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JIM PLACE

ASSISTING PLAYERS IN THE RECRUITING PROCESS


DAYTON CHAMINADE JULIENNE HIGH SCHOOL, OHIO

I always like to start out with a anything for the players at their
disclaimer. First, nothing I am going particular school. I may know that the
to tell you is original. I am not coach has sent out tapes and made
going to say I invented this or calls to colleges and busted his tale
invented that. I may not remember to assist his players. Still there are
where I got this information from but some parents and players that will
one thing I do know is that I got the tell others they did not get a
information from someone else. Second, scholarship because the coach and the
I am not going to tell you this is the school did’ do anything to help them.
only way to do things. I am going to
tell you about a system that we have Coaches have told me stories about
used for the last fifteen or twenty their players coming in to see them
years. It has been very good for me the day after the national signing
and it has worked well for me. date and tell them something like
Everyone has their own particular this. “Coach, I saw in the paper today
situation in the school where they where so and so signed a scholarship
coach. The next disclaimer I have is with so and so. When am I going to
this. I have one goal here for this sign my scholarship?”
lecture. If you can take one idea from
this lecture and adapt it to your It is important to get the players and
program, then I will have done a great parents involved in understanding the
job today. I will not try to sell you recruiting process. They must know
on the program we use, but if you can what is going on and they have to be
take one idea and use it in your involved in the process. I have a
program it will be worthwhile. simple flow chart that indicates the
way we view the process.
Just one more disclaimer, in talking
about the college recruiting process PARENTS AND PLAYERS
is this. There are not any rules on COACHES
this. No one makes the rules in COLLEGES
dealing with the coaches and players
as far as how to go about recruiting On the left side of the chart we have
players. Every college does it a the parents and players. In the middle
little different. I am going to talk of the chart we have the high school
about some of my experiences in the coaches. The colleges are on the
recruiting process. Then I will talk outside of the chart. There are always
about some recommendations on how we two parts to the flow chart. We have
do the recruiting process. input from the parents and players to
the coaches. Then we have input from
The key to the recruiting system is the colleges back to the coaches.
simple. It is made up of one word with About ninety percent of what I am
two letters. Everything we do in the going to talk about is on the left
recruiting process is WE. I have run side. Basically this relates to
into some parents at other schools dealing with the parents and players.
that tell me their coaches do not do
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The right hand side of the chart is understand a few things. First, “No
very easy. There is one simple way to news is bad news.” We will do a lot of
have a player recruited and that is to things to assist the players. We will
have a stud player. It is plain and send out film and we will send out
simple. You can talk all you want letters to colleges. We will have a
about the different programs, but what plan to assist the players. The most
I want to discuss is how you deal with important thing the player must
the parents and players in this area. understand is this. If you send a
college a letter or film, the college
Of the kids that have gone on to is not going to call you and tell you,
Division I schools from our program, I “We do not like you or you are not
could have told you they were going to good enough to play for us.”
go to college on a scholarship when
they walked into our school as The players must understand something.
freshmen. You could see they were just “No news is bad news.” If they want
the type of players that was going to you they will call you. Second,
be recruited four years later. They anytime I get a call from a college
were just studs. There was no magic about a kid I go straight to that
system needed to promote them. There player and tell him what was said;
was nothing special that we had to do good, bad, or indifferent. If I do not
to get them recruited. get a call I will not tell the players
anything. The kids know this and it
We had a center this year that came keeps us together on the process.
into our program and worked very hard.
He was 6’3” and 305 pounds and bench This is what that procedure does for
pressed 450 pounds. He went from a MAC the coach. It stops kids from coming
prospect to the Big East with Pitt. up to you in the hall and asking you
However, when he walked into our door if you have heard anything back from
we knew he was a Division I level the college we sent letters and films
player and it would only be a matter to. “No news is bad news.” As I get
of time to determine the level he into the system we use you will
would play. understand that one simple point. I
tell the players if they do not hear
We have a junior quarterback this year back from the colleges, they do not
that can put his elbow on the rim of a want you. It is as simple as that. No
basketball goal. He is a stud. He is one wants to be the bearer of bad
going to get a Division I scholarship. news. Colleges do not call players and
Anything else you want to talk about tell them they are not good enough to
with him is immaterial. play for them. They just do not do
that.
Everything we do in the recruiting
process is based on WE. We are going In dealing with the parents you must
to do it together. If a kid comes to spend time with them. In dealing with
me and asks me what I am going to do them I never expect parents to be
to help him get a scholarship, I stop rationale about their children. I
him and correct him. “We are going to would say if parents are rationale
do it together.” When we mail out your about what their kids chances are,
film we will do it together so you can they are not very good parents. I am
see it go in the mailbox.” If I am to sure my parents thought I was a little
make a phone call I will have the better than I really was. I think my
player sit right there as I talk to kids are a little better than they
the college coach. Everything we do is are. If I don’t, who does? If I don’t
going to be together. think my kids are great, who will? It
is as simple as that. But all of us
To make this system work, you must have been in meeting where we have to
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bite our tongue when a parent makes a The point I am trying to make here is
statement like, “My son is the best this. We have a new group of parents
running back in this program. My boy to deal with today. The parents of the
is good enough to be a Division I kids today expect you to get
football player.” scholarships for the kids. If their
kid does not get a scholarship, they
I think it is important to go into do not want to hear it. It is the high
those situations with one simple school coach who is at fault. That is
philosophy. I expect the parents to be something we all have to deal with.
irrational about their kids. It is a
lot easier to roll with the tide when The next point I want to cover is the
that happens. I also have a theory fact that the recruiting process is
that we have a new kind of parent out constantly changing. It is always
there today. I am 55 years old. I grew changing. You must keep up with it
up in a time when if we wanted to go somehow. I do not have the answer. I
out and play football in the think the best way to learn about the
neighborhood, we did. When I was 10 process is to have a recruit that
years old and my parents told me to go colleges want. If you go through the
outside and play football, there were process you will understand what the
more than a dozen kids that you could changes are. We have been fortunate
play with. There were kids all over that we have had players that have
the place and we played outside a lot. been recruited each of the last
We made up rules and played with the several years. If we did not have
other kids. You learned how to someone that was recruited, I would
interpret rules. You did not need mom call the colleges and ask some of the
and dad to do anything for you. But if coaches what was new in the recruiting
I told my kids to go outside and play process. I would talk with coaches at
they would tell me there are no kids clinics such as this to find out what
within two blocks that will go out and is new in the recruiting process. Ten
play. There is no one left to play years ago I thought it was easy to
with today. understand.

Today the parents have to step in and The recruiting process use to work
organize all kinds of games and like this. I thought it was easy to
sports. Now we have all kind of explain to my players and parents. You
parents involved in our youth leagues. played your senior year of football.
In the last ten years they have come Then in November the season was over.
up with the “Select Teams” in soccer, The college coaches would come around
basketball, and volleyball. and watch film and set up visits. In
December and January you took your
I am also the Athletic Director at our five visits to the colleges. On a day
school. I want tell you, sometimes the close to the National Signing date you
select team parents can be a problem. committed. On the National Signing
They travel all summer and spend date you signed the letter of intent.
hundreds and hundreds of dollars. They It was a real simple process to
justify this by saying they are going explain. It was not real complicated
to get their son a scholarship. I will and everyone understood it.
guarantee you that the summer coaches In the last ten to twelve years they
tell the parents their kid will get have started the process of early
that scholarship. They want them to committing. I think the further south
pay that money to travel. It is a new you go, the less the early committing
mentality. If that student athlete takes place. The further north you go
does not get a scholarship, somehow it the more the early signings take
is the fault of the high school coach. place. Most of the northern colleges
have at least fifty percent of their
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commitments done by the opening day of
recruiting. I think the computer programs have
changed the recruiting process. I
I think early committing is hard to think the internet has changed the
understand. It is a hard thing to recruiting process. Our kids know a
handle. One of our players that made lot about the colleges today because
an early commitment lost his hunger they promote themselves on the
for the game. He committed early and internet. Parents go on the internet
came back his senior year, but he was and promote their kids. Kids know the
not very hungry. I have had other players that are being recruited by
players that thought they should have other schools. You can go to some web
been offered a scholarship on an early sites and they will tell you the
commitment that didn’t play as well as recruits that are coming to visit,
they should have, because they were each weekend, for official visits.
too involved with the fact they did
not have that commitment. The fact The point here is the fact that the
was, in most cases, they did not have recruiting process changes. This is
the necessary grades to be recruited. something we must deal with just as we
They do not hear this point because must deal with the rules the NCAA set
they don’t want to hear it. up. As a high school coach you must
stay with the system and keep up with
Early committing is hard to understand what is going on. We can not change it
and it is hard for coaches to work so we must know all about it to help
with. I like to visit with other the kids.
coaches at clinics. One of the things
some of my colleagues complain about Next I want to talk about the actual
is the early committing problems. We system that we use. Our recruiting
do not like the rule as it is today. process for juniors in high school
There is one thing clear about this starts in January. I am fortunate at
point. I do not have control over this our school with the class schedules we
situation. That is the system. We can use for all of our students. When the
complain about early committing all we seniors are at lunch our juniors are
want, but the bottom line is the fact in home room. It is just the opposite
that this is how things are working for the juniors. When they are in
now. It is our job as coaches to lunch session the seniors are in home
understand the system and go with it. room. When the freshmen are at lunch
If you fight it and try to buck the the sophomores are in study hall. The
system you are going to get lost. opposite is true when the sophomores
are at lunch.
We have a new thing up our way called
“Gray Shirting.” Colleges take a If I want to have a meeting with the
graduating senior and have him sit out Seniors I simply put a note in the
the fall semester. He enrolls in the mailbox for the senior home room
winter semester in January. He does teacher and let that teacher know I am
not start his eligibility until the having the meeting. We have a special
next fall. If the player red shirts a meeting room that we call the Hall of
year that means he is going to take Fame room. I meet with each class once
six years to graduate. He is going to every two weeks during the lunch
be 23 to 24 years old by the time he period. This is very helpful because I
gets out of college. can get to the kids that are in winter
sports and spring sports and not have
I will talk about the new academic to worry about them missing practice.
rule later. This past year you had the They like this set up in that they
choice of going on the old NCAA rule like to come in and talk football once
or the new NCAA rule. every two weeks.
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and makes a 16 on Verbal the first
We start out in January. At the first time and an 18 on the second test on
meeting I talk about college Verbal, he gets to use the 18 for the
recruiting. I have all the juniors ACT. If he gets a 17 on the science
that will be seniors the next fall in category the first time and gets a 15
the meeting. The first thing I talk the second test, he takes the 17 on
about is the ACT/SAT and the NCAA science. You are allowed to mix and
clearing house. I talk about the ACT match the scores within the Act. This
and SAT. Most of you know these is one reason you should take the ACT
things. Number one is “Early and early and often. On the SAT there are
Often.” We tell our kids to take the two categories. You cannot mix and
tests each time they are offered. Take match the scores.
both tests early and often.
Next is the NCAA Worksheets. We fill
The thing people do not understand is out a form for each kid. We list the
this. One test measures ability and following information on the worksheet
one measures achievement. They are plus the High School Core Courses.
different test. Some kids will tell
you the tests are the same and they do HIGH SCHOOL CORE COURSES
not understand why they should take
both tests. Some kids will do better At least four years English. At least
on the test of ability and some kids two years of math. (One year algebra
will do better on the test of and one year geometry -or one year of
achievement. Again, we tell them to a higher-level math course for which
take both tests early and often. We geometry is a prerequisite.) At least
give them the dates they must register two years of social science. At least
for the test, so they do not have to two years of natural or physical
pay any late fees to take the test. science (including one lab course, if
offered by your school.) At least one
The question is raised about taking year of an additional class in
the tests before the junior year. My English, math, or natural or physical
experience is this. Unless the student science. You need two additional
has taken some Algebra II they may academic courses in any of the above
have a hard time on the test. If they areas, or foreign language, computer
make a 12 or 13 on the test it tends science or comparative religion.
to stay with the students later, on
the following test. Also, if those NAME: ______________________________
scores get to the colleges it turns
them away from that student. SEMESTERS: _________________________

Others may disagree with this thinking CORE CLASSES: ______________________


but I think you can take the test in
January of your junior year and still AVERAGE IN CORE CLASSES: ___________
have enough time to make a good score _____ You are in good shape.
on the test. I have found that kids Great!
get sick of taking tests.
_____ You are right on schedule.
For admissions the colleges do not Keep it up!
allow you to mix and match the scores.
The NCAA does allow you to mix and _____ You are a little under!
match the scores. On the ACT there are Get to work!
four categories. You are allowed to
take your best score from each _____ You are not in good shape.
category from all ACT tests you take. Time to change study habits!
If a student takes the ACT two times
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NCAA DIVISION I 2.475 69 830
FRESHMAN ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS 2.450 70 840-
850
All Student-Athletes must register 2.425 71 860
with the NCAA Initial-Eligibility 2.400 71 860
Clearinghouse. 2.375 72 870
2.350 73 880
Qualifier: Can practice, compete and 2.325 74 890
receive an athletic scholarship as a 2.300 75 900
college freshman. 2.275 76 910
2.250 77 920
Requirements: Graduation from high 2.225 78 930
school.
2.200 79 940
2.175 80 950
On the back of this form is a
worksheet you fill out. A lot of 2.150 80 960
football coaches I talk with are 2.125 81 960
afraid of the worksheet. It is very 2.100 82 970
easy to fill out. You must fill out a 2.075 83 980
Form 48-H form. Your school must send 2.050 84 990
a list to the NCAA to tell them the 2.025 85 1000
courses that are approved at each 2.000 86 1010
individual school. Below Not Not
2.000 Eligib Eligib
You can take the information on the le le
48-H Form and take the students
transcript and put the courses that Here is the information that is
are on the 48-H Form on his worksheet. available from the NCAA. You can go to
From this information you can figure their web site and get all of this
out his average. It is that simple. I information.
have had a lot of experience in
working with the form and it is easy NCAA INITIAL-ELIGIBILITY CLEARINGHOUSE
to do but it takes some of your time. The NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearing-
We make sure all of our kids know house, located in Iowa City, Iowa, is
their GPA and how it relates to the the organization that handles all
form. inquiries regarding an individual's
initial eligibility status. The Clear-
Let me talk about the Index. This is inghouse operates a separate Web site
the information the players want to at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net which
know. The following GPA Core Courses maintains and processes all of the
with the corresponding ACT or SAT initial-eligibility certifications.
score that is needed:
CORE GRADE-POINT AVERAGES/TEST SCORE Many questions are asked about the
SLIDING SCALE – DIVISION I NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearing-
house. The Clearinghouse is an agency
FORMER CORE GPA/TEST SCORE INDEX which will provide initial-eligibility
*To be used with the 13 Core Courses certification for all prospective
student-athletes wishing to compete as
Core ACT – SAT freshmen at NCAA member institutions
GPA sum of offering Division I or II athletics.
sub The Clearinghouse is not a placement
scores agency or an admissions office - it
2.500 68 820 will not locate a college/institution
+ for student-athletes to attend. The
2.500 68 820 NCAA Clearinghouse will provide the
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student's initial-eligibility certifi- NEW NCAA CORE GPA/TEST SCORE INDEX
cation results to all col- (TO BE USED WITH 14 CORE COURSES)
leges/universities that request it.
Core ACT SAT
Also the question is raised concerning GPA
who must register with the Clearing- 3.555 37 400
house. That is simple. Any prospective +
student-athlete who will enroll in 3.500 39 420
college as a freshman and plans to 3.250 46 520
compete in NCAA Division I or Division 3.00 52 620
II athletics must register with the 2.750 59 720
Clearinghouse.
2.500 68 820
When I get to that meeting I will have 2.475 69 830
one of these worksheets filled out for 2.450 70 840-
each player. I can do 20 kids in one 850
hour. Once you are familiar with the 2.425 71 860
courses you can fill it out very 2.400 71 860
quickly. But we have a worksheet for 2.375 72 870
every player. I give them to seniors, 2.350 73 880
juniors, sophomores, and freshman. 2.325 74 890
2.300 75 900
Sometime in the spring I will give the 2.275 76 910
freshman and sophomores a worksheet.
2.250 77 920
They know from that freshman year on
2.225 78 930
where they stand academically. All of
2.200 79 940
the kids that I work with that have
low grades will tell me they are going 2.175 80 950
to get good grades the next semester. 2.150 80 960
I see this with the kids from their 2.125 81 960
freshman year to their senior year. 2.100 82 970
They do that until their senior year. 2.075 83 980
They do not realize how difficult it 2.050 84 990
is to raise their GPA that senior 2.025 85 1000
year. 2.000 86 1010
Below Not Not
I do want to discuss the chart on the 2.000 Eligib Eligib
new core GPA - Test Scores Index. (To le le
be used with the 14 Core Courses.) The
way it is now you can use the old rule The effective date of the new rule -
or the new rule. Here is information Students first entering a collegiate
on the new rule. institution on or after August 11,
2003, may meet the initial-eligibility
requirements under either rule.
Students first entering a collegiate
institution on or after August 1,
2005, must meet the new 14 core course
rule. For information regarding the
new rule, go to www.ncaa.org. Click on
“Custom Home Pages” and pull the menu
down to “Prospect/Parent” page.

Division II is proposing an increase


to 14 core courses. The additional
course could be taken in any core-
course area. The proposal, if adopted,
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would be effective for students first an official visit. You should know
entering a collegiate institution on this and the kids should know this as
or after August 1, 2005. well. If I told our freshman they
needed to be registered with the
If you have questions about Eligibil- Clearinghouse they would all go sign
ity, call the NCAA Initial-Eligibility up. They do not need to do that until
Clearinghouse at: 1-319-337-1492. You they know they are going to be re-
may also call the NCAA at: 1-317-917- cruited.
6222.
In our meeting I go over all of the
The new rule is very interesting. If a information about recruiting and
student has 3.550 and above, all he explain the process.
has to do is to sign his name to the
form and he gets 400 on the SAT. They The next step is to show them the
get 200 for signing the Verbal and 200 information sheet I mail out to col-
for signing the Math sections. leges. I use school stationary to
compile a list of our senior players.
The new rule is the same from a GPA of It includes the players name, address,
2.500 and on down. The rule takes in phone number, position, height,
to consideration Core GPA above 2.500. weight, jersey number, and his GPA.
This list does not include all of the When I get a questionnaire from a
scores but it is a good example of how college I will put that list of play-
the Index works. ers in the envelope and mail it back
to the college. I do not fill out any
Who gets this information in the names on questionnaires. I send all of
schools? The counseling department the senior’s names and information to
gets the information. Hopefully the every college. I am sure you get the
counseling department will pass this same type of mail as I get. I put the
information on to the athletic depart- list in each of the questionnaires and
ment. I am the athletic director and send them in.
that helps. I was in the counseling
department at one time. So this mate- I put a simple cover letter on school
rial comes very easy for me with the stationary with the list. It is a
experiences I had in the counseling generic type letter that gives basic
department. information about our school and the
football season just completed. I list
This is the new rule and I think you my home address and home phone number
owe it to your players to make sure on the letter. In the meeting in
they understand the new guidelines. January I tell all of the new seniors
that I have sent their names to all of
When should a student athlete register the colleges that have contacted me.
with the NCAA Clearinghouse? Every The list is over 100 colleges.
thing is done on a computer now in
registering with the NCAA. Go to In the next part of the meeting I
ncaa.net and you can register online. cover the process where the athletes
The fee is up to $30 now. I do not start receiving questionnaires. I do
recommend the players registering when try to control some of the information
they are in the early years of their that comes to the athletes today. We
high school grades unless they are a have freshmen that get eight to ten
stud athlete. There is no real reason letters every week from colleges. Once
to register before being recruited. the kids get on that list it is non
Our kids do not register until we know stop. This is what I tell the players
they are being recruited by Division I when they tell me they are getting
or Division II schools. You must be those letters from colleges.
recruited to be registered and to take
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“I hope you are thrilled about this. I year we meet on March 6th. We will do
hope you are complimented. Keep this two things at the meeting. For the
in mind. There are ten steps to re- first hour I will explain the recruit-
ceiving a college scholarship. Just ing process. I give them a handout
imagine walking up a flight of stair with all of the pertinent information
steps. Step ten is when you and I go needed. After that first hour we go to
to the fax machine and send the papers the second phase of the meeting. We
to the college. Ten minutes later the have a great time with this phase of
head coach will call and congratulate the program.
you for joining their program. That is
step TEN and that is when the process I tell the parents this. I will always
is over. Step ONE is getting all of tell you my evaluation of your son but
those letters.” you will have to ask me. The parents
will have to figure out if their son
Getting a letter from a college is not is going to get a scholarship. “No
a scholarship. It is amazing how many news is bad news.” I stress to the
people think that first letter is an parents that I will not lie to them
offer for a scholarship. about their son. I ask them not to be
offended because I am going to be
I do have some individual meetings honest with them. I will not lead them
with juniors that I think have a good on or exaggerate about their son. I
chance of being recruited. I will meet never try to motivate our players by
with the parents and the player in the stressing to our players they need to
evening. We sit down and make a plan do this or that so they can play
of what we are going to do. With the college football. We never try to
new system we must have a meeting to motivate them by mention playing
let the players and parents know what college football. I think the recruit-
is expected. ing headaches are enough for the high
school coaches as they are now. We are
We send our players to summer camp. We not going to try to motivate a player
will have about 30 kids that will go by telling him if he works hard he
to the Ohio State Camp. The reason we will get a scholarship. We do not do
picked Ohio State is because every MAC that. We have other ways to motivate
school has a rep at the Ohio State our players.
Camp. I am not against Ohio State or
any other college that runs a great If the parents come up to me and ask
camp. But for $300 the players need to me if I think their son can play for a
learn a lot of football in those three certain school, I will tell them. I
days. They better learn a lot of may be wrong, but I will tell them
football and become a better football what I think. So if the parents do not
player when they come back to us. I do ask me about their son that is fine. I
think the college camps have become a would rather the parents figure it out
part of the recruiting process. It has themselves.
become one of the steps in the process
of recruiting. Next the season is over. On the Tues-
day after the season is over we have a
I want to make sure you understand our meeting with all of the seniors that
kids have a ball at the Ohio State are interested in playing football in
camp. They love it and it is a great college. We have them all in the
experience. At least our kids get a meeting together.
chance to be seen by people that are Next we have an individual meeting
looking at recruits. with the players and their parents. I
will spend one hour with them and talk
The first week of March I have a about the possibilities for that
meeting with all of our parents. This player. I try to complete all of these
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individual meetings in two days. This realistic approach to this process. I
year I had 16 seniors. That takes a try to help the players in making
lot more time when you have that many decisions on where to send those
seniors that want to go on to play letters. That is what ninety percent
college football. of the players and parents want.
“Coach, where do you think we should
In that meeting we write a profile send the letters?” I tell them the
letter. I will put in that letter truth and that has worked best for me.
anything the player and parent want me Some of the players will send letters
to put in the letter. I tell the to some schools that I do not recom-
player to dump everything out to me mend. That is fine with me.
about his desire to play college
football. I do not want to assume After a few weeks I will call the
anything about this player. I ask the seniors in and ask them where we stand
parents to give me all of the compli- in the process. If a college calls to
mentary words they can about their ask about the player, I will tell him
son. I ask the player the same thing. about it.
Then I turn around and type the letter
up on a computer. If I make a call to a school for a
player, that player is sitting right
I do not like to lie about the height there with me. I will ask the college
and weight or speed for a player. The coach if they received the film on our
colleges know a lot of schools will player. “What do you think about him?”
boost the size and speed for the I will tell the player what the coach
players. If they want to lie about it, tells me. I want the player to see me
it is their responsibility; I do not make the phone call.
recommend that technique.
You may feel this is a lot of time to
Now, writing that letter and getting a spend with the recruiting process. I
scholarship are two different things. do not think it is that much time. I
If a college coach calls me to inquire would prefer to spend the time than to
about a player’s height I will tell have parents knocking on my door
him it is what the player and parents wanting to know why I did not get
wanted me to list for that player. If their son a scholarship. I do not want
the coach asks me how tall a player is any parent telling me that I don’t do
I will tell them. anything for the players to help them
get into colleges. I enjoy the proc-
The next thing I do is to ask the ess. Every meeting we have with the
parents and players to give me a list players and parents is fun for me. It
of 20 colleges to send the letter to. is positive and everything is out in
It does not matter what schools are on the open.
the list, I will mail them a letter. I
make sure they know the Golden Rule. I give the players the process of
“No news is bad news.” If they do not recruiting in that junior class meet-
hear back from the colleges they do ing. I am not telling you this is the
not want them. only way to handle the situation. This
is how we do it. I covered these
I have the player address the enve- points so you can see what we do.
lopes to the colleges. I write the
letters and have him stuff the cover THE RECRUITING PROCESS
letter and the profile letter in the
envelope and seal the letter. I mail At the end of your junior football
the letter. season Coach Place will send out a
general information sheet on all our
I like to guide the players through a players.
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Colleges send out requests for names. quirements? Do you fit into "the box"
They will ask for films, transcripts physically? How good a player are you?
and recommendations on players they Character? High School honors have
are interested in. For some positions almost no impact - All State Etc.
it may be smart to make a highlight Being a great high school player is
tape. You may be receiving some feel- not necessarily a predictor to being a
ers from colleges. Please do not recruited college player.
confuse these with scholarship offers.
This is only the first step of a long During the season, colleges will ask
process. Colleges will begin to com- for films to further evaluate and
pile their list and may make an offer continue the process. In November
to the players on the top of the list. Coach Place will meet with all seniors
This is what is referred to as "being and their parents and explain the
on the board". recruiting process as best he under-
stands it. There are no set rules and
The college head coach will have the every situation is different. In late
final say as to where you will be November Coach Place will meet
placed on the board. They will main- individually with each player and his
tain some type of contact with every- parents.
one on the board. Players are placed
in these categories on the board. We will review your Prop 48 worksheet.
We will write a profile letter. I will
Definite take - They will either offer send this letter to any schools you
you a scholarship or establish some want. You must give me your list as
type of plan for your further evalua- soon as possible. I ask them to make
tion. copies of their best games or make a
highlight tape.
Probable take - You are very high on
the list but they have other players Let me talk about Proposition 48. This
above you that they are recruiting. rule applies to all NCAA Division I
They will try to make you feel you are and II schools. The NAIAD has its own
in the first category. rule (2 out of 3 criteria) Again we
tell them to take the ACT and Attests
Hold "Keep warm". You are lower on the early and often. You may combine your
board. You will continue to receive test scores from various dates to get
form letters but there will be a the highest total score. One measures
minimum of personal contact. You may ability, the other achievement. Regis-
move up or down based upon what hap- ter for the test on time. It saves
pens to the other recruits or change money. You can prepare for the test:
in your status (grades, senior films, courses, books and workshops.
increased size).
If you fail to meet the requirements,
No interest "No news is bad news" your choices are: Junior College; Pay
your own way for a year to a Division
Further evaluation will be made when I school and then walk-on. Work out
college coaches visit the high schools the best possible situation. Attend a
in May. More offers may be made. Division III. - Prep school. Sit out a
Players attend summer camps. More year and then try to pass the test.
offers are made based upon what the The last possibility is an NAIA
coaches see at the summer camps. school. You must find a school where
Players will continually be moved up you will be admitted. If you are going
or Down on the board. to an NCAA Division I or II School you
must register with the NCAA Clearing-
Factors they look at include the house. Division II rules are differ-
following. Do you meet academic ent.
requirements? Do you fit into "the
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List of the Classification of schools: DIVISION III RECRUITING
NCAA I - Full athletic scholarships.
NCAA - Full and some partial. There are no athletic scholarships.
NCAA AAA - No scholarships. You will work with the coach from that
NCAA II - Mostly partial scholarships. school and your counselor at C-J H.S.
NCAA III - No athletic scholarships. to be sure to get all of your grants
NAIA - Partial scholarships and aid. There is no real signing date
but you must be accepted to the col-
If you are recruited, Coach Place will lege. You may want to explore an ROTC
go over the steps with you. Never plan scholarship.
on receiving a scholarship. Make your
plans based on not receiving a schol- JUNIOR COLLEGE RECRUITING
arship. Apply to schools before
Thanksgiving. You can change your Junior Colleges are two year programs.
plans if you receive a scholarship. They offer very few scholarships. The
College athletic programs are in Chicago area is the closest to our
financial trouble and the number of area. After two years, hopefully you
athletic scholarships is being reduced will be recruited to go on to a four
every year. If your son should be one year college. Generally they have low
of the top 150-200 PROSPECTS in the admission standards. The big problem
state that will be great. If you do is the fact they have no dorm, and no
not receive a scholarship you should meal ticket.
check out the situations available to
you and then decide if you want to We encourage our players to do every-
continue playing football in college. thing right the first time. Colleges
There are many young men paying their do not want to recruit an irresponsi-
own way to college and playing foot- ble person. This is new to you, so do
ball for great schools. not be afraid to ask questions. If you
have someone else who can help you;
DIVISION II RECRUITING always use his or her contact. Extra
help is good.
They are looking for players who were
on the board for the Division I
schools but weren't signed. They We tell our players if they are re-
follow the same steps as Division I, cruited, the college head coach makes
only later. They usually offer "pack- the final decision. You do not have an
ages". They try to come up with a offer until you hear it from the head
combination of all types of aid to coach. Tell Coach Place. Coach Place
make college affordable for you. Here will call to confirm the offer has
are some examples: Athletic aid – been made. Sometimes there is some
Federal Aid. You must file the Free confusion in the wording.
Form ASAP. State Aid - Ohio Colleges It is your responsibility to under-
only OIG; Institutional aid; Local stand over committing. Most colleges
Scholarships; Student loans; Campus will offer many more scholarships then
Jobs; Summer jobs. They will schedule they actually have. They usually take
official visits but usually do not pay the first players to commit and it is
your expenses. Often they have to wait usually by position. Your scholarship
until after your federal information may be gone at anytime if they are
returns. They are allowed to put you "filled up" at your position. We tell
through a workout on your visit. the player if you do get a chance to
meet a college recruiter: Look him in
the eye, stand tall and speak clearly;
Ask questions, show an interest; Use
Yes Sir and No sir. Dress properly and
do not "big time" anyone. Your reputa-
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tion is very important. You never know In closing I do want to make sure
what can come back to haunt you. We everyone understands what we mean when
encourage them to be in school and in we talk about being “on the board.” If
class every day during the contact you do not know this it is hard to
period. help the players. Also, it is impor-
tant to know what is meant by being in
RECRUITING GUIDELINES the box. Players must meet the physi-
cal criteria that colleges have estab-
You are allowed five official visits lished for their program. We must
but they almost never all happen understand that point and explain it
because schools "fill up." You are not to the players and parents.
allowed any fringes The University can
pay for all of your expenses related Another important point to cover is
to your official visit. Room and meals the process of the over committing by
for you and your parents - gas money colleges. Colleges offer scholarships
if you drive - plane fair only for to several players. They are going to
you. Unofficial visits are unlimited take the first players that accept
but you must pay your own expenses. their offer. They will take players
Getting your first visit at any level that commit early and they will re-
is very important. It becomes a game cruit by position in most cases. You
of "who else wants him?" owe it to your players to know this is
going on. Colleges are not going to
Meet with Coach Place before you go on call you and tell you they no longer
any trip. Once you have verbally have a scholarship for you. They do
committed, it is your responsibility not want to call you and give you the
to make it very clear to all other bad news. I can not stress enough the
schools that you have committed, your policy of over committing.
recruiting is over.
I do appreciate you being here today.
.Here is some suggestions that I pass If I can help you with anything let me
on to the athletes. “Have a dream and know. Thank you.
chase your highest dream but be aware
of the reality of where you are and
then make your plans. Try to make a
realistic evaluation of where you are
fitting in, and then make your deci-
sion. Waiting too long can hurt you
sometimes. Have three or four plans
going and then see which one fits you
best. There are many people who will
give you suggestions and tell you what
you should do. Ask them this question?
Can you do anything to help me?"

College coaches do not make decisions


on what you are going to do in the
classroom. They look at past perform-
ance. If you have bad grades you have
to do something to show them you are
serious about changing.

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