July 31, 2012

Get Recruited! Tips for High School Football Players

Most football players are "discovered" doing the very thing they do best -- giving the sport their all on the field, each and every time they step out onto it. If you're are on a high school team and playing college football or perhaps even turning pro is your dream, be smart. Get good grades, stay out of trouble, and practice, practice, practice. You never know when a coach or agent from the school of your dreams might be watching from the stands. And yes, they certainly have been known to show up at summer Colorado football camps as well.

Here are some other things you can do to help your chances of being recruited for a great college football team:

1. Keep your skills sharp and improving, all year. This might be a no-brainer, but don't let a whole summer go by without keeping up with your skills. Attending a summer youth football camp is a must, whether you are hoping to someday go pro or just to hold your own on your school team when the fall semester rolls around.

Make sure the camp you attend has the highest possible level of instruction so you can get the most possible from the experience. SportsEddy Colorado Football Camps always have professional athletes, both current and former NFL pros, coaching our students. Learn from the guys who have really made it -- they know the theory, the practice, and the tips you need to up your game to the next level of the sport.

2. Make sure to register  with the NCAA Eligibility Center. They can help you find the schools you qualify for on the academic level, and also at the Division I and II level. The best time to register is before starting your junior year of high school. They will steer you straight so you don't waste time applying to schools you are not a good fit for or don't qualify for.

3. Did you know that over one third of college athletes currently are attending school on athletic scholarships, not just in football but many other sports as well?  If you think you might be scholarship material, check out an athletic scholarship program such as Recruit-Me.com. They will help you to determine the most effective steps you can take to win an athletic scholarship.

4. Market yourself. Reach out to coaches of college teams you are interested in. Just like trying to land any other gig, tell them about yourself, your stats, your GPA, your ambitions, either via email or old school snail mail. Got any videos of you on the field? Send a link to it.

Alternatively, there are recruiting consulting companies that can help you find schools you might never have heard of; schools that would be a great match for you. They'll help you write those aforementioned intro letters to coaches and won't let you miss a trick!

Best of luck! We look forward to cheering you on from the stands!





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