I've been coach high school football for going on 20 years now. I've also had to honor of coach some pretty good football players over the years and now it's time to help other players reach their potential and goals of playing on the next level. I also help with the recruiting process also. I understand a lot of high school coach don’t understand the process or just don’t know or just don’t care about it. I understand this….if you ask a kid to do summer weight lifting, two a days, 7 on 7, summer camp, and play a whole season for you, you should be obligated to help that Student-Athlete get into school.
I specialize in coaching Wide Receivers and Slots. I help with their stance and starts, hand and eye coordination, route running, getting off jams, blocking and body control. One of the things I harp on with my players is the weight room. The most important things I believe in for WR is the weight room. Strength can help in many ways. It helps players get off the line when the defensive back tries to jam them. Strength helps when two players are fighting for position as they run down the field and work for position on the ball. Strength also helps when going up for high balls and jump balls. Plus, adding strength will help players take the pounding and rigors of a long season. Let me hit on some of the things I mention earlier:
Stance and starts-The most basic concept of the WR position is the stance that a receiver takes. The stance that a receiver takes has evolved over the years. Up until about 25-30 years ago, receivers generally lined up in a three point stance (Going back to the old Miami Hurricanes days) and exploded off of the football. With the evolution of the short passing game, receivers began utilizing a two point stance (what we all see today) to get off the ball and utilize more dynamic sets.
Hands and eye coordination- Having sure, soft hands, especially the ability to catch the ball in crowded situations, is the skill that defines the receiver position. Great focus is the ability to block out all distractions and have single-minded concentration on the football. It’s the ability to block out the crowd, the defenders, and the elements in order to keep all the focus on the football to make the play.
Route running- The first thing that the athletes need to understand when running perfect routes is how to get into and out of all cuts and breaks. Cuts and breaks are defined as the ability to start, stop and change directions rapidly and efficiently
Blocking-Blocking is a base fundamental that you must learn in order to play the game of football. Games are won and lost on blocking and tackling. You can’t truly love the game without appreciating a great block. Great wide receivers are more proud of the touchdown-springing blocks they make than the acrobatic catches.
Here is the next question of what I stated above…the recruiting process. I’ve fortunate to learn the recruiting process from my old high school Coach Robin Bacon, who is still help student-athlete earn scholarship. I have frequently been asked by parents of high school athletes about the “ins and outs” and the “do’s and don’ts” of college recruiting. While there is no substitute for outstanding talent and great grades, there are additional steps parents of high school athletes can take to help their kids get recruited. You have to be realistic about you son athletic talent. You can’t rule out D1-AA, D2, D3 and NAIA, and maybe even prep school of JUCO. Let’s look at the realistic side of this, if you are offered a partial scholarship for a D2 school, there is nothing wrong with that. In addition to athletic scholarships, many colleges offer other types of financial assistance and the pool of available money to your child will be substantially increased with strong academic results. That’s why it’s important to stay on top of your grades. I’ve seen players get those partial and along with the academic portion they didn’t have to come out of pocket to pay for school.
I have spent a 18 years studying the physical and mental qualities of great receivers. A great receiver is such a complicated combination of traits—agility, body control, strength, quickness, soft hands, physical stamina, concentration, focus, toughness, pride, eye–hand coordination, vision, intelligence, the ability to conceptualize concepts. I could go on. This list still doesn’t seem to paint the total picture of what makes a great player. Exceptional playmakers are made of something special. They have great ability to control their body, and they have an uncanny ability to make plays on the football that others can only dream of. Their pride and competitiveness are at another level than the rest. The complete receiver is one of the most incredible things to view in sports because he can do things we all wish we could do. It is a beautiful and exciting thing to watch.