College coaches have a lot of ground to cover. No staff, no matter how vast their resources, can realistically evaluate the entire country. New Notre Dame Coach Brian Kelly has been under the national spotlight and he spoke about his recruiting philosophy with Scout.com.
There are a lot of very, very good analysts out there relative to high school evaluations, very accomplished people, and I think you need to use that as a resource. But at the end of the day, it’s on me to make those decisions, and sometimes that may not be in accord with how they are evaluated by other entities. That’s what I was responding to. At the end of the day, it’s on me. I’ll make the decision on whether that kid fits, and there’s more to it than just what he does on the field. It’s what he does off the field too.
I’ve got two hands. That means I can hold two hands here (putting them on the table in front of him). I can’t hold anybody else’s hand. So there’s not going to be a lot of hand-holding here at Notre Dame because it’s Notre Dame. It’s what’s expected. There are going to be some guys who are four- and five-star guys that I’m not going to hold on to their hand.
Coach Kelly reiterates two of NCSA’s 5 Things You Need to Know to Get Recruited.
Recruiting Starts with Verified Information & Purchased Lists. College coaches depend on verified information from reliable sources and purchase lists of prospects as young as 7th grade. Without a reliable third party, like NCSA, coaches simply can’t cover the entire country.
Only a College Coach Can Offer You a Scholarship. Too often recruits rely on others in the hopes of receiving a scholarship. At the end of the day, only one opinion matters. Recruits need to focus on being pro-active to contact as many coaches as possible.