Its a challenge for me to talk about recruiting at times because I was
brought up to let my playing do the talking, however, I have learned to
be proactive. Today’s athletes must also be patient.
My first experience in football was when my dad coached at Ashland University. I was the tee boy for the Eagles before I went to kindergarten. The first quarterback that I wanted to be was Jeff Leopold, their QB at the time. Several members of the current Ashland football coaching staff are former Eagles. Head Coach Scott Valentine, Coach Scott Sauder, Coach Brad Mumaw and my dad. Coach Carl White and Coach Jon Saccomen had a long tenure coaching at AU before coaching at Ashland High School. The managing editor for this site, Eric Frantz, also sported the purple and gold uniform. The reason that I mention all of these AU connections is that Saginaw Valley and Grand Valley are AU’s biggest rivalries – and both are recruiting me.
Recruiting has changed drastically since my dad’s recruiting days for Ashland College (he’s old school). If an athlete was an outstanding football player he had a good chance of being noticed and playing college football. Today is fast paced with combines, rankings and the internet.
Being all-Ohio isn’t enough today. There are e-mails to be sent, phone calls to be made, and visits to take. There are also camps to attend and measurables to meet. Today’s athletes must be proactive.
Its a challenge for me to talk about recruiting at times because I was brought up to let my playing do the talking, however, I have learned to be proactive. Today’s athletes must also be patient. I am working on learning to be patient. I have been able to just enjoy the recruiting process. While it can be frustrating at times, there is certainly an excitement in learning about and getting contact from schools.
A fun aspect of spring recruiting is the phone calls from college coaches. Phone calls help gauge the level of interest from schools. This week I received calls from two more Ivy League schools, Harvard and Columbia. I also have most of the Patriot League schools emailing and expressing interest as well. Coach Ruggerio from Bowling Green also called me. Ohio University called Coach Valentine and said that they would be in this week.
These phone calls and visits assist me in determining which camps to attend this summer.
Installment 1: Ashland
quarterback ready to take us on recruiting ride
Installment 3: Prom,
Vanderbilt, NIKE, Elite 11 and Boise State?
Installment 4: ESPN Elite 11 camp, NIKE camp and more coaches calling