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The Undiscovered Player

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July 18th, 2012

Many players rarely receive the kind of recruiting attention they deserve. They may be excellent athletes, but for various reasons, colleges know little about them. These athletes require help from coaches, counselors, parents, or others who feel they are qualified and deserving of being considered by college programs.

They can send letters introducing players to college programs, at the start of his junior year, to encourage college coaches to watch the player. Sometime during the student athlete's senior year, generally in the middle of the season, they can send letters that share recent statistics, honors such as "Player of the Week", continued academic excellence, leadership contributions to the team, size, strength, speed.

At the conclusion of the season, they can send another letter that shares final individual and team statistics, improvements in size and speed, letters of recommendation from opposing coaches, and an educational profile, including current GPA, test scores, and academic and career interests.

At the conclusion of the junior season, they can send videotapes of games or individual work-outs. Generally game videos should reveal the athlete's performance against the toughest opponents on the schedule. Tell the college coach that you will be calling two or three weeks after the tapes have been received to discuss his evaluation of the player's college potential. If the athlete is obviously outstanding, the college will call, probably often!

Ways to increase your exposure beyond the high school season:

  1. Participate in college football camps when they become available. Try to attend a minimum of 3 camps at the end of your junior season. College and scouts often attend these camps. The cost for camps should range from $50 - $300, plus travel.
  2. As part of your initial contact with colleges, request information on any prospect camps the school might conduct.
  3. Enroll in one of the Internet recruiting services. Most of the twenty recruiting web sites primarily funnel student resumes into the hands of college coaches. High school athletes and their coaches enter academic/athletic resumes into a database. College coaches can search these databases to supplement their traditional recruiting process. Some of these sites charge a fee, others are free to students.

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