Want to Play College Football? Play Up!

Are you a high school football player who wants to play in college? Do you think that you have the necessary athletic skills to play at the next level? Would you like to have the opportunity to continue playing a sport that you love?

College football coaches are definitely looking for players who have the right “skill sets” to complement and strengthen their teams. Also, they need their players to meet certain academic standards to get into college and can maintain good grades while attending college.

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High School to D1 College to NFL:  My Experience

It’s been almost 16 years since I received my first college recruitment letter. I remember being so filled with excitement and energy that I was literally floating! From the first time I knew I wanted to play football, let alone big time college football, I thought I was set when I opened that first letter. My first thought was “man this process should be easy”…and boy was I wrong!
At that particular time I was around 5’10’ 225 lbs.

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NCAA and NAIA Freshman Eligibility Standards

In the United States there are two collegiate athletic associations, the NCAA and the NAIA. The NAIA also has member institutions in Canada. Both offer scholarships in athletics but each organization has different guidelines pertaining to athletic eligibility.

NCAA

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is a semi-voluntary association of 1,281 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States.

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Your Recruiting Process

Most high school football players are unfamiliar with the college recruiting process when they first start receiving interest from various colleges. As a former college coach, I feel it is important for kids and parents to understand how the recruiting process works from the perspective of the coach.

Legally, college coaches can only send freshman or sophomore football players two documents, a questionnaire and a camp brochure. The NCAA prohibits anything else be sent prior to September 1st of a prospective player’s junior year.

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