As Football Recruiting Evolves, High School Coaches Stay Involved


cropped-LOGO.pngIn an era when club and travel teams are the primary way to recruit high school athletes in most sports, football remains an outlier.

Camps, clinics and passing tournaments have proliferated and technology has evolved, but high school football coaches are still invested in the recruiting process in some way. They arrange campus visits, give advice to players and provide background on their character.

The amount of influence a high school coach has on a player’s recruitment can vary by individual. It depends on the relationship the coach has with his players. How much you have been involved in that player’s life on and off the field and whether he looks to you as a father figure is important.

“There are a lot of college football coaches that want to get the kids on campus to see him in a camp. There is a lot more emphasis on the performance in camp at schools as opposed to evaluating the kid on film. They want to get a kid in camp before offering a scholarship.

One trend that high school football coaches find disturbing is the proliferation of recruiting-based web sites that chronicle a recruit’s every move.

A lot of them are terrible and try to ask the same question three or four different ways to try and trick the kid into revealing information they don’t want to say. It’s a huge problem because these are just high school kids.”

High school coaches realize certain aspects of recruiting are likely to change and evolve even more in the future. Football may become more like other sports and limit their role in the process.

You have those certain colleges or universities that sometimes don’t go through the head coach and don’t want them as involved. But at the end of the day if things don’t work out with mom and dad, they come back to the high school football coach and want some answers. However if the high school coach wasn’t involved in the process, it’s hard to provide those answer’s

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Edited and Republished from Rhiannon Potkey, USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee

April 10, 2017