Tips from the Pros: Recruit Internet Rankings & the Circle Around You

Tips from the Pros: Recruit Internet Rankings & the Support System Around You

@1001RecruitTips recently caught up with a 10-year NFL Scout veteran for his thoughts on the dangers of buying into internet rankings and the value of having a great support system around you: 

There’s more on the kids and their support systems then there’s ever been before, and they have a huge misconception of how the recruiting process actually works because of social media. Recruits start feeling themselves, and then the people in their support system start feeling themselves.

You know what’s funny, a lot of kids that have that “I’m here for football” mentality– there’s usually a correlation at home. We see where he gets it from. It always winds back, the kid has a delusion in their head to begin with, that starts at home.

You see it now more than ever before, the internet has created this inflated opinion of guys. They say, “He’s got the frame, and he has the POTENTIAL to be an explosive player,” so the internet blows these guys up. You see other guys who are 10x more the football player who are not ranked. All these recruiting websites do is put these huge bullseyes on these players and if you don’t show up and produce right away, you’re lost in the shuffle!

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Some of these highly-rated recruits don’t come in with the work ethic that they need. Then, these players are like ‘Whoa it’s time for me to get myself together.’ They’re falling to 2nd on the depth chart, the fans are calling them a bust. They think, “I’ve been here for a year or two.”  Well, you put this bullseye on you– or someone else did and you ran with it. Rather than saying, “I’ve got to be that race horse chasing it.” The kids have to wisen up, parents have to wisen up, the game is not changing! Learn how to be mature about the process, how to approach it the right way. More of the responsibility is falling on these players.

You’re at these schools for a reason, you have to start to embrace a professional mentality. When you get to college, coaches look at you like you’re a young man, you need to know right from wrong. You’ve got to make a career for YOURSELF. On-the-field and off-the-field, you have to take your academics just as serious as football. The percentage of guys that stick is so small. You have this grand opportunity – rely on the guys in college to develop you.

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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!