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Michigan Football: Coach's Corner -- Lets Talk Football -- Recruiting

Posted at 6:00am — 5/1/2013

Michigan Football: Coach’s Corner — Lets Talk Football — Recruiting

First let me apologize for missing CHATS lately. WE have been having staff meetings on Mondays. By the time I get home its too late.

A few things I have learned about recruiting in the last couple of years.

The #1 thing recruiters ask is does the kid love football. Before they ask height or speed they want to know about the kid. Not just does he spend time in he weight room, but does he work when hes there.

#2 thing is grades and test scores.

One of their first questions is does he work in classroom up to his ability. Are his grades do to laziness? We have used recruiters to try and motivate kids to give a crap about grades.

If all of these are in order they will then start to find out about size, speed, and athletic ability. Some of the things they watch for in weight room are squat depth. We have had recruiters tell us if kid cannot free squat below parallel they are not interested. Quick feet, how fast are they on ladders, 5 spots, and other such drills.

They also check their fast twitch skills, how fast are their cleans, how quick do they jump, etc. If these are good at his point recruiters start asking about film.

They don’t want highlight films, but at least, and more if possible, two full game films. If they like what they see they start talking trying to get kid on campus. If kid shows interest they will start checking with teachers, counselors, and principals.

Might actually check with opponents coaches. WE get as many questions about kids we play against as those we coach. After all this, and I am probably forgetting something, many times they still want a personal evaluations of a camp. Many times they just want to see how kid competes against other competition. And finally decision on whether to offer or not.

That gives you an idea just how much work goes into recruiting.

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