I went in today for only four hours but was able to make the most of my time while I was there. Today, I continued recruiting and talking with some more head coaches about players that they had that they felt would be a good fit at the next level. I was able to view the players that they had sent over via hudl.com and then get them put into Front Rush as well. What I also did today was take on the project of finding new talent. In the recruiting binder we have more than several schools that did not have any student-athletes. What we normally do is look at the All Conference teams and then add the juniors to the recruiting lists. However, these schools did not have any All Conference players so I needed to do some checking in on the schools to find out what kind of players that they had. I was able to get through several of the schools by going to their Hudl page and reviewing film of them. I will be picking up tomorrow where I left off and will hopefully also hear back from some of the other coaches that I have not heard back from yet.
Today, I went back through the recruiting binder to look up the 3 star and above recruits. As I came upon them I double checked for their information. If we did not have an email address listed or a cell phone number down for them I would make a note. As I went through the binder, I came up with about 15 players that I needed to get some more contact information for. At this point, this is when I attempted to contact the head coaches of these players to obtain this information.
As most know, some head coaches are already employed by the school as teachers or administrators, however, about half of what I came up with held outside employment which makes it a little more difficult to get in touch with the coach. None the less, I was able to at least email the athletic directors or leave a message at the school for the coaches. Out of the 15 student athletes that I was reaching out about I was able to update contact information on about 75% of them. The best part was talking with the head coach for Tiffin Calver, he provided me with some more information about other players that he had that he felt would fit in at Ohio Northern. So I was able to get them in the system and will now have to evaluate their film that they have on hudl.
Today, I went back through the recruiting binder and made sure to add in all of the recruits into Front Rush. Front Rush is a recruiting site that allows a school to track those that they are recruiting and when they have made contact with those that they are recruiting as well. Also, Front Rush will also allow you to add a recruit to the roster once they commit to your school. So what I was responsible for doing was adding in any of those recruits from the binder who were not already entered into Front Rush. This actually took up most of the day by adding the players in there and then I also reevaluated a few players as I entered them in just to assure that they were rated properly.
This process is very time consuming because you want to make sure you are getting the correct data entered in and as much data as possible on each student-athlete. The biggest problem that you can run into is once you enter all of the information into the system and go to submit it and it comes back that the player is already in the system. At this point you have to search for the player and see why he was not listed under the correct school. Usually what has happened is that someone has entered the school in by hand instead of using the preloaded list of schools. It does not take long to correct it but it is that you just wasted about 10 minutes entering in information on someone that was already there to begin with.
Today, I worked on finishing up the recruiting binder and putting in new recruits. I was able to add in several more recruits and evaluate their film as well. The exciting part of this is knowing that I am getting to be part of building the next class here at Ohio Northern and hopefully putting together a championship team in the near future. There were a few hiccups in the binder as I went in to add in new recruits that I was able to fix for the coaching staff as I found them. Some of the recruits that were already listed in the database were listed under the wrong school which could have been very bad for the university. No coach wants to call a school looking for a particular athlete just to find out he is calling the wrong school. What I did was go in and correct the schools where athletes were listed at. Several that I had found were listed under the right school name just the wrong area in which the school is located. This will happen from time to time with so many schools having the same name. When I return I will be going back through the binder to ensure that all the recruits are listed at the right school and then hopefully sitting down with the coach and starting to reach out to some of the recruits that we have thought so highly of.
In early again and ready to get started this morning. This morning I went through the recruiting binder again and started adding in new recruits through another website that Ohio Northern uses for when high school athletes that are interested in coming to Ohio Northern to play. So I started at the beginning of the binder with Ashland High School and started looking to see if any players had been added. If a player had been added, I will put their name into the binder and then pull up film to watch and evaluate them based on Ohio Northern rating system for each player.
While I was not in as long as I wanted to be today, I was able to get done with over half of the binder and added in a few new names and was able to watch some film on them as well. Learning how to use and operate all the different software programs that ONU uses is going to be a big tool later down the road when I get the opportunity to interview with other schools and will also be a great addition to my resume.
Today was the only day I was able to come in this week so I needed to make today count. When I got in I grabbed my recruiting binder and got to work analyzing film on new potential recruits. As I sorted through page after page I was able to come across a few players that I knew that I had found a few players that would be able to come in and make an impact at Ohio Northern if they were to choose to come to school here. When I am analyzing the film I am looking for athletes that stand out. I am also looking for basic fundamentals but the players that stick out on film will also be the ones that offer that little something extra. I also spend time reviewing their GPA and noting this along with their ACT score if they have taken it. After six hours of reviewing film, I was able to put together some great notes on some really good players. I unfortunately won’t be back in until next week as the team is leaving tomorrow to head out for their first game of the year against Utica College in Utica, New York.
Today when I came in I had three more counties to add to the recruiting binder which was about twenty more schools to add. This meant that I needed to research more recruits and add in more recruits from the all-conference list and all district list as well. This again was very time consuming but once I finished I would be able to get back to reviewing more film and helping give Coach Paul another set of eyes for new recruits.
Once I finished up I was able to start reviewing highlights of the recruits once again. I got through two schools and then came to my opp’s moment. As I started looking up a recruit, I was not able to find any information on this particular recruit. So, thinking that this was just an odd thing, I found the same thing with the next recruit and then a third in a row. At this point, I became very concerned as to why I am not finding any information about these recruits. So I went to another school that was in the same conference and this is where I found I had made a mistake. When searching for my all-conference list, I downloaded a list that was older than what I needed. What this did was give me kids that had already graduated high school and this was why I was not able to find them when searching for them in the different tools provided. While this wasn’t a major mistake, it was a little time consuming to fix. Luckily, the conference only had 6 teams that Coach Paul was recruiting from, so all I had to do is fill out a new recruiting form and fill back in the information that was correct. Now when I come back in I have to find an updated all-conference list and add in those new recruits to the list which should not take much time at all.
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.