Let me start of by saying I am not a believer in today's scouting systems used to evaluate talent on a prospect, on a national landscape. Once I saw some partnerships form offering ridiculous free camps, only to get asked to visit the NCSA tent after you were done to learn how to maximize your numbers. Why not maximize those numbers for free with what college coaches really want? That is what I encourage all my athletes here, at Scout Trout, to do; FORM A RELATIONSHIP with that college coach! How do we do this? Well, you start off by emailing the coach of the school you want to go to your information and film. Most of those emails can be found on the school's website under staff directory. I literally found over 600 school's coaches, recruiting departments and other staff members in about a month, after my last concussion playing arena ball. I than began helping kids nationally who needed assistance at all levels of college football. I also found most of the college coaches on Facebook and added them to my group page, to be able to share instant film for prospects. Literally, all of this you can do on your own, if you have the time. I guess the only question is can you use a computer well enough to do all of these things? Also, how bad do you wanna learn? Also, are you confident enough in your abilities to cast your net out to over 600 football programs that offer scholarships? I know I was and that is why I overcame a lot of adversity in my career. This is why I lasted over 9 years now in the brutal indoor game. Anyways let's get down to the nuts and bolts of this years recruiting class!
Recruiting 101 D1 Football
That fact of the matter is college football is about money, and wins keep that money flowing. The exact specifications to be a D1 recruit are many because there are many different philosophies and mindsets at the next level. That is what makes the game so intriguing to me, and partly why I love college football. You have to first create separation at a young age. For example, class of 2019 DT, Lloyd Murray, dominated on the field this year at Hirschi HS, and has already been offered by two D1 programs, while also being targeted by the elite of college football. I got rated after my sophomore season as well, after nailing some long field goals in very bad conditions, and woke up Rivals.com #2 kicker in the nation. The point being, if your not being talked about these days early on in your high school career, it is very hard to gain that D1 exposure. Why is this? Why can't be you be a late bloomer like some guys end up being at the pro level? Well, the numbers just simply are against you, unless you live in Texas, Florida, California or Georgia. When you click on the button below, you may see how top heavy the recruiting really is. If you tally up those 4 states alone,you have 1341 signings, compared to 1,685 for the rest of the entire USA. So, according to these figures, nearly half of our nations college football players come from these four great football states.
Signing Day Myth #1/Separation
I grew up in New Jersey which only had 58 recruits this year sign, according to maxpreps. Guess what? I was a guy who was a highly rated recruit that did not sign, and clearly on the field of play should have. I had a terrible weighted GPA and could not get D1 eligible, after called by the great Urban Meyer after he departed Utah for Florida. I was set on the Gators, so I attended prep school at Hargrave Military Academy in VA. In the end, I ended being in a FCS program (CCSU), a D2 program (Catawba) and a NAIA program (Graceland). I got the privilege to play safety, kicker, punter, linebacker, punter and kicker. I learned throughout, seeing many national signing days come and go, that it is never over, unless you decide it is. I had one major obstacle after another, but I wanted to keep pursuing my dreams, and found a way. Playing in the arena leagues ever since, I have now learned there is much more to life than football. Starting your life out with any help at all for college is a gift and should not be taken lightly. Being able to chase a ball around and have your education paid for and absorbing as much as you can should be you main goal. I would like to note, most of the guys without a test score or a very poor test score, have not signed yet in our Scout Trout database. Myth #1 about signing day really comes down to the hype, all the well known and guys with the most stars signed on February 1st. Now is the time for the Malcolm Butler's of the world to strap up and find a school to play football at. I have been emailed countless opportunities and workouts still for the Class of 2017 prospects! Last year I had a TON of mail for two prospects I located very late in the process in August! The choice is ultimately always yours and you must form your own opinions about your life, but note the various obstacles If your mind is set of making it to the NFL, I would suggest going the JUCO/Prep School route and developing into a D1 prospect. If your goal is to play football and get a education, then there are over 500 other school's that will let you live out your dream. Who knows? You might find your way into the NFL anyway! Nothing beats hard work, dedication and simple mathematics/connections these days. I also listed a list of D2 players that were currently on NFL rosters, including West Alabama's and Super Bowl Hero Malcolm Butler! You will also find many other names on this list like Vincent Jackson (Northern Colorado), Brent Grimes (Shippensburg), Danny Woodhead (Chadron State), Marquette King (Fort Valley State), Jacoby Jones (Lane) and many other household names.
Football (Regular Period)February 1, 2017-April 1, 2017 - Notice the signing period lasts until April.
While I recommend starting one place and finishing, this isn't always in the best interest of the athlete and you must move. If you have college film from any level it will be much more effective at getting you a scholarship to the institutions you wish. Also, completing all of the required credits that the NCAA requires is a must. If you are enrolled in a NCAA D2 or D3 school thou, you must spend one year of residency at the school before playing sports if transferring up. If you transfer down, these rules do not apply. That is why I recommend guys set on going division one to either go JUCO/NAIA or accept the preferred walk-on and work for a full-ride. College coaches love guys who did well at the Juco level and developed into great football players, because they got college level coaching and are more prepared then a high school athlete. These are just legitimate facts that some people do not want to correlate with and want to automatically thrown into the lions den when they are clearly not ready. They have a ton of football skills, but could be undersized. Well, a year of JUCO puts that extra 25-30 lbs on needed and all of the sudden you are a star at your university. What I am saying is these options all exist and honestly I believe this system is designed to weed out the WEAK! It is designed to weed out those who truly are about nothing else than "BEING RECRUITED". College Football coaches want guys who will give their all on and off the field and make there program stand out! Plain and simple, NOTHING IS ABOUT YOU!
There are many routes to where you want to go and sometime the road less traveled is not the most appealing option, but in the end, can be the most rewarding. Our job as older athletes is to spread the knowledge of the daily grind to you guys. I see guys give up daily and it hurts when I see so much talent that is yet to be unlocked. Some guys have everything going for them on the field, but the classroom is really keeping them from attaining their true goals. I see guys that clearly went overlooked for whatever reason you want to make up; there could be many, but to speculate at this point is useless. Now we use all of the resources we have and make whatever reality you want, but we must use the proper channels and work ethic that got us to the point you are at now. Dig deep and find that desire that made you love the game of football and go find another level. It can only be attained through mental fortitude in this game of vicious animals and you must develop the mind set of a hunter. If you sit around and wait for whatever reality you want to happen, it will pass you by because there is a relentless hunter out there who took whats yours. Now go HUNT, I know I am.
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