Recruiting Changes Sept. 1.
All of you seniors (Class of 2012) have been on the “recruiting clock” for a year. All those recruiting letters that you have been receiving no longer mean very much if personal contact hasn’t been established between a college football staff and yourself. By personal contact, we mean phone calls, emails, etc. For the most part all seniors fall into one of several categories.
- Verbally Committed: Many of the top players in this class have already been offered scholarships, made decisions, and given verbal commitments. While verbal commitments are non-binding by both sides, players should realize that if they want to continue “flirting” with other programs and take additional recruiting trips, they run the risk of having that scholarship offer rescinded. There are lots of risks to wanting to “go steady” and continue to “date around”.
- Offered but Not Committed:Many players have been offered scholarships, hopefully by several schools, but haven’t made decisions. Most want to make recruiting trips before making a final decision. That is the way it is supposed to work. However in the reality of college football recruiting today, those offers don’t stay on the table forever. Despite the ego of today’s highly recruited high school player, a prospect needs to realize that he probably isn’t the only recruit at his position that has been offered a scholarship by a particular school. When a school “fills up” at his position, they will rescind the offer. Each Division I institution is only allowed to offer 25 scholarships in a single year and can carry no more than 85 athletes on scholarship at any one time. So you definitely need to know your decision-making timetable. College coaches can start calling seniors on the phone on September 1, so if you don’t know your time table, just ask the recruiter when he calls next week.
- Not offered, but in Contact: Many players have not been offered, but may still be receiving regular recruiting mail. If you get called on the phone in September, you can be assured that you are still being recruited. But there is a reason schools have not offered you. Is it your grades? Is it because they want to see senior tape? If you don’t know the reason, ask! If you do know the reason, fix it! If you need to take an additional ACT/SAT test, get signed up! If a school wants to see additional tape, send them tape! Most important, don’t pass up any new offers while you are holding your breath, waiting on a more desirable school to extend an offer.
- Not Being Recruited: If you not being personally contacted, you are not being recruited at Division I at this time. If you are still being sent recruiting mail, it only means that you are still being evaluated. (See Item C above). You need to adjust your goals at this time. Division IAA teams are waiting to see what players become available that are not going to be signed at Division I. Division II teams really won’t begin their recruiting efforts until after their seasons conclude. The same applies to Division III. If you want to play college football, you have to make a choice between attending a lower classification school or walking on at a Division I institution. If the latter is your goal, you better make sure you have applied and been admitted to that school as a regular student. You can’t be a college football player if you are not a college student.
If you are looking for additional assistance in this process, click on the Programs Page of this website to learn about the Recruiting Game Plan.