Recruiting Guide – Jefferson County Patriots
Players: It is important you understand that recruiting is a process. Your recruitment is personalized and cannot be compared to other players around you or players of opposing schools. There is a level for college football for everyone. We want you to shoot for your dreams. Obviously, playing D1 football is every player’s desire. But being D1 means you have D1: Grades, size, potential, demonstrated ability, attitude, character, and work ethic. It is important that you identify with your position coach and head coach what level you would best fit. Listen to every recruiter that takes interest in you no matter the level. Building a good relationship with all recruiters is very important.
1. Create an email for hudl and recruiting use ONLY.
2. Create and maintain smart social media.
a. Social media creates an image about you as a student and player. Recruiters look at these platforms not only to find you but to see who they are getting as a person.
b. College recruiters want to see you take the initiative and reach out to them. Tweet at them or direct message them your highlights, gpa, and act.
c. If you take a visit or go to a camp – send coaches a shout out and thank them.
3. Maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA
4. Take the ACT – everyone should shoot for 21 or higher. This benefits you academically even if football doesn’t work out.
1. Maintain a 3.0 GPA.
2. Take the ACT - continue raising your score.
3. Complete NCAA eligibility.
4. During season
a. If you get varsity playing time, begin creating highlights for that season. See your position coach for assistance.
b. Begin identifying colleges of interest with High School coach.
c. Follow college of interest recruiting coordinator on Twitter.
d. Also follow the position coach for your position of that college.
5. Post season
a. Finalize your highlight reel.
b. Begin sending emails to colleges of interest
c. Begin tweeting your highlights (tag recruiting coordinators of colleges of interest).
d. Ask High School coach to also reach out to your colleges of interest.
6. Attend Camps- Even if you are not a starter! Get Noticed!
a. Go to the football camps of colleges you are interested in.
b. Attend exposure camps where multiple coaches attend.
c. Be sure to send the coaches you meet at camp “thank you” tweets.
Junior and Senior Year
1. Repeat the sophomore year steps. If you do not play as a sophomore, create highlights during your junior year. If you do not play as a junior, create highlight during senior year. You can still get recruited even if you do not play as a sophomore or junior.
2. Contact with coaches to build a relationship becomes very important.
3. Begin finding the colleges that are interest in YOU. Rule out schools as you go that are not contacting you or do not fit what you are looking for.