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Always KISS

How fitting to be talking KISS the day after Valentines day. I hope you all spent quality time with your sweetheart. However, KISS is an acronym for Keep It Simple Stupid. Something many sales people are reminded of in sales meeting and industry conferences. Also something we forget to do on a daily basis and need reminding from time to time.
In the football world many were so crazed in weeks or even months past to declare a college decision on February 7th, the first day of NLI that lasts until April 1st in mainly football and soccer. However, it has become a stressful day for both athletes, coaches and parents. What has been forgotten is KISS. To keep it simple stupid we must reflect on what the goal is or was and that is gaining a post secondary education. Also to be at a place that is mutual to your goals and the opportunity to play athletics. So to those still trying to decide I say KUDOS to you for taking the time to decide your fate. As for those 2019 graduates all I can say is KISS. Do not worry or feel pressured to keep up with the Jones’ or run yourself in the ground by flying all over the globe to get an offer or attend some underwear olympics event. Remember to KISS.As for getting noticed or exposed just remember KISS. The college coaches often say 50-75% of recruiting is based on film. So if you have limited Varsity film, I doubt being a globetrotter is a solution to your issues. Stay home and KISS. Yes stay home and work out with your team mates and build bonds in the weight room or secondary or tertiary sports. High school should be FUN! Once you KISS remember another piece of the puzzle is academia. While 2.3 might be the minimum for some gifted athletes it is well known a 3.2 GPA combined with a high ACT or SAT gets you more qualified. The other part will be the evaluation period which should be getting your cleats on their turf. Basically attend the colleges you researched with your school councillor that is a correct fit for you. If the school seeks candidates with a 4.1 GPA and 33 ACT you better KISS. Again have obtainable goals and do your homework and remember to always KISS, Keep It Simple Stupid..

If you have been a long time follower you will know to attend all local college events for FREE and put your cleats on college campus events. The only paid ones are listed on the cofridaynightlights.com website and will be updated as information becomes available.

Until the season starts best wishes to all in the off season and we will see you on the field or on Twitter As always we will post #BreakingNews on @303Gonzo twitter and facebook.A few dates to circle on the calendar:
February 7, 2018 1st official day to sign NLI until April 1st
May 1, 2018 access to 8th graders into OTAs
August 6, 2018 Start to 2018 Colorado football day 1 practice (No Contact or Pads)
August 23-25, 2018 Week 1 start to 2018 Colorado football season formerly zero week now called week one.

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The “Offer” & How It All Works

Last July, I released an article on College football recruiting. This explained attending college campus’ and NOT hustle money camps. Today we will take a look at what the “offer” means and how it should be viewed in current college football recruiting.

Every year the recruiting game is a brand new world for athletes and parents. Obviously recruiting is the lifeblood of a college program, but many fans didn’t really follow it year-round. They just wait to see the product on the field and don’t know any better.

The last few years though, recruiting has absolutely taken off, and the importance and the interest has grown immensely to the point there are multiple dedicated subscription paid websites.

So as someone who has followed recruiting closely for awhile now, I thought I’d give you a quick rundown of a trend going on in college football recruiting, and it centers around the “offer“.

Someone asked me the other day, “what the heck is the point of offering a kid a scholarship if he can’t accept it or commit to it?”

What he’s referring to are offers given to kids, that are clarified to be offers that are NOT committable. Meaning if the player tried to commit to the offer, he’d probably be turned down or told to wait. Almost like having last weeks winning lottery ticket numbers played this week.

So the question stands, why make an offer to a kid if you won’t accept his commitment?

Here’s why.

Most “offers” to kids at this stage, are bogus offers. Sure many are the real deal, but many are nothing more than a way for the school to stay in the game with a prospect without losing ground on him to other schools. When in reality, the offer isn’t a committable one, though it could be down the road.

      1. These “offers” mostly consist of certain verbiage such as, “we are offering you a scholarship depending on three main goals being met:
      1. keeping your grades up,
      2. continuing to get better on the field,
      3. staying out of trouble off the field.

    That way the school has “offered” the prospect, but they have given themselves wiggle room if the prospect wanted to commit right then, saying the offer is based on certain things that must be met first.

    Nowadays, offers go out before evaluations are even made on many of these kids. If not, then you won’t sign up many of these prospects to on field camps. So if you “offer” a player before making an evaluation, you can see why the so-called offers aren’t exactly iron clad.

    Now that the college game is making money and coaches well compensated, you better be very sure about a player before you sign him, or you will be fired. Well  This approach to vet high school athletes  to college is to make sure about a kid before they are offered a scholarship over a series of years. Years beyond the coach in some instances.

    Problem with that is by the time a full evaluation is done on a player, if you haven’t offered him, other schools have and you don’t have a chance to sign him. Especially now with a December early signing period and a truncated off season for coaches.

    Basically the “offers” are a way to keep the school in the thick of the race for the kid, but if he tried to commit at that time, he would be turned down. That’s the way the game is being played now. Usually by July prior to a senior season a decision should be made at the division one level. Unless a late bloomer arises it is fairly certain a Senior will not be recruited at the highest level and the NAIA, D2, D3 coaches will set up events to lure you to their campus events from November to January.

    Many colleges  have offered well over 150 kids to a scholarship this year so far. Keep in mind you can only bring in 25 players a year, so offering 150 -300 seems outrageous. But not when you take into account that many of those offers are simply a way to stay in touch with a player that might be further down the board, but you might want him down the road if you have lost out on other top targets. It basically gives you a backup plan.

    Some might think this is disingenuous to the player if he thinks he has an offer, but it really does not. The kid could turn down other schools thinking he has an offer from a big time school, only to find out that it isn’t exactly a committable offer at the time. But that’s the way the game is being played right now, and it’s up to the player to find out just how sincere this offer is.

    If school A reads about a stud player that has 10 offers, that school will most likely send an offer in the mail as well, whether they think they want him or not. The point is to not fall behind in case you do need or want that player.

    So you get your foot in the door with an “offer”, and then evaluate him. If he’s a player you want, then you become the first school to offer him, and he remembers that and it’s your advantage.

    If he’s a player you do not want, then you just forget to call him come spring.

    Offers breed offers.

    I can’t tell you how many times you will see a kid that is relatively under the radar get an offer from a big time BCS school, and within a month he will have interest from many more programs. If one premier school is “offering” the kid, then maybe we should get in on him too. In some instances alumni force coaches to make offers to family friends to kick start the process. Also if another family member had success they will take a gamble prior to the evaluation or film study.

  1. The bottom line is you have to offer kids earlier now, if you don’t, you probably won’t land the prospect because everyone else already has “offered” him.

    Recruiting is an ever evolving game, and this is just one of many little “secrets” that recruiting entails, but you must grasp this concept to have a better understanding of how the game is being played these days.

    All we can say is DO NOT believe the hype of rankings, ratings and stars. It just takes one coach to believe in an athlete and if you attended a college camp of a school you have interest in attending if athletics was not an option that should be your best plan A. Attending college or a university should be about post secondary education not a future in sports. Like an “Offer” you as a student have to evaluate your future and the next 60 years of life. So chose wisely and keep informed as it is your future at stake. Make the right choices and a campus you can call home for 4, 5 or even 6 years.

    If you have been a long time follower you will know to attend all local college events for FREE and put your cleats on college campus events. The only paid ones are listed on the cofridaynightlights.com website and will be updated as information becomes available.

    Until the season starts best wishes to all in the off season and we will see you on the field or on Twitter As always we will post #BreakingNews on @303Gonzo twitter and facebook.A few dates to circle on the calendar:
    February 7, 2018 1st official day to sign NLI until April
    May 1, 2018 access to 8th graders into OTAs
    August 6, 2018 Start to 2018 Colorado football day 1 practice (No Contact or Pads)
    August 23-25, 2018 Week 1 start to 2018 Colorado football season formerly zero week now called week one.

The BIG day !?

The Big day is ambiguous today of all days. Many are waking up to prepare for the ultimate end of the season in the Super Bowl. Some for the interaction with others as socialites to watch million dollar commercial ad placementss and others to find out if the Patriots can tie the Steelers for 6 titles or the first title for Philadelphia. In addition to all this hoopla there are the athletes returning from visitations to colleges for what may be their big decision day on Wednesday February 7th, the first day of signing day that concludes on April 1. At the same time today starts the quiet period in recruiting, which means prospects can be on campus but coaches come off the road and can not have in person contact off campus. At midnight the dead period starts until 7 am Wednesday which means no in person contact.

Since we are talking about high school athletes to the next level it is interesting to note that several college level athletes are watching todays big game hoping to be playing in the league one day. Since late November and definitely in December these potential draft picks or free agents were and are preparing for the annual pro days or NFL combine in March.

So there are many things happening today including a few faculty members, football committee members and principals discussing a BIG decision in the hiring of their new head coach for 2018 in Colorado high school football. In essence the off season officially begins at the highest level on Monday February 5th. Also a day where college coaches are hoping their hard work paid off and the youngsters officially commit on Wednesday to solidify its roster. In Colorado high school football it might signal the start of OTAs. However, for many competitive coaches and teams this process was in full effect on November 6th or 3 months ago. Probably the difference of winning the 4th quarter and a few more games. After all you have to win the mental make up of the off season that lasts 9 months and an in season lasts 3 months or maybe 3.5 months if you are in the state title game. Therefore, nothing in the past matters it is what you can do in the off season to advance your team and its goals. So maybe the Dig day is a series of events leading up to that one day you consider The BIG day!

If you have been a long time follower you will know to attend all local college events for FREE and put your cleats on college campus events. The only paid ones are listed on the cofridaynightlights.com website and will be updated as information becomes available.

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Until the season starts best wishes to all in the off season and we will see you on the field or on Twitter As always we will post #BreakingNews on @303Gonzo twitter and facebook.A few dates to circle on the calendar:
February 7, 2018 1st official day to sign NLI until April
May 1, 2018 access to 8th graders into OTAs
August 6, 2018 Start to 2018 Colorado football day 1 practice (No Contact or Pads)
August 23-25, 2018 Week 1 start to 2018 Colorado football season formerly zero week now called week one.

It’s the HCs fault

It is week 5 of the 2018 New Year and 9 days away from the first day of NLI, National Letter of Intent also known as signing day that concludes April 1 for football. In years past the final days of January were extremely crucial to potential D1 prospects. However, in 2017 college coaches ratified the proposed early signing day that took place on December 20-22, 2017. In the past this was exclusively for mid season transfers and Junior college transfers. Nevertheless nearly 75% of the graduating 2018 class inked their names to agreements while the remaining 25% gave strong verbal commitments. So December was a big success for mostly athletes and parents as the stress level deescalated over the holidays and now the final days college coaches can ease their way into the final stretch knowing their future rostered players.

For many 2018 graduating athletes they knew their fates about this time last year. These athletes relied on their sophomore varsity video and academics to get them noticed by college recruiting coaches. For a vast majority these same athletes had a high school head coach or even an assistant coach that gave colleges a reason to come back and recruit their rising juniors. Asking for advice of head coaches has been an age long process. However, the modern day landscape includes tertiary parties sometimes referred to as club coaches, personal trainers or handlers. The later becoming more vocal against the high school head coaches who probably know the kids better than anyone who are not paid to pump sunshine and make D1 promises.

Just like coaches picking players as captains who understand and embrace the opportunity to be a team leader is important, so is selecting a high school head coach. As high schools host open houses this is the time to interview the coaching staffs. Over the course of 4 years these will be the folks that lead your son or daughter and make decisions on the court or field to benefit the team. It will be up to the individual to perform in the class room and on the practice surfaces to make an impact not the tertiary parties being paid to tell you It’s the HCs fault.


One of many programs that openly post and praise colleges for stopping by to evaluate their talents.


These are the coaching staffs that allow their athletes access to college programs. If you have the talent and grades most schools will take note and your high school coaching staff will advocate for you for free! The same can be said of the school councilors as they are often the contact for transcripts and course curriculum. Yes college and universities actually want to know you beyond the field. So the next time you enter the sunshine pump please ask, Why do you criticize my coach? Then mention their unfavorable negative judgment may be hurting me as It is NOT the HCs fault that I am away from our teams OTAs or routine events and they do not know me because I have been paying you to get me recruited and have been away from my team to bond properly. Now it is the 11th hour and I have no D1 offers as promised or the ability to make a commitment to further my post secondary education or next level play.  I am relying on the contacts my high school coach mentioned. Meanwhile my coaches warned me about putting team first instead of me, me, me! Now I know what he meant by be prepared and do the little things that lead to bigger things. Unfortunately I bought into It’s the HCs fault. So lesson learned and I hope others do not make the same mistake and enjoy time with friends or team mates during their 4 years rather than being sold some magic beans and empty promises.

In the end question everything. Especially all the  tertiary  parties trying to expose your bank accounts for some meaningless camp, all star game or hand timed combine event that does very little to help further your development. If you have been a long time follower you will know to attend all local college events for FREE and put your cleats on college campus events. The only paid ones are listed on the cofridaynightlights.com website and will be updated as information becomes available.

Until the season starts best wishes to all in the off season and we will see you on the field or on Twitter As always we will post #BreakingNews on @303Gonzo twitter and facebook.A few dates to circle on the calendar:
January 25, 2018 Football proposal vote PASSED
February 7, 2018 1st official day to sign NLI until April
May 1, 2018 access to 8th graders into OTAs
August 6, 2018 Start to 2018 Colorado football day 1 practice (No Contact or Pads)
August 23-25, 2018 Week 1 start to 2018 Colorado football season formerly zero week now called week one.

Recruiting services rankings

National Signing Day came early for the class of 2018. The inaugural December 20-22, 2017 National Letter of Intent was successful as athletes and parents are feeling comfortable heading into the holiday season. Executing a binding contract now allows athletes to focus on having fun in their final semester of high school similar to years past as early enrollees who signed secured their future immediately to participate in January classes. This year is special as high school players commit and sign the NLI prior to the February 7th, 2018 date or 7 weeks in advance. However, many will say it hurt my class ranking.


What many will have to learn is sports is a way to gain an education. Unfortunately the formation of for profit recruiting services have created rankings for prospects. The scouting reports or grades have been impacted by area journalists that have a football IQ. Unfortunately these services are often suspect because there are so many. Like every other business consolidation has occurred as CBS interactive now owns CBSSports, Sportsline, MaxPreps, 24/7sports and Scout. Meanwhile Rivals is owned by Yahoo and ESPN300 by Disney. So in essence there is a triple headed monster that share data but will always be Subjective as information or writing is based on personal opinions, interpretations, points of view, emotions and judgment. Conversely the objective approach in which information or analysis is fact-based, measurable and observable is only provided by one National service that also has a television partnership. So in reality players play and coaches will notice you if you submit film and have great college board exams and transcripts that reflect GPA. Also it helps if you perform well enough year around so that when college coaches visit your high school coach will advocate for you to play next level. November is a big evaluation period as is April 15-May 31. However, some coaches might be requesting class of 2019 athletes to visit them in February or March in the new truncated evaluation recruit process.

So once again recruiting services rankings really do NOT matter much as nearly every coach wants to see athletes on their turf. The coverage of recruiting and exposure of it is for fans. Coaches care more about the players that have great character and they can build them into better athletes and students. So rankings are similar to all state voting as sometimes it is a popularity contest and sometimes it is merit based. The issue always becomes about the population pool. Has everyone in the state been noticed or evaluated or properly been identified. In most instances the answer is no and you see that as no stars or recruits make it big at the next level.


So the next time someone references recruiting services rankings just ask, how much is this going to coast me? Yes it is an annual subscription fee to sell you hype and a few local sports stories about your favorite team or player. Yes it is nice to be recognized but how accurate are the top 250 or 300 player listings based on the sample size. Many will know after a 5 year period as players graduate and in some instances the coaches are forced to move on. The successful coaches build winners and stay the course that produces consistency and a few championships.

Recruiting Colorado Signing Day 2018 in December 2017

365 days a year @303Gonzo has you covered and today is very special for statewide Colorado Athletes 

The inaugural early signing period for major college football, Division 1 began at 7 am Wednesday and will conclude on Friday December 22. 72 hours of tracking student athletes to the next level from the fine state of Colorado. College football prospects will have an opportunity to lock up a scholarship and formally sign a National Letter of Intent early with a program of their choice during the Early Signing Period. Our coverage began moths ago but Beginning at 7 am Wednesday morning and lasting through Friday this is the list.

Signing Day Commitments:

Max Borghi Day 3 signing


Gentry


Jackson


Spencer Lovell
CSU was verbal but NOT on Wednesday list
As of Day 3 nothing official

McBride


McCann


Ted Mullin

Muma

Murray


Issac Power


Robinson


Stanley


Stenstrom


Vivens


Watts


Wildeman

14 of 16 expected to sign National Letter of intent have done so in the early hours. Awaiting final 2 that might wait until next year. 15th player signs on day 3.

Jake Heimlicher of RJ commits

December 20-22, 2017 is the inaugural early signing period in which many Seniors are announcing their intents to sign with a particular school. The National Letter of Intent makes it official and many student athletes will ink pen to paper to make the transaction binding. Others will make verbal commitments and sign on February 7th, 2018 so they can visit and make sure their verbal is final.


Today Jake Heimlicher has given his verbal to PENN and will join former teammate ACE ESCOBEDO a SOPHOMORE DL 6’3″ 290 LBS from AURORA, COLO. and REGIS JESUIT alumni. In addition Heimlicher, Jake will join familiar Colorado athletes in FAIRVIEW graduate KAILASH GRAHAM-BELL a DL 6’6″ 235LBS a current SOPHOMORE from BOULDER, COLO, plus AUSTIN COOPER a DB 6’0″ 200 LBS and SOPHOMORE of CENTENNIAL, COLO. & CHERRY CREEK HS as well as COOPER GARDNER a JUNIOR from BROOMFIELD, COLO.DL 6’1″ 270 LBS played at BROOMFIELD HS.


RAY PRIORE the Head Coach has done well in Colorado!
Jake Heimlicher of Rejis Jesuit with his family members on hand made his commitment live on a local Denver TV station just before the 5pm MST hour.

In previous days Jake told @303Gonzo, "I am committing to PENN!"
When asked Will you sign an NLI on Wednesday? 
"No, in February I will sign per IVY league protocol."
Also are you going to early enroll in January?
"I will not early enroll."

Heimlicher’s worked hard in the classroom (3.5 GPA) and has offers from California, Colorado, Penn, Princeton, Brown, Hawaii, Air Force, Wyoming, Montana State and Northern Colorado. Ultimately it was PENN who will get arguably the best sack athlete the past two seasons in 5A Colorado football. Heimlicher’s 44 career sacks over three seasons for Regis varsity football ranks only second in state history behind Corte Tapia, Windsor HS who finished with 46 from 2013-16 and attends Colorado State.
Until next year best wishes to all and we will see you on the field.A few dates to circle on the calendar:

December 20-22, 2017 Early signing or NLI day
January 25, 2018 New 2 year cycle vote for football
February 7, 2018 1st official day to sign NLI until April
August 6, 2018 proposed start to 2018 Colorado football day 1 practice

Eye Test: What is this?

Before any athlete hits a college campus they might hear the term “Eye Test” and many do not understand the term. So if you take a look at the chart below you will see what many coaches have used for years to identify players at each level.
The “Eye Test” refers to how a coach measures a potential athlete when they meet them for the first time. So it is a way to judge an athlete before actually measuring or weighing the potential recruit if offered to visit the schools campus. In addition it is a test to see if the athlete properly filled out a questionnaire or accurately portrayed measurables on websites or video profiles. This also could be considered a test of character. A few pounds or a half inch might night be a big deal. However, stating being 6 foot 3 when the athlete is 5 foot 11 could be an issue.

NOTE: In 2010 the average Male was 5’10” and 196lbs.

So the next time you head to the doctors office make sure they have an electronic scale and have positioned the measuring aparatus correctly. Otherwise do not be alarmed when you are weighed and measured at a campus visit and it varies from the doctors office visit.

The “Eye Test” is just one of many steps in the evaluation and recruiting process. A process that can take up to a year if not more depending on the college or university.

Until next year best wishes to all and we will see you on the field.
A few dates to circle on the calendar:
December 20-22, 2017 Early signing or NLI day
February 7, 2018 1st official day to sign NLI until April

Joshia Davis commits

Joshia Davis

The Junior  of Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch, CO that measures 5’10” and 180 lbs has two offers from two in State Colorado schools has made it clear to @303Gonzo he will
declare CU as an early enrollee in January 2019.

Some will say you will always remember your 1st

At approximately 4:51pm MST Davis went on air at a local television station to make the announcement. Joshia now becomes the first class of 2019 football player to make the commitment to play football. Ty Evans had that distinction this summer that did not last as he offered his decommitment after the coaching staff moved on. Some may split hairs as Davis will graduate in December of 2018 but is classified as a 2019 recruit.

The videos will speak volumes but the statistics do not do justice for Davis as Valor was often ahead in games prompting coaches to insert younger players into games by the 2nd and 3rd quarters of most games to gain much needs reps.
So the Black and Gold will have to wait until Spring 2019 to see Davis in action unless they attend a Valor game. Currently the Colorado 2018 season will kick off August 23-25, 2018. Davis has two State championship rings and will be gunning for number 3 as he trains at Uncle Blacks in the off season.

Uncle Blacks is located at 1865 W Union Ave Unit U Englewood, CO 80110

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Until next year best wishes to all and we will see you on the field.A few dates to circle on the calendar:
December 20-22, 2017 Early signing or NLI day
February 7, 2018 1st official day to sign NLI until April
August 6, 2018 proposed start to 2018 Colorado football day 1 practice


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Recruiting Colorado leads to opportunities for the future

Highlands Ranch, CO was the place to be if you were a student athlete seeking to be a Colorado recruit. Nearly 500 youngsters along with parents lined up around 5:30 to attend the 5th annual 6pm event that featured nearly 50 colleges eager to meet football players wanting to play at the next level.


It was a calm and cool setting about 5:45 as the college coaches put the final touches on the event booths awaiting the line that was forming outside the gymnasium at Valor Christian.

Soon before 6pm the doors opened and numerous anxious football players calmly line up to meet college coaches and ask pressing questions. There were big lines at two Colorado colleges in Mesa University and CSU Pueblo but all the patrons got their shot to talk to the coaches as the event ended at 8:30pm.

 


Tonight was not about getting awards or about team. It was about individuals learning how to navigate the process of applying to colleges and universities and talking to coaches about how well you did in the classroom and on the field. Everyone in attendance filled out a share file that had key components all colleges seek to identify potential next level student athletes.

Some of those questions answered were GPA, College board scores and a link to highlight film or videos. In addition to the usual height, weight and offensive and defensive positions played. So the night became about what may be the right fit for the next several years and earning a degree.

Some of the college coaches were bold and stated the facts. Some even brought in admissions personnel to examine the numbers and give advice to high school students and parents. Coach Yen of Lewis and Clark, OR talks to Zach Canales about Salmon fishing in addition to the features and benefits of obtaining a degree.  Meanwhile parents of Brock Langren are told about WUE and how out of state tuition is more affordable than in state Colorado. In an adjacent line Neo Sather, a 2019 graduate, learns about Benedictine College, in neighboring Kansas. All in all nearly 500 students gained much needed knowledge on how to apply for college with the ability of playing football at the next level. So Wednesday was a success for Colorado kids and the families that travel from Utah and Wyoming to learn both long and short term plans for future opportunities. Now the real homework begins as parent plan trips to visit campuses and make sure the GPA and college board exams of their student athletes are on target for the application process.

Until next year best wishes to all and we will see you on the field.
A few dates to circle on the calendar:
December 20-22, 2017 Early signing or NLI day
February 7, 2018 1st official day to sign NLI until April