Wrapping it Up - The Recruiting Process in a Nutshell

by Scott Britton

This chapter is a free excerpt from The Best Book on Ivy League Football Recruiting.

Chapter Highlights:

  • Key Points to Remember
  • Summarizing the Recruiting Process
That big leap from high school to college is daunting and exciting at the same time. If you don’t want to fall short as you’re making the jump, it’s best to research and prepare. The most important things that I hope you remember from this book are the high school timeline for athletes, the tips for making a GOOD highlight tape, and football camps and combines.

If I were to break it down for you now with simple checklists, it would probably look like this:

The High School Timeline

Freshman Year
  • Get good grades!
  • Take AP classes or Honors Classes if you can
  • Get to know the Coaching Staff
Sophomore Year
  • Take the PSAT
  • Talk to the Coaching Staff
  • Try to play more and work on building your strength and speed
Junior Year
  • Get more Field Time
  • Study for the SATs
  • Take the SAT at least once
  • Research on Schools
  • Summer: Attend a Football Camp or Combine
Senior Year
  • Prioritize your College Application
  • Football
  • Put together your Highlight Tape
  • Score well on the SATs
  • College Visits
The Recruiting Process, in sum, has a lot to do with the quality of your highlight tape and your academic performance in high school. Do recall that Ivy League schools can only seriously consider students who score about 171 on the Band System.

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Chapter Highlights:

  • Key Points to Remember
  • Summarizing the Recruiting Process
That big leap from high school to college is daunting and exciting at the same time. If you don’t want to fall short as you’re making the jump, it’s best to research and prepare. The most important things that I hope you remember from this book are the high school timeline for athletes, the tips for making a GOOD highlight tape, and football camps and combines.

If I were to break it down for you now with simple checklists, it would probably look like this:

The High School Timeline

Freshman Year
  • Get good grades!
  • Take AP classes or Honors Classes if you can
  • Get to know the Coaching Staff
Sophomore Year
  • Take the PSAT
  • Talk to the Coaching Staff
  • Try to play more and work on building your strength and speed
Junior Year
  • Get more Field Time
  • Study for the SATs
  • Take the SAT at least once
  • Research on Schools
  • Summer: Attend a Football Camp or Combine
Senior Year
  • Prioritize your College Application
  • Football
  • Put together your Highlight Tape
  • Score well on the SATs
  • College Visits
The Recruiting Process, in sum, has a lot to do with the quality of your highlight tape and your academic performance in high school. Do recall that Ivy League schools can only seriously consider students who score about 171 on the Band System.

As for the highlight tapes, choosing the right plays that best portray yourself as a capable player and making it as concise and as natural as possible is definitely key.

And while the recruiting process can get pretty stressful with all the Likely Letters, college visits, football camps, combines, and Exploding Offers you might encounter, always remember that it’s your decision to make.

Taking into consideration the academic program and athletic program of a school is more important than being swayed by exploding offers and likely letters. Ultimately, how a college fits into your plans and how it suits your personality overrides everything else.

In summary, its all about making good tape and doing well in the classroom so you can get on the coach’s radar screen. If I could back in time, I would have definitely watched more tape in high school to improve my performance on the field.

I know many of my teammates also wished they would have taken their grades more seriously early on in their high school careers. Otherwise, I can’t say that I’d change much about how I approached the recruiting process.

I hope that you have found this to be an informative source of information on Ivy League football recruiting. Looking back, I’m extremely pleased with the experience that I had and would recommend it to anyone. The best way to make yourself better in any aspect of your life is to surround yourself with incredible people.

This is exactly what participating in Ivy League Athletics enables. I left campus with amazing friends, incredible career opportunities, and most importantly a better head on my shoulders. Hopefully everyone reading this has the same opportunity!
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