The evaluation period for college coaches coming to the high schools to eyeball prospects is almost over. Watching a prospect workout at his high school is almost over as well.
The college summer camp season is around the corner. Schedules are being finalized. Mine begins this Sunday at Ashland University.
For what I am about to say, most people will laugh or smile, and consider it nonsense. You see, I am not one of the so-called football recruiting experts or a 24/7, Scout.com, or Rivals recruiting writer. No credibility here, because I do not “blow smoke up fans noses.” The Cleveland Plainer recruiting writer is an OSU guy and now an authority. Although they give insight, I think not like any of those guys.
Simply put ——- High school football recruiting is a BUSINESS. An ugly business. A sometimes fun business, but a lot of the time – a dishonest business. College coaches’ jobs often depend on their ability to recruit. They have to get what they consider the — very best talent. No matter when they become available. And with little regard to they have already verbally accepted. The BEST.
Some head football coaches on the BCS level are caught up in the Star system. No matter the talent – No matter the character – No matter the location. If the prospect is a 5Star, go get him. This leads to more public recognition. This leads to a higher ranking. This leads to making a bigger SPLASH. For some head football coaches – that is what it is all about. Name in headlines and making a bigger splash.
24/7, Scout.com, and Rivals depend on stories about football recruits to make their salary. Get readers to their site. Get more people on the message boards. Get any information on a player in a story. Every needs a job and a chance to earn a living.
Example – Recently a writer from one of the recruiting websites asked a player about “gray-shirting.” The high profiled player and already committed to a Big Ten school said, that he was gray shirting. After the head college college heard this, he called his high school coach. The prospect’s coach did some questioning. Come to find out, the player did not understand what gray shirting meant. He simply said,”yes.”
Early offers are a “joke.” A joke, in that they mean almost nothing for most college coaches. One MAC school and one SEC school are throwing offers to recruits throughout Ohio. Some school in southwest Ohio offered an 8th grader. If I am the prospect, I take it – right now.
If a prospect has an early offer, goes to that colleges camp and does not perform well, be careful. If that college coach tells you to play really hard the first three games this fall, the prospect is done. That will be the excuse that college coaches use to get out of the offer.
I will not character assassinate anybody publically. People have done it to me; however, it really means nothing to me. I always consider the source. There are football coaches out there who are bad people. They will walk on anyone to get what they want. There are dads out there who care more about themselves getting recognition than their sons. There are writers out there who will tell a recruit anything, just to able to be the first with a news breaking story. Finally, there are sports writers who have no clue about recruiting. What is even worse – they think that they do.
Recruiting for many college prospects has heated up some during spring evaluations. The college camps will have college coaches pulling from every direction. They will start putting more pressure by saying “Our class if filling up fast and we are only going to take 1 more (position). You have to decide now. The first to say yes – gets it.”
More recruiting media will want to know how you feel about every camp that you attend. “Which way are you leaning. We have rated you higher. Remember, when you are about to announce, let me know first. I have been with you the earliest.”
As a college prospect your life will get crazy. The best thing is that you must be pretty good or college coaches would not be contacting you. The bad is all of the chatter.
Please try to put everything in perspective. Recruiters have a job to sell their product. In anyway possible. Media has to have followers of their articles. In any way possible. Fans believe that they are entitled to think and say whatever they want. In anyway possible.
Focus on being the best that you can be. Work hard. Worry about what you can control. You cannot control what recruiters think or say. You cannot control what the media think or say. You definitely cannot control what fans think or say.
At the end of the day, you are what should matter to yourself. Work hard and everything else will take care of itself.