Weekly Recruiting Thoughts from Legendary Recruiting Coordinator Bob Chmiel
In my last blog, I wrote about combines. usually the terms “camps” and “combines” are mentioned in the same context. But in reality, they are totally different events. A combine (as I mentioned last week) may have a skill portion attached, but the actual purpose is to secure the measurables of the athletes participating. A camp may have a combine activity included with it, but basically, the goal of a camp is to improve the skill set of each individual athlete in attendance.
“What can I expect at a camp?” “Should I attend a particular camp?” “What if I am invited to a college camp?”
These are the most asked questions when I am speaking to students and parents.
So what can you expect at a camp? Most camps mirror each other in regard to schedules and activities. Usually, coaches from the camp will be in attendance at registration, and perhaps the coach who invited you will be there to greet you. Once everyone completes dorm check-in, you will be directed to a whole-camp meeting. At this meeting, various administrative policies specific to the camp will be addressed. Afterwards, you will be directed to your position-specific meeting, where you will have the opportunity to meet the coaches with whom you will be working. These coaches will make their expectations clear to you – LISTEN and pay close attention. The following morning after breakfast there will likely be combine testing. After the testing is complete, you will return to the skills portion of the camp with your specific coaches. As the day or week moves along there will be competitions. Linemen will go one on one, and receivers will run routes versus defensive backs. Take these competitions very seriously, and ALWAYS leave it all on the field.
Should you attend a particular camp? My suggestion: attend as many camps as you can. The reason is simple: the more camps you attend, the more exposure you will receive. And exposure is essential.
What if you are invited to a college camp? My most original premise about the recruiting process is that any positive relationship is based upon trust. Feel free to candidly ask the coach who extends the invitation why he wants you to attend. Does he have such sincere interest in you? Does he want to watch you perform to determine what his interest may be? Ask those questions and make your decision accordingly. If you are yet uncertain, speak to your high school coach.
And finally, NEVER forgo your high schools camp to attend an offsite camp. The message you send in doing so is unacceptable. Nothing is more important that doing your best for your own high school team!
– Coach Bob Chmiel
About Coach Chmiel
Bob Chmiel is one of the most respected Recruiting Coordinators in the history of college football, having held the position at Northern Illinois University, Northwestern University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Notre Dame. During his illustrious career, his teams appeared in fourteen college bowl games (including six Rose Bowls). He has over twenty-five years of experience working with football recruiting, and now, he serves as Dark Horse Sports Recruiting’s Director of Football Recruiting. For more information on Coach Chmiel, visit darkhorserecruits.com.