Let’s start with the basics

10 03 2009

We’re often approached by athletes and parents who are (no offense) clueless when it comes to recruiting. That’s fine. How else would you know about something unless you’ve seen it, heard about it, or done it? That being the case, let us break this topic down for you very simply. What follows is a theme that you will hear from us repeatedly, but we think it sums up recruiting so well. Pay attention…

Plain and simple, a coach’s job is to collect information. Think about it. If a coach is game planning for an upcoming opponent, what do they do? They watch film, they make phone calls to other coaches who have faced that opponent, they look over old notes, they read the newspapers for injury reports — anything that will give them a competitive edge.

In the same vein, recruiting is all about collecting information. If a coach is recruiting a player, that coach needs to gather as much valuable information on that player as possible to determine if he or she is a good fit for the team. Unlike the pros, in college there is no draft and no free agency. You get what you ask for. If a coach asks a player to join his team, he gets that player for the next four to five years. Makes sense, then, that the coach would want to do the homework and make a good evaluation, right?

We’ll shed some more light on this topic in the coming posts. Don’t worry, we’re not going to leave you hanging. For the time being, though, burn this theme into your brains as you can be sure that it will come up again:

“Recruiting is all about collecting information.”

Go ahead, say it to yourself: “Recruiting is all about collecting information.”

As always, if you have any questions just post them above in the Chatter section. Until next time…

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