FOOTBALL RECRUITING AND SCOUTING INFORMATION.. Why not go the Juco route?
Plenty of high school football players are very good. Just because they were the best or among the best in their schools does not mean that college coaches will be offering up full ride football scholarships. Only those in the top 1% of players in their area can hope to hear the phone ring with the voice of a college coach on the other end without having to do a lot of the work in the football recruiting process on their own.
Many players choose to start their college football careers at the junior college level. There are several benefits to starting your career at the JUCO College level.
If you want to be recruited as a junior college football player you have to make it happen for yourself. Many JUCO colleges just do not have the budget necessary to mount serious recruiting campaigns, hire recruiters or offer scholarships to promising students. Contact coaches directly to talk about recruitment. Don’t give up completely on getting a community college football scholarship, teams that compete at the NJCAA permit up to 85 football scholarships.
Some junior college programs have plenty of funds while others barely have enough to operate. It can be challenging to get playing time at junior colleges, though, just as it can be in four-year colleges.
Academically, community colleges often offer a better learning environment than some four-year colleges. Their faculty members are just as experienced and educated as four-year college professors. With smaller class sizes, however, these teachers are able to devote some more of their time to responding to their students’ individual needs. Students often report that they feel some of the best educational opportunities begin at the community college level and that they really matter to their teachers. Smaller class sizes also encourage students to get to know one another and to build strong relationships with their peers.
This sort of environment can be just what some athletes need to thrive academically. To build the academic reputation necessary to be recruited by a four-year college coach down the road, many student athletes find junior college to the best answer.
When you’re researching junior colleges, look for ones that will offer you the most playing time. The more playing time you get the better chance you will be recruited at the NCAA level. Scouts can see you in action, and you will have the best opportunity to improve your game in your first two years of college so that you are ready to compete for football scholarships at the NCAA level before your junior year of college. Moving on to the NCAA level is not impossible once you play at the NJCAA level.
Don’t completely discount getting a football scholarship from a four-year institution after playing at the junior college level. If going to a junior college helps you get a good GPA during your first two years of college after a not-so-stellar high school academic career, enroll in one. You will save a significant amount of money in your first two years of college, possibly avoiding student loans altogether. Community colleges offer scholarships for a variety of talents. A good GPA can help you earn them and to pay your first two years of tuition easily.
Focus on finding the right people at a four year university to recruit you during your freshman and sophomore years. Get as much playing time as possible, and strive to do your best in every practice and game. Keep your grades up and your eyes on your goal, and you can play at the NCAA or NAIA level when the time is right on the perfect scholarship for you.