If recruiting is a business, then your highlight film is your resume. The body of work on the field, what represents you, is what a college coach wants to see to decide if you “fit” their program. Every year we are asked “how should we put our highlights together.” Preaching the highlight basics with years of talking to coaches as well as our personal experience has been helpful. But we are even more excited to add a detailed, no fluff breakdown of how to put together successful film from our friend Ross Cooper!
Ross Cooper is a well respected position coach and recruiting coordinator that has been sharing his knowledge and the way he sees the game for years. We’ve had GREAT convos with him on many subjects but this one may be one of THE most important. Check out his insight on what your highlights should say about you!
GENERAL NEED 2 KNOWS –
- Your first 5 plays (first 30 seconds) better get a coach’s attention, and make him keep watching or else it gets turned off.
- You don’t need all sorts of graphics and music, it doesn’t help.
- You don’t need tons of pictures of yourself, it’s a highlight film not a slideshow.
- Shorten the play clips where it just shows what you’re doing. You don’t need to show the entire play.
- Don’t put the same play showing all three views (tight, wide, end zone.)
- Don’t have all scrimmage clips up front.
- Don’t put clips from practice, or 7 on 7.
- Don’t lie about your stats, awards, height, weight, speed, and strength. Coaches will always know your real height/weight… and they know you don’t run a 4.3 when they watch your film.
POSITION SPECIFIC NOTES –
All deep throws on your film, even if they’re TDs, mean nothing. It’s pointless. Have throws that show your arm, ability to throw into windows, and ability to move within the pocket. If you can, show your running ability.
Don’t show every run. It isn’t needed. Don’t show just running outside the hashes towards the sidelines. Show long runs. Show runs that show COD, vision, burst and making guys miss. Show that you can run inside and outside. Show that you can catch and pass protect/blitz pickup.
Just showing all go routes and screens are not good. Show yourself actually running routes. Show that you can actually run routes in the route tree, create separation, YAC, COD, catching the ball at its highest point, running routes in traffic. Show yourself blocking in running game as well as blocking downfield when other WRs have the ball.
Show yourself run and pass blocking, good pad level, not just wrestling and holding. Show plays with good technique (feet and hands), pancakes, pulling etc. Show yourself getting to the second level. Cheap shots and cut blocks don’t make you look good.
Show sacks, TFL, batted balls, disruptive plays at the LOS vs. the pass and run. Take on OL at POA. Show good leverage and pad level. Show good technique (verity of moves, hands and feet.) Don’t show pointless tackles downfield and where you stood up at the LOS. Don’t need to see all the jumping on the pile tackles and cheap shots.
Show you can get off blocks, drive thru tackles, tackle 1 on 1, play pass and run, and make plays behind LOS and in space north, south, east, and west. Show proper pad level and the ability to read and react. No one needs to see you jumping on the pile for a tackle, random tackles getting blown up and running down the field.
Show that you know how to jam, backpedal, and actually cover the route tree. Show your ability to get in and out of your breaks, your eyes in the right place. Show that you can get off blocks, wrap up and tackle both WRs and vs the run. Show the ability to go get the ball, but also play the WR’s hands and separate him from the ball.
Wanna check out more of Ross’ wealth of knowledge? You can find it on Twitter @GorillaMyscles!