There truly is nothing like playing University football: the camaraderie, the hard work, the fact that academics meet athletics. Relationships are built and the memories last forever. It is certainly an opportunity everyone should explore.
It is that time of the season in which the end is near - some will finish in disappointment and some in championships. Whatever the situation you find yourself in, there will always be plenty of Grade 12 players who are searching for University opportunities as well as other opportunities to keep playing secondary football.
The key to getting yourself noticed by University recruiters is to keep playing and keep learning. Here are a few tips on how to put yourself on the University radar.
1. Make Plays - At the end of the day, if you make plays then coaches will find you. The bigger the game, the bigger the play and the more notable you will be. In essence, focus on your play and, when it comes time to shine, step up and "make the play." This also relates to combines, workouts or anytime you step on the field.
2. Be a Student-Athlete - The best way to demonstrate to coaches that you are a student-athlete is to be a student-athlete. Balance school, workouts, practice and work. Multi-tasking is a skill that many student-athletes require but the rewards are worth it!
3. All-Star and Rep Teams are valuable - When others outside your own team select and recognize you for your play, it means a lot. Recruiters love these recognitions because it gives them a great place to start. If you are not selected or recognized, then you will be compared to those who have.
4. Be Proactive - Call your favourite schools, teams and coaches. Always respond to communications from coaches whether it is via text, email, phone or Facebook. If coaches request information (i.e. transcripts), get it to them as soon as possible. If you do not, the assumption is made that you are hiding something and not interested.
5. Enjoy the Process - Be positive, remain hungry and humble, and remember that understanding recruiting is a life skill. You will learn lots and transfer the skills to future opportunities.