Hi, my name is Coach Gil Moody, and would like to welcome you all to my ongoing topic: “College Recruiting”. To gain a better insight on this topic, I have reached out to several formal: High School Athlete’s that are currently playing collegiate sports or had played and now have graduated from college. Below is one of these interviews.
Please welcome Don Langley
Position: Defensive Tackle
Hometown: Germantown, MD
High School: Senca Valley
Graduated from high school and enrolled at Tennessee in January 2007 … consensus All-State defensive lineman in 2006 … finished senior season with 63 tackles, one interception … totaled 48 tackles, 32 unassisted, with six tackles for loss and four sacks as junior.
Q: What College are you currently attending or have graduated from?
A: University of Tennessee/Texas Tech
Q: What sports were you recruited for, and played in College? Did you play more than one sport in College?
A: Football, only Football
Q: Did you play more than one sport in High School, and if so which sports were they?
A: Just Football, Started playing football in 11th Grade
Q: What preparations did you take to research what colleges you were interested in?
A: I attended many football and All American camps for prep
Q: Have you heard of College Board, and have you used it? Was it helpful in your college selection process?
A: Never used College Board
Q: What kind of advice did your coach and or guidance counselor gave you about researching and selecting a college?
A: Coaches told me get your grades up and the rest will take care of itself
Q: What advice did your parents give you to help throughout your college selection process?
Q: Were you under the impression that it was your coach’s responsibility to get you recruited? If so, where did you get that impression from?
A: My Coaches wanted to get his players out there for us
Q: Did you attend any college summer camps? How many did you attend, and do you believe that it help you get recruited?
A: I attended Penn Stats camp and Rivals All American Camp
Q: Did your coach suggest that you attend college summer camps, and if so at what grade level did you start to attend?
A: coaches recommended camps but college coaches also invited me
Q: There several recruiting services, and combine services, have you tried any of them, and do you think that they were helpful?
A: Only attends combines I was invited to
Q: What did you do to help yourself get recruited, and would you recommend the same to others?
A: I recommend going to as many camps as you can early in high school (freshman & sophomore) so coaches will get to know your name, and who you are, and where you play. Then they will begin to watch out for you during the season. So by the time junior senior year hit, they already know where they can use you on the Field.
Q: What was the biggest surprise to you during the college recruiting process?
A: Biggest surprise is that it doesn’t matter what you did in high school. Once you step on campus it is a blank slate and you have to prove yourself all over again.
Thank you, Don Langley for sharing your college recruiting experiences with our readers. We would love to have you back to share what it is like to be a college athlete.