“I want to talk to you a little bit about what to expect on an official or unofficial visit with college football recruiters or coaches. More specifically – I know it sounds silly, but – what to wear. You want to be able to make a good first impression on the coach – you don’t want to look sloppy or look bad. So what I recommend is wearing a nice shirt (maybe a polo shirt) and khaki pants – something comfortable, but also something you’ll look nice in. Because you want to be confident when you’re talking to college football recruiters or coaches, and if you look confident you’ll feel confident and then you’ll come off as confident. First impressions is a big part of making connections with people, especially if you’re talking to someone like a coach who you want to make a good impression on.
So, I know if sounds silly, but dressing nice on a visit where you’re talking to a coach is definitely very important. It’s a little bit flexible, depending on where you go. For instance – I went to Hawaii, and because of the culture and the climate I wore khaki shorts and a polo shirt with slippers, which was perfectly acceptable, but I still looked presentable. That’s one thing you want to keep in mind when you’re talking to college football recruiters or coaches and making your visits to different colleges.” -Joshua Rice (former football player for the University of Hawaii)
“During the high school football scouting process, you might start to notice some differences between high school and college football. One thing that I notice that is different for me from high school to college football is the speed of the game is faster. Everyone is faster, even the big guys. Your ‘O’ line, your ‘D’ line, your linebackers, your tight-end – everyone’s bigger. They’re all bigger and they’re all faster. Wide-receivers are a lot quicker. That’s one thing that I noticed in high school football scouting.
Because of that one fact that everyone’s bigger faster and stronger than they were in high school, you have to become a student of the game. What that means is that you’re going to spend just as much time watching film, learning plays, and running through plays as you do in school – because that’s how you get the edge. It’s a whole new level of play – after high school scouting – once you get to the college football level, especially if it’s a D1 level.
One way that faith and your beliefs will play into college football: You have to have a strong belief in yourself and you have to have faith that things are going to work out the way that they’re supposed to, even when the don’t. You have to be ready for the worst, but you have to hope for the best. Believe in yourself, know that you can do whatever you want to do, no matter what anybody tells you. If somebody tells you that you can’t do something that should give you more of a drive to do it and to make yourself better.” -Jayson Rego (Running back for the University of Hawaii)
“One saying that is always in the back of my mind – that I always think about is – ‘don’t give up what you want most for what you want now’. And I know, for me, I want to play college football – I knew that college was something that I wanted to do, I wanted to get a college degree. And if there was a way that I could get it paid for through football, if it was able to help me get a scholarship to pay for it, then that would be a huge blessing, and a big plus – not only for myself, but also for my family it would help out financially. It definitely meant a lot of sacrifices, but I wanted to play college football.
If what you want most is to play college football, or maybe even at the professional level, don’t give it up for temporary things right now. Which might mean going and hanging out with friends all the time – not that it’s bad to hang out with friends, but you shouldn’t do it excessively. You should be going to the weight-room or taking care of your school work, doing those things that will help you to get to the next level, making those sacrifices. If you do those things, then you’ll be able to accomplish your goals, so always keep in mind what you want most, and I think that’s what has helped me even until now – I always try to set goals, and sometimes there will be temporary things that seem fun that I want to do at the moment, but if it’s not helping me work towards my goal of finishing school or becoming a coach, (maybe for you it’s becoming an athlete at the college level), then just think twice about the decisions that you make.” -Inoke Funaki (Quarterback for the University of Hawaii)
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