Division II Question

I received a very good question on my first blog post, Recruiting Step One – Expand the Pool.  Since often comments are difficult to find and navigate, I reposted the question for today’s post:

The question, from Andrew, was “How difficult is it to be recruited by a NCAA Division II team?”

First let me start by saying that yes, it is difficult to get recruited by an NCAA Division II school. If you want to play football at ANY collegiate level you have to be a VERY good football player… a very good student-athlete. If you look at the rosters of the good NCAA DII football programs, and we have several right in our back yard (click on any of these links to take you to the football rosters – Northwest Missouri State, Missouri Western, University of Central Missouri, Pittsburg State) they are filled with players that were just an inch “too short”, a few pounds “too light” and a tenth of a second “too slow” to play at a FBS school.

That being said, typically there are more student-athletes that will sign with FCS, NCAA DII or NAIA schools. As I pointed out, there are more schools at those levels. Even though they don’t have as many scholarships to use in their programs as FBS schools, they CAN split up their scholarships and offer (and sign) athletes to partial scholarships. When I was at UCM and William Jewell, we signed athletes each year to scholarship amounts that ranged from $500 for books, up to a full ride.  These scholarships can be renewed annually, and can be (and often are) increased annually as well.

The good thing about the area you live in, Missouri, is that there are many good DII schools that recruit the KC Metro area. The 10 member MIAA (Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association) is generally considered one of the top DII conferences in the nation. The 12 member Great Lakes Valley Conference (a new DII conference) also includes many area schools such as William Jewell, Missouri S & T  and joining next season Truman State.

I hope that answers your question. I will post more information on things you can do to help market yourself over the next few weeks.

In addition to these written posts, I have recently launched my YouTube Channel that deals specifically with the recruiting process.  The channel can be found here : The YouCanDoMore YouTube Channel, and the complete playlist can be viewed here.

 

Any additional questions, just leave a comment or email me!

Jeff Floyd – youcandomore1@yahoo.com

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Purple Cow – Standing Out From the Crowd

Today’s post is the second excerpt from my ebook  “How to become…. Wanted and RewardedTake Control and Market Yourself.”  The complete guide to a successful college recruiting experience.

Step Two – Use all the Marketing Tools at your disposal

Marketing 101

mortar boardThe first over arching advice that I can give you (a student-athlete or parent of a student-athlete) regarding marketing and recruiting is DO NOT pay a recruiting service a fee to do it for you!  Everything they can do, you can do, and probably do it better.  I know from my own experience (college coach for 14 years) and the experience of most of my colleagues that the lists provided by recruiting services usually ended up ignored and in the trash can.  There were recruiting services that we used, but NOT services that charged the athletes or their families.  This chapter will give you some direction on how to accomplish this on your own, and do it better than any third party company could.  You will be in control of the message.

The experience of getting recruited to play a collegiate sport can, without a doubt be one of the most exciting and fun times in your high school career.  It is a time to enjoy, and a time to reap the benefits of all your hard work.  Good colleges and universities are coming to your school, your house, and your athletic contests to “court” you.  You will get to meet some of the top coaches and visit some great institutions.  BUT, the bottom line – It is a business, with a transaction.  And as in all transactions there is a “buyer” and a “seller“.

The collegiate coach is the buyer, looking to make the best “purchase” possible.  The buyer (coach) only has a limited amount of “funds” (see my first recruiting post on scholarship limits) to use making purchases.  He will be a very careful and wary shopper.

The seller – that is you.  And as any good salesperson would probably tell you, a good marketing plan will help you make the sale.  You are a high school student (or parent of a high school student) without the time (or inclination) to get your advanced degree in marketing.  What are basics, the most important things to consider then?

purplecow1The absolute best marketing advice I can give is to make sure you are “selling” a truly remarkable product – YOU! What exactly does that mean? Marketer Extraordinaire, Seth Godin (I wrote about Godin and his recent book, “The Icarus Deception, How High Will You Fly” in a previous post), says in his best selling book “Purple Cow“, “You’re either a Purple Cow or you’re not. You are either remarkable or invisible. Make your choice.”

Regular cows (and regular high school athletes!)  are a dime a dozen – unremarkable – not worth talking about. A Purple Cow – now that is something remarkable – worth talking about, worth noticing.

Exceptional.

Marketing yourself to colleges will be much easier if you are a Purple Cow – If you have done everything in your high school career to be a remarkable student athlete.

What does a college football coach look for when recruiting a high school athlete? What does a remarkable high school football player look like? What will it take to turn you into a Purple Cow?   From my experience being on both sides of this process (College Coach and recruiter and High School Coach) I have a very good idea what qualities will help separate you from the other 250,000 high schools seniors that play football.  I have a very good idea what will make you a “Purple Cow” recruit.

Purple Cow Qualities

  • Coachable – Character
  • Speed
  • Explosion
  • Playing Fast
  • Athleticism – Quickness
  • Academics – Class work (Core GPA) Test Score
  • Size
  • Effort
  • Technique

The next posts will go into detail regarding these qualities, and what you can do NOW to start making yourself remarkable.

You Can Do More… Your Brain is Lying to You… Don’t Believe It!

In addition to these written posts, I have recently launched my YouTube Channel that deals specifically with the recruiting process.  The channel can be found here : The YouCanDoMore YouTube Channel, and the complete playlist can be viewed here.

 

Any questions, just comment or email!

Jeff Floyd – youcandormore1@yahoo.com

Supplemental Lifts

The final area of the workout card to discuss is the bottom part of the card that says Supplemental Lifts.  As I have discussed, we have our students (athletes) train on four Core lifts – Bench , Push Press, Squat, and Clean.  Each day we complete 3 of the 4 at varying intensities, and omit one.  In addition to the Core lift, there are a variety of supplemental lifts we do when time permits – typically during out after school or summer off-season sessions.  As we explain to our students-athletes there are many great supplemental lifts they can and should do.  Probably the two we stress for athletes more than any other are the Inclined Bench and Lat Pull (or Row).  We stress Inclined Bench because in many of our athletic events it replicates closer the actual movement (angle) our players arms would be moving during competition.  A offensive or defensive lineman “punch”, a shot put release, etc.  Most of our Core lifts involve some sort of pushing movement, so the Lat Pull (or Row) gives us a pulling movement to work the opposing muscle groups.

supplemental liftsOur student-athletes use the bottom section of the card to keep track of the weight they are lifting, normally recording what their last set (of 8 reps) is.  We usually do a progressive workout of 3 sets of 8 reps on our supplemental lifts.  Working opposing muscle groups (biceps and triceps for example) and isolating a muscle group (during bicep curl or triceps extension) are concepts we teach as well.  The list of supplemental lifts at the bottom of the card is by no means all-inclusive, rather just an example of a two day routine.  We do not enter the weights (electronically) for the supplemental lifts on their workout card, but ask them to record the weights they are using in the blanks provided.

Finally, here are, once again, the strength training workout files that I have shared:

Tomorrow I will begin the discussion of how to market yourself successfully to college recruiters.

If you have any questions, just comment or email – I will respond!

You Can Do More… your brain is lying to you… Don’t Believe It!

Jeff Floyd – youcandomore1@yahoo.com

Power Quotient and Pound for Pound

sampleIt is a new semester at our school, which means some new students in strength and conditioning class.  All together I have nearly 230 students spread across 2 sections of Advanced Strength Training and Conditioning for Athletes, 2 sections of Advanced  Strength Training and Conditioning , and 2 sections of Beginning Strength Training and Conditioning.  Everyone in all the advanced classes has had the class at least one time.  Many in the beginning class have had the class as well, but because of schedule conflicts, were not able to get into an advanced class.  We use the workout card and template that I have shared, with every student that comes though this class.  The good thing is, I save the workout cards (electronic version) for everyone that has had the class before, which means this semester, out of the 230 students, I only had to introduce the program and make new cards for about 30 beginning students!

With these beginners, we have finished teaching the lifts, muscle groups, safety considerations, and spotting techniques.  We concluded testing on multi-rep maxes for each of the four core lifts.  I finished converting these multi-rep maxes to estimated 1 rep maxes using the conversion chart I shared earlier this week.  Last night I entered these individual testing results on their cards, printed the cards, and spent class today going over how to read and understand the workout cards.

In doing so, I realized, too that although I have shared how to read the different cycles on the card here in this forum, there is also a great deal more information on the card at your disposal.

nameFirst, directly under the Name is the Weight cell.  We weigh our athletes, but leave weighing and entering this in our school classes as an individual choice.  We do use this number in two other calculations on the chart, Power Q (Power Quotient) and LB/LB (Pound for Pound).

Next, under the name there are two cells for positions, Pos O (Offensive Position) and Pos D (Defensive Position).  I started using this card for our football players, and recorded the positions played in these cells.  You can change this for another sport, delete them, or just choose not to use them.  The good thing about using them, in football training, or training for another sport, is that you can create lists based on these positions.  For instance, I can run a list of the top 10 bench press (or any other lift) athletes by Position, say RB (Running Back) or OL (Offensive Line).

Another cell that we use in a similar way is the Grade (in school 9-12) cell.  Again you could change this, say for age, delete it, or just choose not to use it altogether.   By using it, you do get some additional data and lists that are good regarding motivation.

core liftsI have already discussed the cells for the estimated 1 rep max, the Start, Now, and Break columns, which are just to the right of the Name and Grade.

test resultsThe date the card is changed is automatically put in the cell beside the Date:  This is handy in checking the progress of an athlete, or trainee.  If you notice an athlete using a card that has a date from several weeks to a month on it, you know it has been that long since they have “broken” (increased their 1-rep max on a lift).

Below the date are cells to enter test results that we do, the 40 yard dash, Vert (Vertical Leap) and Pro Agile (NFL 5-10-5 yard agility drill).

There are 3 other cells that give you numbers based on calculations, using data you have entered on the sheet.  The Total cell is the total amount of the 4 core lifts added together.  It is a good way for you to see overall how an athlete (or you) are doing.  We use this in motivating our athletes.  We have “Clubs” for different total levels.  For the women athletes, the Clubs are 400 pound, 500 pound, 600 pound, and 700 pound levels.  For the men the corresponding clubs are 900 pound, 1000 pound, 1100 pound, and 1200 pound levels.  We began giving shirts to each athletes as they reached a new level, but that became a little cost prohibitive!  This semester, we are going to give each athlete a silicone bracelet, in a different color for each level.  I will post pictures of them when they arrive.

The LB/LB cell uses the Total cell amount in a calculation that divides the Total (amount they lift on the 4 core lifts) by their Weight.  This give a rough (very rough) measure of lean muscle mass.  It serves as motivation for some of the smaller athletes, that see their LB/LB rival or exceed than that of some of the larger, strong athletes in our program.

The last calculated cell in the Power Q (Power Quotient).  The Power Quotient is the square root of their Vert (vertical leap) times the square root of their Weight.  It is a rough measure of lower body explosion.  I use as an example 2 people who both can vertical jump 20 inches.  If one weighs 100 pounds, and the other weighs 200 pounds, the 200 pound athlete is generating more lower body power.

There is much good information on the card, and much of it can be changed or tailored to your uses.  If you have a question on how you might do this, just comment or send me an email.

Tomorrow I will discuss the last part of the workout card, the bottom section dealing with supplemental lifts.

Jeff Floyd – youcandomore1@yahoo.com

Jump Rope Drills

patriot jump ropeTypically once a week during the year we do a variety of jump rope drills with our athletes.  In our Strength and Conditioning class  we have students from all sports, both men and women , in-season and out-of-season, and in all shapes and sizes!  Along with a cardio benefit (our heart rates are elevated for 20 minutes or so) we also see benefits in quickness, jumping, agility and coordination with our athletes.  The workout is quick-paced and not monotonous, so it keeps our athletes fairly well engaged.

The workout consists of our athletes completing a series of jump rope patterns, doing each pattern for 25 seconds, with 5 seconds off to reset and communicate the next pattern.  We will go through the following patterns 2-3 times, totaling 25-30 minutes of jump rope time.  You can download a short video that shows two of our athletes demonstrating each of these patterns by clicking on this link:  Jump Rope Demo Video  (or click on the picture above)

  • 2 feet jump in the same place
  • 2 feet front to back
  • 2 feet side to side
  • 2 feet round the clock (12-3-6-9) clockwise
  • 2 feet round the clock (12-9-6-3) counter clockwise
  • Right foot only in the same place
  • Left foot only in the same place
  • Right foot only front to back*
  • Left foot only front to back*
  • Right foot only side to side*
  • Left foot only side to side
  • Right foot only round the clock clockwise
  • Left foot only round the clock clockwise
  • Right foot only round the clock counter clockwise
  • Left foot only round the clock counter clockwise
  • Alternating Right and Left foot jumps
  • Ali Shuffle
  • Backwards

* Not shown on video

After going through these patterns 2-3 times, we conclude with the following jumps, all with a 10-second rest in between

  • 30 seconds – as many jumps as possible
  • 20 seconds – as many jumps as possible
  • 15 seconds – as many jumps as possible
  • 10 seconds – as many jumps as possible
  • 5 seconds – as many jumps as possible
  • 60 second cool down – choice of jump at a comfortable pace
  • 45 second cool down – choice of jump at a comfortable pace

All the patterns are completed using the following guidelines:

  1. 1 jump per turn of the rope
  2. Stress staying on the balls of the feet
  3. If jumping on 2 feet, stress landing on both feet and jumping off both feet at the same time.
  4. If they miss (and they will at some point during the 30 minutes!) then they must get right back to spinning the rope

If you have any questions, please comment or email.

Jeff Floyd – youcandomore1@yahoo.com

Two Birds With One Stone

All football coaches know and believe in the importance of conditioning.  Vince Lomardi’s classic axiom, “Fatigue makes cowards of us all” is just as true today as it was 50 years ago when he coined the phrase.  At the same time, coaches (and athletes) are always strapped for practice time, both in-season and off-season. Just “straight running ” for football conditioning (such as “wind sprints“) might be good, but probably is lacking in the area of creativity and efficiency.  Today I am sharing my favorite sport specific (football) conditioning drill called “Pattern Runs” that allow you to “kill two birds with one stone”  combining football drills and conditioning.

This “Pattern Run” conditioning workout is designed to help you improve your conditioning for football by performing different movements specific to the position you play. The Pattern Run workout was developed by strength coaches in the NFL, primarily Russ Ball (then of the Kansas City Chiefs now with the Green Bay Packers). While at the University of Central Missouri, our staff received permission from Coach Ball to use it with our players (Coach Ball is a graduate of the University of Central Missouri) and when members of our staff moved to William Jewell College, we used this workout, and had excellent results, with our players there, too.

RB patternsThere are different patterns for each football position group.  A description of the workout, as well as diagrams (including target times and distances) for each position can be downloaded at this link:  Pattern Run Workout

Keep in mind that the target times are for college athletes, and the pattern terminology is what we used at the University of Central Missouri and William Jewell College.  This workout could easily be adapted using your terminology and a adjusting the times to the targeted fitness level of your players.

If you have any questions about this workout, or anything else I have shared, leave a comment or email.

Remember – You Can Do More… your brain is lying to you…. Don’t Believe It!

Jeff Floyd – youcandomore1@yahoo.com

How is this workout program different?

Over the weekend I spent some time surfing the interwebs looking at what strength and conditioning programs are out there and available for coaches, teachers, athletes, trainers, and trainees to use.   There are many great programs available, some for free and others for a fee.  And really, there are many ways to skin a cat.  If you believe in a fitness program, and are consistent, and intense when you train, you will probably see results.

I hope you take the time to download and try what I have shared via this blog, because I really do see some pretty pronounced differences.  Here is what I see as the main differences between what I am sharing, and what is already out there.

  1. I have several different workout programs available… for FREE!  A 4 day a week Mac Excel template, a 4-day a week Windows Excel template, and a 3-day a week Mac Template.  I have also shared a Word document explaining how to use these templates for your workouts, or in training others.  If you would like to see any other workouts,  just drop me a line – that is how and why I came up with the 3 day a week program.
  2. Each workout card has a 3×8 (3 set x 8 rep) cycle, a 5×5 cycle and a 3×3 cycle on it.  No need to print a different card for each workout cycle                    3x8                5x5                 3x3
  3. Most workouts available online are in the format that just says do X Lift 70% (or any other given percent) of your 1RM  (1 rep max) – X number of reps. Then it is up to you to take the time out of your workout, walk over to a percentage chart, and look up what 70% of your 1RM is… then do it again for your next set(s).  It is not a very efficient way to spend your time training!  The templates I have shared (Mac and Windows) have formulas that will calculate and print the amount of weight to lift each set based on percentages of your 1RM.  It will also automatically round the weight to the nearest 5 lbs – the smallest increment you can add to an Olympic barbell (2.5 each side).  All the user had to do is enter their 1RM in the worksheet for each of the lifts..
  4. As I have mentioned, we always test on a multi-rep max for each lift and convert it to an estimated 1RM and enter that number of the workout card.  Here is a pdf of the conversion chart we use, or there are many sites on the Internet that will convert a multi rep max to an estimated 1RM.

Thanks for reading!  Tomorrow I will share and discuss one of my favorite football specific conditioning drills!

Any questions?  Just comment or email…. I will respond.

Jeff Floyd – youcandomore1@yahoo.com

Breaking – it’s a good thing!

The term “breaking” generally has a negative connotation, particularly in the world of athletics.  But when it deals with strength training, it is a different story.

If you recall, the workout template that I have shared is based on doing various sets and rep combinations in your four “core” lifts – Bench, Squat, Push Press, and Clean.  All of these sets and reps are based off percentages of your estimated one-rep maxes on these lifts.

After we teach each lift, we test the athlete to find their multi-rep max.  The multi-rep max is the most weight the athlete can do at least twice, but less than ten reps.  We then convert this to an estimated one-rep max (using either a chart or various conversion calculators on the web) and enter them here on the card.

max

This is a starting point for their workout program.

If this amount were never changed, the athlete would eventually hit a plateau and not get appreciably stronger.  Therefore, it is necessary to, at some point, increase the load that they are lifting.  So how and when this is done is what we term “breaking”.  In our program, when an athlete “breaks” it is when they have increased (or broken) their one rep max.

So how does an athlete know, without you having to tell them, when they have broken?  It goes back to the weekly workout cycle.  If you recall, each day we have our athletes complete on of the four core lifts at a heavy intensity, one at a medium intensity, one at a light intensity, and one lift is not done.  For instance, Monday is a heavy Bench day, medium Squat day, and light Push Press day.

If an athlete makes it through their heavy day lift, completing all the sets, and all the reps, using correct technique, with no assistance from the spotter, then they have BROKEN!  This is a good thing!  It means that they are stronger than the one rep max that is showing on their card and it needs to be increased – we increase by 10 lbs every time they break and change the numbers here on the card.

max

This, in turn, increases the workout weights below, which are based on this max.  This increases the load they are lifting, making their workout slightly more difficult.

We only break on one lift a day – the heavy day lift.

  • Monday – Bench
  • Tuesday – Squat
  • Wednesday – Push Press
  • Friday –  Clean

If an athlete gets through their workout on their medium and light day lifts, no changes on the card are needed or made.  We only break on our heavy day lift.

Any questions?  Just comment or email

Jeff Floyd – youcandomore1@yahoo.com

Recruiting Step One – Expand your Pool

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There are many (MANY!) very good schools that play very (VERY!) good football, and offer football scholarships besides the NCAA DI Football Bowl Subdivision schools. Besides being quality educational institutions, the football at many of these schools is being played at an extremely high level.  You say you don’t want to give up your dream of playing in the NFL?  Well, in 2012  22 players were drafted from non-FBS teams, and over 220 non-FBS players were on NFL rosters.  Here are some scholarship numbers and information about non-FBS schools.

NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision – FCS

There are 125 schools competing in the FCS (formerly NCAA D-IAA).  This includes all the Ivy League schools and FCS powers like Appalachian State, North Dakota State and Sam Houston State.  Most of these schools have 63 scholarships in their program.  Let’s figure that roughly a quarter of the scholarships are used each year -¼ for each class in the program, from incoming freshman, to seniors.  That would mean that each school would have about 16 full scholarships available each year to offer to high school seniors.  This number could actually, be slightly larger, since FCS schools can split up the scholarships and offer either full or partial rides. For our purposes, we will use 16 as our number.

NCAA Division II

There are about 160 schools competing in NCAA Division II football.  Some of the well-known programs include Northwest Missouri State, Valdosta State, and Pittsburg State.  Most of these schools have 36 scholarships in their program, although some conferences don’t allow their schools to have that many.  Again, lets figure roughly a quarter of the scholarships are used each year.  That would leave about 9 full scholarships to be used for high school seniors each year.

NAIA – National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics

There are about 100 schools that compete in football at the NAIA  level.  Some of the top NAIA programs include Carroll College, Marion University and Missouri Valley College.  Most of these schools can have up to 24 scholarships in their programs.  Figuring roughly a quarter of the scholarships used each year would leave about 6 scholarships to use for graduating high school seniors.  As with all the NCAA divisions below the FBS level, scholarships at the NAIA level can (and often are) be broken up into partial scholarships.

NJCAA – National Junior College Athletic Association

There are about 70 schools that participate in junior-college football nationally.  Some JC powers include Butler (KS) Community College and Snow College (UT)NJCAA programs are permitted 85 scholarships, although many states require their junior colleges to reserve a large number of spaces on the roster for in-state athletes.  Kansas, for example, must have 43 Kansas high school graduates on its 55 man active roster.  As with the FBS programs, a typical number of scholarships awarded in any given year to high school seniors would be about 20.

So some quick math –

  • FBS – 120 schools x 20 scholarships = 2400 scholarships each year
  • FCS – 125 schools x 16 scholarships = 2000 scholarships each year
  • NCAA II – 160 schools x 9 scholarships = 1400 scholarships each year
  • NAIA – 100 schools x 6 scholarships = 600 scholarships each year.
  • NJCAA – 70 schools x 20 scholarships = 1400 scholarships each year.
  • Total scholarships awarded each year to high school seniors = 7,800

Combining all these different levels (more about this “alphabet soup” later in this book) instead of a pool of 1:100 if you only look at FBS scholarships, we have a slightly  more manageable pool of about 3:100 .  And this is being conservative for two reasons.   First, as I have mentioned, at all the levels below the FBS, the scholarships can split up into partial awards.  This means that there are really MORE scholarships awarded each year than the 7,800 number we came up with. Also, we did not count the NCAA Division III schools in this figure.  D-III schools do not offer athletic scholarship aid, but it is possible to receive academic or need based aid that can help financially while you play football.  There are about 240 D-III schools that play football.  So all things being said, when you figure the average number of scholarships (not all full) given to incoming seniors each year, the odds  now become about 3:30… just by expanding your pool!

Just by being open to the possibilities of being WANTED … and Rewarded …by more schools than just the Div 1 FBS level you have more than tripled your odds getting athletic scholarship assistance from 1 in 100 to less that 3 in 30!

Next Recruiting lesson – Marketing Yourself

In addition to these written posts, I have recently launched my YouTube Channel that deals specifically with the recruiting process.  The channel can be found here : The YouCanDoMore YouTube Channel, and the complete playlist can be viewed here.

 

As always – any questions comment or email!

Wanted … and Rewarded!

wantedA couple of years ago I wrote an ebook on recruiting.  I feel that I have a pretty good perspective on the process.  I am a former high school coach that had top athletes recruited to every level, from NAIA to the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).  I also coached college football for 14 years (University of Central Missouri and William Jewell College) and was on the other side, actively recruiting and signing some of the best athletes in the country.  I am also a father, whose son played high school football and observed that aspect of the process as well.

Drawing from these experiences, I put together a guide to the recruiting process.  I will periodically post excerpts from my book to this blog.  You will be able to find them all under the “Recruiting” Category on the side panel.  The name of the ebook is , “How to become…. Wanted…. And Rewarded (Take Control and Market Yourself -The Complete Guide to a Successful College Recruiting Experience)”.

Here we go—

diceCollege football recruiting is like a crapshoot.  Anyone that tells you anything different is, well, probably trying to recruit you. Every year there are athletes that no college recruits or offers a scholarship to, who end up being stars .  And every year there are players, touted as “sure things”, who are given scholarships but never live up to their hype.  Lets look at the odds.

There are about a quarter of a million high school seniors who play football each year.  At any one Division I-FBS (Div I-A) football program there are only about 20 scholarships offered in any single year.  That is about 1 : 12,500 odds …not the kind of odds you want to take to Vegas… or bet your (or your son’s) future on!

The reality of the situation is this …. If your goal is to become a “5 star” recruit and sign a letter of intent to the University of Alabama, then this ebook is probably not for you. If fact, if you have the realistic chance of being classified a “5-star” recruit – you probably will not need much help becoming a “wanted man”.  This ebook is for the rest of you out there… the majority of you out there.  The players that want to play college football… that want to be – WANTED…and Rewarded – with some scholarship assistance to help pay for college.

At the NCAA DI FBS level there are about 119 schools that play football. They are allowed a maximum of 85 scholarships to use in their programs. That is 10,115 scholarships that are being used by DI FBS football athletes.

But wait…only a maximum of 25 scholarships can be awarded by a school each year. So now that number is down to 2,975, and a “normal” recruiting class for a DI FBS school would be about 20 .  So now the magic number is around 2,500 scholarships available each year.

Remember about 250,000 high school seniors play football each year. So that puts you in a pool with a 1:100 ratio……1 FBS football scholarship for every 100 high school seniors playing football. Still not odds worth betting the bank on!  Since you aren’t going to (realistically) decrease the number of seniors playing football each year, the first way to increase the odds in this crap game is to increase the number of scholarships in the “pool”.  And this is the first step in “rolling” the winning dice.  Tomorrow I will share some thoughts on how to do this!

In addition to these written posts, I have recently launched my YouTube Channel that deals specifically with the recruiting process.  The channel can be found here : The YouCanDoMore YouTube Channel, and the complete playlist can be viewed here.

 

If you have any questions, please comment or email!  I will respond.

Jeff Floyd – youcandormore1@yahoo.com