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December 11, 2014 / FieldLevel

5 Keys to Landing a College Football Scholarship

5 Keys to Landing a College Football Scholarship

 

As seen on Huffington Post (12/09/14) “5 Keys to Landing a College Football Scholarship”

On November 30th, the highest tier of college football (FBS) entered a “Contact Period,” stipulated by the NCAA. This basically means that the floodgates are open, and college coaches can hit the recruiting trail with fewer restrictions and more vigor than any other time of the year. Subsequently, the next two months will feature constant media coverage of which college teams are recruiting various high school prospects until the frenzy reaches a climax on college football’s National Signing Day, February 4th, 2015.

By the numbers, there are less than 900 college football teams in America, according to their respective governing bodies (see below). Outsiders often fail to appreciate that recruiting is a tremendous undertaking, as college programs are responsible for a total population of over 1,000,000 high school football players across the United States.

NCAA DI-FBS: 123
NCAA DI-FCS: 126
NCAA DII: 169
NCAA DIII: 246
NAIA: 89
NJCAA: 65
CCCAA: 69

While it’s worth noting that NCAA DIII and CCCAA teams cannot offer athletic scholarships, they can often help with admissions and provide other forms of financial aid. However at all levels of collegiate play, there are five things that all high school prospects should do to improve their chances of getting recruited.

1. Get Organized
Collect and consolidate all pertinent information which includes but is not limited to your height, weight, graduation year, contact information, accolades, highlight videos, and academic transcripts. This information should be digitized so that a college recruiter can easily look it over from a smartphone or tablet computer while traveling. And if you aspire to play in the NCAA, you should attain your NCAA ID number through the Eligibility Center.

2. Inspect Your Social Media
Review every post you’ve ever made online and delete anything that could be considered profane or insensitive. If college coaches gain interest in you, they will usually research your background extensively, including your social media presence. This has been an area of increasing concern and has even resulted in college coaches passing on recruits. Inappropriate behavior on social media not only reflects poor character but it also presents serious future liability for college coaches and universities.

3. Get Your Coach’s Assessment
This is one of the most commonly overlooked aspects in recruiting. You should talk to your coach and ask him if he thinks you have the ability to play in college and at which level(s). As Ohio State University’s head football coach, Urban Meyer, told ESPN’s Colin Cowherd, “The high school coach knows…work ethic and what type of person he (the prospect) is.”

4. Build a List of Target Schools
In talking with your coach, create a list of target schools based on the blend of academics, athletics, social life, geography, and other areas uniquely important to you. Keep in mind that athletes are recruited to help college teams improve, so you must be honest with yourself about the programs to which you can truly add value. While many prospects aspire to play for a top-25 FBS team, those types of programs probably shouldn’t saturate your list of target schools if they aren’t already in contact with you.

5. Get Promoted by Your Coach
Politely ask your coach to reach out to college coaches on your behalf. Much like applying for a job, it’s important for a recruit to have a strong introduction and credible references. Your coach knows you well and, unlike a scouting service, isn’t paid to embellish about your abilities. High school athletes often underestimate how powerful it is for their coach to tell a college recruiter, “I believe this young man would be a great fit for your program.” Also pay close attention to which college teams have recruited players from your program in the past, as your coach may have preexisting relationships with those college recruiters.

After you’ve secured your first offer, respectfully alert other schools on your target list that you’ve been offered, for this can help you garner even greater interest. Once you know all of your playing opportunities, consult your family and coaches in order to select the college team that is the best fit for you, not just the biggest name.

December 1, 2014 / FieldLevel

Top 20 Trending High School Football Teams

20 Trending High School Football Teams On FieldLevel

Top trending high school football programs based on college coach network connections as well as ratings from college coaches regarding roster completeness, player assessment, projection accuracy, etc.

FieldLevel FieldLevel Intelligence
1

Montini Catholic High School

Lombard, IL

Coach: Elmer Millikan

Montini Catholic High School
2

Louisville Male High School

Louisville, KY

Coach: Chris Wolfe

Louisville Male High School
3

Aledo High School

Aledo, TX

Coach: Tim Buchanan

Aledo High School
4

Union High School

Tulsa, OK

Coach: Kirk Fridrich

Union High School
5

Whitehaven High School

Memphis, TN

Coach: Rodney Saulsberry

Whitehaven High School
6

Grandview High School

Aurora, CO

Coach: John Schultz

Grandview High School
7

Valor Christian High School

Highlands Ranch, CO

Coach: Rod Sherman

Valor Christian High School
8

Upland High School

Upland, CA

Coach: Brian Chavez

Upland High School
9

Redlands High School

Redlands, CA

Coach: Bryan Hornsby

Redlands High School
10

Monterey Trail High School

Elk Grove, CA

Coach: TJ Ewing

Monterey Trail High School
11

Clarksburg High School

Clarksburg, MD

Coach: Larry Hurd Jr.

Clarksburg High School
12

Akron Buchtel High School

Akron, OH

Coach: Johnnie Mundy

Buchtel High School
13

Dominguez High School

Compton, CA

Coach: Keith Donerson

Dominguez High School
14

Foothill High School

Tustin, CA

Coach: Doug Case

Foothill High School
15

Comfort High School

Comfort, TX

Coach: Steve Collinsworth

Comfort High School
16

South Laurel High School

London, KY

Coach: Hunter Jackson

South Laurel High School
17

Torrance High School

Torrance, CA

Coach: Rock Hollis

Torrance High School
18

Corcoran High School

Carcoran, CA

Coach: Rich Lane

Corcoran High School
19

Chapel Hill High School

Tyler, TX

Coach: Thomas Sitton

Chapel Hill High School
20

Clark High School

San Antonio, TX

Coach: Brian Johnson

Clark High School
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December 1, 2014 / FieldLevel

Top 20 Trending Junior College Football Teams

20 Trending Junior College Football Teams On FieldLevel

Top trending junior college football programs based on college coach network connections as well as ratings from college coaches regarding roster completeness, player assessment, projection accuracy, etc.

FieldLevel FieldLevel Intelligence
1

Fullerton College

Fullerton, CA

Coach: Tom Deep

 Fullerton College
2

Ventura College

Ventura, CA

Coach: Steve Mooshagian

Ventura College
3

American River College

Sacramento, CA

Coach: Jon Osterhout

American River College
4

Hudson Valley Community College

Troy, NY

Coach: Mike Muehling

Hudson Valley Community College
5

College of DuPage

Glen Ellyn, IL

Coach: Michael Passarella

College of DuPage
6

Riverside City College

Riverside, CA

Coach: James Kuk

Riverside City College
7

Lackawanna College

Scranton, PA

Coach: Josh Pardini

Lackawanna College
8

Snow College

Ephraim, UT

Coach: Rafe Maughan

Snow College
9

Laney College

Oakland, CA

Coach: Josh Ramos

Laney College
10

Grossmont College

El Cajon, CA

Coach: Ken Wilmesherr

Grossmont College
11

Citrus College

Glendora, CA

Coach: Eduardo Pacheco

Citrus College
12

Mesa Community College

Mesa, AZ

Coach: Shawn Gloden

Mesa Community College
13

Fresno City College

Fresno, CA

Coach: Rick Scheidt

Fresno City College
14

College of the Sequoias

Visalia, CA

Coach: Joseph D’Agostino

College of the Sequoias
15

Feather River College

Quincy, CA

Coach: Bryon Hughes

Feather River College
16

Cabrillo College

Aptos, CA

Coach: Eric Gerlach

Cabrillo College
17

Mt. San Jacinto College

San Jacinto, CA

Coach: Casey Mazzotta

Mt. San Jacinto College
18

Northeast Mississippi Community College

Booneville, MS

Coach: Dustin Jones

Northeast Mississippi Community College
19

Pasadena City College

Pasadena, CA

Coach: Fred Fimbres

Pasadena City College
20

Chaffey College

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Coach: James Stewart

Chaffey College
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December 1, 2014 / FieldLevel

Top 20 Trending High School Baseball Teams

20 Trending High School Baseball Teams On FieldLevel

Top trending high school baseball programs based on college coach network connections as well as ratings from college coaches regarding roster completeness, player assessment, projection accuracy, etc.

FieldLevel FieldLevel Intelligence
1

Valor Christian High School

Highlands Ranch, CO

Coach: Keith Wahl

Valor Christian High School
2

Moeller High School

Cincinnati, OH

Coach: Tim Held

Moeller High School
3

Perrysburg High School

Perrysburg, OH

Coach: Dave Hall

Perrysburg High School
4

The Woodlands High School

Spring, TX

Coach: Ron Eastman

The Woodlands High School
5

DeMatha Catholic High School

Hyattsville, MD

Coach: Sean O’Connor

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6

Great Oak High School

Temecula, CA

Coach: Eric Morton

Great Oak High School
7

Gardena Serra High School

Gardena, CA

Coach: Wil Aaron

Gardena Serra High School
8

Puyallup High School

Puyallup, WA

Coach: Marc Wiese

Puyallup High School
9

Clovis North High School

Fresno, CA

Coach: Chris Patrick

Clovis North High School
10

Bellarmine College Prep

San Jose, CA

Coach: Mike Rodriguez

Bellarmine College Prep
11

Oaks Christian High School

Westlake Village, CA

Coach: Tim Penprase

Oaks Christian High School
12

Bolingbrook High School

Bolingbrook, IL

Coach: Scott Thyer

Bolingbrook High School
13

Bishop Feehan High School

Attleboro, MA

Coach: Mark Cooke

Bishop Feehan High School
14

Linn-Mar High School

Marion, IA

Coach: Chad Lechner

Linn-Mar High School
15

Egg Harbor Township High School

Egg Harbor Township, NJ

Coach: Bryan Carmichael

Egg Harbor Township High School
16

Monte Vista Christian High School

Santa Cruz County, CA

Coach: Don Keathley

Monte Vista Christian High School
17

Maize High School

Maize, KS

Coach: Rocky Helm

Maize High School
18

Westgate High School

New Iberia, LA

Coach: Jerome Jacob

Westgate High School
19

Phoenix Christian High School

Phoenix, AZ

Coach: Mark Band

 Phoenix Christian High School
20

DeLaSalle High School

Minneapolis, MN

Coach: Douge Schildgen

DeLaSalle High School
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December 1, 2014 / FieldLevel

Top 20 Trending Travel Baseball Teams

20 Trending Travel Baseball Teams On FieldLevel

Top trending travel programs based on college coach network connections as well as ratings from college coaches regarding roster completeness, player assessment, projection accuracy, etc.

FieldLevel FieldLevel Intelligence
1

Evoshield Canes

Fredericksburg, VA

Coach: Dan Gitzen

Evoshield Canes
2

ABD Academy

Southern California

Coach: Keith Harwood

ABD Academy
3

Slammers Baseball

Englewood, CO

Coach: John Cronican

Slammers Baseball
4

Rake Nation Baseball

Colorado Springs, CO

Coach: Buck Thomas

Rake Nation
5

Dallas Mustangs

Dallas, TX

Coach: Ralph Ross

Dallas Mustangs
6

EJ Sports Warriors

San Ramon, CA

Coach: Erik Johnson

EJ Sports Warriors
7

Colorado Baseball Academy

Colorado Springs, CO

Coach: Steve Lockett

Colorado Baseball Academy
8

Houston Banditos

Houston, TX

Coach: Ray Deleon

Houston Banditos
9

Dallas Patriots 18U

Dallas, TX

Coach: Carlos Ramirez

Dallas Patriots
10

Jersey Seminoles

Bergen County, NJ

Coach: Rick Sanchez

Jersey Seminoles
11

GBG Marucci

Torrance, CA

Coach: Michael Garciaparra

 GBG Marucci
12

Texas Select Baseball

Dallas, TX

Coach: Clay Smith

Texas Select Baseball
13

CWBC Hawks

Yakima Valley, WA

Coach: Pat Wise

CWBC Hawks
14

California Baseball Academy

Chino, CA

Coach: Jon Paino

California baseball academy
15

Rhino Baseball

Frankfort, IL

Coach: Brian Tehako

Rhino Baseball
16

Ontario Blue Jays

Ontario, Canada

Coach: Mike Steed

Ontario Blue Jays
17

New Jersey Gamers

Kenilworth, NJ

Coach: Ryan McGee

New Jersey Gamers
18

Houston Hurricanes

Houston, TX

Coach: Aaron Puffer

Houston Hurricances
19

Wisconsin Panthers

Appleton, WI

Coach: Korey Krueger

Wisconsin Panthers
20

Oakland Reds

Farmington Hills, MI

Coach: Dave Jennings

Oakland Reds Baseball Club
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December 1, 2014 / FieldLevel

Top 20 Trending Junior College Baseball Teams

20 Trending Junior College Baseball Teams On FieldLevel

Top trending junior college baseball programs based on college coach network connections, college coaches’ ratings regarding roster completeness, player assessment, projection accuracy, etc.

FieldLevel FieldLevel Intelligence
1

College of San Mateo

San Mateo, CA

Coach: Bryan Faulds

College of San Mateo
2

Chandler-Gilbert Community College

Chandler, AZ

Coach: Dave Pankenier

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3

Santa Barbara City College

Santa Barbara, CA

Coach: Jeff Walker

Santa Barbara City College
4

Kirkwood Community College

Cedar Rapids, IA

Coach: Jason Belk

Kirkwood Community College
5

Citrus College

Glendora, CA

Coach: Chris Amaya

Citrus College
6

Mendocino College

Ukiah, CA

Coach: Aaron Ford

Mendocino College
7

Ventura College

Ventura, CA

Coach: Steven Hardesty

Ventura College
8

Corning Community College

Corning, NY

Coach: Lou Condon

Corning Community College
9

Fort Scott Community College

Fort Scott, KS

Coach: Jared Walters

Fort Scott Community College
10

Harper College

Palatine, IL

Coach: Todd Zasadil

Harper College
11

Taft College

Taft, CA

Coach: Vince Maiocco

Taft College
12

College of Southern Nevada

Henderson, NV

Coach: Bryan Maloney

College of Southern Nevada
13

Arizona Western College

Yuma, AZ

Coach: Drew Keehn

Arizona Western College
14

South Mountain Community College

Phoenix, AZ

Coach: Tyler Gillum

South Moutain Community College
15

Three Rivers College

Poplar Bluff, MO

Coach: Joe Scarano

Three Rivers Community College
16

NE Mississippi Community College

Booneville, MS

Coach: Kent Farris

Northeast Mississippi Community College
17

Indian Hills Community College

Ottumwa, IA

Coach: Cam Walker

Indian Hills Community College
18

Illinois Central College

East Peoria, IL

Coach: Ben Diggle

Illinois Central College
19

Iowa Lakes Community College

Algona, IA

Coach: Joey Pavlovich

Iowa Lakes Community College
20

Roane State Community College

Harriman, TN

Coach: Zack Sterner

Roane State Community College
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December 1, 2014 / FieldLevel

Top 25 Most Popular College Baseball Teams

Top 25 Most Popular College Baseball Teams

Most popular college baseball programs according to high school and junior college baseball players.

FieldLevel FieldLevel Intelligence
1

Long Beach State

Long Beach, CA

Long Beach State
2

USC

Los Angeles, CA

USC
3

Oregon

Eugene, OR

Oregon
4

North Carolina

Chapel Hill, NC

North Carolina
5

Florida State

Tallahassee, FL

Florida State
6

UC Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, CA

UCSB
7

Texas A&M

College Station, TX

Texas A&M
8

Nebraska

Lincoln, NE

University of Nebraska
9

Arizona

Tucson, AZ

University of Arizona
10

South Carolina

Columbia, SC

South Carolina
11

UC Irvine

Irvine, CA

UC Irvine
12

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, CA

Cal Poly
13

Oregon State

Corvallis, OR

Oregon State
14

University of San Diego

San Diego, CA

University of San Diego
15

Miami

Coral Gables, FL

University of Miami
16

UC Berkeley

Berkeley, CA

Cal Berkeley
17

Pepperdine

Malibu, CA

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18

Virginia

Charlottesville, VA

Virginia
19

Washington

Seattle, WA

Washington
20

Clemson

Clemson, SC

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21

Stanford

Palo Alto, CA

Stanford
22

Fresno State

Fresno, CA

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23

Oklahoma

Norman, OK

Oklahoma
24

Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL

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25

Coastal Carolina

Conway, SC

Coastal Carolina

Others Receiving Votes:

Florida Gulf Coast

Ole Miss

Kentucky

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