Does sending highlight tapes to colleges work?

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    Does sending highlight tapes to colleges work?

    I know a High School player who just finished his senior year and is interested in playing college football, but played on a small HS team that wasn't especially good and therefore, didn't get noticed very much. He has received many team and area awards and has put up some pretty impressive numbers during his career. He has been told to put together a personal highlight film of some of his best plays to send to some colleges.

    Does this tactic work? Will the coaches actually look at the films or do they just get pushed aside and disregarded? Is there anyone out there who got noticed and is playing/has played college ball by sending a highlight film to a college coach?

    Just looking for some feedback...
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    Sure it works. Doug Pelfrey - former kicker for the Cincinnati Bengals - got his scholarship to Kentucky that way. It's just a question of how good the athlete is, how many tapes he sends out, and who actually watches them (vs throwing them away).

    I generally DO NOT recommend sending unsolicited video. Many of them will not be viewed. SOME colleges will look - briefly - at every one. I think it's preferential to let college coaches know who you are first (the awards/numbers you referenced), then, if they are recruiting that particular position and show an interest, they will REQUEST a video.

    FYI...it doesn't matter what size the school is, as long as the kid can play. If he can truly play, has good grades and is willing to both travel AND consider all divisions (DI, DII, DIII, NAIA), there may be something out there for him. I can certainly offer to provide assistance if desired.

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    During my recruiting process I generally found that High light films are good for getting noticed, but coaches generally want to see a whole game in order to evaluate one's consistency of play throughout a whole game. I would also advise the recruit not to get hung up on what level he plays, football is football is football, no matter where you play. Good luck.

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    i think NSR made a great example Doug Pelfrey played Football at Scott High School and everyone knows they havent really been that great in Football (but things are changing first playoff birth this year and made it to the second round)

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