Recruiting Tips for Parents & Players

The graduating class of 2015 had 11 players sign National Letters of Intent to play football at the collegiate level - a record for Leon Football!  Our next biggest signing class was the 2014 & 2017 classes with 10 players each year moving on to collegiate football.  Many other players are continuing to get good looks from colleges across the nation.  The Leon Football Program will strive to get exposure for all players.  However, parents and players should please be proactive in the recruitment process.  This starts with good grades, attending all practices, working hard, and strong performance.  The Leon Program has very limited funds for combines, clinics, camps and 7-on-7 tournaments.  Our program must follow strict FHSAA and NCAA rules regarding player travel and the funding of events and college visits.  The Leon Coaches will work with you to explain specific opportunities and any restrictions. Our Recruiting Coordinator is Coach Steve Grimes (850) 264-7774 or


  • Start early!
  • Your player can visit potential colleges online, where most will have a "Prospect Questionnaire" on the school's football page.  This is a great and free way to get on a school's radar.  Be prepared with player stats, grades, and Leon's basic contact information.

  • Clean up your social media.  College Prospect Questionnaires will ask for a player's facebook link and other social media connections.  Coaches frequently google prospects.  Remove inappropriate posts and be sure to tag and highlight positive sports, academic and volunteer events.   

  • Send your academic accomplishments, other sport victories, and volunteer activities (with pictures please) to for posting on our Leon Lions facebook page and Twitter account.  Exposure & player "branding" helps!

  • Hudl Account - Players should keep their Hudl account up to date and work on highlights.  Every player has a free Hudl account.

  • Work with a professional or parent to create a highlight reel. 

  • Good Grades = Good Opportunities!  Please remember the NCAA has a minimum GPA requirement for core classes, in addition to specific college admission requirements.

  • Prepare to take the SAT & ACT multiple times.  Start early.  The NCAA and most colleges now "super score" - taking your best scores from each test you take. You cannot super score different versions of the SAT test. Prepare for the new SAT with free practice tests at

  • There are many scholarship opportunities outside of D1.  Consider all options.  A full ride to a top D2 or NAIA school may be a better fit. 

  • Create free recruitment profiles online and stay up-to-date by reading online recruitment articles.

  • Let Recruiting Coordinator Coach Grimes know when you are contacted by a college - via email, phone or letter.


  • Register for your official NCAA number and get the NCAA Guide for the College Bound Student Athlete - eligibility rules can change. .   

Recruitment Companies:

National Collegiate Scholarship Association (NCSA)

Has some great resources for Parents and students regarding the recruiting process. It's expensive but the fee covers multiple the entire high school years.

One non-D1 Leon athlete had over 100 colleges view his film through NCSA with over 25 schools showing interest.

AFM College Directories is a little known, fairly inexpensive college coach directory. Giving phone numbers, email addresses, and position information for virtually all colleges. Ir was developed primarily for football coaches and people that market to college football coaches.

AFMFootballRecruits This service is similar to the service above but created specifically to assist high school football players and parents in college recruiting and video highlight distribution.

GoBigRecruiting allows college coaches to view potential player profiles. It is free to set up your profile. When a coach wants to see more info on a player, they will alert you via email & text. Then for a small fee (anywhere from $8 to $1) Go Big will share your highlight film, profile & contact info. (If you have a better way to get film to the college, such as your Leon coach or family connection, or direct, you have no obligation to spend money to send it via their service.) The following is an actual recent email to a High School athlete.


Dear _______,


Mercer has indicated they are interested in reviewing your profile and watching your video based upon your basic information that is available to them via our search tool. If you have any interest in Mercer, add them to the list of schools to which you have sent your information using Go Big Recruiting.

Add Mercer by clicking on the link below:

Mercer is a Division I-AA school in the Pioneer Football League located in GA.

It is highly likely that other schools in their conference and division are interested in you as a prospect as well.


Go Big Recruiting

9533 Old Route 22

Bethel Business Center #203

Bethel, PA 19507

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