"Tips on the Recruiting Process"
Here are some important “Tips” you should know on the recruiting process .
- Sign-up and take your SAT test early in your high school career and as often as you can. You get to submit the highest score! See NCAA Clearinghouse for SAT test score requirements, minimums and their list of minimum required high school courses.
Again these minimums will typically satisfy most universities , however it’s always best to check with the athletic academic advisor at the university of choice and of course it’s always best to aim higher.
2. Getting an Official Grading Assessment is important but being a 4 or 5 star recruit does not mean that is what the college coaches are getting. Most college coaches, as from our experience will evaluate you in person during one of their camps or at an off campus visit at spring ball practice, game, ect.. and when the NCAA rules allow them to do so. But getting an Official assessment is a very good way to go. It is recommended to do so early in your high school career. Most official grading evaluations are pretty close to being accurate, but again, take as many as you can, based on, you might have an off day, not feeling well on the date provided of the eval, ect.... Here is an example of what to expect as a QB from Scouts INC. Quarterback. Again nothing beats actual game play for a true evaluation so get on it and make your highlight films as early as possible.
" Bigger is not always Better" You don't have to be a 6'4"-6'5" monster throwing balls through brick walls. You can be 6"-6'1" and still throw ball through brick walls.
UNDERSTANDING THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Contact: A contact occurs any time a coach has any face–to-face contact with you or your parents off of the college campus and says more than hello. A contact also occurs if a coach has any contact with you or your parents at your high school or any other location where you are competing or practicing.
Contact Period: During this time, a college coach may have in-person contact with you and/or your parents on or off the college’s campus. The coach may also watch you play or visit your high school. You and your parents may visit a college campus and the coach may write and call you during this period.
Dead Period: A college coach may not have any in-person contact with you or your parents on or off campus at any time during a dead period. The coach may write and call you or your parents during this time.
Evaluation: An evaluation is an activity by a coach to evaluate your academic or athletic ability. This would include visiting your high school or watching you practice or compete.
Evaluation Period: During this time, a college coach may watch you play or visit your high school, but cannot have any in-person conversation with you or your parents off the college’s campus. You and your parents can visit a college campus during this period. A coach may write and call you or your parents during this time.
Official Visit: Any visit to a college campus by you and your parents paid for by the college. The college may pay for some of the following expenses: (You only take five Official Visits)
- Your transportation to and from the college
- Room and meals (three per day) while you are visiting the college; and
- Reasonable entertainment expenses, including three complimentary admissions to a home athletic contest
Before a college may invite you on an official visit, you will have to provide the college with a copy of your high school transcript (Division I only) and SAT, ACT, or PLAN score and “IMPORTANT” register with the NCAA Eligibility Center.
College-Bound student-athlete: You become a “ College-bound student-athlete” when:
- You start ninth-grade classes; or
- Before ninth-grade year, a college gives you, your relatives or your friends any financial aid or other benefits that the college does not generally provide to students.
Quiet Period: During this time, a college coach may not have any in-person contact with you or your parents off the college’s campus. The coach may not watch you play or visit your high school during this period. You and your parents may visit a college campus during this time. A coach may write or call you or your parents at this time.
Unofficial Visit: Any visit by you and your parents to a college campus paid for by you or your parents. The only expense you may receive from the college is three complimentary admissions to a home athletics contest. You may make as many unofficial visits as you like and take those visits at any time. The only time you cannot talk with a coach during an unofficial visit is during a dead period.
Verbal Commitment: This phrase is used to describe a college-bound student-athlete’s commitment to a school before he or she signs (or is able to sign) a National Letter of Intent. A college-bound student-athlete can announce verbal commitment at any time. While verbal commitments have become very popular for both college-bound student-athletes and coaches, this “Commitment” is NOT binding on either the college-bound student-athlete or the institution, Only the signing of the National Letter of Intent accompanied by a financial agreement is binding on both parties.
National Letter of Intent: The National Letter of Intent (NLI) is a voluntary program administered by the Eligibility Center. By signing an (NLI), your son or daughter agrees to attend the institution for one academic year. Restrictions are contained in the (NLI) itself. Read them carefully. These restrictions may affect your son’s or daughter's Eligibility. If you have any questions about the national Letter of Intent visit www.national-letter.org .
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