Use Highlights to Get Recruited

For play­ers who might not be able to trav­el to camps or clin­ics, an impres­sive high­light reel can show up for them.

Use Highlights to Get Recruited

For play­ers who might not be able to trav­el to camps or clin­ics, an impres­sive high­light reel can show up for them.

With the foot­ball sea­son in full swing, it’s easy to look no fur­ther than Friday night. While you def­i­nite­ly want your team’s focus to remain on what’s left of the sea­son, the plays they’re mak­ing now can be real­ly impor­tant in the future.

Getting recruit­ed by the right team can change an athlete’s life, whether they dream of play­ing big-time col­lege ball or want hard work on the field to pay off in the form of schol­ar­ships. Hudl high­light reels are a sol­id way to get noticed – par­tic­u­lar­ly if an ath­lete isn’t from a state or school known for great foot­ball. And for play­ers who might not be able to trav­el to camps or clin­ics, an impres­sive high­light reel can show up for them.

Davis Brief, a senior at Warwick Valley High (N.Y.), knows how this sto­ry goes. He turned his high­lights into mul­ti­ple offers to play Div. I football.

My Hudl high­light film was the most impor­tant part of recruit­ing,” Davis said. I was able to eas­i­ly cre­ate a high­light film to send out to all of the schools I was inter­est­ed in, [and get] feed­back from the coaches.”

Davis received offers from Cornell and Duke, and ulti­mate­ly com­mit­ted to Dartmouth in ear­ly August as a punter/​kicker. My recruit­ing expe­ri­ence has been incred­i­ble, “ Davis explained. I’ve been able to see nine cam­pus­es and per­form in front of the coaches.”

We know how impor­tant game video is to a team, for every­thing from film study to exchanges, but that same video con­tains the big plays an ath­lete needs to pro­mote him­self and advance to the next lev­el. Creating high­lights from the team’s game footage also allowed Davis’ dad, Eric, to cel­e­brate his son’s final high school season.

It made our lives much eas­i­er and allowed me to enjoy his games instead of wor­ry­ing about get­ting film.”

I would tell oth­er ath­letes look­ing to get recruit­ed that get­ting coach­es to see you in per­son is the most impor­tant thing,” Davis said. Being able to per­form live for a head coach trumps any email or phone call.”

A great high­light will get your foot in the door for those cam­pus vis­its and one-on-ones Davis now swears by. Another ben­e­fit? It gives coach­es the chance to see a play­er they might oth­er­wise overlook.

Tagging high­lights and cre­at­ing awe­some reels is easy — and it just might land your play­ers a big oppor­tu­ni­ty. Once your team learns how to tag high­lights, encour­age play­ers to pro­mote them­selves with cus­tom reels.

Once title slides, spot shad­ows and music are added, you can send a recruit­ing pack­age to any col­lege coach for free — com­plete with tran­scripts and con­tact info.

If you have any ques­tions about high­lights or Hudl’s recruit­ing tools, shoot us an email, give us a call or find us on Twitter. We’re here you help you dominate.