What It Takes to Earn Football Scholarships in America

Most high school players dream of receiving a scholarship to play college football. Unfortunately, most won’t.

But there are some things that you can do to improve your chances of getting one, and today I’ll be sharing some tips with you that can do just that.

Let’s dive right in.

1. Attend Football Camps. There’s no better way to show college coaches and scouts what you can do than in-person.

There are national and regional camps out there that can give you some great exposure. Some of the top notch camps have tons of coaches from big time programs watching (and sometimes coaching) the drills that high school players are put through.

These camps also give you a chance to speak to coaches, allowing them to get a feel for who you are and your personality.

The camps also give you, and maybe even your parents, a chance to establish and build relationships with the coaches from the college programs.

If you have a good idea of where you’d like to play, go to the camps held by those schools as well. You can meet even “more” of the coaches at your “dream school” by attending their school’s camp.

Relationships are important in all walks of life, and college football is no different.

Also try to get to camps that are supported by recruiting services like Scout.com and Rivals100.com. These camps put up rankings that college coaches pay close attention to.

Underarmour hosts combines that are highly respected by collegiate coaches as well.
Your chances of landing a scholarship go up tremendously if you can get a decent ranking on one of these recruiting services’ player rankings.

2. Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center. – Registering with the NCAA Eligibility Center will help you identify schools that you academically qualify to be a part of.

If you can, do this before the start of your Junior year in high school. This will help keep you from trying to go to schools that you might not even qualify for, which will help you spend your time more wisely throughout this process.

Once you’ve registered, update your information with them regularly. This will make sure the guidance you’re getting from them is stays accurate, otherwise you’re wasting your time. UFABETคาสิโน

3. Figure out your passion early, if you can. This may not help you land a scholarship, but it can help you make sure that the school you choose will set you up for a successful post-football transition.

I urge you to put in the effort to figure out your passion while you’re in high school. This will help you narrow down the schools you want to try to get in, because you can focus on the schools that have good programs related to your passion.

I understand that your love and focus is football, but even if you make it pro, you’re going to be done playing by your early 30’s, if you’re lucky enough to have a pro career that lasts that long.

There’s a lot of life left to live at that age. Think long term and make a smart move by focusing on schools that will help you with your post-football life.

If you’re not sure how to go about this, Googling “how to find your passion” is a good place to start. Go through the different exercises you’ll find online. Don’t expect the answer to come to you immediately. It may take weeks, months, or even years, so start on this as early as your freshman or sophomore year in high school (or even earlier), if you can.

4. Figure out the level of football you can play realistically. Unfortunately, everybody doesn’t have the talent to play Division 1A football.

If you have Division II talent and speed, and you’re going to USC and Notre Dame camps, you could be wasting your time; especially if you’re heading into your senior year in high school.

To get a better idea of where you are talent-wise, try to attend some FBS (D1A), FCS (D1-AA), DII, and DIII games at schools in your area. This will let you observe, firsthand, the level of competition at each level so you can make a more realistic assessment.

Then, make a list of the schools you’re interested in looking further-into.

5. Research the programs/schools you’re interested in. Try to start step before your junior year in high school, if you can. That way, you’ll be able to go through this process without feeling rushed.

On top of that, coaches love to see that you’re progressing, so if you can expose yourself to them early, you might be able to impress them when they see the progress you (hopefully) made in your senior year.

Improvements show hard work, dedication, and a bunch of other positive attributes coaches love to see in prospect.

But back on-topic. Which schools offer a program that you want to study? Which schools will have players graduating the soonest at your position? How far away from home do you want to go?

These are examples of things you want to know to increase the chances that you’ll earn a degree in a field you like, and that you’ll have a good shot at getting some playing time when you get there.

6. Narrow-down your list. Once you’ve figured out your passion, identified the level of college football you can realistically play at, and taken care of the rest of the steps listed above, narrow-down your list of schools you’re interested in.