You are a position coach of a college football program.
You have a couple of slots to fill with this year’s recruiting class and a sea of potential recruits to select from.
You not only have to find recruits who have the athletic ability to help your team win a championship,
..you need to make sure they are academically eligible,
..they mesh well with the character of your team,
..AND you’ve got to make sure that once that athlete checks off those boxes, they don’t commit to a rival school.
That is no easy task.
On top of that, you have to manage the athletes currently on the team, and, depending on the time of year, manage game-planning and a rigorous practice schedule.
Here is what your schedule will look like throughout your year.
In today's day and age, you will likely have a Twitter profile.
You will not, however, sit on twitter and scour the platform to watch highlight after highlight in the futile attempt to find an athlete that matches all your criteria.
There are two ways you might use Twitter in your identification process.
You may have a couple reputable twitter profiles that you follow who are specific to your area.
The athletes those specific profiles share might pop onto your radar. There is no rhyme or reason to this: this goes coach by coach.
Another way you might use Twitter is try to identify the athletes that your rival universities offer scholarships to. Schools in the same conference usually have very similar recruiting criteria when it comes to a recruits size and skill.
As with everything, the process of identifying offers through social media is being outsourced:
data service companies that specialize in scouring social media and other sites to immediately update an athlete's offers are popping up. They also sell their service to the university, meaning coach's will use Twitter less and less to do that themselves.
Besides prospect camps, there are endless other camps and organized football activities out there.
Most cost money and most DO NOT have any place in the recruiting process.
We have put together a separate page where we cover 7-on-7 tournaments, combines, development camps, and All-Star games.
The recruiting process has tremendous variability in it.
Not only does it vary by division, it varies by resources and it varies by coach.
Many recruiting services out there will paint the recruiting process as a huge complex beast when in reality, with data, it is getting simpler and simpler.
As part of our mission here at AthleticOutlook....we are ALWAYS on the hunt to bring the most accurate, up to date information to high school families like yours.