“College football recruiting services can help you get recruited, but one piece of advice I would give any high school athlete going into college, education wise, is to go into a degree that will be good for you – something that you like, something that you enjoy, but also something that you could see yourself doing in the future. A lot of college athletes go into school thinking ‘Oh, I’m just going to play football’ and they don’t have a backup plan. So when their football career is done they’re stuck with nothing. They don’t have a degree, they haven’t finished, or they’re going into something that they can’t do anything with. So my advice would be – coming out of high school, going into college – make sure your degree is applicable, and is something that you want to do, and make sure it’s a good backup plan for you. Talk to a college football recruiting service, so that if you finish with football at the end of your career you know that it’s something that will work out for you and be good for your future.
If there’s one thing that I would have done differently in high school while being recruited it’s: I wouldn’t have given a verbal commitment so early, because when you do that some teams tend to back off. Some schools tend to pull out – if they’re giving you and offer, they won’t anymore, and they’ll look at someone else instead. So that’s one thing that I would have done differently: not commit so early. College football recruiting services can help with that process” -Jayson Rego (Running back for the University of Hawaii)
“Some advice that I would give to kids that want to get recruited for football coming out of high school going into college: I’d tell them to work hard and make sure your grades are up – that’s the most important thing, and it’s the first thing that colleges look at. Other than your athletic ability they’re going to check up with your GPA, your grades, what’s up with that. Going into your senior year of high school I’d focus on that a lot, especially if you want to get recruited for football.
And then, also, heading into your freshmen year of college – the important thing is to work hard. When I was in college, the two things that I would tell myself are:
1. ‘Do you want to be a hero or a zero’ – and that means: do you want to take the easy way or the hard way. The hard way is to be a hero, and the easy way is to be a zero – to be a nobody. And so I’d always tell myself to be a hero: do things that are out of the ordinary, do things that are extraordinary. Let’s say the team starts working out at 7:00am, I’d get there at 6:00am and get an hour extra. Because I know that if I’m doing it you’ve got to believe that someone else out there is doing the same thing as me. So you can never work too hard.
2. My dad used to always tell me ‘winning is everything because the losers go home and cry’ and you know, that’s the mentality I had throughout my entire athletic career. You’ve got to win, and in order to win you’ve got to have that state of mind that if you lose it’s the end. Because winners go on to be bigger, better, more successful and get recruited for football, and losers – they go home.” -Jayson Rego (Running back for the University of Hawaii)
“I want to talk to you today about football recruiting videos (highlight videos). Coaches use football recruiting highlight videos as one of their main tools for recognizing players and evaluating them. There are some misconceptions about highlight videos – a lot of people think that you have to have fancy music or cool effects. Really, your highlight video should have – first of all – it should have all of your best plays in the beginning, because most coaches will only look at your highlight video for about 15 or 30 seconds and make a decision about you after that. It sounds unfair, but you want to make sure that you put your best plays in the beginning so that the coaches get to see what your potential is.
Also, one thing that helps is editing your videos. If you just have raw footage, a lot of times it’s hard for coaches to follow you – they won’t know where you are on a play. You want to make it as easy as possible for the coach to see you, recognize you, and notice your good plays. Therefore, editing is very helpful – just show them where you are before the play by freeze-framing for a second and highlighting where you are, and then letting the play run. A good football recruiting highlights videos can definitely help you get noticed by college coaches.” -Joshua Rice (former football player for the University of Hawaii)
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