Every student- athlete serious about recruiting needs to have one, or even multiple, recruiting videos. This blog will outline a few reasons why recruiting video is important as well as how a good video can help make the recruiting experience a highlight.
Recruiting video is most often used as the initial evaluation entry point for many coaches. Back in my playing days, my head-ached always preached that the “big eye in the sky, don’t lie.” Meaning, video catches everything. Game video records great plays as well as grand mistakes. It also shows how players handle the emotions of the game.
So what kind of video is most beneficial? Actually, the answer varies by sport. For example, in high school football game video is paramount. In contrast, sports such as baseball, softball and soccer requires skills video should be accompanied by supplemental game footage. No matter the sport, the purpose of the video is to demonstrate position specific athletic skills and capability. Though it may be a matter of debate, it makes little difference if the video is professionally recorded or self-recorded. What matters is that the coaches must be able to clearly identify the player and clearly view all the required skills.
Lastly, it is clear that not having video can hurt the overall recruiting process. Overall, having no video will certainly limit exposure and put the student-athlete at a tremendous recruiting disadvantage. So, if a student- athlete does not have a video created for recruiting purposes I highly recommned to start working on it today. There are a number of resources available to assist in the process. Good places to start are with a quick online search or with the team head coach.