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Football Recruiting Guidelines

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Knowing exactly where you stand compared to other football recruits can help make earning a football scholarship easier. The football recruiting guidelines listed below can help you figure out the level of competition that you’re best suited for. Remember the guidelines aren’t an absolute as to where you stand in the recruiting process, they are intended to give you a general idea of where you stand on the recruiting totem pole. The best way to accurately gauge your level of play is to talk to a national scout at NCSA. To have an evaluation as to what level might be a good fit for you call 866-495-7727 or click here to get started on your free NCSA profile and start researching colleges now!

 

Division 1 FBS Quarterback

  • 3 year varsity starter
  • 6’4 220lbs
  • 40: 4.5
  • Must be able to throw the Deep Out, Comeback, Dig, and Seam Route with no loft.  Should be able to throw ball through goalpost from opposite 40 yard line. Proficient ability to throw receivers open and execute the back shoulder throw.  Has to have demonstrated QB ability multiple years at an All-State level.

Division 1 FCS Quarterback

  • 3 year varsity starter
  • 6’2  200lbs
  • 40: 4.6
    Must be able to throw the Deep Out, Comeback, Dig, and Seam Route with minimal loft.  Should be able to throw ball through goalpost from opposite 45 yard line. Proficient ability to throw receivers open and execute the back shoulder throw.  Has to have demonstrated QB ability multiple years at an All-Conference level.

Division 2/NAIA Quarterback

  • 2 year varsity starter
  • 6’0 200lbs
  • 40: 4.7
  • Must be able to throw the Deep Out, Comeback, Dig, and Seam Route with slight loft.  Should be able to throw ball through goalpost from 50 yard line. Proficient ability to throw receivers open and execute the back shoulder throw.  Has to have demonstrated QB ability multiple years at an All-Conference level.

Division 3 Quarterback

  • 1 year varsity started
  • 5’10 180lbs
  • 40: 4.8
  • Must be able to throw the Deep Out, Comeback, Dig, and Seam Route with some loft.  Should be able to throw ball through goalpost from near 45 yard line. Proficient ability to throw receivers open and execute the back shoulder throw.  Has to have demonstrated QB ability at least 1 year at a varsity level.

Division 1 FBS Running back

  • 3 year varsity starter
  • 6’0 210 lbs
  • 40: 4.4
  • Runs with both power, speed and balance and can pull away from 4.5 40 defenders. Must have exceptional lower and upper body strength. Can catch the ball well out of the backfield and provide pass protection. Has to have demonstrated RB ability multiple years at an All-State level.

Division 1 FCS Running Back

  • 3 year varsity starter
  • 5’11 195lbs
  • 40: 4.5
  • Tough and fast runner with ability to break multiple tackles and outrun 4.6 40 defenders. Must have quickness to elude defenders and run downhill quickly. Has to have demonstrated RB ability multiple years at an All-Conference level.

Division 2/ NAIA Running Back

  • 2 year varsity starter
  • 5’10 175lbs
  • 40: 4.6
  • Durable runner with power and speed. Good acceleration, balance and effort. Shows quickness and instincts. Has to have demonstrated RB ability multiple years at an All-Conference level.

Division 3 Running Back

  • 1 year varsity starter
  • 5’9 160 lbs
  • 40: 4.7
  • Must be a tough and instinctive runner with adequate speed. Must be able to block and catch from the backfield.  Has to have demonstrated RB ability at least 1 year at a varsity level.

Division 1 FBS Wide Receiver

  • 3 year varsity starter
  • 6’2 190 lbs
  • 40: 4.35-4.5
  •  Must be a constant threat anytime he is on the field. Must have an instant release off of the LOS with low pad level and little wasted movement, a burst into the route, one step cuts, impeccable catching ability, and the ability to separate himself from defenders with rare top end speed and elusiveness. He must be able to catch a jump ball as easy as a post, shallow, slant, or hitch. He must be comfortable running all routes, possesses rare ball skills, have a great combination of size & speed, and a willingness to block. He is a multiple year All-State player and in some cases an All-American.

Division 1 FCS Wide Receiver

  • 3 year varsity starter
  • 6’0 175lbs
  • 40: 4.5-4.55
  •  Must have an instant release off of the LOS with low pad level, a burst into the route, one step cuts, outstanding catching ability, and the ability to separate himself from defenders with his speed. He must be able to catch a jump ball as easy as a mesh, slant, or hitch. He must be comfortable running all routes, posses very good ball skills, and a willingness to block. He has earned All-State and All-Conference honors.

Division 2/ NAIA Wide Receiver

  • 2 year varsity starter
  • 5’10 165lbs
  • 40: 4.55-.4.65
  • Must have a quick release off of the LOS, good vision and instincts, good hands, the quickness to make defenders miss. He is typically very athletic, quicker than fast or possesses the speed and is undersized for the position. He is willing to block and  plays with a high motor. He has earned All-Conference Honors.

Division 3 Wide Receiver

  • 1 year varsity starter
  • 5’8 15olbs
  • 40: 4.65-4.75
  • Must be able to release from the line quickly, sell the go route, make precise cuts in/out of breaks, catch the ball on a consistent basis, and is typically quicker than fast. He must have least 1 year of varsity football experience.

Division 1 FBS Tight End

  • 3 year varsity starter
  • 6’4 230lbs
  • 40: 4.6
  • Have a great combination of size & speed, and must change the LOS at the point of attack. Soft hands.  Needs to be able to stretch the field vertically.  Demonstrates explosive physicality.  Can find the open window in zone and separates from man coverage.  Shows the ability to break tackles and gain yards after contact.  He is a multiple year All-State player and in some cases an All-American.

Division 1 FCS Tight End 

  • 3 year varsity starter
  • 6’3 220lbs
  • 40:4.65
  •  Has a combination of size & speed, and must change the LOS at the point of attack. Soft hands.  Needs to be able to stretch the field vertically.  Can find the open window in zone and separates from man coverage.  Threat after the catch. He is a multiple year All-Conference player.

 

Division 2/ NAIA Tight End

  • 2 year varsity starter
  • 6’2 215lbs
  • 40: 4.7
  • Has a combination of size & speed, and must change the LOS at the point of attack. Soft hands.  Needs to be able to stretch the field vertically.  Can find the open window in zone or separate from man coverage.  Threat after the catch. All-Conference player

Division 3 Tight End

  • 1 year varsity starter
  • 6’1 205lbs
  • 40: 4.85
  • Has a combination of size & speed, and must change the LOS at the point of attack. Soft hands.  Can be one dimensional as a blocker or receiver.  Needs to be able to stretch the field vertically.  Can find the open window in zone or separate from man coverage.  Threat after the catch. Varsity starter.

Division 1 FBS Offensive Line

  • 3 year varsity starter
  • 6’5 280lbs
  • 40: 5.0
  • Must be the most physically dominant player on the field; should move the line of scrimmage by 5 yards consistently.  Must play with excellent pad level by demonstrating natural knee bend.  Should have a devastating hand punch against pass rush and be able to lock on defenders and control them.  Must be athletic enough to stay ahead of ball carrier in open field and demonstrate the body control to block in space.  All-State caliber player.

Division 1 FCS Offensive Line

  • 3 year varsity starter
  • 6’3 270lbs
  • 40: 5.2
  • Must be one of the most physical players on the field; should move the line of scrimmage by 3 yards consistently.  Must play with excellent pad level by demonstrating natural knee bend.  Should have a devastating hand punch against pass rush and be able to lock on defenders and control them.  Must be athletic enough to stay ahead of ball carrier in open field and demonstrate the body control to block in space.  Multiple time All-Conference caliber player.

Division 2/ NAIA Offensive Line

  • 2 year varsity starter
  • 6’1 260lbs
  • 40: 5.3
  • Must be one of the most physical players on the field; should move the line of scrimmage by 2 yards consistently.  Must play with above-average pad level by demonstrating natural knee bend.  Should have a hand punch which slows the pass rush and be able to lock on defenders and control them.  Must be athletic enough to pull and get up field.  All-Conference caliber player.

Division 3 Offensive line

  • 1 year varsity starter
  • 6’0 235 lbs
  • 40: 5.4
  • Must be an active player who enjoys contact; should move the line of scrimmage more often than stalemating or losing ground.  Must play with above-average pad level by demonstrating natural knee bend.  Should have active hands against the pass rush and be able to consistently keep defenders out of the pocket.  Must be athletic enough to pull and get up field.  Varsity starter caliber player.

Division 1 FBS Defensive Line

  • 3 year varsity starter
  • 6’4 250 lbs
  • 40: 4.6
  • Must be instinctive & productive against both the run and the pass at an All-State level for 3 or more years. Needs to show the strength & leverage to dominate along the line-of-scrimmage as a run defender. Should be able to win with speed, quickness & power as an edge rusher. This player should clearly stand-out as exceptional in his play!

Division 1 FCS Defensive Line

  • 3 year varsity starter
  • 6’3 230lbs
  • 40: 4.7
  • Must be instinctive & productive against both the run and the pass at an All-Conference level for 2 or more years. Needs to show the strength & leverage to control the line-of-scrimmage as a run defender. Should be able to win with either speed & quickness or power as an edge rusher. This player should clearly stand-out as very good in his play!

Division 2/NAIA Defensive Line

  • 2 year varsity starter
  • 6’2 220lbs
  • 40: 4.8
  • Must be instinctive & productive against both the run and the pass at an All-Conference level for 1-2 years. Needs to show the strength & leverage to control the line-of-scrimmage as a run defender. Should be able to win with either speed & quickness or power as an edge rusher. Must be a consistent player, who shows physical & athletic upside to develop!

Division 3 Defensive Line

  •  1 year varsity starter
  • 6’0 210lbs
  • 40:4.9
  • Must be instinctive & productive against both the run and the pass at an All-Conference level for at least 1 year. Needs to show strength & leverage as a run defender, to go with speed & quickness as an edge rusher. Must have a consistent motor with physical & athletic upside to further develop in time!

Division 1 FBS Linebacker

  • 3 year varsity starter
  • 6’2 220lbs
  • 40: 4.6 /Bench: 315lb
  • Must be equally active in both the run game and in coverage.  Gains ground and plays downhill with first step.  Stays square without losing athleticism.  Strong enough to play on LOS.  Has explosiveness on contact, visibly changing the LOS and knocking ball carriers back.  Displays fluid hips and good knee bend, plays under his pads.  Shows skills in both zone and man coverage.  Can match up with the best athlete on the field.  Shows burst and speed with quickness to bend the corner in pressure game.  Has to have demonstrated LB ability multiple years at an All-State level.

Division 1 FCS Linebacker

  • 3 year varsity starter
  • 6’1 210lbs
  • 40: 4.65 / Bench 300lb
  • Must display ability against both the run and the pass.  Consistently gains ground with first step. Consistently wins at the point of attack, stops ball carriers in their tracks.  Can redirect and pursue plays down field.  Shows skills in coverage.  Can be relied on in man coverage against both RB’s and TE’s.  Disciplined in route recognition.  Also shows potential as a special teams player.  Has to have demonstrated LB ability multiple years at an All-Conference level.

Division 2/ NAIA Linebacker

  • 2 year varsity starter
  • 6’0 200lbs
  • 40: 4.7 / Bench: 295lbs
  • Must be active against both the pass and the run.  Does not give ground on contact with blockers.  Plays flat at LB depth with first step. Controls gaps with good body control.  Can play in both man and zone coverage.  Has to have demonstrated LB ability multiple years at an All-Conference level.

Division 3 Linebacker

  • 1 year varsity starter
  • 5’10 190lb
  • 40: 4.75/ Bench: 275lbs
  • Consistent performer against either the run or the pass.  Shows strength and explosiveness on contact.  Occasionally false steps but consistently gains ground with first step.  Can get off blocks and make plays.  Shows consistent ability to make plays in coverage.  Has to have demonstrated LB ability at least 1 year at a varsity level.

Division 1 FBS Defensive Back

  • 3 year varsity starter
  • 6’0 185lbs
  • 40: 4.5
  • Should be the best athlete on the field.  Can flip hips and get in and out of breaks without false steps.  Physical and aggressive in the run game and against screens.  Must be able to know all coverage and have quick feet. Needs to be strong in man coverage and excellent in zone coverage with knowing his responsibilities, also needs to be the fastest kid on the field and have the range to cover sideline to sideline. He must be able to read the Offense. Demonstrated All-State ability for multiple seasons.

Division 1 FCS Defensive Back

  • 3 year varsity starter
  • 6’0 185lbs
  • 40: 4.6
  • Must be able to know all coverage and have quick feet. Needs to be strong in man coverage and excellent in zone coverage with knowing his responsibilities, also needs to be the fastest kid on the field and have the range to cover sideline to sideline. He must be able to read the QB and read the offense to understand how to react.  Demonstrated All-Conference ability for multiple seasons.

Division 2/ NAIA Defensive Back

  • 2 year varsity starter
  • 5’10 175lbs
  • 40: 4.65
  • Must be able to know all coverage and have quick feet. Needs to be strong in man coverage and excellent in zone coverage with knowing his responsibilities, also needs to be one of the fastest kids on the field.  Has been an All-Conference honoree

Division 3 Defensive Back

  • 1 year varsity starter
  • 5’9 160lbs
  • 40: 4.7
  • Must be able to know all coverage and have quick feet. Should be fairly good in man coverage but very good in zone coverage. Needs to understand responsibility within certain Defensive schemes and be a faster athlete.  At least a one year varsity starter.

 

To have an evaluation as to what level might be a good fit for you call 866-495-7727 or click here to get started on your free NCSA profile and start researching colleges now!

 

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