Below we will be discussing HOW FRESHMAN & UNDERCLASSMEN CAN RECEIVE OFFERS. And how it is not what you think it is. I hope this can help you!
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Okay, I want to point this out before we get into everything… You cannot receive a committable offer until the summer before your Junior year. That is an NCAA rule. So even the best sophmore high school football player in the country does not have a “real” or “legitimate” offer yet. Now with that being said, that doesn’t mean every single freshman or sophomore with offers won’t actually obtain those scholarships. Because a lot of them will & a lot of them are great football players. My reason for writing this is to teach you guys about the recruiting process, to help you avoid discouragements if you aren’t getting recruited early & so you can be prepared for this upcoming season. So, you see it all the time on social media, “xyz player” “xyz 8th grader” gets a scholarship to a D1 school etc. Honestly, when you don’t have any varsity film to show for yourself, those offers are more so based on who you know/who you pay. Let’s say you’re an 8th grader & you are pretty decent… maybe you play on 7on7 team and your coach is a decently connected guy. He knows a lot of college coaches etc. He may put in a good word for you with an assistant coach at a college and when you go to a college camp you might get some special treatment from that guy. Because he already knows of you. Now in some cases, these assistant coaches will give out “offers” to players who haven’t played a snap of varsity ball yet. #1- usually assistant coaches don’t have the authority to do that. They need to clear it with a coordinator or the head coach & #2 it is a “verbal offer”. Which is on a contingency that you must play well. The colleges do this because it’s a way to recruit without making any promises. It’s essentially “hey we think you might be really good, so the scholarship is there if you play well & have great film”. So it’s not really a scholarship offer. A scholarship offer is given by a head coach or coordinator, it’s usually a paper document that’s official, and you can commit on the spot. That’s a real offer- everything else you see, that is verbal… it is totally fake. Understand this, colleges don’t have an unlimited amount of offers. You’d be surprised how many offers out there are verbal or Preferred Walk On spots. So if you don’t have varsity film yet and a school gives you an “offer” your first question needs to be “is this committable”. Because they don’t just do this to underclassmen- they also do it to juniors and seniors. It’s so they can be “first” on your recruiting list. Think of it like this, let’s say you could play blackjack at a casino and bet thousands of dollars each hand, but if you lose… you don’t lose the money. You only get money if you win… I think everyone would quit their day job right now and do that for a living. That’s essentially what colleges do with these verbal offers. If you play bad, no harm no foul- they just stop communicating with you, even if they “offered” you. And if you do end up playing well, they are the first ones to claim “we offered you first”. So I write this to encourage kids to stay focused on what matters. Your varsity film and making plays. Fake offers or not, you have to play well to turn a fake offer into a real one or to just get a real one. I’m not saying everyone who gets a “non committable” offer doesn’t deserve it. Most of them are highly talented players, but don’t get discouraged if you aren’t getting recruited yet. What matters most is your film.