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Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Recruiting Process per the Recruitees, part 7

Patience. Business. Those are just two of themes that emerged in our conversations about recruiting with kickers and punters from the class of 2012.

We specifically asked them the following two questions:
  1. What would you say was the most beneficial advice you received before going through the recruiting process?
  2. Is there one thing you learned during the recruiting process that you wish you had known beforehand?
Following is the third and final set of answers. For the others answers check here and here.

George Bullock, Tennessee
  1. Stay in touch. Make sure that coaches know you are interested and don't be afraid of calling them. The better they know you the better chance you have of landing a spot on their team.
  2. Go to a lot of camps - both national ranking camps and specific camps for schools. They will take interest in a kicker if that kicker is ranked highly. After that initial interest from schools it is important to go to camps because most places won’t offer someone that has not competed at their own camp.
Sam Retzky, Tulsa
  1. Be patient. Send out your highlight tape out to schools after your senior year. Most offers will come after your senior season.
  2. Keep an open mind. You do not get a feeling about the school until you meet with the players and coaches in person.
Marshall Morgan, Georgia
  1. Don’t put away a school right off the bat. Always make your visits! For instance, with Georgia I never thought I’d end up there. Then once I visited it blew the other schools away!
Ryan Domangue
  1. Work hard and never quit at anything you do. Be patient and it'll all fall in place. Also another thing is to make sure I do well in school. Grades and God come first in my life.
  2. Going to showcases for kicking is very helpful. Kohl’s kicking has helped me tremendously in the recruiting process. Not only do they find you a home, they keep in touch and care about your future.
Anthony Melchiori, Kent State
  1. Never turn any team away. Listen to everything coaches have to say, and keep all your options open with any school because you never know what could happen.
  2. The recruiting process is a business. What they tell you isn't always accurate or straight forward.
Bobby Puyol, Connecticut
  1. "Go where you're celebrated, not tolerated."
  2. The coaches want to talk to the players not the parents. Early in the process my dad talked to some schools for me but then after two schools I was interested in offered someone instead of me, I decided it was time to talk to the coaches myself, not have them talk to my parents. After that my recruiting process started to get better and better and after a big camp I had at Chris Sailer's "Top 12" Camp. I was offered a Full Scholarship to the University of Connecticut and three weeks of talking to the Special Teams Coach & Head Coach at UConn really paid off.
Austin Hardin, Florida
  1. If you had a career ending injury your first year would you still love the college? Without the coaches and football is it a place you love and want a degree from?
  2. Recruiting isn't always happy go lucky. It's a business and it gets rough. Coaches will tell you one thing and do another.
Cole Leininger, California
  1. Always keep your eyes open and try to get and know every program that you have the opportunity to get to know.
  2. There is going to be tough times in the process but always keep looking.

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