Recruiting in the digital age it is understood that highlight and skills video are a huge part of the process. Video has made it convenient for college coaches to recruiting players on a national level from the comfort of their offices. I have watched thousands of recruiting videos. Some are so impressive that I actually take the time to watch it again. Others, well, they have been so mediocre that I am left shaking my head in disbelief.
In this short post I put together a few ideas that athletes can use when assembling their highlight video. It could mean the difference between getting recruited and not getting recruited, scholarship money or paying thousands of dollars for college tuition.
Also, to be of help to that student athlete looking for an advantage I will gladly take a look at the highlight video that is emailed to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or sent by Twitter (@michaelwoosley).
Basically, the highlight or skills video is so crucial that even for the most talented athletes a solid well made recruiting video will have a positive impact Just as a poorly assembled recruiting video will have a negative impact. So here are 5 tips for assembling a solid recruiting video.
- Always make sure the video is appropriately timed. Typically, a good video is between 4 and 5 minutes long. Though you may have 20 minutes of season highlights, pick the best footage. College coaches have limited time to view video so impress them with the best.
- Next, make sure that your best plays are in the first 60 seconds. Think about it like how social media is viewed. If a picture or post catches your attention then your more likely to click to find out more. The opposite is also true. If the post doesn’t hold your attention then you move on to the next.
- Then make sure to highlight position specific skills. For example, in football, running backs are designed to get in the end zone and out-run defenders. Running backs then should highlight touchdown runs and speed separation. Defensive lineman, are supposed to wreak havoc at the line of scrimmage and in the opponents backfield so show sacks and quarterback hurries.
- Most importantly, highlight videos need to be highlights of you. The footage should feature you, not other players. I’ve heard stories of coaches finding an recruit while viewing the footage of a teammate. It happens often.
- Lastly, know the difference between a clean hit and a cheap shot. Coaches want aggressive players not dirty players. Because cheap shots cause penalties, penalties cost yardage, and lost yards can ultimately be the difference in winning or losing a game. Remember this hit? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tfLncD3pGM
Now that you have a few helpful tips go make an impressive recruiting video.
In addition to viewing any recruiting videos emailed to me or sent by Twitter (@michaelwoosley) I will also provide a video assessment of the recruiting video for a small fee. Email or tweet me to find out how to get your video assessed and evaluated at(email@example.com) or by Twitter (@michaelwoosley).