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That's what a football life is, folks. A non-stop cycle where one task finishes as another begins. While on the field the coaches worry about spring ball, off the field they are looking at who is going to fill their holes a year from now.
Recruiting has evolved with the times, coaches are casting wide nets, tape i...s easier to get and there are more prospects than ever. However, the ultimate goal of the process is the same as it ever was: get the best players.
The first thing coaches want is a quality ballplayer; that means watching the tape. While services and YouTube feature plenty in the way of highlight films, the real measure of a player's skills comes through watching a couple of full games of tape.
For a defensive guy, that means plays that go away from them, plays that go right at them. Run plays and pass plays. Coaches are looking to see how the player pursues the football, handles blocks, makes tackles and plays both the run and pass. They are also, as coaches are want to do, checking for loafs—or plays taken off—by the prospect.
Offense is no different. They are looking for quarterbacks getting through progressions and making reads; linemen firing off the ball and capable in both run and pass blocking; running backs that have vision and understand how to hit the hole with a head of steam; wide receivers that block and can catch balls downfield.
Film will expose these things, and more, and you can't hide on the film. If there are deficiencies in the game, they will be on tape; hence the importance of whole game tapes, over highlights.
Being a quality ballplayer puts you on the map, but talent is what puts an offer in your hand. In other words: Those raw numbers like height, weight, vertical leap, broad jump, 40 time and the like are what separates a big-time recruit from a guy who is just a sound football player.
The talent aspect is more than just run-jump-strength-type athleticism—position specific qualities help increase a player's status. At the quarterback position, that means arm strength and accuracy. On both sides of the line that points to fluidity in the hips, arm lengths and the ability to carry more weight in the future, if applicable.
Here is where you also look at the ability of a player to transition to the next level. Good football players who have topped out physically in high school are only a prize if their current size translates to the collegiate game. On the other hand, guys who have room to grow, weight to add and the athleticism and talent to build upon become more coveted.phantom raiders Football ...
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