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how to get a scholarship to play college football

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Fred’s Answer

I was not a college athlete, so take what I say with a grain of salt.

As I understand it, the most common way is to a) be good, and b) play in high school. Colleges have scouts who watch high school games, looking for players who excel. I'm not sure what the exact process is, or what the recruiting policies allow.

Additionally, you can contact schools you are interested and talk to them. Ask about athletic scholarships. There will probably be a trade-off between how big a football school they are and your competition. A school like Michigan or Notre Dame will be harder to get into than a smaller, less known school.

You should be able to talk to your high school guidance counsellor or athletic director for more info, as well as your football coach.
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Chad’s Answer

I played college ball for a few years a while back. I think some good advice is that you just have to be really good at your position. You have to make things happen on the field so that you can get noticed. Nowadays, social media is key so make sure you have a good video of some of your best work on the field. Put together a high-light reel and start sending them out to various teams/coaches. You can also create a new page or YouTube channel and upload your stuff there as well. A few other things you need to know is that you have to be committed to be a great player AND a team player. You can't be afraid of putting in the work to be the best. Coaches that are interested in kids ask around to see how you are, are you arrogant, selfish, etc., or are you a hard-worker, team player, selfless, etc. They want great talent that they can coach. Also, your grades are going to have to be on point. It just makes it that much easier when you're a great player and you have good grades. That also shows that you can pretty much balance the student - athlete life. Understand this, being a student-athlete in college WILL NOT BE EASY. You have to be committed and self-disciplined to make it happen. Finally, have a sit down with your high school coach and express your interest to play college ball. A good coach will help you and be a really good guide in helping you attain that dream. Good luck!!
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