The summer camp tour is completed. We added 920 miles the weekend of
July 23rd to make the grand total roughly 5,200 miles. I visited 14
campuses, survived throwing in the heat wave of 2010 and met players
from across the country. I received coaching and advice from top college
coaches. It has been a productive summer but I am excited to start the
season with two-a-days.
The summer camp tour is completed. We added 920 miles the weekend of July 23rd to make the grand total roughly 5,200 miles. I finished with a camp at Cornell and an unofficial visit to Colgate. I visited 14 campuses, survived throwing in the heat wave of 2010, and met players from across the country. I received coaching and advice from top college coaches. It has been a productive summer but I am excited to start the season with two-a-days.
I have gained real insight into recruiting this summer. The ironic thing for me, is that prior to the tour, the schools that I considered my favorites are not the same at the completion of my tour. Cornell and Colgate were not on my original list but these two schools feel like a good fit for me. This was my second trip to Cornell and the energy from the coaches on the field was equal to the energy during my unofficial visit. At the conclusion of the camp, my family and I had our second one-on-one with head coach Kent Austin.
The offer process is different in the Ivy League because it is non-scholarship and solely need-based. Athletes must meet rigorous academic standards and are placed in four academic index bands. My interest essay has been revised and accepted. I am waiting to hear the numbers presented in the financial package. My parents are definitely waiting to hear the financial numbers.
The offensive coordinator for Colgate, Coach Dan Hunt, invited me for an unofficial visit to Colgate. Colgate is about an hour and a half away from Cornell in Hamilton, New York. Colgate is a winning program in the FCS Patriot League. I liked the facilities, the campus, the tradition and the academic reputation but the most intriguing part to me as a quarterback is the spread-option offense. The quarterback accounts for a large percentage of the offense in running and passing with the freedom to check plays at the line of scrimmage. The Patriot League also participates in the playoffs. Ashland’s run in the playoffs in 2009 was an experience a high school football player doesn’t forget. I would like to experience the playoffs in the next level as well.
Cornell and Colgate are my two favorite schools in the two leagues recruiting me the heaviest. Both leagues have great football and great academics. There is no denying the value of an Ivy League education. There is also no denying the enticement of the playoffs. However, one thing that I have learned from this summer tour, is that favorites change.
Congratulations to the players in 2011 that have made their decisions and commitments in college football. Patience and luck to those of us not yet committed. We all put the recruiting stuff aside for now. Now its about our teams, our schools and our towns in Ohio. Four weeks until kickoff……let’s go!
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
Installment 6: Next
Level Combine, Ohio U, Youngstown State and Air Force
Installment 8: Camp
season in full swing; what players need to know
Installment 9: Getting ready for 1,600 miles, five camps in
Installment 10: 1,895 miles, five camps, two visits and BCS vs I-AA recruiting
Installment 11: 1,600 more miles, 50 QBs and making a mark