Today, as I came in, I was focusing on going through the updated recruiting list and using another coaching website tool, called Ohio Scouting. Before I could start this though, Coach Paul sat down with me and went over several different recruiting videos so I could see what he is looking for with different recruits as far as athletic ability. He then noted how I would rate each player from a 1 star to a 4 star for their system. A 1 star would be someone who just would not fit their system or be able to play at this level to a 4 star as someone who just jumps out at you and you just recognize the talent level they have. I started with the first county listed and then went through the website to see if the recruit was listed in the website. If he was, I would update his information as far weight, height, GPA, ACT score, and home phone number in which he could be reached.
After all this was updated I would link on to their Hudl website to view their Junior highlights. Some would have very few highlights while others may have about 10 minutes or more of video. This was something that was very exciting for me because I do coach football and getting to evaluate film and rate potential recruits is something that I have always wanted to do. I was only able to make through a couple of the counties before it was time to leave but I was able to view several recruits that would be able to come in and make a big impact at Ohio Northern.
This week I am starting at putting in three days a week and six hours a day working in Ohio Northern University’s football department. Today, I went in and was working directly with Head Coach Dean Paul putting together his recruiting binder. I went through about 8 different counties updating the possible recruits for each school in that particular county. I used a website call Front Rush checking in on possible recruits to see if they were listed in the system. After doing this, I went through and gathered all of the All-Conference teams for the conferences that the high schools played in. Here, I went through and highlighted all of the juniors that made the all-conference teams and added them to the recruit list for the head coach. This part was very time consuming and literally took the entire time I was at the office today. Tomorrow when I come in I will be getting to review some of the Hudl films for the recruits that I have added to the recruiting binder.
Today was the second day of fall camp for the Polar Bears. I went out to the second practice of the day to observe how the practice was set up and ran. It was a rainy day for the Polar Bears to practice in but the intensity level was high and filled with excitement as the student-athletes were excited to be back out on the field learning and practicing hard. The practice is broken down into units. By this I mean the offensive line works by themselves, TE, QB, RB’s, WR and then the same goes for the defensive units. The entire practice is divided up into 30 periods of 4 minutes. However, every few periods, the break out of the units to go into team practice and run the offense and defense in live situational practice. They will run a couple of periods like this and then break back down into units. At some points certain units will get together to do some work, such as the offensive line and TE’s and work on fundamental double team blocking. Once the 30 periods are up they break up into three team units where they do their conditioning drills. At this point, communication and listening are emphasized in order to get into the correct formations yelled out by the coaches. If they are not followed, it is followed up with more conditioning in order to get them all on the same page. At the end of practice, it is an overview of what the coach saw and liked and what they need to improve upon. Overall, the team practiced well and it was exciting to see how a practice was detailed out to the minute in order to make sure each position got in the work needed.