Early on when wanting to know what it took for my son to play college football, I browsed the Internet into late nights, read lots of books and asked many questions. I always got a variation of responses and I soaked it ALL in, because what did I know? I was just this crazy Mom that loved football and wanted nothing but the best for her son… along with thousands of other parents out there, but one thing I did know is that I had a son that wanted this more than I did! That was the most important piece of advice that anyone could have given me. my son told me early on “Mom, I am going to get a D1 Scholarship, I am going to get the Heisman, and I am going to play in the NFL.” I said, “Well, okay”.
I know that I couldn’t predict the future for him but I certainly could help pave the path and I believe that everyone’s path is different. I believe there are certain life traits that if we live by, we all could potentially have a scholarship to college, receive the Heisman, or play in the NFL! Many of these traits I have read and heard that college coaches look for in their football players on and off the field. It all translates to life in a full circle! What you do in the community effects your faith >>effects your academics >> effects your teammates >>effects your school>>effects your future opportunities >> and so on and so on…
I tell my son to practice at least one of these traits I learned while serving in the Marine Corps. Acronym: J.J.D.I.D.T.I.E.B.U.C.K.L.E (Judgment, Justice, Dependability, Integrity, Decisiveness, Tact, Initiative, Endurance, Bearing, Unselfishness, Courage, Knowledge, Loyalty, Enthusiasm) they all can be applied to any life circumstance and also to what college coaches look for when looking at a high school football prospect.
A Coach’s Evaluation
These are just a few initial factors that college coaches look at when evaluating a high school football prospect and there are many more details that they consider like, current depth chart, scholarships that are available by position and other in-house considerations.
I realize that every organization has to have guidelines and processes to come up with a recruit that they feel fits their football program, but sometimes the results aren’t always successful. Character is such a crucial trait and even though coaches ideally would like to have it in every player, it doesn’t always work out that way. Unfortunately, for those that do have amazing character, they sometimes get overlooked, because maybe they didn’t pass the eyeball test or they didn’t have the “standout”measurables. Regardless, everyone has his or her path and I remind my son that if he can tell me that he has brought home his C.H.A.R.A.C.T.E.R. in tact, then that is bigger than any Trophy I would have to dust off!