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Recruit AND Retain

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Last week I talked about turning programs around and I had to cut a lot of stuff out cause I just had so much to cover. So I’m gonna hit some of the areas I didn’t get to. I concluded that especially in college, recruiting is the key to success. You must have highly ranked classes in your conference or at least be in the middle of the pack at worst. But 1st lets look at HS and talk about not only recruiting but retention. Well, heck, you gotta retain your guys in college too. But lets say your in a small HS – under 500-700 students. If your school has 500 students then you’ve got about 250 boys, give or take. That gives you about 60 boys a class so you’re gonna have about 60 freshman boys in each class. I think its realistic to shoot for 20 freshmen coming out for football. Now when I started out we could get 30 maybe even 40. But that was before soccer programs started getting bigger in Illinois. Plus lets face it, football has gotten some negative press the last few years so its tougher to get kids out. Thats why you gotta recruit to keep your numbers up. Then once you get ’em you gotta keep ’em. You get 20 guys out you want as many as possible coming back out their sophomore season. 3 things are key to me. Well, more than that but here are 3. Keep practices quick moving and make sure they’re learning and getting better. Kids get motivated when they know theyre getting better. Practices that have a lot of kids standing around doin nothing is boring and you’re gonna lose kids. There are too many other things that can get kids attention these days. Make your program fun. Now by that I dont mean party time every day but do some fun team building activities. Kids wanna be a part of something, to belong. Give em that feeling of being part of something cool and interesting. We have a few videos at Chiefpigskin that can help you with that. Finally, get em playing time, whatever that looks like. Have a B team, hold some low key scrimmages and keep score. In wrestling we used to match kids up for extra bouts to get em mat time. We’d match em up according to ability and experience. Colleges used to have JV games to get guys playin time but I dont think they do that much anymore. Coaches are too busy tryin to win on Saturday so they dont get fired.   So, recruit em and retain em, you gotta keep em. Out of those 20 freshman, Id like to have 10-15 seniors 3 years later – AND…THAT’S MY TAKE!

Speaking of recruiting did you see this years D1 rankings so far? Ho hum – 1. Alabama 2. OSU 3. GA 4. LSU 5. Clemson 6. Oregon 7. Oklahoma 8. Florida 9. ND 10. Miami   after that it goes A&M, Mich, USC, N Car, Tenn, Wis, Tex, Ole Miss, Maryland, Arkansas. Same old in the top ten, getting boring. Kids wanna go where its a cool, brand name and those are it.

I was astonished to see D Brees come back so quickly…

College playoff? More boring matchups…same teams AL, Clemson, OSU, ND…and from the recruiting it looks like more of the same for the next several years. They deserve it but so did TAM, Cincy, CC, (beat by Liberty) and even though BYU lost to CC, they were really good.   And what about NW? If they had beaten OSU…22-10…would they have been in the 4 team playoff? No way…wrong name on the jersey.

Online clinic…Kenny Simpson HC at Searcy HS in Arkansa presents Bucksweep in the Gun Wing-t, very popular in football at athe HS and collegiate level. Also, just released, Bo Guild OC at Southside Charter HS in Batesville AR presnts O Line Play in the Gun T.  Top notch videos from great HS programs in Arkansas.

One more thing…BOM has been Virtues of War by Stephen Pressfield but a fun book Im reading right now is Called To Coach…by Bobby Bowden. What an easy fun read. Boy has that guy got the neatest stories. And at the age of nearly 91 he just beat the COVID virus. Want a fun read? Read Called To Coach.

Hey, join me next week for another CP coaches podcast and we’ll see you then!

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Coach Albaugh coached high school football in Illinois for 28 years. During that time he coached at every level and on both sides of the ball. He was the offensive and defensive line coach for four undefeated teams and was a defensive coordinator in his last 11 years, twice reaching the semi finals of the Illinois state playoffs.