I’ve received a number of emails over the last few weeks so I just wanted to shoot out an email that pertains to recruitment and things I feel that could help you. It’s a long email, but worth the read. This pertains mainly to high school athletes, but can be of value for college athletes (see the 4th bullet). If your son is an under classman, it might be worth the read to know what to expect when they become juniors & seniors.
1. Recruiting Options: There are a number of organizations out there that will probably contact you telling them that they can help your son get into college. If you get contacted let me, know who they are. Here are some good ones out there.
- a. NCSA Athletic Recruiting- seems to be the popular one out there and pretty legit. Their service is about $1000-2000+ but they claim to have a pretty high placement ratio. I know it’s pretty expensive, but possibly for the few thousand dollar investment, you could yield a $90,000+ 4 year scholarship. But before you commit, really try to find out how they promote your son; maybe what their placement ratio is for specialists; ask a list of past specialists they’ve placed; and even ask them for a reference that you can call and talk to a player or parent about their experience.
b. Me- I have a growing list of college coaches that I will also email on your behalf. I will do it for FREE. I’ve only be coaching specialists for 2 years, but I have 106 coaches right now between Div 1, 2, 3 that I can contact. If you have any coaches or schools in particular you are interested in, please let me know and I’ll help you out and write a letter of recommendation.
c. Tom Feely of Feely Kicking- I think he offers the best value for college exposure. He developed an email blasting service where he will send out a direct email to any college coaches of any division level for you. He’ll send out a bio, head shot, highlight film and kicking/punting/snapping resume. You pay $300 for any single division of football you want, and $50 for each additional division to want to target. You can even target just coaches in a particular conference. I trust Tom Feely in what he does. He ran a camp with me this summer, which some of you attended and we’ll continue doing a camp together in the future. For the cost of mailing out highlight films and postage, this beats all that cost. Last year when he developed it, he went 8 for 8 on getting kickers scholarships. I’m sure it’s hard to keep that ratio going, but impressive none the less. Here is a link to what he does. If you call him 813-205-5008 reference me, and he may give you a little discount or something, I’m not sure.http://feelykicking.com/videoblaster.asp2. Highlight Film-
a. Send it to me- Please email me your highlight film as you get it created. If you have film from last year, please send me the link. I've started emailing me college coaches about many of the Senior/Junior kickers I'm working with, and will try to do so on a monthly basis. So if you have any college you have particular interest in, I would be willing to email them as well. But you need to be active in the recruitment process yourself to reach out to the college coaches telling them you are interested in their program. Don’t just expect that every coach will start calling you because you were All Conference. Think of this like a Job Interview but for education. Be Proactive!!
b. List me as a Reference- If you want, you can list me as a reference on a slide of your highlight film. You can put my name, email, cell phone and website if you want. I will give positive feedback to any coach that contacts me, but also a real assessment, even on areas that can be improved on.
c. YouTube or Vimeo- Upload your highlight film to an online video site, like YouTube or Vimeo.com
d. Resume- Create a Kicking/Punting/Snapping resume. If you were all conference, all metro, player of the week for some football site, received a team award, list that, even if it was for the scout team. Now is the time you brag about yourself and not be humble.
e. Accolades- Email me all those accolades to, so I know how things worked out for you. So if I do email a coach on your behalf, I’m up to date on everything. I’ll also post it on my website on our “Honor Role” tab for more recognition if a coach checks out my site.
f. My Goals- My pay off in the end, is knowing that I gave it my all for you to reach your goals!
3. Links on Recruiting Tips (There are many links out there, but I feel this is very valuable advice)
a. Recruiting Realities - http://nationalcampseries.com/recruitingrealities.asp?eventid=1
b. Your Game Plan- http://nationalcampseries.com/yourgameplan.asp?eventid=1
c. NCAA Eligibility- http://nationalcampseries.com/ncaaeligibility.asp?eventid=1
d. Finding the Right College- http://nationalcampseries.com/findingtherightcollege.asp?eventid=1
e. Marketing Yourself to College- http://nationalcampseries.com/marketingyourself.asp?eventid=1
f. The Importance of Online Video- http://nationalcampseries.com/onlinevideo.asp?eventid=1
g. Social Networks- http://nationalcampseries.com/socialnetworks.asp?eventid=1
4. NCS Super Camp
a. NCS Invitation- If you received an invitation, and I've gotten a few questions about this, so I figured I'd address it. For any of you planning to train over the winter and are looking for a top notch camp to attend. I'd recommend this camp in Orlando on Feb 18 & 19. I'll be there coaching, but the draw for you to this camp, is that you'll be able to learn kicking, punting and snapping instruction from current and past NFL Kickers and punters from all over the Nation, like Nick Novak (Chargers), Billy Cundiff (Ravens), and many more. See the link for the list of coaches. FYI- Nick Novak is the guy that taught me my favorite onside kick, that I've taught some of you. This is open to collegiate athletes as well. Obviously the Florida Camp is an investment, but NCS planned it over a weekend that has a Monday Holiday, to make things easier for travel, and Orlando is typically a lower cost destination area too. If you didn't receive an invitation yet, here is the link. http://nationalcampseries.com/supercamp.asp?eventid=1
b. Kohls- Kohls Kicking will also offer a kicking camp over the winter. They do a good job as well.
5. Special Teams Clothing- I’ll leave you on a Fun note…a. School Spirit? How about Special Teams Spirit?!?! This year another kicking instructor designed some really fun kicking, punting & snapping apparel. “4th Down Treads” created shirts, shorts and hats that are really comfortable to wear and designed specifically for us. If you are interested in anything, I'm able to get you a 10% discount. The promotional code is “STFA” and the website is http://www.4thdownthreads.com If you are still reading this email by this point, THANK YOU. I know it’s long, but it’s worth the read.
Chris Husby - 651-353-2660