As the 2005 football season ends, juniors (Class of 2007) are rapidly moving closer to being on the recruiting clock. While the seniors (Class of 2006) are trying to reach decisions on where they will play their college football, you juniors are eagerly awaiting your turn. In the period prior to Christmas vacation there is one really important thing you could be doing to enhance your opportunities for a college opportunity.
Sit down with your high school coach, whether it is the head coach or your position coach, and discuss your progress as a football player. Ask your coach what skills you need to be working on during the coming off-season to make you a better football player as a senior. Despite any post-season honors you may have received, you CAN be a better athlete and a better player. Your coach is in the best position to provide you with that type of feedback. Remember that both you and your parents are prejudiced about your ability and no doubt see you in a more positive (perhaps, not realistically) light than your coach. Your coach is a trained professional and he will see the same things that the college recruiters see when they come to look at you.
Secondly you need to determine what games this past fall were your best games. The bottom line in recruiting is that college coaches want to evaluate you on tape. All those stats and honors donít count as much as you think. Nobody gets a scholarship because they rushed for 1000 yards or made an ďallĒ team. Scholarships are awarded because of ability and the college coaches will assess that ability according to their own standards, based on what they see on tape. So it is vitally important for you to know what your best games are, because those are the tapes the college coaches want to see and the games you want them to see.
If you are a good player, you will begin to get requests for junior tape after Christmas and that will accelerate throughout the spring. You might as well get started on that project now.