Editor’s note: Collin Dixon has agreed to give readers an insight 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 third in a series of journal-like entries written by junior Tallmadge.
In the fall, a typical day for me started at 7 a.m. when I got up to go to school. I arrived at school around 7:35 p.m. and it ended at 2:40 p.m.
After school I lifted with my football team from 3 to 4 and then we practiced from 4 to 6. Normally after practice I would go eat something with my friends and sometimes go watch our classmates’ soccer or volleyball matches.
At the end of the day, I would catch up on my homework and usually play video games or watch YouTube if I had time.
I spent a lot of my weekends on unofficial visits, trying to see as many schools as possible. On the weekends I didn’t go to a school, I spent Saturday mornings watching the movie of the Friday night game and watching our JV football team play, then I spent the rest of the time hanging out with my friends and my family.
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Mix basketball and football
In the winter, my schedule was pretty similar except it was basketball season instead of football. In addition to basketball, I trained for football every Sunday. During the winter there was a period when the coaches were allowed to come to the school to meet in person. During this time, I was able to meet coaches that I did not have the opportunity to visit in the fall.
It was a really fun time because I got to hang out with a lot of coaches with great football minds and great football resumes. I was able to start building relationships with many coaches through messages and phone calls, [and] some even came to a few of my basketball games.
At the end of winter, recruitment slows down because there is an NCAA dead period and coaches can no longer come to the school.
Cleats for athletics and football
Spring was the same as the previous two seasons except that I was running on the track and started working part-time.
I was also able to attend several college football practices in the spring. For college athletes, spring training is a time to learn the playbook, climb the ranks and play football again for the first time since the fall.
For rookies, however, spring training is a time when you can hang out with your position coach and, in some cases, the head coach, scouting training, touring facilities, and some schools you even allow you to do a photo shoot.
The photoshoots were great fun. Spring has been a very busy part of the recruiting process for me; most of the schools that recruit me have invited me to attend a spring practice.
I tried to go to as many schools as possible in four weeks without missing school too much.
In late spring, early summer, there is another period when the coaches hit the road again visiting.
It was nice to reunite with the coaches I saw in the fall and winter and meet some new ones.
– Collin Dixon, Tallmadge student, wide receiver and solid safety