5 Ways to Use Hudl Highlights to Get Recruited

Get a few tips on how to create a reel college coaches want to see.

5 Ways to Use Hudl Highlights to Get Recruited

Get a few tips on how to create a reel college coaches want to see.

National Signing Day 2016 just wrapped up, but it’s never too early to start thinking about your own recruiting journey. College scouts love to see players in action, and a great way to prove your talent is through video. Keep reading to get a few tips on how to create a reel college coaches want to see.

1. Put Yourself in the Spotlight

Coaches have a limited amount of time to watch highlights. Make it as easy as possible for them to spot you. Use Hudl’s spot shadows or arrows to stand out in every play. If a recruiter has to put too much effort into finding you, they’ll move on to the next player’s reel.

Take a look at Jahquise Russell’s reel for a solid example of spot shadows:

2. Get to the Good Stuff

You only get one chance to make a first impression, so don’t waste it. Set the tone by putting your best play first, followed by the next best, and so on.

There’s not a magic number of plays to include in a reel, but there is a good rule of thumb: only add the exceptional plays. Coaches want to see what makes you different, so make yourself known with your most explosive, incredible plays. If you’re looking to get recruited, a short reel with awesome plays is better than a long reel with average plays.

3. Show Your Skill

In addition to the plays that set you apart, recruiters want to see your skills. Catching a pass uncovered and marching to the end zone is awesome, but does it showcase your technical and physical skill? That’s a highlight you should add towards the end of your reel.

One coach with a few national titles under his belt told us, “Coaches are most interested in plays that are difficult to make. If you’re on the defensive side of the ball, they want to see you beat the blockers before making a sack or tackle. If you’re a running back, they want to see plays where you break a few tackles before that long run. If you’re a quarterback, they’re interested in challenging throws and great rushing decisions. Whatever the position, make sure your reel proves you have the skill to play at the next level and that you know how to beat your opponent.”

Jesse Valdez does a great job pulling plays that show him beating the blocker.

4. Keep it Clean

This should go without saying, but keep those yellow flags out. No matter how big the hit or how great the pass breakup, adding a penalized play to your reel may lead a coach to believe that you don’t have discipline. You want to show coaches your good judgment, sound decision making, and physical play.

5. Send Recruiting Packages

This tip is primarily for coaches, but athletes can definitely play a part. Account administrators have the ability to send recruiting packages to college coaches at any level. That means every highlight a player has tagged, plus footage of their two best games, is sent to college coaches – for free. One of the best ways to get a leg up on the competition is to put your video in recruiters’ hands. Don’t pass it up.

In addition to creating an awesome reel, there are other things you can do to get your recruiting journey started on the right foot. Don’t hesitate to reach out to support if you have questions about highlights, recruiting packages or anything else.

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