September 1 of every year marks the formal beginning of the college football recruiting process for tens of thousands of football players entering their junior year of high school across the country. On that date, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) regulations allow the highest-level college football programs (NCAA Divisions I and II) to begin sending recruiting materials to those student-athletes. ข่าวฟุตบอล

At this stage of the process, recruiting materials from college programs are usually form letters expressing the college’s interest in the high school player. Questionnaires are usually included too.

High school football athletes who hope to play football in college should always complete and return those questionnaires to ensure that college football coaches have as much information – especially vitally important contact information – as possible. Without that, college coaches won’t have a needed starting point for taking a further look at a player and evaluate him.

Receiving a letter from a nationally ranked college program is good news that’s tremendously exciting to players and their families. But those players and families should also understand what those recruiting letters are – and what they are not.

If a player gets letters from a college, that’s certainly a sure sign that he’s of some interest, probably because he is performing well as a high school player, or has the size, weight, strength or speed to get that attention. But at least hundreds, and probably thousands, of other high school junior football players are also receiving those letters from that same college.

Getting a form letter at this stage of the college football recruiting process means simply that a player is on a college football program’s mailing list. It doesn’t mean that the player is being recruited, but only that the college probably wants to evaluate him to determine if he should be recruited to meet that team’s needs.