Northmont Football College Recruiting Guidelines
If you have the goal of playing college football, below are some guidelines to follow throughout your high school career. Most high school athletes want to earn a D-I athletic scholarship. The reality is 1% of all high school athletes earn D-I athletic scholarships. For those who do not, there are many opportunities to continue their career at the next level through D-II , D-III, NAIA, and JUCO programs. If you want to continue to play football in college, you must find the school which fits you best academically, athletically, and socially.
Do NOT subscribe to recruiting services. The colleges employ the McCallister Scouting Report and The Forbes Report, both of which are paid by the universities. Each year, our players’ information, highlights, and game footage are sent to these services. Pay recruiting services are for sports other than football and basketball because it is very difficult for college coaches to see these athletes in person, or on video. SAVE YOUR MONEY!
Guidelines for each year of high school:
Freshman year: It is imperative during your freshmen year to pay close attention to your academic progress. Most players who do not qualify for athletic scholarships later in their careers due to poor academic credentials, usually have their freshman year to blame for their academic shortcomings. You must get off to a good start academically, as this is your foundation for your core GPA throughout your high school career.
- Make sure to take six (6) classes, not including FAD (weight training). Choose these classes from the NCAA core course list available at www.northmontschools.com under the high school link through the guidance department.
- Establish good time management and study habits immediately.
- Participate in multiple sports.
- Get involved in our school groups and activities outside of athletics. This helps build leadership skills, and looks favorable on future college applications.
- Work extremely hard in weight training. Far too many young athletes take the approach that they do not have to work hard until it is their turn to play at the varsity level. For those who adopt this philosophy, they will get passed by others in their class or in younger classes, and never reach their true potential.
- Follow nutritional guidelines set forth by the coaching staff. If you do not eat properly, it will be difficult to see quality strength and body composition gains.
- Develop amicable character and citizenship qualities. If an outsider were to ask a teacher, coach, or fellow student about you, what would you want them to say?
Every year, seniors realize their first three years of high school have a dramatic impact on their college choices. Poor academic performance closes doors on potential college choices. The difference between a 3.0 and 2.0 GPA can mean $10,000 to $15,000 in aid per year.
Sophomore year: This is the year to build upon the solid foundation established during your freshmen year.
- At the conclusion of the first semester, sit down with Coach Schneider or Coach Broering and begin to compile your NCAA Core Course Calculator to gauge your academic progress.
- Continue to take six (6) courses (including electives) along with FAD.
- Begin to understand the different levels of college football.
- Pay close attention to where the best players from each season are attending college, if applicable.
- Attend a football camp at a school which interests you, and potentially you could play in college.
- Take on a leadership role with your school club/activity.
- Develop strength, speed, and agility
- Continue to follow your nutritional plan for quality strength and muscle gains.
- Continue to develop amicable character and citizenship qualities.
Junior year: This is the most important year for those seeking to earn an athletic scholarship. At this point, you should have a solid academic foundation (>2.5 GPA) and have developed a solid character and citizenship resume’ so everyone you come in contact with can say nothing but positive comments about you to those investigating.
- Update your NCAA Core Course Calculator at the end of each semester.
- Continue to take six (6) courses plus FAD per semester.
- Focus more intently on your athletic potential. You should now be training as though you are already competing at the college level.
- Be a great teammate. Develop strong leadership qualities, and be committed to making not only yourself, but those around you a better player and teammate.
- Sit down with your position coach and talk with him about your potential as a college athlete, and determine what level of college athletics you will most likely fit.
- During your junior season, create a highlight video and resume’ on www.hudl.com. Make sure to include an action photo (available through e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Lesley Schneider) and still photo of yourself. Do not exceed 25-30 plays for the entire season on your highlight video. If you have questions about what plays to include, ask your position coach, or Coach Schneider.
- Attend junior day camps in summer, if you are invited. Keep in mind, you will not be able to attend all of them. Choose those schools actively recruiting you (phone calls, Facebook, e-mail correspondence, etc.). The late June OSU junior day is very good, as most MAC and Division II/III schools have coaches in attendance.
- Work closely with your coaches on how to attain your goals.
- Be strongly focused on the team’s success.
- Keep track of the mail you receive and return ALL questionnaires. Form mail DOES NOT make you a college recruit. It solely means you are in a database for that college, usually through attending a summer football camp. There are several different types of communication from college coaches:
- Form letter- you are included in their contact database along with thousands of other high school players receiving the same form letter.
- Hand written note/letter: this shows the school has some true interest in you as a player. They are recruiting you, and you are somewhere on their recruiting list.
- Phone calls: Coaches are only able to call you during your senior year of high school. Go to www.ncaa.org and familiarize yourself with NCAA recruiting regulations. If you are receiving phone calls, interest in you as a recruit is high.
- Text messaging is against NCAA rules. However, Facebook is not.
- Use e-mail to communicate with coaches who have come to see you at school. This is one of the easiest ways to stay in contact with a school.
- You may call college coaches. They cannot return calls to you or your parents.
- Attend junior days in February/March, if you have been invited.
- Schools want to see you attend their one day camps in June. It is a way for them to coach you, watch you perform, and further develop a relationship with you. Make sure to communicate with all interested schools where, and when, you will be attending camp(s). Do not commit to attending a camp until the end of the May recruiting period.
- Register for the NCAA Clearinghouse through the guidance office.
- Maintain strong academic performance.
- Take the ACT/SAT sometime between the end of the season and early spring. If you do well the first time, and along with your GPA, academically qualifies you for NCAA participation, there is little need to take it again. If the score does not qualify, re-take the test. Each time it is taken, the student-athlete may keep the best score from each part of the test to accumulate his overall score.
- Assess your standing as a Division I athlete. If you have not received verbal and written correspondence, it is now time to reassess where your abilities can take you as a collegiate athlete.
- Have your received hand written notes, e-mails, phone calls, etc.?
- Have you been invited to senior one-day camps?
- Have you been asked to make a summer visit?
- Have you received an official offer?
If you answered no to any or all of these questions, it is time to pursue other options.
- Where do you fit at the next level? Being a good high school player does not mean you are a good college prospect.
Senior year: Besides keeping up with your academic progress, and insuring the team reaches its full potential, you should be focused on the following:
- Visit schools in the fall to see a game, when invited. Make sure your position coach and head coach know if you will be traveling, and unavailable to attend Saturday film sessions, prior to the game the night before.
- Keep a log of all phone calls received from college coaches.
- Create a list of five questions to ask any college coach, so you have some when they call.
- Answer questions with, “Yes, sir.” or, “No, sir.” Along with the answer. It shows favorably on your character.
- Send highlights and game footage to interested schools after week 3 or 4 of the season. Make sure to send two games, along with your highlights.
- Coaches will only watch a whole game, if they like what they see on video.
- Send an updated resume’ with your video.
- Recruiting is about relationships. A school is looking for a good player, with strong academics, and character values. It is your job to make sure you stand apart from others they are recruiting at your position.
- The most difficult part of the process is realizing you are not going to get a D-I scholarship. The sooner you recognize the other available avenues to fulfill your dream of playing college football, along with the number of great programs with 150 miles of home, the sooner you will find the right institution to fit all of your needs.
- Division I football is a lucrative business, and can be ugly, at times. It is rewarding for a few, and frustrating to most during the process.
- Find a school which best fits your needs, and you can foresee yourself spending the next 4-5 years of your life, with or without football.
- Work with your counselor to begin college applications and completing the FAFSA forms.
You are planning your future. Set goals, plan, and prepare. Your high school career will be over before you realize it was here. Take all of the necessary steps early to insure it is fulfilling for you and your parents.
www.northmontschools.com (H.S. Guidance Department link)