I would like to start out by saying thank you to all my Class of 2017 Athlete's and for those who are still unsigned, it is not over yet. I calculated all of our Class of 2017 athlete's offers, whether it be NAIA or D1, a offer is a offer. My main goal when I set out was to give my athlete's in smaller markets a chance. After completing this first year of the program, I believe this program actually can now be used as a measurement to where players actually need to go. I have realized my Class of 2018 and Class of 2019 have gotten way more attention than the same caliber player that I had for 2017. There is one simple fact for this and that is most big time school's were already full back in August, before your season even began. So to crack you onto a College FBS recruiting board was nearly impossible. The main observation thou is we had 45-67 players offered something to play College Football, some more than others, but we had 19 players either not take the ACT/SAT at all and/or just showed up to the test, without actually giving a crap. So if you do the math, there was 22 players left over without offers and 19 did not test or had a terrible score. To all my Class of 2018 and beyond, please schedule your test a few times, now. Why do college programs put so much stock in these tests? Well, because it's College and you are there to receive a education. If you cannot receive this education and will struggle to graduate, they simply move onto the next prospect, its just that simple. See the NCAA is also tracking these stats, as you can see in the button I provided below. I used Youngstown State's Grad rate as a example, but you can simply go back and search any NCAA institution in the country. If your graduation rate slips to a unacceptable level, your school will lose scholarships in the future. This is also why the NCAA changed the core GPA requirements and stiffened up eligibility rules.
637 Football School's (Minus D3)
There are 128 FBS schools, 125 FCS Schools, 171 D2 School's, 87 NAIA School's and 126 JUCO Programs in the USA. I did not count the 247 D3 school's that do not offer athletic scholarships. These school's do however offer academic money to the players they want, yea it's unfair to the academic all-star, but hey, maybe you should have picked up a ball. The rotation pretty much goes as follows:
FBS - Be targeted anywhere from your freshmen season to by at least mid-season Junior YR. If your not on the boards early, do not expect to ever really get on them.
FCS - At Least by End of Junior Year. This is more open then FBS thou.
D2 - Start of Senior Year - Mid SR Year. (Local school's will be first in line)
NAIA/JUCO - These guys are stocking up early and signing guys all the way until June. A lot of these places are just as good as a FCS/D2 program and farm players to FBS like crazy.
Now as you can see in the NCAA chart I posted a link to above, your suppose to start this process your FRESHMEN year. The guys that are starting early are getting recruited early! This is a fact that some simply do not grasp and think that there play will speak for itself. I also was told by many at a young age that if you are good enough they will find you! Well with millions of High School ball players out there, this simply just is not factual. If you stand out in Texas, GA, FL or CA, than possibly you will get seen, but it still not a guarantee. The game of football from the top to bottom has become about who can see you and not particular to rooting out the guys who can actually play the game at a extremely high level. Why? Because the game is simply about capitalizing off of a hysterical crowd, who swears by their allegiance to a university and a logo. Just like I have been told by NFL execs, that they could place anyone in that jersey and fans would still pay to watch their favorite team play. It's that simple, College Football has become a big money industry and there really is not a need to truly scout anymore. The numbers have become to big and the parity is very real across the board. But this is why we created this program, because if you want it bad enough, there are still many hidden path's that most do not want you to find.
Fight or Flight Mentality.
What happens to us when we are under excessive stress?"When we experience excessive stress—whether from internal worry or external circumstance—a bodily reaction is triggered, called the "fight or flight" response. Originally discovered by the great Harvard physiologist Walter Cannon, this response is hard-wired into our brains and represents a genetic wisdom designed to protect us from bodily harm. This response actually corresponds to an area of our brain called the hypothalamus, which—when stimulated—initiates a sequence of nerve cell firing and chemical release that prepares our body for running or fighting."
I have seen this mechanism in our brains work wonders when it comes to achieving our max potential. I have also seen it destroy many athlete's who decided fleeing was the best option. This part of our brain we must wire to ALWAYS FIGHT, because fleeing will get us no where in today's game and even our world. There is no substitute for having the ability to be tortured mentally, physically, emotionally and being able to switch to fight mode. They want you to flee and give up on your dreams, because like I said before, it eliminates the weak. So my question today is, are you going to flee or fight?
I have linked some great programs below and have many more who have sent me information on signings from this years class. The choice is ultimately yours, I am just presenting you with a variety of different paths to achieve your goals.
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