Tips from the Pros: An #NFL Scout’s Advice on Buying In

Tips from the Pros: An #NFL Scout’s Advice on Buying In to Your Coach

Realize that if a coach is coaching you hard, 99.99% of the time it’s because they see something in you and they’re trying to coach it out of you. Maximize what you’ve got. Show a willingness to accept coaching!

We’ve got a lot of guys who are just willing to just do what they’re told to do. You have to ask yourself, ‘How can I get better?’ You’ve got to be willing to step out of your shell. Sure, you may go through different things in life, you may not trust everyone that talks to you, but that’s life in general. You’re going to have to lay it out on the line, and start to endear yourself to people and teammates.

Same thing with your coaches. Most coaches really want to connect with their players and if players don’t want to connect, coaches will move on in a heartbeat! There’s always a guy who will take your place! Don’t be that guy! You have a very small window and if you miss your opportunity because of stubbornness or unwillingness, YOU are allowing your opportunity to slip by.

The guys who struggle to take coaching– a lot of the time the home dynamic, how they’ve been raised, tells you a lot of why it’s such a struggle for coaches. The home dynamic is so important. Unwillingness to take coaching, it’s not something new, it’s a pattern. A lot of things become extraordinarily clear when you dig into the player’s background. There’s a why.

A lot of stuff carries over from one aspect of your life to the next. You’ve got to get out of your shell, to be more of a leader, to develop your work ethic, you have to become more vocal– those things have to become important to you. You’ve got to be a finisher on all phases. We’ve got a lot of guys out there who aren’t finishers. You’ve got to love what you do. You’ve got to be willing to get better on your own.

 

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A.P. Bah Bioh brings over 16 seasons of experience to 1,001 Recruit Tips, having worked for some of the best recruiters in sports, including three "National Coach of the Year" winners -- Urban Meyer, Frank Haith and Jim Larranaga -- along with 70+ NCAA coaches while at Elon University, UNC-Chapel Hill, the University of Florida and the University of Miami. Working primarily with football and men's basketball, Bah Bioh also spent time working with Olympic Sport coaching staffs including softball, women's lacrosse, fencing, golf, tennis and rowing. Bah Bioh has been part of numerous championships including the 2007 Florida Gator BCS National Championship; 2006 Florida Gator SEC Football Championship; the 2013 ACC Men's Basketball Championship and Sweet 16 NCAA Tourney run with the Miami Hurricanes that included both tournament and regular-season ACC titles; a 2002 UNC ACC Women's Lacrosse Championship and Final Four finish; a 2001 UNC ACC Softball championship and as a senior, was part of the 1999 Elon Football team that finished with a 9-2 record, one of the best seasons in program history. Over the years, Bah Bioh has worked with over 30 first-round draft selections (NFL, NBA, MLB) and numerous players who went on to sign professional contracts including Tim Tebow, Cam Newton, Rex Grossman, Percy Harvin, Mike and Markuice Pouncey, Shane Larkin, Joe Haden and many more!