Tips and Tricks for Perfecting Your Highlight

Your high­light video isn’t com­plete until you check out these pro tips.

Tips and Tricks for Perfecting Your Highlight

Your high­light video isn’t com­plete until you check out these pro tips.

The foot­ball sea­son is now well under­way and you’ve like­ly already put togeth­er an eye-catch­ing high­light video.

But we want to make sure your video real­ly pops. We’ve learned a few things over the years, the stuff that attracts col­lege coach­es’ atten­tion and poten­tial mis­takes to avoid. A quick run-through of this list should ensure that your high­light is ful­ly maxed-out.

Put Your Best Plays First

We can’t stress this enough. Recruiters don’t have time to watch a 10-minute video – you typ­i­cal­ly have about a minute to grab their atten­tion. So don’t build up to a cli­max or put them in chrono­log­i­cal order. Find your top five or six plays to kick things off.

Najee Harris does this per­fect­ly. Any coach in the coun­try would be inter­est­ed after the first three clips.

Show Some Variety

Sure, a com­pi­la­tion of 60-yard touch­down catch­es on fly routes looks great, but that only show­cas­es one part of your game. You’ve proven you can sprint past defen­sive backs, but how is your route run­ning? Can you make a tough catch over the mid­dle and take a hit? Are you a threat in the red zone?

It’s crit­i­cal for all posi­tions to show dif­fer­ent skills in a high­light. Defensive ends should include clips of speed moves and bull rush­es. Tight ends should show off their receiv­ing and block­ing. You get the point.

Utilize the Spot Shadow

Coaches don’t want to hunt to find you on each play, so make it easy for them. Give your­self a spot shad­ow at the begin­ning of every clip so you’re quick­ly and eas­i­ly iden­ti­fied. Don’t pause to cir­cle your­self mid-play – it mess­es with the flow and makes it more dif­fi­cult to judge speed and quickness.

Include Non-Traditional Plays

Take our first tip into account here: You still want to lead off with your absolute best plays, the ones that are most like­ly to wow the view­er. But after sev­er­al off those, sprin­kle in some dif­fer­ent plays, even ones where you don’t touch the ball.

Have a clip of your­self dev­as­tat­ing a would-be tack­ler with a bone-rock­ing block? Throw it in there. Maybe your sticky cov­er­age at cor­ner­back con­tributed to a cov­er­age sack. Include that too. Big plays and touch­downs are impor­tant, but these less flashy clips show off dif­fer­ent skills that coach­es want to see.

Don’t Make Your Teammates Look Bad

This can be a major turnoff for recruiters who are look­ing for char­ac­ter as well as abil­i­ty. For instance, a quar­ter­back shouldn’t include a per­fect throw that was dropped by a receiv­er. Doing so throws his team­mate under the bus — that’s not a trait col­leges are look­ing for.

Watch the Music

You’re like­ly tempt­ed to hype your video with your favorite track, but be care­ful. Using a song with explic­it lyrics or mature themes can cause a recruiter to severe­ly ques­tion your judg­ment. You don’t want that. Just keep it clean and don’t risk turn­ing any­one off.

We have no doubt your high­light is already top-shelf as it is, but keep­ing an eye on these tips could take it to the next lev­el and get you the recruit­ing atten­tion you deserve.