Football Fanatic (SonofEli Almost a HR)
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Date Posted: 06:31:30 12/09/17 Sat
Son of Eli nearly nailed it with his list of what matters when it comes to recruiting teen age boys that are talented fb players (and have DI options outside of the Ivy League).
Remember, these are teenagers. They often get wowed by the “love” the coach gives them during the campus and official visit. I would rank Eli’s criteria a little differently in terms of impact on highly sought recruits:
1) stadium and practice facilities (indoor)
2) locker room
3) school reputation (academically)*
4) position coach
6)culture/history of winning (league championships and nfl players)
7) weight room facilities and strength coach
8) uniforms, shoes etc
The above are how I would rank the factors on what can really make a difference in winning the recruiting war. Remember these are 17 and 18 year old boys and we are not just recruiting against the other Ivies.
I suspect MOST 3**talent do not view Ivy football as their initial #1 choice if seriously being recruited to play football. Therefore, #3 on my list gets lost in the shuffle until they start to focus on Ivy. When they reach the point of considering IVY, the school reputation definitely matters (HYPP have an inherent advantage in name recognition no doubt).Prior to that point, recruits are comparing the other factors above.
Gotta like your position coach as that is who you spend the most time with. Head coach too. The problem with coaches is they can leave or get fired after the player has been sugned, so don’t get too attached.
Location: urban vs non urban is probably the biggest factor, beyond that, who really has the time to explore the surrounding town? If location were so important, how do Youngstown State and North Dakota State recruit so well ( no disrespect intended for either school, but these are not typically thought of as destination cities)?
Locker rooms, player lounges and uniforms do matter to this generation. Old schoolers can embrace this reality or see their teams left behind (probably where I would start with most Ivy programs, followed by the weight room). #GetOffMyLawn
Hard to change stadium image quickly, but something needs to be done in most cases. Sorry, selling history and nostalgic memories to an 18 year old does not work when your stadium and practice facilities are a mess and the competition has “the shiny new ball”.
Winning football tradition. Important yes, but hard to create if you don’t already have it. Athletes want to win, and a pattern of success matters (where Youngstown and ND State get you). Only 4 chances to win a ring, so go where your chances are historically the best if that is important to the kid.
Soooo, if I were Brown and Cornell (building an Ivy football program) I’d focus on 2,7,8 first. #1 is harder to change for most schools, so just put “lipstick on the pig” for now and hire an experienced head coach that will be around while you build. He also has to be a great people relations person&salesman. #6 is what we are after, so can’t change that overnight.
Oh, and one other thing, make sure your fb recruiting website is current, cool and relevant to recruits. Nothing is worse than having out-of-date rosters and articles. You can leave the alumni site quaint and boring; we older alums don’t know how to use most of the new features anyway 😏
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