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Take Advantage of Your Recruiting Window

 It has been called “the window.” For example, experts say the Phoenix Suns have missed “their window” to win the NBA title.  The Cleveland Cavaliers are in “their window” to win it.

There is also a “window” to play college sports.

Last summer I was at State University of New York at New Paltz. I was talking with one of their college athletes. She said that when she was in high school she figured she had her four years of high school sports and four years of college sports and that was it. Sure, there would be adult league basketball and slo pitch softball and all of that, but she didn’t want to miss out on “the window” of playing college sports.

This past weekend I delivered “College Recruiting Simplified” at the NIKE Football Combine put on by ESPN RISE. Before speaking, I was talking to a high school football coach from Ohio. He talked about how precious the years were to play high school and college football. Once they were done, serious organized football was over for the great majority of players.

“I am over 40 years old,” he told me. “I can get a few of my buddies and we can play a basketball game. But I am not going to be able to get 21 of my buddies and play a real football game. Kids have one shot to play college football, and after that . . . ”

My advice – do everything you can to make college sports a reality. Don’t let “the window” go by.

Charlie Adams

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  • Charlie, great advice. I’m coaching freshman baseball this season and I’m sorry to see several players giving up through lack of focus, effort and enthusiasm. One talented student-athlete may be taken off the team for poor academic performance. I commented to another coach yesterday that these student-athletes may very well be finished with high school baseball after this season – their window may be closing early.

  • There is another window and that’s the college recruiting window. I’m in Florida watching my daughter’s D1 college softball team play in their annual spring break tournament. I had a chance to talk recruiting with her head coach. My daughter’s coach told me that she has already offered a 2010 grad and is now looking at 2011 and 2012. Athletically this is a mid-level D1 school and very elite academic school. This coach says the big time programs (SEC, Pac 10, Big 12, ACC, Big 10) have already finished with 2010 recruiting and are getting verbal commitments from 2011’s now. Getting started freshman year is very important!

  • My daughter is at a junior college and is good at shot put and disk ( Has made Jr Olympics twice) How do I get her “in” with the the right people. She currently lives in Northern california