“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)
“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)
“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)
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