Every February 1st, thousands of athletes in high school decide which college they want to go to. How they choose varies greatly. Reasons include:
- The style of the jerseys.
- The previous success of the school on the field.
- The school’s prestige.
Jack Elway is keen to make sure prospective college players are realistic about what will away them. This is why he has developed the following top tips.
Top Tips to Choose a College According to Jack Elway
- Consider whether the school you’re interested in can provide you a full scholarship. Going to college is expensive, so the more financial help you can get, the better. You can expect to pay as much as $10,000 in tuition a year, which is more than most of us have.
- How will the school help you reach your goals? Make sure you get to know the school’s ethics, who the coaches are, and which conference you will join. Do also look at how many who have come before you go on to successfully join the NFL, and what percentage makes it in other football-related professions.
- Be ready to spend a lot of time on the bench. Coaches always oversubscribe their teams so that they don’t accidentally miss out on real talent. You need to ask yourself whether you are happy with sitting on the bench until you are finally give your chance, or whether you would be better off going somewhere else with fewer prospects.
- Be realistic about what you’re doing. You need to make sure that you have your expectations in mind and that those expectations can be met by the school. For instance, if you want to have a conference title when you come out of college, you will have to go to a university like Duke. You cannot have that expectation and pick a college that didn’t win the title for half a century, that simply isn’t realistic.
- Make sure that you are competitive. You will not only have to compete as a football player, trying to beat teams and score points, you will have to compete with many other football players for the same position. In fact, you will have to do this long before you can get out on the field and start winning some games. You may feel that this is not too difficult, but wait until you and your best friend both hope for the same position.
Jack Elway believes a lot of young players are attracted by the glitz and glamour of college football and the chances of getting into the NFL. Because of this, they are often either completely unrealistic about their personal performances and don’t understand why they can’t get into the top college on a full scholarship, or they are so desperate to get in that they will accept any offer from any school. Elway feels that the above five tips should make it easier for prospective college athletes to find something that works for them and that they can work for.