Getting emails from parents concerning their son’s recruiting situation is an every day thing. Now, I am not as qualified as some of the more highly profiled football recruiting experts, so I am somewhat taken back that people seek my thoughts.
Yesterday I received an email from a parent asking about the MSROHIO combines and camps and are they valuable to high school players. My initial thought was “I don’t know; I think so.” After more thought, “You know, I think that they are.”
The parent had been reading so many tweets from a person who continually “hammered” combines and camps, and how they are a waste of money and how there are no decision makers at these combines and camps. I do not know what else has been said, because I don’t tweet and I would not read them anyway.
The tweeter believes that college football summer camps are the place to get noticed. I totally agree!! Football recruits need to be in front of “decision makers.” I also agree that many are “moneymakers.”
I have been doing this “football recruiting stuff” for awhile. But that does not necessarily mean that I know what I am doing, or if my insight means anything. Guess it means that I have fooled many college coaches over the years.
After watching Ohio State GA’s about 8 years ago put campers through combine testing and never get off their stools to help instruct, I felt sorry for the campers. Some were top recruits. Some were embarrassed, because they did not understand a certain test. At that time, I decided to run combines and camps to get high school players ready for the college football summer camps.
My combines are learning situations. We take the time to go over the tests in our combines. We work on the starts in the 40. We give more than just two chances in each test. We explain what they do wrong. The guys on the watches work with college players at times and get college players ready for the NFL combine and Pro Days. he other testers have been with me for years. They instruct.
My camps are patterned after college camps. No timing and they are not combines. Everything is football related. We teach the new agility drills. QB’s get a lot of throwing.
If players do well, trust me, their performance and effort gets to the college coaches. The results are one of the services colleges pay for.
I do not invite internet football media sites to my combines or camps any more. Players need to be focusing on learning and competing. There are plenty of other events out there to talk with the recruiting media.
MSROHIO Camps and Combines are not for everybody. Not free-but reasonable. Not a big money maker. No top camper awards. No football recruiting media available. Not many 5 stars. All we do is teach, let players compete, and let them get better. SIMPLE AS THAT.
I do not have the time and the patience to defend what I do or how I do it. But sometimes, I just get tired of all that “crap” that is said or written out there. I do not believe or support all of the private camps and combines out there. But I do support mine. My hope is that a parent will contact me, before taking the “experts’ ” comments too seriously.
Right now at this minute, I am excited about going to Xavier University tonight to watch Springfield play Moeller and Wayne play Centerville. Do you think that there will some football players in those games?