Prospects Are Competing with Others with Solid Fundamentals

Watching videos of the recent NFL combines,  it was very impressive to watch players at every position go through timed and fundamental drills for pro scouts.  Seldom would a participant sacrifice form for speed.  Their focus on the smallest details of their position should send a message to high school prospects wanting to take the step up into college athletics — advancement is in the details.

Brute strength, foot speed and quickness are all essential in college sports.  Rarely do athletes succeed without possessing these key characteristics.  Yet, what tends to catch the attention of a college coach during their evaluations is a prospect’s ability to consistently execute the nuts and bolts of their position — footwork, hand position, body control, etc. 

College coaches know that coaching is all about teaching and motivating athletes to push the limits of their abilities.  But, coaches prefer to recruit prospects whose first days, if not years, of practice aren’t filled with the most basic instructions.  Yes, the fundamentals are always stressed and practiced.  Still, there is a difference between a fundamentally sound freshman athlete and one whose athleticism far exceeds his or her comprehension of how to perform at the next level.

Dedicate time each practice session to the most basic aspects of your position.  Focus on fundamentals time after time after time.  When they are second nature to you in game situations, push yourself to be the very best at what you do.

At NSR, we look for high school athletes with sound fundamentals.  We know that if we represent an athlete that coaches single them out as having the skills to advance.  Our prospects get offers because we actually scout and enroll only the ones who can demonstrate next-stage abilities which less dedicated athletes take for granted.

 

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