Vegas XXXV Class of 2020, Junior College & Transfer TOP 12 Announced!

Chris Sailer Kicking is proud to announce The Class of 2020, Junior College & Transfer TOP 12. These 12 young men proved throughout the course of the entire weekend of Vegas XXXV (January 18-19, 2020) that they belong in the elite club of THE TOP 12.

Class of 2020, Junior College (2020) & Transfer TOP 12
*in alphabetical order

Chase Allen (2020, TX)
Andrew Brown (2020, NC)
Taylor Goettie (TR, GA)
Adrian Guzman (2020, TX)
Parker Hannon (2020, GA)
Dante Jackson (2020, CA)
Jude Kelley (2020, GA)
Nick Lawson (JC, CA)
Cavan Leonardo (JC, CA)
Brandon Petruescu (JC, CA)
Cameron Shirkey (2020, OH)
Carson Zilmer (2020, AZ)

Honorable Mention: John Hoyland, Brett Money, Michael Williams, Keven Nguyen, Stockton Lund, Matt Ganyard, Damian Garcia, Axel Perez

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2019 Nor Cal Fall Camp Recap – Guillen Wins It!

The 2019 Chris Sailer Kicking Fall Camp Tour continued this past weekend in Northern California.  This Fall, CSK along with Rubio Long Snapping has made stops in NC, NJ, WA, Southern CA, TX, IL, AZ, GA and finally Northern CA on the road to Vegas XXXV (January 18-19, 2020). All in all 1300+ Specialists are expected to participate in the largest season circuit in the history of the company. At the end of it all, Chris Sailer Kicking will once again name the 1st 20 Kickers/Punters selected to participate in the prestigious TOP 12 Invitation Only Camp at Vegas XXXV. And for the first time ever, Chris Sailer will select 2 Kickers and 2 Punters to play in the All-American Bowl on NBC live on location at Vegas XXXV. Hang on as this is going to be an incredible ride.

Check out the results from Northern California…

Overall Camp Champion

Fabien Guillen (CA, 2020) – Fabien has arguably his best ever performance at this Chris Sailer Kicking camp. After sweeping both punt competitions, Fabien’s solid day continued in the overall camps finals. Fabien hit a 45 yard punt with 4.35 seconds of hang time to take home the “Camp Champion” title and claim his first ever full camp win. He was consistent all day on all punting fronts and showed major improvement with directional punting. A well deserved and earned camp win, expect this Top 12 punter to continue his dominance at Vegas XXXV. 

Aaron Perez with champion Fabien Guillen

Kickoff & Field Goal Champion 

Dante Jackson (CA, 2020) Dante absolutely crushed it all day with a clean sweep of all 3 kicking competitions. Dante went 8 for 8 in charting, won the last man standing competition with a 52 yarder. His Kickoffs were all 68-70 yards with a very consistent hang of 3.8 plus. Dante made a statement in Northern California and showed why he is one of the most talented kickers in his class! 

Dante Jackson & Fabien Guillen

Punt Champion 

Fabien Guillen (CA, 2020) – Fabien won both punting competitions on the day and was a model of consistency all day. Fabien got several balls 50+ with over 4.5 seconds of hang, picking up where he left off from the Los Angeles camp earlier this Fall. He was solid directionally all day and showed great control and composure in all of the technical work. Winning both punt competitions does not happen often, but it goes to show the caliber of day Fabien had. Looking forward to Vegas XXXV, Fabien should once again be in the mix to go deep into the finals!  

Junior College / Community College / Transfer Standouts: Abraham Montano, Jeremy Baker

Class of 2020 Standouts: Dante Jackson, Dylan Talkington, Fabien Guillen, Nick Hill

Class of 2021 Standouts: Brett Hom, Cooper Meyer, Dara Keane, Micah Pettit, Reese Martin, Taylor Kaufman, Tyler Edmonds

Class of 2022 Standouts: Cade Whitson, Jack Krill, Joshua Leff, Nathan Price, Nicholas Walan, Ronaldo Monroy, Shane Nelson

Class of 2023 Standouts: Charlie Haines, Michael Vaccaro

Future Stars: Antone Ellison, Mason Long

For more information including Future Camps and Chris Sailer Kicking’s National Rankings, visit ChrisSailerKicking.com

See you soon at an upcoming Chris Sailer Kicking Camp!

Who will be next? See you at Vegas XXXV!

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Chris Sailer Kicking Player Spotlight – Tanner Brown

Each Friday during the football season, Chris Sailer Kicking will be publishing a weekly Player Spotlight Blog to highlight some of our best and brightest! Week 2 features Tanner Brown. Read on to learn more about Tanner.

Tanner Brown at the TOP 12 Camp in Burback, CA back in July.

Name:
Tanner Brown

State:
California

Grad Year:
December 2019

Check out my Chris Sailer Kicking Profile HERE

Top 5 Colleges:
1) University of Oklahoma
2) University of Southern California
3) Georgia
4) Alabama
5) San Diego State University

Best Game Memory:
Kicking a 50 yarder against Cerritos

Best CSK Memory:
Winning Top 12 in 2019

Short Term Goal:
Graduate with my AA degree this December and hopefully transfer to play at a big 4-year

Long Term Goal:
Be the best kicker in college and in the NFL

Something Unique we should know:
I can kick field goals with my left foot too 

In 20 words or less, why should a college recruit you:
I am a good student, I love football, I can do KO, FG, and punt, I am a great teammate.

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Chris Sailer Kicking Player Spotlight – Jude Kelley

Each Friday during the football season, Chris Sailer Kicking will be publishing a weekly Player Spotlight Blog to highlight some of our best and brightest! Week 1 features Jude Kelley. Read on to learn more about Jude.

Jude Kelley at the Top 12 Camp in Burbank, CA in July 2019.

Name:
Jude Kelley

State:
Georgia

Grad Year:
2020

Check out my Chris Sailer Kicking Profile HERE

Top 5 Colleges:
1) Whoever I commit to
2) Tennessee
3) Mississippi State
4) Kentucky
5) Mississippi State

Best Game Memory:
In my junior season we played away to our biggest rivals, and I kicked a 46 yarder to put us up by 10 with just over a minute left in the game. It sealed the win for us, and was the best feeling ever as we had never beaten them before, so it meant so much for me as well as my school.

Best CSK Memory:
My best memory from my time with Chris Sailer Kicking was being named as a member of the Top 12 over this past summer in L.A. It was a really fun week, but it was also a great way to end the summer as it felt like all of the hard work from the off season had payed off.

Short Term Goal:
My short term goal is to play D-1 collegiate football at the program that fits me best, as well as earn a degree in either business or entrepreneurship.

Long Term Goal:
My long term goal is to play in the National Football League.

Something Unique we should know:
I am a three sport Varsity athlete (football, soccer, and golf) and I love Michael Jackson and the Beatles!

In 20 words or less, why should a college recruit you:
I’m confident in my abilities, I am focused on the things I want to achieve, and I thrive on competition.

Jude Kelley in action in July, 2019

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Explanation of Chris Sailer Kicking Camps

There are so many options out there that it can become confusing. After 19 years in the business, I know the value of great instruction, the value of education, and perhaps most importantly, the value of exposure. I make choices each year to offer our clients the best possible options to achieve success. Chris Sailer Kicking remains #1 in the business for that reason. High school coaches, college coaches and NFL coaches trust in Chris Sailer Kicking. The proof is in the results.

Las Vegas, TOP 12, All-American Bowl on NBC, Polynesian All-American Bowl on CBS, Underclassman Invitational, Fall / Spring / Summer 1-Day Regional Camps, FBU Youth All-American Games, Australian Scout Camps, College Training Camp & NFL Training Camps, NFL Combines, etc. Many have tried to copy the model that Chris Sailer Kicking has created, but there is a reason why we are #1 in the World. Experience, real relationships with everyone that matters in this business & the best instruction available across the world. If you want to make it as a kicker or punter… welcome to Chris Sailer Kicking.

January
Las Vegas Prep Camp (One week prior to Vegas Event in Los Angeles)
Las Vegas – Annual National Kicking & Snapping Event

February – April
1-Day Spring Regional Camps (Southern CA, Northern CA, TX, IL, NC, GA, NJ, AZ, WA

May
Las Vegas Prep Camp (One week prior to Vegas Event in Los Angeles)
Las Vegas – Annual Spring National Kicking & Snapping Event

June – July
1-Day Summer Regional Camps (Southern CA, Northern CA, TX, IL, NC, GA, NJ, AZ, WA)
Underclassmen Invitational (Los Angeles, CA)
TOP 12 Invitational (Los Angeles, CA)
TOP GUN (FBU) Invitational Camp (Rock Hill, SC)
College Camps (Sophomores attend 1 College Camp for experience & Juniors attend 3-5 College Camps ***These are tryouts.)

August
Season

September – December
1-Day Fall Camps Regional Camps (Southern CA, Northern CA, TX, IL, NC, GA, NJ, AZ, WA)

Description of Camps:
1-Day Fall, Spring & Summer Regional Camps: These are a 1-Day Camps. Camp includes instruction, video analysis, competition, evaluation and national rankings with Chris Sailer Kicking. These are our most popular all around camps. Camps run from 8:30 – 5:00. Registration is open to ALL. Registrations are accepted on a first come, first serve basis. There is great value for all ages and skill levels.

Las Vegas Prep Camps: These are a 1-Day Camps. These camps are designed to help prepare you for Las Vegas. You DO NOT have to attend the Vegas Events to attend these camps. They are a great experience either way. Camp includes instruction, competition, evaluation and national rankings. Camps run from 8:30 – 4:00. Registration is open to ALL. Registrations are accepted on a first come, first serve basis. There is great value for all ages and skill levels.

Las Vegas Events: These are a 2-Day Camps. Both January & May are set up exactly the same way. Both are equally important. If you want to be the best, attend both. These are THE MOST IMPORTANT camps of the year. Camp includes instruction, competition, evaluation and national rankings. The Vegas Events off the the ultimate exposure. The Las Vegas Events are where kickers and punters are selected to attend the TOP 12 Invitation only camp. Registrations are accepted on a first come, first serve basis. There is great value for all ages and skill levels.

Arrive Friday. January Event ends at 6:00 PM on Sunday. May Event ends at 3:30 PM on Sunday. Open to 8th Graders, Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, Junior College and 4-Year Transfers. The TOP 12 will be selected from both events (20 in January & 20 in May).

Underclassmen Invitational Camp: This is a 2-Day Camp. Open to Sophomores, Freshman, 8th Graders, 7th Graders and sometimes 6th Graders. This camp is designed for both the specialists & THEIR PARENTS. Camp time is spent equally on the filed and in the classroom. This camp will educate you for years to come from A-Z when it comes to the world of kicking and punting. Camp includes instruction, competition, classroom seminars, evaluation and national rankings. This is an Invite Only camp. You will receive an invitation directly from Chris Sailer. The camp is held in Los Angeles, CA.

The TOP 12 Camp: This is a 2-Day Camp. This is an Invite Only Camp. The only way to get invited to this camp is to attend the Las Vegas Events. January = 20 Kickers/Punters will be selected. May = 20 additional Kickers/Punters will be selected. This camp is the best of the best. There is no other camp like this one. The TOP 12 will be selected on site during camp. This camp should be your #1 goal! Camp is held in Los Angeles, CA.

College Camps: These are 1-Day Camps. These camps are run by the Universities and University coaching staffs. These camps should be seen as tryouts. This is your opportunity to be seen by the particular colleges that you select. Register for these camps through the University.

FBU TOP GUN: This is a 2-Day Camp. You must be invited by Chris Sailer. The specialists for the All-American Bowl on NBC sports (San Antonio, TX), the Polynesian All-American Bowl on CBS Sports (Oahu, HI) and the FBU Freshman All-American Bowl (Naples, FL) will be selected at this camp. Chris Sailer Kicking is an official partner of FBU, The All-American Bowl on NBC Sports, the Polynesian All-American Bowl on CBS Sports & The FBU Freshman All-America Bowl. Camps include: Exposure through FBU, the opportunity to be considered for these prestigious Bowl Games, instruction, video analysis, evaluation and national rankings. You register for this camps by calling FBU directly.

Notes:
I recommend attending the TOP GUN Camp every year. The All-American Bowl on NBC Sports, the Polynesian Bowl on CBS Sports, & FBU Freshman All-American Bowl participants are selected by me at this camp.

When prioritizing camps, Vegas Events should always come first.

All camps offer instruction, competition, evaluation and national rankings.

Highlight videos are available at the 1-Day Regional Camps, Las Vegas Events and Invite Camps.

Every camp has SOLD OUT for the past 14 years. Register early.

This might seem like we are asking a lot of you. You are right, we are. An opportunity to play college football or perhaps in the NFL is HUGE. We will give you that opportunity. The harder you work, the more time you invest, the reality of reaching your goals will come true. It is very competitive out there. Those who work the hardest and understand the process stay one step ahead of the game. See you at a Chris Sailer Kicking camp soon!

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I am a Junior, and it is March!

One of the most common questions that I get is, “I am a junior, and it is March, what am I supposed to do?”

The class ahead of you has signed scholarships on signing date and panic sets in. First some advice – Do Not Panic! It is extremely early. Majority of the K, P, & LS in the class ahead of you are still deciding where they will go college. Be patient, but have a plan.

Steps In The Plan:

  1. Create your recruiting team. It should involve people such as: 1. You, 2. Your Parents, 3. Your High School Coach, 4. Your K, P, LS Coach (Sailer or Rubio), 5. Your High School Academic Counselor & 6. A Recruiting Service (NCSA).
  2. Set your college goals. Where would you like to play? Which schools match your academic interests? Which schools match your social interests? Which school match your athletic interests? Create a VERY broad list of schools that may meet your needs.
  3. Work with NCSA to contact these schools. Create your own email list / social media contact list to contact these schools. This list should have a minimum of 100 schools on it (D1, D2, D3, and NAIA). It should include schools from all divisions and all conferences. Contact these schools with an initial email / DM. State your interest to play college football for them. Link your highlight video. Link your Chris Sailer Kicking Profile Page. Link your NCSA profile page. List your contact info, your High School coaches contact info, your kicking coaches contact info, your GPA, and any test scores. Inquire about their college kicking camp for the upcoming summer. Ask for the date and express your interest to show them your ability to play for them. Inquire about their Junior Day. Finally, ask to be on their Recruit List for their games for the upcoming season.
  4. Set up some Spring Unofficial Visits. These could be Junior Days, attending Spring Ball practices / scrimmages, or simply taking an unofficial visit. Try to set up college campus tours. Try to set up meetings with coaches and academic counselors. Get out there face to face and educate yourself. This will shows a genuine interest in the school.
  5. Attend Chris Sailer Kicking Spring Camps and Vegas XXXIV. These camps are crucial for your exposure. Coaches are starting to make their recruit lists for your Class. You need to be at Vegas XXXIV to get on these lists. Don’t be fooled, Chris Sailer Kicking is #1 in the world when it comes to placing players in college!
  6. Set your summer schedule. No such thing as a vacation for you this summer. Attend Chris Sailer Kicking Camps. Attend College Camps (Try-Outs), Take unofficial visits. This is your time to shine. This is when you will earn a scholarship or walk-on. Try to get to as many parts of the country as possible within reason.

This will set you up to have contacts and a great recruitment following for your upcoming senior season. Be realistic in the colleges you are targeting. Target schools that you have the ability or potential to play at. This will be a Spring/Summer to remember if you do it correctly. Best of luck!

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2019 CA Spring Camp Recap – Colton Theaker Wins It!

The 2019 Chris Sailer Kicking Spring Camp Tour is officially underway. Over the next 2 months 1000+ participants will attend Chris Sailer Kicking / Rubio Long Snapping camps in CA, TX, NC, GA, IL, WA, NJ, AZ & WA on the road to Vegas XXXIV (May 11-12). Instruction, competition, evaluation & national rankings will take place at each one of these camps. The ultimate goal is an invitation to the prestigious TOP 12 Camp that will take place in Los Angeles, CA on July 15-17.

The first stop was Los Angeles, CA. As always, the talent was off the charts. Take a look at the results!

CA Competition Champions: Paxton Winders, Triston Brown, Colton Theaker & Josh Bryan

Overall Camp ChampionColton Theaker (2019, CA)
The Cal Poly SLO commit and 2018 TOP 12 Selection was dominant from start to finish. He won the Kickoff competition by averaging 70+ yards with 4.0+ hang time. He was excellent on field goal. Colton has 55+ yard range and kicks with great consistency. He is also a very capable punter. Colton is a big time competitor that thrives under pressure. He is absolutely ready for the next level.

Field Goal ChampionJosh Bryan (2021, CA)
Josh was the only freshman invited to be invited to the TOP 12 Camp last year. He followed that up with another invitation to the 2019 TOP 12 Camp with a stellar performance at Vegas XXXIII. The #1 Kicker in America continued to dominate at the CA Camp. He won a major field goal competition by going 7-7 with a long of 60 yards. Josh is the real deal and deserving of D1 scholarship offers already right now!

Field Goal ChampionPaxton Winders (JC, CA)
Paxton had by far his best performance at a Chris Sailer Kicking camp at the CA Camp. He did an amazing job on field goal. He nailed 85% of his field goal on the day and has range of up to 60 yards. He won a major field goal competition by going 6-6 with a long of 57 yards. Paxton is also outstanding on kickoffs averaging 65+ yards with 3.9+ hang time. He should be a major competitor for a TOP 12 spot at Vegas XXXIV.

Punting ChampionTriston Brown (JC, CA)
Triston continued his great run of strong camp performances by dominating all punt competitions at the CA Camp. He won both punt competitions against the pure punters, then won the major competition by averaging 45+ yards with 4.5+ hang time. His best punts on the day measured 50+ yards with 5.0+ hang time. Triston already earned his invitation to the TOP 12 Camp at Vegas XXXIII. He shows no signs of slowing down. Triston is cementing himself as a D1 scholarship level punter.

The 2019 CA Spring Camp was loaded with talent!

Class of 2019 / JC / Transfer Standouts: Colton Theaker, Paxton Winders, Triston Brown, Matt Ganyard, Juan Rangel, Ethan Albertson, Brandon Petruescu, Nico Boschetti, Steve Sanchez, Haig Mekhsian, Duane Hartman.Class of 2020 Standouts: Race Mahlum, RJ Lopez, Anthony Meader, Anthony Raya, Archie Green, Ari Lebenson, Ben D’Aquila, Cameron Simons, Derek Roah, Dylan Talkington, Easton Jones, Ethan DeLisle, Fabien Guillen, Gianni Smith, Fabian Munoz-Rodriguez, Gavin Huxhold, Jack Haworth, Tommy Meek.

Class of 2021 Standouts: Josh Bryan, Jarrett Reeser, Adrian Ochoa, Andre Meono, Brayden Blevins, Ian Sepko, Jack McCallister, Jarrett North, Kai Yamasaki, Michael DeMirjyn, Richie Brutto, Thomas Southey, Santino Marz, Evan Green, Kenneth Mazariegos, Liam Weetman, Marcus Labata.

Class of 2022 Standouts: Aidan Petruescu, Dylan Conness, Joshua Leff, Lucan Clanton.

Class of 2023 Standouts: Matthew Verdiell, Grant Meadors, Diego Caal, Isaac Ochoa.

The 2019 Chris Sailer Kicking Spring Camp Tour will continue is Charlotte, NC (Sunday March 10), Seattle, WA (Sunday March 17), Waldwick, NJ (Sunday March 24), San Francisco, CA (Sunday March 24), Phoenix, AZ (Sunday March 31), Polynesian Bowl Combine in Las Vegas, NV (Sunday March 31), Dallas, TX (Sunday April 7), Chicago, IL (Sunday April 14), Atlanta, GA (Sunday April 28) & Vegas XXXIV in Las Vegas, NV (May 11-12, 2019).

Visit ChrisSailerKicking.com to register and for more information. To be the best, train and compete with the best! #TeamSailer

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I’m a Senior, What Should I Do In November?

5 Easy Tips For The Class of 2018 To Get Ahead In Recruiting – November

1. Stop panicking.  We are still very early in the recruiting process.  Less that 5% of the class of 2018 (K/P) have made college commitments.  Less than 10% of the class of 2018 (K/P) have been offered any sort of college opportunity.  Note, there are many waves of recruiting.  Recruiting will last all the way through August when fall camps officially begin for the upcoming college football season.

2. Take unofficial visits as often as possible.  An unofficial visit simply mean that you have to pay for the visit yourself.   Getting on campus is the best way to show a college football program genuine interest.  Sending emails, making phone calls, direct messaging on social media, etc. simply isn’t enough anymore.  A coach will know that you have a real interest once you make the effort to get on campus.

3. Start to narrow down your search to universities and colleges that are realistic options.  This includes level of football (FBS, FCS, D2, D3, NAII, JC, etc.), level of academics, region of the country, etc.  Stop targeting D1 football programs if you are not a D1 recruit.  Stop targeting high academic institutions if you have a 2.0 GPA.  Find schools that will reciprocate interest in you and opportunities will follow.

READ THIS BLOG ON HOW SCHOOLS RECRUIT

4. Ask for an opportunity, not a scholarship.  Every college coach in America knows that you would like to be offered a scholarship.  When you ask for a scholarship, this turns them off.  You are basically limiting communication opportunity.  When you ask for an opportunity to be on the team, coaches will be receptive.  You are opening a door for communication.  The goal in recruiting is to create options.  Offers of any kind, create buzz, which create more options.  Scholarship vs. Preferred Walk On offers will take care of itself in the end.

5. Get ready for XXXI (January 13-15, 2018).  The biggest mistake made these days is thinking that recruiting for seniors is already over by this time.  In fact, it is the exact opposite.  90% of Kickers / Punters in this class will be recruited heavily during this time of year.  It will be feeding frenzy.  National Letter of Intent Day (NLI) is in early February.  Vegas takes place this time of year for this reason.  College coaches pay a tremendous amount of attention to the Vegas results and post Vegas rankings.  Scholarships offers and preferred walk on opportunities will be won this weekend in Vegas.

Join us for the largest kicking, punting & long snapping camp in the world, Vegas!!!

 

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Recruiting Simplified

Recruiting is full of ups and downs, full of emotional highs and lows, full of stress… but ultimately the prize at the end of the process will be well worth it…. IF you handle the process correctly.

Here is a guide for Kickers & Punters , in its simplest for, to live by.

Freshman Year:
– Focus on getting better (Lessons, Camps, Vegas, Underclassmen Invitational).

Sophomore Year:
– Focus on getting better (Lessons, Camps, Vegas, Underclassmen Invitational).
– Attend 1 or max 2 college camps simply for experience.

Junior Year:
– Focus on getting better (Lessons).
– Dominate competition (Camps, Vegas, TOP 12 Camp, FBU Top Gun, College Camps).

Senior Year:
– Focus on getting better (Lessons).
– Dominate competition (Camps, Vegas).
– Be patient.  Recruiting does not end on signing date (NLOI) in February. Recruiting ends in August once Fall Camps begin.
– Realize that lessons and camps do not end once you commit, in fact they are just as important or even more important.  Those who continue to stay focused will be ready for college.  Those who don’t, will sit on the bench in college. Attend regional camps, attend Vegas, attend the CSK College Camp that summer.

If you are not committed by signing day (NLOI) here are some tools to use to find the right college fit:
– You are part of the majority, not the minority.  Take a look: 2017 Rankings as of 3/1/17
– Every college will take 1 Kicker and 1 Punter per year on average.  There are hundreds of colleges, do the math.  There are opportunity out there.
– Be proactive.  Sitting on your couch and waiting for a call is not going to work.  Sending emails without any action is not going to work.  Waiting on your high school coach or Chris Sailer is not going to work.
– Visit colleges, get on campus! This will show a coach genuine interest.  Get face time and tell that coach that you want a roster spot and a chance to compete.  Don’t just ask for a scholarship.
– Be open to MANY colleges, not just a short list.  Dedicate the months of March, April, May & beyond to this task.
– Use NCSA, they will hook you up with many options.
– In the end, I believe everything happens for a reason.  You will end up where you belong as long as you are open minded.  Choose the school that is right for you.  Transferring should not be an option.

 

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I’m A Senior, What Should I Do In November?

5 Easy Tips For The Class of 2017 To Get Ahead In Recruiting – November

1. Stop panicking.  We are still very early in the recruiting process.  Less that 5% of the class of 2017 (K/P) have made college commitments.  Less than 10% of the class of 2017 (K/P) have been offered any sort of college opportunity.  Note, there are many waves of recruiting.  Recruiting will last all the way through August when fall camps officially begin for the upcoming college football season.

2. Take unofficial visits as often as possible.  An unofficial visit simply mean that you have to pay for the visit yourself.   Getting on campus is the best way to show a college football program genuine interest.  Sending emails, making phone calls, direct messaging on social media, etc. simply isn’t enough anymore.  A coach will know that you have a real interest once you make the effort to get on campus.

3. Start to narrow down your search to universities and colleges that are realistic options.  This includes level of football (FBS, FCS, D2, D3, NAII, JC, etc.), level of academics, region of the country, etc.  Stop targeting D1 football programs if you are not a D1 recruit.  Stop targeting high academic institutions if you have a 2.0 GPA.  Find schools that will reciprocate interest in you and opportunities will follow.

READ THIS BLOG ON HOW SCHOOLS RECRUIT

4. Ask for an opportunity, not a scholarship.  Every college coach in America knows that you would like to be offered a scholarship.  When you ask for a scholarship, this turns them off.  You are basically limiting communication opportunity.  When you ask for an opportunity to be on the team, coaches will be receptive.  You are opening a door for communication.  The goal in recruiting is to create options.  Offers of any kind, create buzz, which create more options.  Scholarship vs. Preferred Walk On offers will take care of itself in the end.

5. Get ready for Vegas XXIX (January 13-15, 2017).  The biggest mistake made these days is thinking that recruiting for seniors is already over by this time.  In fact, it is the exact opposite.  90% of Kickers / Punters in this class will be recruited heavily during this time of year.  It will be feeding frenzy.  National Letter of Intent Day (NLI) is in early February.  Vegas takes place this time of year for this reason.  College coaches pay a tremendous amount of attention to the Vegas results and post Vegas rankings.  Scholarships offers and preferred walk on opportunities will be won this weekend in Vegas.

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