys are going to work. Their livelihood is at stake! For the recruit, and the parents of the recruit, they need to judge the person the are working with.
Is this recruiter genuine? That is the most important question. Are you talking to someone who is telling you want you want hear, or telling you the truth? Coaches can’t guarantee playing time – at least, they shouldn’t. So if someone is telling you that you’ll start for them, they’re probably lying. You may start, sure, but a good football team is putting the best player on the field. You can compete for starting job? That’s probably a legit statement – everyone can compete.
They aren’t wasting their time with you if they don’t think you can help in some way. As a college coach, we have a very limited amount of time. This job requires long, long hours, and we aren’t making phone calls and home visits for a kid that we don’t think can eventually make an impact. Some kids are projects, some kids need some development, and some can play right away. But if you’re being recruited by a school, they at least believe that you can contribute at some point.
At the Division III level, some head coaches are the best thing for school finances. They bring in a ton of players, who will all pay tuition to the school – no scholarships in DIII – and then sort out who can really play later. But again, I don’t know of anyone who will waste their time with a kid that just flat out can’t play the game. วิเคราะห์ บอลเต็ง
For higher level recruits, such as Division I or Division II recruits, you simply have to decide if this is the right place for you. They’re paying for you to go there, so they see you as a big time player. Schools are so limited in the number of players they can offer money to, so if they’re offering you money, they’re giving you a shot at playing very soon.
If you don’t quite meet NCAA qualifications, or have D-III talent but don’t want to spend D-III money, NAIA schools often have scholarships and lower entrance requirements. The football can be every bit as competitive as D-II NCAA football. Everyone in NAIA football has a story, but the fact is that you are getting an education and playing the greatest sport there is.
Finally, don’t forget Junior Colleges. Some coaches view these as a place only for the academically challenged, but that’s not the case. Currently I am a JuCo coach, and I never knew as much as I know now about this level. If you fancy yourself a big time player, but don’t get the big time offers, JuCo may be the place to go. The fact is, when you leave a good JuCo program, you’ll at least be recruited at the same level you were being recruited out of High School. And if you have success in that program, you can probably go higher. After all, you’re now a proven college football player, and a proven college football student (far from a guarantee out of high school!)
Of course, JuCos are also a great place if you do not meet NCAA qualifications. And most of them will take players in right up to the first day of two-a-days, so if you’re stuck due to some unfortunate situation late in the summer, these may be your last hope. In the end, if you take care of business in a JuCo, you’ll end up with the same 4-year degree you would have, and a shot at much, much more. Junior Colleges are only available in some states (Mississippi, Texas, Kansas, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Arizona, California, and a few others here and there), so you may have to go looking.
If you’re in the recruiting process, what is important is to ask questions of everyone who calls! Save every phone number of every coach, and weigh all of your options. Know your GPA, your test scores, and be honest with yourself about your ability. Talk to your high school coaches, and ask them to honestly tell you where you stand. And understand that they love you, so they may not be as objective as the big universities are in looking at you. Be willing to work for whatever it is that you want, and remember that in the end, most of us will never play in the NFL – so find a place that will put you on the right academic track. When football is over, your degree and the lessons that football have taught you, will take you much farther than your accomplishments on the field.