Weekly Recruiting Thoughts from Legendary Recruiting Coordinator Bob Chmiel
The recruiting process can be a very complicated endeavor. However, the fact is that it involves many of the principles of any of the relationships we have in life. From the very first day that you begin the process, please understand that anything and everything that you do or say may impact the interest level of different college coaches. In looking at the broader picture of the process, many items are of the upmost importance: creating a great highlight tape, building a strong transcript, thinking about camps and combines. The obvious list goes on.
In this note to you, I want to emphasize the most basic of all the items in the process: “there is no second chance at a great first impression.”
A few suggestions to help you along the way from someone who was on the other side of the desk. If I call you as a college coach and you are not available, my call goes to your voice mail. What do I hear when this happens? Think about it. What does your voicemail sound like? Remember again that this may be my first impression of you. My suggestion to you is to take ownership of this process and know this journey of recruiting will be the most important journey of your young life. Moreover, it can very well determine what the next 40 years of your life will look like.
I totally understand peer pressure and all that goes with it. However, you must look at this as business trip. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to present yourself and your resume to the college or colleges of your choice. As I move forward with this note I want ask you to put yourself in the position of the coach who is calling you. I want you to think of what he initially feels about you.
My suggestion for your voicemail message is simple: “Hello, this is (insert your name) I am sorry I missed your call, please leave a message, thank you. Probably does not sound “too cool”, but in my opinion, “cool” is when you sign with the school of your dreams.
In future editions of “Coach’s Corner”, I’ll talk about the other ways to impress coaches early in the recruiting process.
– 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.