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Old 01-18-2010, 03:35 PM   #1
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Hey, just a general question.

I have a son who is a junior in high school. He is a good offensive lineman in a really poor program and because of that, we are trying to find out if playing college football is right for him.

He has attended D1 "football camps" and has attracted the attention of coaches. He is able to routinely shut down the blue chip D-line athletes in our city (and at the camps), but as I said - his team just sucks.

So, we are planning to go to several camps again this spring / summer in order to work with the coaches and try our best. However, since our phone isn't exactly ringing I have to be realistic. So, my question....

Does anyone have some recommendations for smaller D1 schools, or good D2 schools we might try to contact (or go to camp)? He would like to find a school to study engineering, and try to find some scholarship dollars. Any suggestions?

BTW - he has played all positions on the O-line (including long-snapper), but would probably project as a Guard at 6'2" 300.

Any suggestions where we might look?
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Old 01-18-2010, 03:51 PM   #2
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Camps and stuff like that? Sometimes good things come from them but they are mostly for $$$.

A great highschool career will stand out a million times more than anything else. How is the program at the HS he will be going to?
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Film, Film and more film. Then get that out to Rivals, Scout,Youtube, etc. The camps and what are a good way to get him exposure, but try and send a well constructed highlight tape out on DVD to the D1 schools in your area. That said, a lot of the FCS (former DII programs) are pretty darn good. Appalachian State, Montana, etc. See which of those schools are in your area, send them film, be persistent.
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Come to Washington State, we need all sorts of help. I'm sure he could make the team. We're kind of rebuilding right now, but we definitely need Oline help. That puts him in a prestigious conference if you're interested in that.
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Oh, may want to talk to BPC, he was a recruited OLmen (I think it was OL) and went to Hawaii. may have some insight for you.

There are also some really good Juco's in Kansas and OK that your kid could try and play at, and then get better exposure to the D1 schools, if playing D1 football is a goal.
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My Alma mater,UTEP (ut-el paso), hosts camps in Dallas and Houston. Check em out.
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Old 01-18-2010, 04:30 PM   #8
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teams are starting to look beyond your top 10 schools for talent, schools like central michigan, montana, idaho, smaller programs have all produced great talent in the NFL.
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Regardless of where your son plays high school football, game film will determine his collegiate prospects. A well presented highlight video is an absolute must. Then make sure he really wants to pursue college football 100%, it is a full time job on top of school. In terms of specific programs to pursue I can only speak to those in my state. Obviously Utah and BYU are powerhouse programs, but Weber State, Utah State, Southern Utah, and Snow College (JUCO) are all worth looking into.
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U of South Dakota is my alma mater. They are a transition school, this was there first year in Division 1-AA moving up from D2. If you son is looking to do engineering, our Rival SouthDakotaStateUniversity which is D1-AA has those degrees available.
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Ottawa University Braves baby, played there a couple of years and loved it...but we got our as$ kicked by Souix Falls in the playoffs, they are a damn good school that just won another NAIA championship, so maybe they are the best ticket!!
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Ottawa University Braves baby, played there a couple of years and loved it...but we got our as$ kicked by Souix Falls in the playoffs, they are a damn good school that just won another NAIA championship, so maybe they are the best ticket!!
I played at usf . They are moving to Division 2. I transfered my Soph year after a knee injury.
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Hey, just a general question.

I have a son who is a junior in high school. He is a good offensive lineman in a really poor program and because of that, we are trying to find out if playing college football is right for him.

He has attended D1 "football camps" and has attracted the attention of coaches. He is able to routinely shut down the blue chip D-line athletes in our city (and at the camps), but as I said - his team just sucks.

So, we are planning to go to several camps again this spring / summer in order to work with the coaches and try our best. However, since our phone isn't exactly ringing I have to be realistic. So, my question....

Does anyone have some recommendations for smaller D1 schools, or good D2 schools we might try to contact (or go to camp)? He would like to find a school to study engineering, and try to find some scholarship dollars. Any suggestions?

BTW - he has played all positions on the O-line (including long-snapper), but would probably project as a Guard at 6'2" 300.

Any suggestions where we might look?
send him up I-44 to Missouri Southern...Rod Smith, James Thrash, Richard Jordan, and Allen Barbre(playing for GB as a linemen right now)
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Film, Film and more film. Then get that out to Rivals, Scout,Youtube, etc. The camps and what are a good way to get him exposure, but try and send a well constructed highlight tape out on DVD to the D1 schools in your area. That said, a lot of the FCS (former DII programs) are pretty darn good. Appalachian State, Montana, etc. See which of those schools are in your area, send them film, be persistent.
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This. You'll need to get his name out there, and as much in the way of highlight film as you can get to as many programs as you can.
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Prep school scholarship as a Post Graduate.

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Old 01-18-2010, 10:36 PM   #17
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Yea my highschool has been a great exporter of collegiate and NFL talent. It wasn't because of camps...

Good tape...exposure. Have him get with the high school coaches early and talk about his intentions so they can use all the resources they have to help your son.
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