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        Beyond The Ball — recruiting

        Injuries in Recruiting

        Injuries in Recruiting

        Original Article: 1001RecruitTips.com

        One of the toughest adversities all athletes face are injuries, particularly season-ending or career-ending injuries. From my experiences, they are much tougher mentally on most players than physically and a setback you can likely overcome.

        From a recruiting standpoint, not all season-ending injuries will effect your potential to earn a scholarship. From my experiences, college coaches will often stick by injured players and continue to recruit and evaluate them, possibly even offer them. If you already have scholarship offers, an injury doesn’t necessarily mean that they will be pulled.

        Some players may repeatedly face the same injuries – ACL tears, meniscus tears, chronic back or neck pain. Not only is it frustrating to face one ACL tear, but I’ve worked with players who have faced two or even three knee surgeries. Yes, the road is tougher but not completely impossible. If it’s the same chronic issues… are there different treatments that can be tried? Are you allowing yourself time to completely heal? Can weightroom work help strengthen that region to help cut down on injuries?

        Yes, injuries have ended the careers of a handful of players I’ve worked with. And yes, at the high school level the road may be much tougher to get noticed, recruited and offered. You may have to start out at the Junior College level, as a walk-on or even as a regular student who tries to walk-on as s sophomore or junior after some time to heal, as long as you are able to stay working out and working on skill drills. It’s a longshot, but I’ve seen it happen.

        The toughest situation is for those players who are seniors and still working towards getting offers, if you find yourself in this situation you will just need to get more creative and more aggressive. The key to success in this situation is to remain mentally tough. You must keep your confidence, develop other aspects of your game, become a master of the playbook.

        If you are an unsigned senior, you must continue to pound the pavement, work the phones, send your highlights and follow-up. You may have to go to prep school, Junior College or a much less competitive program—but it’s a starting point that can eventually lead you to a successful collegiate career and an education.

        You must find a way to OVERCOME. You must work towards this every day. You must stay positive! You may not start your college career where you dream of, you may not have several options to choose from but at the end of the day it’s about finding that one or few coaching staffs who believe in you and finding the best situation for you.

        What College Coaches Are Really Looking for in a Highlight Video

        What College Coaches Are Really Looking for in a Highlight Video

        Nebraska Director of Player Personnel Ryan Gunderson breaks down how to craft the best highlight videos - and some snags to avoid.

        Between managing his team, scouting opponents, performing video analysis and recruiting, a college coach’s schedule is generally jam-packed. With so little free time, something needs to be pretty special to catch his attention.

        This is why it’s critical for athletes to create quick, effective highlight videos. Make one or two mistakes and the coach is moving on.

        Hudl enlisted the help of Ryan Gunderson, the Director of Player Personnel at Nebraska, to learn how coaches watch highlight videos and what to avoid in the video-making process. The former Oregon State quarterback shed some light on things that coaches look for - and what they don’t want to see.

        Keep It Brief but Impactful

        Gunderson emphasized the importance of brevity. Time is one of a coach’s most valuable assets, and a coaching staff doesn’t have the patience to view 10 minutes worth of highlights for every player. A recruit has precious seconds to snare a coach’s attention before he moves on.

        “Always put your best stuff first,” Gunderson said. “Don’t save your best stuff for last. Put it up front. You may only get 30 seconds or a minute of somebody’s time and if that doesn’t impress them right away, they’re not going to turn your film back on.”

        Coaches rarely make it to the end of even the most impressive highlight videos. Gunderson said coaches will typically watch a good video for two to three minutes, then turn to game tape to see if the athlete is consistently dominant or just has a few explosive plays.

        Gunderson recommended keeping a highlight video to five minutes, adding that elite prospects need little time to prove their worth.

        “Depending on who the kid is, he may need to show only ten plays,” Gunderson said. “Some guys just need a ten-clipper or a five-clipper. It’s five plays and it’s not even hard to tell the kid is a stud. If you can get 25-30 plays on a tape, that’s probably plenty.”

        Take Derrion Grim’s video for example. The video is very long, but Grim starts his video with six straight touchdowns, all of which show off different strengths. A coach doesn’t need to wade through Grim’s entire video to see what he has to offer. It quickly becomes apparent why Rivals ranked him as the nation’s No. 37 athlete in the 2016 class.

        Add Variety to Your Highlight

        Athletes should use a host of different types of plays to put their full array of skills on video. It’s a mistake to include only plays that highlight one part of a player’s game.

        For instance, showing a series of 50-yard runs when a running back bounced to the perimeter shows off his speed. But to give a coach a full understanding of his skills, the back would be advised to include plays that show him breaking tackles, juking safeties and catching passes.

        “It’s good to showcase your speed, your variety, your change of direction, all that type of stuff,” Gunderson said. “You need to find the plays that highlight those things.”

        Josh Rosen provided a good sample of this in his senior video. He starts by displaying his arm strength with a couple of deep throws, but also proves he can execute seam, fade, corner and slant routes, and he has ability to move in the pocket and make tough throws under pressure.

        And show plays that conclude in the end zone, especially early in the highlight. Getting tackled isn’t a way to impress prospective recruiters.

        “Our wide receivers coach (Keith Williams) always says, ‘I don’t want to see you getting tackled at the beginning of your highlight film,’” Gunderson said. “‘I’m not impressed by you getting tackled.’”

        Consider the Music Selection

        Many athletes use background music to enhance their video or ramp up the excitement. For the most part, Gunderson said, that’s fine. Hudl allows users to create a unique highlight experience designed to wow friends and family.

        Just don’t expect it to get coaches too hyped up.

        Gunderson typically watches highlight videos on mute, so music doesn’t affect him one way or the other. But he has seen instances where a recruit includes a track with vulgar lyrics, a move that causes coaches to question his judgment.

        “You just think about it and you’re like, ‘You know you’re sending this out to college coaches and they’re going to watch it,’” Gunderson said. “‘Are you dumb? Why would you do that?’’”

        Quick Hitters

        Here are a few last tips Gunderson offered:

        ***Don’t interrupt a play to spotlight yourself. If you do use a spotlight, do it before the play begins. Pausing mid-play chops up the video and makes it tough to judge fluidity and athleticism.

        ***If you play both sides of the ball, feel free to share clips from multiple positions. For example, if a linebacker prospect also plays running back, Gunderson recommended including some highlights on offense. Those clips can showcase athleticism and catch a coach’s eye.

        ***Have a highlight video constructed before your senior season. But if you aren’t getting the offers you want, Gunderson recommended making another video from the first three or four games of your final year to try and generate new interest.

        Your highlight is often a coach’s first exposure to you as an athlete and can play a critical role in the recruiting process. Now that you know what coaches are looking for, it’s time to get started on your video. Any additional questions can be answered here.

        Original Article by: Dan Hoppen via Hudl.com

        How many scholarships do schools offer in a year?

        How many scholarships do schools offer in a year?

        Each coaching staff varies on how many scholarships they offer– some head coaches are conservative with their offers while others aren’t and offer several players for every scholarship slot available. In most cases, coaches offer more scholarships than they have available. The NCAA limits programs on the amount of scholarship athletes they are allowed to have on their roster, and those limits vary by sport. For example, NCAA Division I FBS football programs can have 85 scholarship players on their roster, and depending on how many players have graduated, quit or transferred, their scholarships numbers available for the next class will vary from year to year.

        For example, a coach may have one scholarship for a tight end but offers out to three similarly-talented players. Some coaching staffs will be up front with these recruits and tell them that whoever accepts first gets it, while other coaches may not be transparent about how many players have actually been offered the same scholarship.

        LINK: Key NCAA Recruiting Definitions

        The goal of each recruiting cycle is to sign the best player possible to each scholarship available. Many staffs don’t rush the process, they’d rather get it RIGHT than simply make it QUICK.

        Coaches break down each signing class and decide which positions on their current roster lack depth. Which positions are graduating players? Have players transferred? They may need to sign three WRs—who are their top 3, top 5, top 10 targets? They evaluate their needs as a team and then make allotments of how many players at each position they are going to sign.

        Once they evaluate their needs and scholarships available at each position—they are going to likely rank the players that they are recruiting — by position — and make scholarship offers in that order. They may be waiting on a player a little more talented to possibly commit or are still in the process of evaluating potential players at each position.

        I’ve worked with players who earned offers days or weeks before Signing Day. I’ve worked with coaches who don’t use all of their available scholarships until they are 100% confident in a player they offer. Coaches don’t just offer every spot unless they are SOLD on a specific player and they think they can help their team.

        In certain situations, a coach doesn’t want to offer a player they are sure will commit until they are 100% sold on that player and confident they will be admitted into school and be eligible through the NCAA Eligibility Center—so many players have had to wait months in order to have a decision from a coaching staff.

        Remember—you just need to find that one coaching staff who believes in you and you must be patient with the process, while not missing out on great opportunities out there at every level!

        LINK: Are Most Scholarships “Full Rides?”

        Original Article from: 1001RecruitTips.com