High school players are starting to post their HUDL Hi-lites now. Just a few plays from each scrimmage, but taking time to do this is an excellent idea. As the season begins, do the same. Just the top plays, however.
As you study the HUDL video, not only from the team viewpoint, but also from your individual performance, start making notes. Whether you write them on paper or just remember them, make notes. Study the game.
Today, I would also start my highlight video. Start storing all of the good plays that you make. Really, the number of plays now does not matter, because you will edit them in the end. How many you keep for “old times sake,” does not matter. At season’s end, colleges need to see 30 plays.
Do these highlights while the game, or the early season – scrimmage is fresh in your mind. If you wait until after two or three games, you may rush your choices. Get started early. Plus you can compare and see the improvement. Post them on HUDL.
Most colleges want to see highlights your first three games. At this time, you will either get move love the college coach, or they will gradually drop you off their board.
I would note, as well, you will need to remember your best games. If a college coach needs or wants to see more, he will request “full” game tapes. Not all coaches or staffs do this, because they are too busy or too lazy to watch full games. They feel that a HUDL highlight video is enough.
Note of caution here — College coaches have access to your individual games. For example, if I were a college coach and have the HUDL college package, I can watch any scrimmage to date or any individual game this coming season.
Do not get up in dressing up your highlight video. A recruiting service a few years would play music, advertise on the video, and even have fancy borders. College coaches do not care about all that stuff. They want to see you perform.
On your final HUDL Hi-lites video – put just the basic profile information. Name – School – Measurements – GPA – Contact information is helpful. Most college programs may have it, but it would not hurt to add the info.
Actually, if you are a freshman or underclassman on the junior varsity, you too should learn how to make a highlight video. Get the experience. I actually get underclassman highlights. I will not post them unless they are varsity highlights.
I really believe that getting started on your HUDL highlight video is important. Do not hire someone or spend money to get it done. You take the responsibility. Find a coach who is willing to help. Be sure your help is competent.
I used to edit a prospect’s games and make hi-lite videos BEFORE HUDL. I did 150 a year. I would hope that I have a grasp on what it takes. Back then game tapes were not always very good. Very much different now.
Some things to remember when making a HUDL Hi-lites video.
- Identify the prospect as soon as possible. The college coach needs to see the very beginning of each play. He needs to locate the prospect as early as possible.
- If you are a tight end, H-back, or fullback show plays where you are blocking too. Do not have just the plays where you are running or catching the ball.
- If you are a QB, even if the pass was dropped, and it was a well thrown ball, you can hi-lite the play. Not your fault the was dropped.
- At season’s end, select only 30 plays that you want to hi-lite.
- Limit what words are posted on the play. Not necessary to all of the extra exciting words.
Good luck getting started. Obviously, remember you have to play well first. Focus on team first. Everything else will take care of itself.