NCAA and NAIA College Football Recruiting Process

These football recruiting guidelines will help guide you through the football scholarship recruiting process. As a football recruit, learn how to get in front of college coaches to help get a football scholarship. We will show you how to email your stats & video to college coaches, how to increase scholarship odds.

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"The barking dog gets attention." This old saying really comes into the light when talking about college football recruiting. With over a million high school football players you can see how difficult it is for a college coach to find, evaluate and choose the best qualified athlete for each position on the football team. If a coach can't hear or see you, you will never have a chance with that coach. There are over 5000 college football coaches, how many come to your high school? If you are proactive (the barking dog) your chances of getting recruited go up dramatically.

Important to both parents and athletes! Increases the chances of being recruited and getting a scholarship by understanding these unspoken college recruiting facts if you really want to play at the next level with a scholarship!

To get recruited for football your best odds are to connect with those that supply high school sports recruiting services. It is rare for a college coach to send a football recruiter to your high school to check out your athletic abilities. College football recruiters get most of their recruits from football recruiting services like us. So the simple answer to, "how to get recruited for football" so you have the chance to follow your dreams of playing football in college is to be proactive and get your parents involved in hs football recruiting as well.

With so many recruit prospects, college coaches must use position planning boards and the more you know about the football recruiting process (including position planning boards) the better your scholarship odds will be.

Know the scholarship facts about football recruiting and what goes on in the football recruiting process and how to work it into your plan will move you ahead dramatically. Talented athletes who fail here usually end their career on their last high school football game.

Why some great athletes never get a D1, D2 or NAIA athletic scholarship

1. Athlete didn't start their recruiting process early enough. As an underclassman most don't even think about a scholarship, or don't think they are good enough. Coaches understand that you will get better every year. You need to understand that you need to build relationships early with as many coaches as possible.

2. Parents are not involved. If they are not on board then work hard on your relationship to get their help.

3. Grades. If they would have started the scholarship recruiting process early they would have learned what it takes academically and adjusted along the way.

4. Not proactive. Many athletes and parents are told college coaches will find you. Well how many of the 5000+ coaches come to your school. When is the last time you shook hands with a college coach at your game? If you want to go somewhere then do something to help yourself.

5. Not sure you are good enough? A. Bottom line is it is the coach that makes the decision, not your friend, high school coach, parents, nor anyone else. B. There are over 5000 college football coaches. Get them to notice you and you will have a chance.

Where and how to Start the Football Recruiting Process

Note that coaches are restricted from contacting athletes until their junior year of high school. This does not stop athletes that want a scholarship and willing to work for it.

A workaround to the restriction and the most successful method is to be proactive in the recruiting process, contacting coaches on their own, attending combines and camps, and creating an profile(s) on the web.

Below is the information that all coaches will be looking at before they even consider recruiting an athlete.

Coaches want to see how an athlete performs

Don't wait for a college coach to show up at a game to watch you. One chances are they don't know you exist and two, do you think that is the most efficient use of the coaches time?

Again, be proactive. Every recruit, including you, must have a highlight video so a coach can make a quick evaluation and they may ask for a full-game film.

Verified Combine Stats

College coaches will want to see your 40 time, 5-10-5 shuttle, vertical, board jump, bench and squat numbers. These stats relates to ability on the football field. Combines held in your area can be a verified source. You will be tested at some time by any coach that want to recruit you. A verified source give the coach another comfort level.

You need something to send to coaches, an Athletic Resume

This should include all of the above plus your contact information, academic information and what ever lets the coach know more about you. It is easy to do, after all it's about you.

Times have changed, the vast majority of coaches begin their recruiting process online, after all it is efficient. So get on line and get it done. All you need to do is click on the "Increase your scholarship odd!" button, create an account for your recruiting profile for free. Add all your information online including list your upcoming games and camps where they can watch you. Keep it current as things change.

Once you have an your recruiting profile account we will show you how easy it is to be proactive and get noticed by thousands of football coaches.

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Recruiting Guidelines, by position, what college coaches look for


A quarterback prospect has at least adequate arm strength and show good zip on the ball. Some quarterbacks with great high school numbers tend to get overrated, quarterbacks with little to no statistics get passed by because of the different offensive style used at the high school level. Things a coach will look at is ability to set-up quickly, arm strength, accuracy, field vision, running ability, delivery, ball handling and leadership.

Again, it make sense to be proactive so you can find that coach who is looking for someone just like you.

Running Back

A running back at the high school level it's all about speed. That is important at the college level but add quickness can sometimes surpass speed for some coaches. Strong combine numbers will help you chances. Blocking both in pass pro or run block is key as well.

Don't be surprised if a coach to recruit you if you are a running back and but ask you to move to another position to play at the college level.

Wide Receiver

For any wideout it's about hands, body control, catching in traffic, yards after the catch, and blocking skills. Don't give up your dream if you lack speed, make up for it with precise pattern execution, complete focus on the ball, and the ability to find the hole between zone coverage or get away from defensive players.

Hands, hold on to the ball and consistently pull the ball in and tuck it away with little movement.

Body control, adjust while in the air, catches over the wrong shoulder, toes inbound and how well you use your body against the defender.

Catching in traffic, toughness is difficult to teach, plus mental fortitude is needed to catch the ball in traffic knowing you are likely to take a big hit.

Yards after the catch, whether through physical strength or elusiveness, the ability to pick up extra yards or even break long gains from short patterns can get you a look from college coaches.

Blocking skills are a very important part of a tight end’s repertoire. A WR is often used in the passing game to help contain a defensive end and is of very importance in the running game. Wide receivers can also be of great importance on sweeps, draws, screen plays, slants, and other plays where the receivers can get out in front of the ball carrier./p>

Offensive Line

Plan on spending more time watching film than any other position because you will watch film on every position on the line. Work on agility, Pass block speed, pass block power, run blocking, moving/blocking in space, pull/trap, technique, size, health, awareness (center), hand speed, footwork, agility, hand placement, vision, reflexes and toughness. Traits when combined make an offensive lineman a good or bad pass blocker and run blocker.


Offensive Tackles are big guys coaches like to recruit athletes with large frames that can develop their potential. Tackles responsible for protecting a quarterback’s blind spots from the pass rush and for sealing off and containing defenders when run blocking.

Guards and Centers

Mobility if asked to pull, get outside and down the field to lock on a second level player.

A guard can be a little shorter and weigh more which can be useful when blocking the defensive tackles and nose guards that line up in front of them every game.

Quickness off the line-of-scrimmage is important for all lineman and the offensive guard is no exception. This explosion off the line can create an advantage for the offensive player. For the zone blocking guard explosion is essential for the number of reach blocks and second level assignments they will be asked to do.

Tight Ends

Scholarships go to tight ends that have the blocking and receiving skills. Coaches heavily recruit tight ends because their versatility is hard to find.

Study and be like Tony G and you'll never have a problem. Size, soft hands and speed.

Tight ends are responsible for both blocking and receiving thus make them a very versatile athlete. Usually smaller than offensive lineman, yet have the speed of a bigger receiver. You will have to overpower defensive backs and out run linebackers and be that extra blocker during run plays.

Defensive line

On average, defensive lineman generally weigh less than the offensive line they are playing against. Coaches look for the ability to explosively attack the line of scrimmage at the snap of the ball and to create separation between you and the offensive lineman blocking you is an undeniably important. Coaches look for speed but also explosion and what kind of change of direction a player has. Can the athlete turn his hips and get up the field?


Defensive tackles are pass rushers and run stoppers. Good pass rushers have quick hands, excellent body control and the ability to change direction on a dime. Quickness off the ball to gain advantage against the blocker and ability to redirect their charge very quickly. Also, coming off a block they need to have to have a good burst thtough the quarterback.


Defensive ends - speed is obviously a required trait. Great pass rushers usually have long arms and excellent hand use. Top pass rushers are also relentless and refuse to be blocked. You will need your speed and strength to overpower bigger offensive tackles, and to chase down running backs and quarterbacks.


Many high school safeties will also become excellent outside linebackers as they outgrow the safety position, lack of overall speed and quickness needed as they mature.

The outside linebacker, in a 4-3 defenses, is one who can play in space. OL's have considerable cover responsibilities and need to drop into zones and cover running backs out of the backfield. They must have speed and range to chase down plays and good hips and flexibility.

The outside linebacker, in a 3-4 defenses, is the primary pass-rushers. They are usually "up field" players who beat the offensive linemen with their quickness and have very little pass cover responsibility.

Middle linebackers don't necessarily have to be great athletes, they are productive because they are tough, smart, short-range guys who are physical. A middle linebacker needs speed and quickness, but extensive knowledge of gap control and a nose for the football are key elements.

Defensive Backs

Defensive backs must have speed and keep up with or outrun fast wide receivers. DBs don't always run straight ahead, so their speed is measured through backpedals, shuffles and quick breaks on routes. That explosive first step is vital.

Backs need to understand all the coverage checks and adjustments needed to be made before the snap, and make split-second changes while running at full speed.

In high school, backs usually don't play a huge role defending the running game, but that changes in college. In most defensive schemes DBs are important, being gap solid and stopping the run. A high school defensive back who plays physical gives himself a huge advantage in the college recruiting process.


A kicker possesses flexibility, leg speed, balance, coordination and consistency all while performing under pressure. You may have to walk-on and earn your position here.

Long snapper

Considered one of the most underrated position. But in reality, the long snapper possesses an important role in late game situations than any other player on the football field.

A long snapper must remain consistent and use the same technique every single time.

If you can add this to your athletic resume as an addition to the position you normally play this will get the attention of a lot of coaches. Make sure you include drill videos showing your accuracy and distance for college coaches to see. If your good enough this could be the tie breaker.

Football Recruiting Services

Not all sports recruiting services are alike so compare before you spend your hard earned money. Bottom line, if you want to get recruited for a football scholarship you must get noticed by college coaches and it is logical that a recruiting service like eScout4u, who can get your football profile in front of 5000+ college football coaches, is the best recruiting service choice for you future. eScout4u givee you the ability to email your stats & video to college coaches, increasing your odds of getting recruited and getting a scholarship.

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Football scholarship possibilities with the NCAA, division 1 football bowl subdivision (D1 FBS), division I football championship subdivision (D1 FCS), division II (D2) and division III (D3).

Recruit possibilities are within the NCAA guidelines, but don't forget NAIA guidelines and NJCAA guidelines.

Author: Don Sprowl

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