Friday Night Lights are back in 2015!
And no, I don’t mean the Tim Riggins kind.
I mean the Friday Night Lights that are getting underway across the country – real student-athletes kicking off a new season of high school football.
For many guys in pads, it will be their first time ever being part of a high school team, which can bring on a ton of nerves. But hopefully more than that, it will bring a ton of excitement. For many others, these season-openers will mark a different milestone: their final season as a high school football player.
While also exciting, this can elicit a wave of all kinds of emotions, from, feelings of nostalgia for the past, anxiety for the future, enthusiasm for the season ahead and finally being the big men (and women) on campus.
No matter which category you fall into as Friday Night Lights returns to your school or community, we’ve got some advice for fans and student-athletes excited to make the most of the football season.
You’re not alone.
Remember that you’re not the only guy on the line. And I don’t just mean that you have your teammates here to support you. You’re joining around a million other football players, and several million high school student-athletes on the line, for all of whom this September is going to be the biggest month of their recruiting.
Don’t get intimidated by that. Take heart in it. Make the most of it.
How you prepare Monday through Thursday will determine much of what happens Friday.
Alabama coaching great Bear Bryant once said, “It’s not the will to win that matters – everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.”
What this translates to for high school football student-athletes: Your Monday through Thursday regime is going to be the key to your success on Friday night this football season – and it’s going to take discipline.
From hitting the books hard, to hitting the gym and practice field hard, to getting enough sleep, however bad you want the win on Friday is going to depend on what you put in during the week. And with Week One on the horizon, now is the time to get serious about a regiment and a solid plan for success in the classroom, on the field, and in your recruitment. It’s the moments out of the spotlight that are going to make for W’s when you get there – and it’s going to be up to how bad you want it.
Get your recruiting game plan in place.
No matter what grade you’re entering this fall, if you haven’t already taken the time to sit down with your parents or caretaker to map out a recruiting game plan for September and beyond, now is the time to do so.
In the spirit of Bear Bryant’s above quote, the time and preparation you put into your recruitment is going to be what sets you apart from other student-athletes going for the same roster spots.
Between the upcoming school year, the upcoming season, and the many other things that make fall a hectic time of year, committing to a plan when it comes to your recruitment has to become a top priority, and will be so much easier with a little organization and a team effort.
It’s also important to make your high school coach aware of your aspirations for collegiate athletics, and maybe most important: make sure you’re getting plenty of game footage from the get-go and are getting it posted on your profile or out to college coaches as soon as you’re able.
Embrace this time
It really does fly, especially when your grades, your team, and your recruitment are consuming so much of it. Make sure you’re taking care of yourself, staying organized and on top of the things that matter most, and having a lot of fun along the way.
Our scouts are here to help make this season count. Get started on your football recruiting process. The best way to get started is with a recruiting profile.