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Personal Evaluation and Character


One of the evaluation forms that I refer to when  evaluating prospects on HUDL is one that I got from the New England Patriots many moons ago. The college scout spent time with me going over what he looks for in college players.

Obviously, the form is really complete and detailed. Thought that the section on “Personal Evaluation” was interesting. Although the form was used a few years ago, I still refer to it and like to use it in evaluating high school players.

I believe that “Personal Evaluation” section of the Patriots’ form could be applied to high school players or recruits in 2018. Each descriptive word had a 1-10 point value, with 10 being the highest.  Also there was room for a comment on each one.

_____ Citizen    _____ Introvert _____ Team player _____Training habits _____ Pride _____ Stability _____ Attitude _____ Coachable _____ Bad actor _____ Leadership _____ Lazy _____ Enjoys football _____ Quitter _____ Family Background.

One note — Citizen, Training Habits, Stability, Leadership, Lazy, and Enjoys Football were emphasized as important.

Now realize that I was given this form from a Patriots’ college scout years ago, but I think that it will provide some “food for thought” in today’s college recruiting game, or a better word -business.

College coaches seem to be always coming up with new words or phrases to use in football, or probably any sport, but I am most familiar with football.

“Would you let him stay at your house over the weekend, while your family and you left for a short vacation?” Most of the time, the answer is “yes,” but not always. For McCallister, the answer is important.

Character is just so important to me. Now some college coaches are “win at all cost.” Some believe that they can “change the character of the recruit.” Some believe that you need some “bad characters” to win.

My question, even as a head football coach, has always been. ” Will a high profile player with character issues get you the first down, when you are behind 7-0 in the fourth quarter, and it is 4th and 1 going in? Not 4th and 1, leading by 4 TD’s. ”

Although every high school football coach should have covered some of these basic rules for the college recruit, I will list them. Really generic basic rules to follow.

  1. Do not disrespect your parents at anytime, but especially when college coaches are present. Whether it be at an athletic contest or a home visit. Besides yourself, the parents should be the ones getting most of your “props.”
  2. Maintain a good relationship with your high school coach. A college coach should have talked to him, before he talked with you. Does not always happen, however. Just make it a solid relationship. Don’t badmouth or second guess your coaches.
  3. Treat your teammates with respect. When you are in the weight room of working out, help you teammates. Encourage them. Do not be “too good” for them.
  4. Treat your opponents with respect. No taunting. Compete with class and good character.
  5. Treat officials with respect. Compete and do not draw attention to yourself by getting into confrontations with officials. Regardless of the disagreement, just play the game. Don’t talk back to them.
  6. Respect the college coaches who have stopped to “bump” into you. Be polite. Do not “blow them off,” if they are not D1 schools. D2 and D3 schools work hard in recruiting. Give them a chance.

I am an old school guy, but I believe that I understand young people in today’s world. Good character and respect kind of go hand in hand.

Character is still important. Eventually, a bad character person, hits the wall. Maybe not today or tomorrow, but someday, it will be first and ten going the other way.




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