Mailbag: Getting spotted on someone else’s tape

17 04 2009

We’ve had an ongoing conversation with a high schooler in South Carolina who has some serious potential to play at the next level. He’s a talented athlete, a decent student, and an all around good guy. Our advice to him has been the same as it’s been to the rest of you: coaches need to know a lot about you in order to evaluate you. Get them what they need.

This particular athlete had not yet sent his film and profile out to coaches, however, his older teammates had. The athlete wanted to know about the possibility of being found off of someone else’s tape. He also wanted to know if coaches were only allowed to offer athletes who had taken the SAT/ACT.

Below is the response we sent him. Take a look. Of course, if there are questions of your own that you’d like answered, just ask and we’ll get you answers.

Have a good weekend!


Okay, so [NAME] and [NAME] are your teammates, they sent out film, and you got spotted off of it? Is that correct? If so, that kind of stuff happens all the time. Happened to my brother in fact…

Ronald Curry was the nation’s best high school football and basketball player in the late 90’s (he’s now a WR with the Detroit Lions). My brother always seemed to play well against Curry’s team, Hampton High School (which, coincidentally, was one of the nation’s best teams at the time). As Curry’s film got passed around to dozens of schools, my brother kept showing up to where people would ask Curry’s coach, “Who’s that big TE from the other team that caught all those passes?” As a result, my brother got a bunch of offers.

No offers for you just yet? That’s okay. Every school handles how and when they offer guys differently. But, to answer your question, NO, it’s not a rule that you have to take the SAT/ACT before you’re able to get any offers. HOWEVER, most schools would prefer to know that kind of information before extending any kind of offer because what they don’t want to happen is to offer a kid who then turns out to be a bad student. What if that kid commits? Then the coaches have to hope that he gets the grades and test scores to become an NCAA qualifier and also that the school will admit him.

Make sense? That’s why it’s important to take the SAT/ACT early and often until you get the type of scores that you (and more importantly, the NCAA and coaches) are comfortable with.

Hope that helps, bud. GREAT question!





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