Below we will be discussing the most important things that college coaches look for on FILM when recruiting a WR. I hope this can help!
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To play college football, especially at the D1 level, you need dominant film. The WR position is so compacted with athletes across the country. Think about how many high school teams there are across the country… now multiply that by 4 (4 WRs on each team)… that’s a lot of Wide Receivers. I would say maybe 80% want to play college football. So it is very tough to stand out and get noticed if you are just an average player. So below I will be discussing the main things you should try to work on, emphasize and include on your highlight tape.
1)- Speed. You cannot play college football as a WR without speed. Yes, size can make up for lacking some speed & so can route running... but at the end of the day your speed can be your biggest asset. Make sure that is a priority this off season. On film you should showcase plays that show your true game speed. Nobody cares about your 40 time, they want to see what you can with pads on. Show plays where you can outrun a DB on a deep ball, catch a ball and turn up for 20-30yds for a TD etc.
2)- Hands. Making tough catches will get you in front of a lot of college coaches. Diving catches, jump ball catches, 50/50 throws, catches while getting hit etc. These are plays coaches don’t expect you to make, and that’s what you want on your highlight tape.
3)- Explosive plays. This ties into 1 & 2 but college coaches want guys who can run explosive routes and create separation & guys who can break tackles and get YAC. Those are plays you must have on film. Nobody will recruit a WR who can only make plays when they are wide open. There are literally thousands across the country who can do that.
4)- Blocking. If you’re in an offense that doesn’t throw the ball that often… every run play is an opportunity for an explosive play. Blocking should be very high on your priority list.