College football coaches like to recruit athletes from three sports
Editor’s note: Collin Dixon has agreed to give readers a glimpse into what goes into recruiting and the daily trials and tribulations of being one of the most sought after players in Division I college football. Below is the second d a series of journal-like entries written by Tallmadge junior.
Finding Collin: Playing three sports
Growing up, I always practiced several sports.
I started to appreciate it more by seeing the impact they had on my recruitment process and what I learned from each of them.
A lot of coaches I’ve spoken to love seeing rookies play multiple sports like baseball, basketball, wrestling, track and field, etc. That’s because it allows them to go watch games in winter and spring sports to see how you move, compete, and act as a teammate in person rather than just on film.
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I think playing multiple sports is something all athletes should do. In my case, I play soccer in the fall, basketball in the winter, and run in the spring.
Multisport athletes are able to improve their speed, agility, strength, and athleticism without doing the repetitive drills that characterize the offseason.
There are benefits to being versatile
Playing several sports allowed me to not burn out like some people who play and train for one sport all year round.
Different sports also teach you lessons that you can use in real life. It also allows you to be coached and learn from many different people with different coaching styles, expectations, and how to adapt to each, as well as giving you different team aspects.
For example, while soccer and athletics are families of their own, they’re usually big teams, so you don’t really get close to every teammate like you would in basketball, which has a much smaller team.
When football ended, I jumped straight into basketball, [and] my recruiting also took off around this time.
January was the busiest month in my recruiting process so far with schools like Indiana, Illinois, Duke, Akron and others offering me scholarships. January was also the first time since the fall that recruits were allowed to visit schools.
Basketball and track rewarded football
I made several unofficial visits in January and February. During the visits I was able to see the facilities, spend the day around the coaches and other recruits.
These visits were for me the most important part of the recruitment process.
Each school has great facilities, all the best gear, and they all do their best to show off their school, but meeting the people and seeing the vibe was what I enjoyed the most.
When I go to college these are the people I will be spending the majority of my time with and I want to make sure they are genuine and genuinely caring. My favorite thing about visiting schools – other than getting to know the school and meeting people – is taking my brother and father with me to all those schools. They get excited when I tell them where we’re going next.
– Collin Dixon, Tallmadge student, wide receiver and solid safety