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5 Top Things Every High School Football Player Should Know About September

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The following is a post by Chris Burget, a head scout at NCSA Athletic Recruiting, who regularly contributes to our blog, as well as his own at Coach Chris on Twitter. Chris played football at the University of Arizona, where he received a full scholarship. You can also find Chris on Twitter @Coach_Chris99.

You can talk to Chris and other football scouts about your football recruiting process and how you can maximize your chances of getting a football scholarship.

The month of September is my favorite month of the year for a number of reasons. It’s a time where the changing of the seasons bring my favorite passions together: football and hunting. The fall is the time where both football players and bull elk battle for dominance. Here are the top 5 things I think every high school football player should know about September.

September is a month full of change.

From the leaves turning colors to the weekly upsets on the football fields. Young athletes take to football fields all over the country battling on the gridiron in the month of September, competing against the best non-league schedules across the nation.

Each year in September, competition has already begun with a top football team upset. For instance, the number one ranked team in the country, De La Salle of California, lost its opener against Trinity of Texas. Yes: it’s September, change is here and it’s only going to get better with epic gridiron battles taking place every weekend.

September is the month where school starts.

Don’t lose sight of your academics.

Student-athletes should be meeting with counselors to see where they stand with their academics, GPA, and upcoming ACT/SAT tests. The best way to go into the season is knowing where you stand, and preparing just like you would for competition on the field. Be prepared for tests and earn the best grades you can.

September is the month where college coaches are watching film and following high school football players.

It’s an early start to the recruiting season.

It’s critical that aspiring college athletes have an online presence where college coaches can find all the stats, video and information from a verified third party.

Companies like Max Preps, Rivals and NCSA all do a great job of a verified third party resource college coaches can trust.

September is the month where Division I college coaches can pick up the phone and begin connecting with student athletes.

They can start doing this once a week from opening day classes of senior year.

Connecting with student athletes early helps develop strong relationships through out the recruiting process.

September is the month where all the hard work of practicing, lifting, studying, weight lifting and dedication begin to pay off.

Over the next few months athletes will be tested daily. Football is the sport where team members pull together as a cohesive unit striving for a common goal.

In addition to helping student-athletes understand the recruiting process, I’m an avid hunter. And it’s like this:

Like the epic bull elk that competes for dominance in the backcountry, high school football players take to the field and battle to win. For those who never give up and push through the pain and tough circumstances, there is a reward at the end of the tunnel that only few get to taste.

Good luck to all athletes competing in your upcoming season. Football is truly the greatest sport on the planet!


Chris and other football scouts can help you make the most of your September on and off the footblal field. The best way to get started is with a recruiting profile.

About the author
Andy McKernan

Andy McKernan is the content strategist at NCSA Athletic Recruiting. A content marketer with a background in creative writing, Andy brings several years of experience to NCSA.