TIPS FROM THE PROS: How Players are Evaluated Physically

TIPS FROM THE PROS: How Players are Evaluated Physically

@1001RecruitTips recently caught up with a 10-year NFL Scout veteran for his thoughts on what college coaches are evaluating physically in players:

“The best evaluators are really good at projecting, and they have a good idea of what they already currently have to work with physically and athletically. A 250-pound high school TE might project very well as a 315-pound OT by his senior year at a Power 5 school. That’s what coaches are looking for– the projectable frame. For the Power 5 schools that have great resources, a 6’2” 195-pound linebacker in high school may be intriguing as he might be a 230-lb OLB in college. But, if you’re a 6’1” or 6’2” – 180-pound guy… that’s a 15-pound difference to start with. That’s a big difference, that 15 pounds may play a big difference in a coach’s mind. He’ll probably grow into a 220-lb linebacker by the time they develop him, so he might get out-recruited as an upperclassmen, and fall off their radar.

At the college level– they’re looking at arm length, hand size, wing span, dexterity in the joints. Who has the frame to develop what we’re ideally trying to build?

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Be personable, that says a lot. What kind of communication skills do you have? Is this going to be a guy who is hard to speak with? Coaches have to know who they can coach- they have to know how to communicate with you. If you’re playing a key position, like if you’re the guy making a call in the secondary, coaches have to trust you to do it. Trust is huge – communication is huge.

Not every guy is ready for Power 5 football out of high school– that’s not saying that you can’t ever be that type of player eventually. I think prep players — and their parents — have to be honest with themselves about where they fit in.

You have to be realistic about where you are physically and athletically. Just because you’re not playing at a Power 5 school, there’s nothing wrong with a Conference USA school, an Ohio Valley school, even an NAIA school! You have to go, handle your business. You’ve got to perform, you’ve got to continue to eat and train right. You have to get your resources together based on where you’re at now, and you have to attack it every day.

The smaller schools, sometimes there is a big blame game. ‘We don’t have any resources.’ You can still be THAT guy in the weight room, you can be THAT guy in the film room. Guys use ‘no resources’ as a crutch too often. You have a weight room, right? There are little things that you can do to help yourself.

How far are guys willing to go to help themselves?”

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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!