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Assisting Players in the Recruiting Process

Assisting Players in the Recruiting Process

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I always like to start out with a disclaimer. First, nothing I am going to tell you is original. I am not going to say I invented this or invented that. I may not remember where I got this information from but one thing I do know is that I got the information from someone else. Second, I am not going to tell you this is the only way to do things. I am going to tell you about a system that we have used for the last fifteen or twenty years. It has been very good for me and it has worked well for me. Everyone has their own particular situation in the school where they coach. The next disclaimer I have is this. I have one goal here for this lecture. If you can take one idea from this lecture and adapt it to your program, then I will have done a great job today. I will not try to sell you on the program we use, but if you can take one idea and use it in your program it will be worthwhile. Just one more disclaimer, in talking about the college recruiting process is this. There are not any rules on this. No one makes the rules in dealing with the coaches and players as far as how to go about recruiting players. Every college does it a little different. I am going to talk about some of my experiences in the recruiting process. Then I will talk about some recommendations on how we do the recruiting process. The key to the recruiting system is simple. It is made up of one word with two letters. Everything we do in the recruiting process is WE. I have run into some parents at other schools that tell me their coaches do not do anything for the players at their particular school. I may know that the coach has sent out tapes and made calls to colleges and busted his tale to assist his players. Still there are some parents and players that will tell others they did not get a scholarship because the coach and the school did’ do anything to help them. Coaches have told me stories about their players coming in to see them the day after the national signing date and tell them something like this. “Coach, I saw in the paper today where so and so signed a scholarship with so and so. When am I going to sign my scholarship?” It is important to get the players and parents involved in understanding the recruiting process. They must know what is going on and they have to be involved in the process. I have a simple flow chart that indicates the way we view the process. PARENTS AND PLAYERS COACHES COLLEGES On the left side of the chart we have the parents and players. In the middle of the chart we have the high school coaches. The colleges are on the outside of the chart. There are always two parts to the flow chart. We have input from the parents and players to the coaches. Then we have input from the colleges back to the coaches. About ninety percent of what I am going to talk about is on the left side. Basically this relates to dealing with the parents and players. 1

The right hand side of the chart is very easy. There is one simple way to have a player recruited and that is to have a stud player. It is plain and simple. You can talk all you want about the different programs, but what I want to discuss is how you deal with the parents and players in this area. Of the kids that have gone on to Division I schools from our program, I could have told you they were going to go to college on a scholarship when they walked into our school as freshmen. You could see they were just the type of players that was going to be recruited four years later. They were just studs. There was no magic system needed to promote them. There was nothing special that we had to do to get them recruited. We had a center this year that came into our program and worked very hard. He was 6’3” and 305 pounds and bench pressed 450 pounds. He went from a MAC prospect to the Big East with Pitt. However, when he walked into our door we knew he was a Division I level player and it would only be a matter of time to determine the level he would play. We have a junior quarterback this year that can put his elbow on the rim of a basketball goal. He is a stud. He is going to get a Division I scholarship. Anything else you want to talk about with him is immaterial. Everything we do in the recruiting process is based on WE. We are going to do it together. If a kid comes to me and asks me what I am going to do to help him get a scholarship, I stop him and correct him. “We are going to do it together.” When we mail out your film we will do it together so you can see it go in the mailbox.” If I am to make a phone call I will have the player sit right there as I talk to the college coach. Everything we do is going to be together. To make this system work, you must

understand a few things. First, “No news is bad news.” We will do a lot of things to assist the players. We will send out film and we will send out letters to colleges. We will have a plan to assist the players. The most important thing the player must understand is this. If you send a college a letter or film, the college is not going to call you and tell you, “We do not like you or you are not good enough to play for us.” The players must understand something. “No news is bad news.” If they want you they will call you. Second, anytime I get a call from a college about a kid I go straight to that player and tell him what was said; good, bad, or indifferent. If I do not get a call I will not tell the players anything. The kids know this and it keeps us together on the process. This is what that procedure does for the coach. It stops kids from coming up to you in the hall and asking you if you have heard anything back from the college we sent letters and films to. “No news is bad news.” As I get into the system we use you will understand that one simple point. I tell the players if they do not hear back from the colleges, they do not want you. It is as simple as that. No one wants to be the bearer of bad news. Colleges do not call players and tell them they are not good enough to play for them. They just do not do that. In dealing with the parents you must spend time with them. In dealing with them I never expect parents to be rationale about their children. I would say if parents are rationale about what their kids chances are, they are not very good parents. I am sure my parents thought I was a little better than I really was. I think my kids are a little better than they are. If I don’t, who does? If I don’t think my kids are great, who will? It is as simple as that. But all of us have been in meeting where we have to 2

bite our tongue when a parent makes a statement like, “My son is the best running back in this program. My boy is good enough to be a Division I football player.” I think it is important to go into those situations with one simple philosophy. I expect the parents to be irrational about their kids. It is a lot easier to roll with the tide when that happens. I also have a theory that we have a new kind of parent out there today. I am 55 years old. I grew up in a time when if we wanted to go out and play football in the neighborhood, we did. When I was 10 years old and my parents told me to go outside and play football, there were more than a dozen kids that you could play with. There were kids all over the place and we played outside a lot. We made up rules and played with the other kids. You learned how to interpret rules. You did not need mom and dad to do anything for you. But if I told my kids to go outside and play they would tell me there are no kids within two blocks that will go out and play. There is no one left to play with today. Today the parents have to step in and organize all kinds of games and sports. Now we have all kind of parents involved in our youth leagues. In the last ten years they have come up with the “Select Teams” in soccer, basketball, and volleyball. I am also the Athletic Director at our school. I want tell you, sometimes the select team parents can be a problem. They travel all summer and spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars. They justify this by saying they are going to get their son a scholarship. I will guarantee you that the summer coaches tell the parents their kid will get that scholarship. They want them to pay that money to travel. It is a new mentality. If that student athlete does not get a scholarship, somehow it is the fault of the high school coach.

The point I am trying to make here is this. We have a new group of parents to deal with today. The parents of the kids today expect you to get scholarships for the kids. If their kid does not get a scholarship, they do not want to hear it. It is the high school coach who is at fault. That is something we all have to deal with. The next point I want to cover is the fact that the recruiting process is constantly changing. It is always changing. You must keep up with it somehow. I do not have the answer. I think the best way to learn about the process is to have a recruit that colleges want. If you go through the process you will understand what the changes are. We have been fortunate that we have had players that have been recruited each of the last several years. If we did not have someone that was recruited, I would call the colleges and ask some of the coaches what was new in the recruiting process. I would talk with coaches at clinics such as this to find out what is new in the recruiting process. Ten years ago I thought it was easy to understand. The recruiting process use to work like this. I thought it was easy to explain to my players and parents. You played your senior year of football. Then in November the season was over. The college coaches would come around and watch film and set up visits. In December and January you took your five visits to the colleges. On a day close to the National Signing date you committed. On the National Signing date you signed the letter of intent. It was a real simple process to explain. It was not real complicated and everyone understood it. In the last ten to twelve years they have started the process of early committing. I think the further south you go, the less the early committing takes place. The further north you go the more the early signings take place. Most of the northern colleges have at least fifty percent of their 3

commitments done by the opening day of recruiting. I think early committing is hard to understand. It is a hard thing to handle. One of our players that made an early commitment lost his hunger for the game. He committed early and came back his senior year, but he was not very hungry. I have had other players that thought they should have been offered a scholarship on an early commitment that didn’t play as well as they should have, because they were too involved with the fact they did not have that commitment. The fact was, in most cases, they did not have the necessary grades to be recruited. They do not hear this point because they don’t want to hear it. Early committing is hard to understand and it is hard for coaches to work with. I like to visit with other coaches at clinics. One of the things some of my colleagues complain about is the early committing problems. We do not like the rule as it is today. There is one thing clear about this point. I do not have control over this situation. That is the system. We can complain about early committing all we want, but the bottom line is the fact that this is how things are working now. It is our job as coaches to understand the system and go with it. If you fight it and try to buck the system you are going to get lost. We have a new thing up our way called “Gray Shirting.” Colleges take a graduating senior and have him sit out the fall semester. He enrolls in the winter semester in January. He does not start his eligibility until the next fall. If the player red shirts a year that means he is going to take six years to graduate. He is going to be 23 to 24 years old by the time he gets out of college. I will talk about the new academic rule later. This past year you had the choice of going on the old NCAA rule or the new NCAA rule.

I think the computer programs have changed the recruiting process. I think the internet has changed the recruiting process. Our kids know a lot about the colleges today because they promote themselves on the internet. Parents go on the internet and promote their kids. Kids know the players that are being recruited by other schools. You can go to some web sites and they will tell you the recruits that are coming to visit, each weekend, for official visits. The point here is the fact that the recruiting process changes. This is something we must deal with just as we must deal with the rules the NCAA set up. As a high school coach you must stay with the system and keep up with what is going on. We can not change it so we must know all about it to help the kids. Next I want to talk about the actual system that we use. Our recruiting process for juniors in high school starts in January. I am fortunate at our school with the class schedules we use for all of our students. When the seniors are at lunch our juniors are in home room. It is just the opposite for the juniors. When they are in lunch session the seniors are in home room. When the freshmen are at lunch the sophomores are in study hall. The opposite is true when the sophomores are at lunch. If I want to have a meeting with the Seniors I simply put a note in the mailbox for the senior home room teacher and let that teacher know I am having the meeting. We have a special meeting room that we call the Hall of Fame room. I meet with each class once every two weeks during the lunch period. This is very helpful because I can get to the kids that are in winter sports and spring sports and not have to worry about them missing practice. They like this set up in that they like to come in and talk football once every two weeks. 4

We start out in January. At the first meeting I talk about college recruiting. I have all the juniors that will be seniors the next fall in the meeting. The first thing I talk about is the ACT/SAT and the NCAA clearing house. I talk about the ACT and SAT. Most of you know these things. Number one is “Early and Often.” We tell our kids to take the tests each time they are offered. Take both tests early and often. The thing people do not understand is this. One test measures ability and one measures achievement. They are different test. Some kids will tell you the tests are the same and they do not understand why they should take both tests. Some kids will do better on the test of ability and some kids will do better on the test of achievement. Again, we tell them to take both tests early and often. We give them the dates they must register for the test, so they do not have to pay any late fees to take the test. The question is raised about taking the tests before the junior year. My experience is this. Unless the student has taken some Algebra II they may have a hard time on the test. If they make a 12 or 13 on the test it tends to stay with the students later, on the following test. Also, if those scores get to the colleges it turns them away from that student. Others may disagree with this thinking but I think you can take the test in January of your junior year and still have enough time to make a good score on the test. I have found that kids get sick of taking tests. For admissions the colleges do not allow you to mix and match the scores. The NCAA does allow you to mix and match the scores. On the ACT there are four categories. You are allowed to take your best score from each category from all ACT tests you take. If a student takes the ACT two times

and makes a 16 on Verbal the first time and an 18 on the second test on Verbal, he gets to use the 18 for the ACT. If he gets a 17 on the science category the first time and gets a 15 the second test, he takes the 17 on science. You are allowed to mix and match the scores within the Act. This is one reason you should take the ACT early and often. On the SAT there are two categories. You cannot mix and match the scores. Next is the NCAA Worksheets. We fill out a form for each kid. We list the following information on the worksheet plus the High School Core Courses. HIGH SCHOOL CORE COURSES At least four years English. At least two years of math. (One year algebra and one year geometry -or one year of a higher-level math course for which geometry is a prerequisite.) At least two years of social science. At least two years of natural or physical science (including one lab course, if offered by your school.) At least one year of an additional class in English, math, or natural or physical science. You need two additional academic courses in any of the above areas, or foreign language, computer science or comparative religion. NAME: ______________________________ SEMESTERS: _________________________ CORE CLASSES: ______________________ AVERAGE IN CORE CLASSES: ___________ _____ You are in good shape. Great! _____ You are right on schedule. Keep it up! _____ You are a little under! Get to work! _____ You are not in good shape. Time to change study habits! 5

NCAA DIVISION I FRESHMAN ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS All Student-Athletes must register with the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse. Qualifier: Can practice, compete and receive an athletic scholarship as a college freshman. Requirements: school. Graduation from high

2.475 2.450 2.425 2.400 2.375 2.350 2.325 2.300 2.275 2.250 2.225 2.200 2.175 2.150 2.125 2.100 2.075 2.050 2.025 2.000 Below 2.000

69 70 71 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 Not Eligib le

On the back of this form is a worksheet you fill out. A lot of football coaches I talk with are afraid of the worksheet. It is very easy to fill out. You must fill out a Form 48-H form. Your school must send a list to the NCAA to tell them the courses that are approved at each individual school. You can take the information on the 48-H Form and take the students transcript and put the courses that are on the 48-H Form on his worksheet. From this information you can figure out his average. It is that simple. I have had a lot of experience in working with the form and it is easy to do but it takes some of your time. We make sure all of our kids know their GPA and how it relates to the form. Let me talk about the Index. This is the information the players want to know. The following GPA Core Courses with the corresponding ACT or SAT score that is needed: CORE GRADE-POINT AVERAGES/TEST SCORE SLIDING SCALE – DIVISION I FORMER CORE GPA/TEST SCORE INDEX *To be used with the 13 Core Courses Core GPA 2.500 + 2.500 ACT – sum of sub scores 68 68 SAT

830 840850 860 860 870 880 890 900 910 920 930 940 950 960 960 970 980 990 1000 1010 Not Eligib le

Here is the information that is available from the NCAA. You can go to their web site and get all of this information. NCAA INITIAL-ELIGIBILITY CLEARINGHOUSE The NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse, located in Iowa City, Iowa, is the organization that handles all inquiries regarding an individual's initial eligibility status. The Clearinghouse operates a separate Web site at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net which maintains and processes all of the initial-eligibility certifications. Many questions are asked about the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse. The Clearinghouse is an agency which will provide initial-eligibility certification for all prospective student-athletes wishing to compete as freshmen at NCAA member institutions offering Division I or II athletics. The Clearinghouse is not a placement agency or an admissions office - it will not locate a college/institution for student-athletes to attend. The NCAA Clearinghouse will provide the 6

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student's initial-eligibility certification results to all colleges/universities that request it. Also the question is raised concerning who must register with the Clearinghouse. That is simple. Any prospective student-athlete who will enroll in college as a freshman and plans to compete in NCAA Division I or Division II athletics must register with the Clearinghouse. When I get to that meeting I will have one of these worksheets filled out for each player. I can do 20 kids in one hour. Once you are familiar with the courses you can fill it out very quickly. But we have a worksheet for every player. I give them to seniors, juniors, sophomores, and freshman. Sometime in the spring I will give the freshman and sophomores a worksheet. They know from that freshman year on where they stand academically. All of the kids that I work with that have low grades will tell me they are going to get good grades the next semester. I see this with the kids from their freshman year to their senior year. They do that until their senior year. They do not realize how difficult it is to raise their GPA that senior year. I do want to discuss the chart on the new core GPA - Test Scores Index. (To be used with the 14 Core Courses.) The way it is now you can use the old rule or the new rule. Here is information on the new rule.

NEW NCAA CORE GPA/TEST SCORE INDEX (TO BE USED WITH 14 CORE COURSES) Core GPA 3.555 + 3.500 3.250 3.00 2.750 2.500 2.475 2.450 2.425 2.400 2.375 2.350 2.325 2.300 2.275 2.250 2.225 2.200 2.175 2.150 2.125 2.100 2.075 2.050 2.025 2.000 Below 2.000 ACT 37 39 46 52 59 68 69 70 71 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 Not Eligib le SAT 400 420 520 620 720 820 830 840850 860 860 870 880 890 900 910 920 930 940 950 960 960 970 980 990 1000 1010 Not Eligib le

The effective date of the new rule Students first entering a collegiate institution on or after August 11, 2003, may meet the initial-eligibility requirements under either rule. Students first entering a collegiate institution on or after August 1, 2005, must meet the new 14 core course rule. For information regarding the new rule, go to www.ncaa.org. Click on “Custom Home Pages” and pull the menu down to “Prospect/Parent” page. Division II is proposing an increase to 14 core courses. The additional course could be taken in any corecourse area. The proposal, if adopted, 7

would be effective for students first entering a collegiate institution on or after August 1, 2005. If you have questions about Eligibility, call the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse at: 1-319-337-1492. You may also call the NCAA at: 1-317-9176222. The new rule is very interesting. If a student has 3.550 and above, all he has to do is to sign his name to the form and he gets 400 on the SAT. They get 200 for signing the Verbal and 200 for signing the Math sections. The new rule is the same from a GPA of 2.500 and on down. The rule takes in to consideration Core GPA above 2.500. This list does not include all of the scores but it is a good example of how the Index works. Who gets this information in the schools? The counseling department gets the information. Hopefully the counseling department will pass this information on to the athletic department. I am the athletic director and that helps. I was in the counseling department at one time. So this material comes very easy for me with the experiences I had in the counseling department. This is the new rule and I think you owe it to your players to make sure they understand the new guidelines. When should a student athlete register with the NCAA Clearinghouse? Every thing is done on a computer now in registering with the NCAA. Go to ncaa.net and you can register online. The fee is up to $30 now. I do not recommend the players registering when they are in the early years of their high school grades unless they are a stud athlete. There is no real reason to register before being recruited. Our kids do not register until we know they are being recruited by Division I or Division II schools. You must be recruited to be registered and to take

an official visit. You should know this and the kids should know this as well. If I told our freshman they needed to be registered with the Clearinghouse they would all go sign up. They do not need to do that until they know they are going to be recruited. In our meeting I go over all of the information about recruiting and explain the process. The next step is to show them the information sheet I mail out to colleges. I use school stationary to compile a list of our senior players. It includes the players name, address, phone number, position, height, weight, jersey number, and his GPA. When I get a questionnaire from a college I will put that list of players in the envelope and mail it back to the college. I do not fill out any names on questionnaires. I send all of the senior’s names and information to every college. I am sure you get the same type of mail as I get. I put the list in each of the questionnaires and send them in. I put a simple cover letter on school stationary with the list. It is a generic type letter that gives basic information about our school and the football season just completed. I list my home address and home phone number on the letter. In the meeting in January I tell all of the new seniors that I have sent their names to all of the colleges that have contacted me. The list is over 100 colleges. In the next part of the meeting I cover the process where the athletes start receiving questionnaires. I do try to control some of the information that comes to the athletes today. We have freshmen that get eight to ten letters every week from colleges. Once the kids get on that list it is non stop. This is what I tell the players when they tell me they are getting those letters from colleges. 8

“I hope you are thrilled about this. I hope you are complimented. Keep this in mind. There are ten steps to receiving a college scholarship. Just imagine walking up a flight of stair steps. Step ten is when you and I go to the fax machine and send the papers to the college. Ten minutes later the head coach will call and congratulate you for joining their program. That is step TEN and that is when the process is over. Step ONE is getting all of those letters.” Getting a letter from a college is not a scholarship. It is amazing how many people think that first letter is an offer for a scholarship. I do have some individual meetings with juniors that I think have a good chance of being recruited. I will meet with the parents and the player in the evening. We sit down and make a plan of what we are going to do. With the new system we must have a meeting to let the players and parents know what is expected. We send our players to summer camp. We will have about 30 kids that will go to the Ohio State Camp. The reason we picked Ohio State is because every MAC school has a rep at the Ohio State Camp. I am not against Ohio State or any other college that runs a great camp. But for $300 the players need to learn a lot of football in those three days. They better learn a lot of football and become a better football player when they come back to us. I do think the college camps have become a part of the recruiting process. It has become one of the steps in the process of recruiting. I want to make sure you understand our kids have a ball at the Ohio State camp. They love it and it is a great experience. At least our kids get a chance to be seen by people that are looking at recruits. The first week of March I have a meeting with all of our parents. This

year we meet on March 6th. We will do two things at the meeting. For the first hour I will explain the recruiting process. I give them a handout with all of the pertinent information needed. After that first hour we go to the second phase of the meeting. We have a great time with this phase of the program. I tell the parents this. I will always tell you my evaluation of your son but you will have to ask me. The parents will have to figure out if their son is going to get a scholarship. “No news is bad news.” I stress to the parents that I will not lie to them about their son. I ask them not to be offended because I am going to be honest with them. I will not lead them on or exaggerate about their son. I never try to motivate our players by stressing to our players they need to do this or that so they can play college football. We never try to motivate them by mention playing college football. I think the recruiting headaches are enough for the high school coaches as they are now. We are not going to try to motivate a player by telling him if he works hard he will get a scholarship. We do not do that. We have other ways to motivate our players. If the parents come up to me and ask me if I think their son can play for a certain school, I will tell them. I may be wrong, but I will tell them what I think. So if the parents do not ask me about their son that is fine. I would rather the parents figure it out themselves. Next the season is over. On the Tuesday after the season is over we have a meeting with all of the seniors that are interested in playing football in college. We have them all in the meeting together. Next we have an individual meeting with the players and their parents. I will spend one hour with them and talk about the possibilities for that player. I try to complete all of these 9

individual meetings in two days. This year I had 16 seniors. That takes a lot more time when you have that many seniors that want to go on to play college football. In that meeting we write a profile letter. I will put in that letter anything the player and parent want me to put in the letter. I tell the player to dump everything out to me about his desire to play college football. I do not want to assume anything about this player. I ask the parents to give me all of the complimentary words they can about their son. I ask the player the same thing. Then I turn around and type the letter up on a computer. I do not like to lie about the height and weight or speed for a player. The colleges know a lot of schools will boost the size and speed for the players. If they want to lie about it, it is their responsibility; I do not recommend that technique. Now, writing that letter and getting a scholarship are two different things. If a college coach calls me to inquire about a player’s height I will tell him it is what the player and parents wanted me to list for that player. If the coach asks me how tall a player is I will tell them. The next thing I do is to ask the parents and players to give me a list of 20 colleges to send the letter to. It does not matter what schools are on the list, I will mail them a letter. I make sure they know the Golden Rule. “No news is bad news.” If they do not hear back from the colleges they do not want them. I have the player address the envelopes to the colleges. I write the letters and have him stuff the cover letter and the profile letter in the envelope and seal the letter. I mail the letter. I like to guide the players through a

realistic approach to this process. I try to help the players in making decisions on where to send those letters. That is what ninety percent of the players and parents want. “Coach, where do you think we should send the letters?” I tell them the truth and that has worked best for me. Some of the players will send letters to some schools that I do not recommend. That is fine with me. After a few weeks I will call the seniors in and ask them where we stand in the process. If a college calls to ask about the player, I will tell him about it. If I make a call to a school for a player, that player is sitting right there with me. I will ask the college coach if they received the film on our player. “What do you think about him?” I will tell the player what the coach tells me. I want the player to see me make the phone call. You may feel this is a lot of time to spend with the recruiting process. I do not think it is that much time. I would prefer to spend the time than to have parents knocking on my door wanting to know why I did not get their son a scholarship. I do not want any parent telling me that I don’t do anything for the players to help them get into colleges. I enjoy the process. Every meeting we have with the players and parents is fun for me. It is positive and everything is out in the open. I give the players the process of recruiting in that junior class meeting. I am not telling you this is the only way to handle the situation. This is how we do it. I covered these points so you can see what we do. THE RECRUITING PROCESS At the end of your junior football season Coach Place will send out a general information sheet on all our players. 10

Colleges send out requests for names. They will ask for films, transcripts and recommendations on players they are interested in. For some positions it may be smart to make a highlight tape. You may be receiving some feelers from colleges. Please do not confuse these with scholarship offers. This is only the first step of a long process. Colleges will begin to compile their list and may make an offer to the players on the top of the list. This is what is referred to as "being on the board". The college head coach will have the final say as to where you will be placed on the board. They will maintain some type of contact with everyone on the board. Players are placed in these categories on the board. Definite take - They will either offer you a scholarship or establish some type of plan for your further evaluation. Probable take - You are very high on the list but they have other players above you that they are recruiting. They will try to make you feel you are in the first category. Hold "Keep warm". You are lower on the board. You will continue to receive form letters but there will be a minimum of personal contact. You may move up or down based upon what happens to the other recruits or change in your status (grades, senior films, increased size). No interest "No news is bad news" Further evaluation will be made when college coaches visit the high schools in May. More offers may be made. Players attend summer camps. More offers are made based upon what the coaches see at the summer camps. Players will continually be moved up or Down on the board. Factors they look at include the following. Do you meet academic requirements? Do you fit into "the

quirements? Do you fit into "the box" physically? How good a player are you? Character? High School honors have almost no impact - All State Etc. Being a great high school player is not necessarily a predictor to being a recruited college player. During the season, colleges will ask for films to further evaluate and continue the process. In November Coach Place will meet with all seniors and their parents and explain the recruiting process as best he understands it. There are no set rules and every situation is different. In late November Coach Place will meet individually with each player and his parents. We will review your Prop 48 worksheet. We will write a profile letter. I will send this letter to any schools you want. You must give me your list as soon as possible. I ask them to make copies of their best games or make a highlight tape. Let me talk about Proposition 48. This rule applies to all NCAA Division I and II schools. The NAIAD has its own rule (2 out of 3 criteria) Again we tell them to take the ACT and Attests early and often. You may combine your test scores from various dates to get the highest total score. One measures ability, the other achievement. Register for the test on time. It saves money. You can prepare for the test: courses, books and workshops. If you fail to meet the requirements, your choices are: Junior College; Pay your own way for a year to a Division I school and then walk-on. Work out the best possible situation. Attend a Division III. - Prep school. Sit out a year and then try to pass the test. The last possibility is an NAIA school. You must find a school where you will be admitted. If you are going to an NCAA Division I or II School you must register with the NCAA Clearinghouse. Division II rules are different. 11


of the Classification of schools: I - Full athletic scholarships. - Full and some partial. AAA - No scholarships. II - Mostly partial scholarships. III - No athletic scholarships. - Partial scholarships

DIVISION III RECRUITING There are no athletic scholarships. You will work with the coach from that school and your counselor at C-J H.S. to be sure to get all of your grants and aid. There is no real signing date but you must be accepted to the college. You may want to explore an ROTC scholarship. JUNIOR COLLEGE RECRUITING Junior Colleges are two year programs. They offer very few scholarships. The Chicago area is the closest to our area. After two years, hopefully you will be recruited to go on to a four year college. Generally they have low admission standards. The big problem is the fact they have no dorm, and no meal ticket. We encourage our players to do everything right the first time. Colleges do not want to recruit an irresponsible person. This is new to you, so do not be afraid to ask questions. If you have someone else who can help you; always use his or her contact. Extra help is good. We tell our players if they are recruited, the college head coach makes the final decision. You do not have an offer until you hear it from the head coach. Tell Coach Place. Coach Place will call to confirm the offer has been made. Sometimes there is some confusion in the wording. It is your responsibility to understand over committing. Most colleges will offer many more scholarships then they actually have. They usually take the first players to commit and it is usually by position. Your scholarship may be gone at anytime if they are "filled up" at your position. We tell the player if you do get a chance to meet a college recruiter: Look him in the eye, stand tall and speak clearly; Ask questions, show an interest; Use Yes Sir and No sir. Dress properly and do not "big time" anyone. Your reputa12

If you are recruited, Coach Place will go over the steps with you. Never plan on receiving a scholarship. Make your plans based on not receiving a scholarship. Apply to schools before Thanksgiving. You can change your plans if you receive a scholarship. College athletic programs are in financial trouble and the number of athletic scholarships is being reduced every year. If your son should be one of the top 150-200 PROSPECTS in the state that will be great. If you do not receive a scholarship you should check out the situations available to you and then decide if you want to continue playing football in college. There are many young men paying their own way to college and playing football for great schools. DIVISION II RECRUITING They are looking for players who were on the board for the Division I schools but weren't signed. They follow the same steps as Division I, only later. They usually offer "packages". They try to come up with a combination of all types of aid to make college affordable for you. Here are some examples: Athletic aid – Federal Aid. You must file the Free Form ASAP. State Aid - Ohio Colleges only OIG; Institutional aid; Local Scholarships; Student loans; Campus Jobs; Summer jobs. They will schedule official visits but usually do not pay your expenses. Often they have to wait until after your federal information returns. They are allowed to put you through a workout on your visit.

tion is very important. You never know what can come back to haunt you. We encourage them to be in school and in class every day during the contact period. RECRUITING GUIDELINES You are allowed five official visits but they almost never all happen because schools "fill up." You are not allowed any fringes The University can pay for all of your expenses related to your official visit. Room and meals for you and your parents - gas money if you drive - plane fair only for you. Unofficial visits are unlimited but you must pay your own expenses. Getting your first visit at any level is very important. It becomes a game of "who else wants him?" Meet with Coach Place before you go on any trip. Once you have verbally committed, it is your responsibility to make it very clear to all other schools that you have committed, your recruiting is over.
.Here is some suggestions that I pass on to the athletes. “Have a dream and chase your highest dream but be aware of the reality of where you are and then make your plans. Try to make a realistic evaluation of where you are fitting in, and then make your decision. Waiting too long can hurt you sometimes. Have three or four plans going and then see which one fits you best. There are many people who will give you suggestions and tell you what you should do. Ask them this question? Can you do anything to help me?"

In closing I do want to make sure everyone understands what we mean when we talk about being “on the board.” If you do not know this it is hard to help the players. Also, it is important to know what is meant by being in the box. Players must meet the physical criteria that colleges have established for their program. We must understand that point and explain it to the players and parents. Another important point to cover is the process of the over committing by colleges. Colleges offer scholarships to several players. They are going to take the first players that accept their offer. They will take players that commit early and they will recruit by position in most cases. You owe it to your players to know this is going on. Colleges are not going to call you and tell you they no longer have a scholarship for you. They do not want to call you and give you the bad news. I can not stress enough the policy of over committing. I do appreciate you being here today. If I can help you with anything let me know. Thank you.

College coaches do not make decisions on what you are going to do in the classroom. They look at past performance. If you have bad grades you have to do something to show them you are serious about changing.


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