The BeaverBlitz Recruiting Dictionary is a collection
of terms and phrases that you'll find on most recruiting websites. There
are also several recruiting expressions that you'll only hear from beevergeek
and other specific recruitniks. If you have questions about terms or would
like to see some added, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A•B•C•phrase : "always be closing" reminder that coaches should recruit smarter and harder than the opposition with their end goal in mind.
babysitt•ingvb : the act
where college coaches try to protect their recruits from being poached by
Bonnelliedvb : 1.
a recruiting situation related to time where a school offers a scholarship
to multiple athletes at the same position. both players leave messages with
the school accepting the same scholarship (verballing). one player will
inevitably be disappointed if he accepts and the scholarship is gone. it's
usually a lack of communication between student-athletes and coaches. 2.
Bonnelli was an athlete during the Erickson Era that verballed and then
found out no scholarship was available. he landed at Idaho
cake•eater adj : recruit
description that is more interested in a football program for hype, glitz,
and glamour while football becomes a secondary reason for attending. usually
not a smashmouth recruit
camp•certified adj : a description
that identifies any athlete measureables that were taken at a certified
contact•period n :recruiting
phase where it's permissible for authorized athletic department staff members
to make in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts and evaluations.
dead•period n : recruiting phase where it's
not permissible to make in-person recruiting contacts or evaluations on-
or off-campus or permit official or unofficial visits.
evaluation•periodn : recruiting
phase where it's permissible for authorized athletics department staff to
be involved in off-campus activities to assess academic qualifications and
playing abilities. No in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts with a prospect
fish•bowling v : 1.
the act of focusing on one program's recruiting class and losing perspective
when comparing it to the rest of the division or conference. 2. example,
you can be satisfied with a recruiting class even though it pales in comparison
to other classes in the same conference.
gray•shirt n : a term used
in recruiting to describe student-athletes who are promised a scholarship
if they delay enrollment in school until the second semester. in the meantime,
he is allowed to spend time however he wants: working at home, taking
classes part time, using the extra few months to physically prepare for
green•shirt n : a term used
in recruiting to describe prep student-athletes that are able to enroll early and participate in spring football practice.
heavy•lean adj :recruiting
description that usually means a recruit is ready to give a school his verbal
jelly•donutvb : references a recruit that always has a roster position saved even if the recruiting class is full. Example: "No matter how full you are, you never say no to a jelly donut".
ladderingvb : 1. describes
a program that gives a recruit a scholarship in order to enhance the college's
chances at recruiting a teammate or friend. 2. also known as the
Letter•of•Intentn : actual
letter that is signed and usually faxed on Letter of Intent Day (first Wednesday
of February). it holds the student-athlete responsible for one-full year
to play for a program. penalties can be enforced for not living up to the
conditions of the Letter of Intent.
Marketing•Approachn : recruiting
tactic used by programs to invest in billboards, create promotions, and
make over-the-top antics to put their name in front of recruits. the approach
is designed to build name recognition whether it's good or bad publicity.
failure with high profile athletes is acceptable because these high profile
pursuits can play well with other recruits.
midnight•recruitern : 1.
generally speaking this term means a coach that stretches the NCAA recruiting
rules or shows lack of integrity. 2. The term comes from Coach Bellotti
calling verballed players at other schools at 12:01AM on Letter of Intent
mountain•climbern : A recruit
who has verballed but has not passed either his test OR does not have qualifying
grades. In translation, it's going to be an uphill battle to qualify.
package•deal n : situation
where a student-athlete's make it publicly known that they want to play
together in college.
pilgrimagen : pilgramage
is the act of a player going on a faith or religious based mission before
or during the college career. this is usually known before an athlete signs
a Letter of Intent.
poach•ingvb : the act where
college coaches continue to recruit athletes that have verballed to other
predictor n : player
that meets the standards and qualifications of Division 1A schools but chooses
to play Junior College football. He can transfer at any time without penalty.
quiet•period n : recruiting
phase where it's permissible to make in-person recruiting contacts only
on the member institution's campus.
recruiting•resource•ratio n : this refers to how much attention can be
given to uncommitted recruits. it's based on a formula that identifies how much time remains before Letter of Intent Day and how many scholarships
remain for a class.
recruiting•tsunamin : a series of positive conditions that result in a surge of recruiting commitments.
redshirtn : description
for a student-athlete that does not participate in competition in a sport
for an entire academic year without giving up a year of eligibility. Redshirts
can still practice with the team.
Rivals Ratingn : The ranking
system that is used with Stars to rate prospects on a numerical scale from
6.1-4.9. Any rating over a 5.0 projects the athlete as a legitimate Division
1A football player. Anyone over 5.5 is a major talent. Athletes over 5.8
are among the top 300 in the country. An athlete rated at 6.1 is a Top-25
Seasonal•Approachn : programs
using the seasonal recruiting approach increment and re-evaluate their offers
throughout the year. More focus and attention is applied to a smaller set
of recruits. Half of the recruiting class will be secured in early November
while other programs are applying finishing touches. Proximity, reputation,
JUCO needs, and film review play major roles in whether this method is used.
secret•recruitn : state
of being verbally committed to a school, but not going public at either
the school's request or by the player's choice. In the latter case the verbal
intention is considered a soft commitment or heavy lean.
Shotgun•Approach n : recruiting
method that describes programs that spray many offers with the hope that
verbals are landed by sheer volume. If nothing else a program has more kids
interested due to the offer. The danger is that programs might not land
players they really want and can cause problems in the coming months (remember
the Bonelli incident of 2001). It's hard to get to know the athletes you
are offering. Used by Mike Stoops at Arizona during the mid-2000s.
sign•and•stash n : recruiting strategy where an athlete with academic issues signs an LOI with a program, and is then placed at a Junior College where the JUCO Staff will help develop him with an understanding that they won't steer him to other NCAA programs. Everyone wins in this model since the athlete is all but guaranteed a future roster spot with the NCAA program, the NCAA program has more peace of mind, and the JUCO program receives a highly talented individual.
sleeper n : an athlete that
hasn't been noticed on the recruiting radar or someone that projects well
at the collegiate level but didn't accomplish much in high school.
soft•verbal n :player
indicates to a single school that he intends to sign a Letter of Intent.
However, he still continues to take visits or entertain offers from other
schools. This tactic is often used as insurance to reserve a scholarship
with the athlete's top school. It is considered poor taste to do this if
the coaches are not informed.
vacation•visitn : recruit
that has already given his verbal to one school, but decides to visit another
because of good weather, family, or other reasons unrelated to the University.
Also known as recreation recruiting.
verbal n : non-binding
agreement to sign a Letter of Intent (or play) for a school. Verbal commitments
generally mean players have stopped taking visits to other schools.
'X'-Listn : A tier of lists
that describes how a program feels about a recruit. 'A'-List players are
usually given unconditional written offers. These are the guys a team has
targetted at the top. As players are removed from the 'A'-list (recruited
to other schools) it's possible and likely a 'B'-List player will move up...
'B'-List players have offers, but they aren't recruited as hard and if they
wait too long they could lose their opportunity... 'C'-List players are
on the verge of receiving an offer, or they're being evaluated.
Recruiting•Phasesn : There
are five phases to the recruiting season.
#1 : Set-up Phase - This phase occurs before the previous
LOI Day. In other words, the coaches find some gems (juniors) while looking
at senior film and make early offers or put them on their (A) or (B) List.
They also find these athlete with help from HS coaches, camp performances
in prior years, or have family/friend connections... A lot of offers go
out during this phase to the kids that will soon get many stars.
#2 : Spring Evalatuion - This occurs between February and May. The
recruits are attending combines (Nike, Elite Eleven, Barton Academies, etc...)
and making scattered unofficial visits. Junior College athletes get early
looks since coaches have an idea after spring practice where their gaps
will be in the next two years.
#3 : Summer Camping - The schools get a good look at regional athletes
that attend their camps. In addition, there are a lot of passing leagues
as the athletes prepare for the upcoming season. Before the HS season starts,
a lot of student-athletes will make unofficial visits as they trim down
their lists to a Top Five. Counselors help some students develop tracks
to help ensure graduation.
#4 : In-Season Recruiting - During the HS, JUCO, and NCAA season,
the coaches begin receiving game film by the fourth week of contests. Official
visits much more common during the season, and some programs in talent-rich
areas will have 70% of their class wrapped-up. This phase ends with the
bowl games, and a lot of sleepers hit the scene that were late getting film
out or developed in their senior season. The SATs add more to the mix.
#5 : Letter of Intent Sprint (aka Winter Recruiting) - January
is the craziest time, and luckily it only lasts 4-5 weeks. Poachers, babysitters,
in-homes visitors, big cell bills, and bigger airline miles create chaos.
The sprint to the finish is tough on the coaches and culminates with Recruiting
Dinners around the nation. (For many programs [including OSU] a sub-phase
exists where they still try to find recruits until April 1st.)
Recruit•ing Star System n : This is
a measurement of how athletes are expected to perform in the NCAA. Stars
don't measure the development/coaching they'll receive in college, the scheme
they'll play within, or how soon athletes can take the field given the depth
charts. The rating can only speculate about the desire and devotion an athlete
possesses to realizing his potential. Stars only hint at a higher probability
of success. Here are ten factors used when assigning stars:
Offers - This is a big one. College coaches
recognize talent, and the good programs are strong because they find
good talent. While we might not like it, student-atheltes with quality/quantity
of offers generally have more stars.
Physical Ability - Rivals is fortunate to have
connections with several camps and combines. This is a big deal because
Rivals receive real times and not forty times from the athlete's
Physical Stature - Let's face it, you won't
see too many 5-11, 230-pound tackles in the Pac-10 (no matter how talented
they are in HS) so Rivals takes this into consideration.
HS or JUCO Coach Feedback - Generally H.S. Coaches
give a fair "off-the-record" assessment of their athletes. The regional
and H.S. evaluators at Rivals do a great job of leveraging these coaches.
Even the JUCO coaches will give a fair assessment off-the-record, but
their ultimate goal is to place their kids. Hoiseth travels to games
every weekend in Caly and Arizona to help evaluate JUCO recruits.
Game Film - Rivals now has an opportunity to
watch a ton of film because it's 100x more available than it was 5 years
ago. Jeremy Crabtree, Rick Kimbrel, and crew spend way too much of their
time looking at game film.
Statistics and Accolades - It's hard to argue
with production and local recognition. What level (size of school and
competition) makes a big difference.
Academics - We all know this is a slippery slope.
I don't believe Rivals is consistent when considering academics unless
an athlete is almost certainly headed to a Junior College.
Camps and Combines - Comparing the athletes
at Camps and Combines is a great way to understand the limitations and
potential for most of the student-athletes. There are a lot of passing
camps, practices, and Rivals Junior Days where recruits can be evaluated.
Playing Position and Field Presence - Obviously
Rivals has a ton of HS/Regional publishers, and this army of observers
attends a lot of games and reports back to the Regional evaluator (Kimbrel
is the West Coast guy). Does this athlete fit a particular position
in college? Is he playing out of position in HS?
Level of Competition - Athletes in 1A schools
are judged on a different scale than an athlete playing against 6A competition.