Football camps: Show off your football skills in front of college coaches
If athletes want to show college coaches what they can do on the field, a football camp could be the right opportunity for you. “College football recruiting camps are going to be a huge, easy way to build a relationship and talk to college coaches. Coaches want to see how recruits compete and see their intangibles,” explains Coach Joe. There are a few different types of football camps, each with a slightly different purpose:
- One-day evaluation camps: Reserved for VIP recruits, college coaches typically invite only their top recruits to these football camps. Expect to compete in combine-type drills and 7-on-7 or 1-on-1 challenges. Before going, athletes should make sure they’re at full health and ready to compete against the best of the best.
- Football showcase camps: These invite-only events are reserved for the best football players across the country. Most of the time, they will be hosted by third parties—such as Rivals 3 Stripe Camps. Athletes attend football showcases to get media coverage and build their online presence.
- 7-on-7 camps: College coaches will host 7-on-7s to see recruits’ techniques, have them learn the playbook and system, and see how well their recruits compete against other college-bound football players. Third-parties also host 7-on-7 camps to give football players a chance to continue playing football outside of the college season.
- Specialist camps: For kickers, punters and long snappers, specialist football camps give athletes in these positions an opportunity to work on specific techniques and receive instruction geared toward their unique position. These might be hosted by college coaches, but most often, they’ll be held by third parties like the Rubio-Sailer kicking and long snapping camps.
- Development/skills-building football camps: Almost exclusively for underclassmen, these football camps give young football players a chance to get highlight film, develop varsity-level skills and get a taste of college during position-specific drills, one-on-ones and smaller group instruction. Members of the coaching staff will likely be in attendance, scouting out young recruits.
Be warned: when athletes go to a camp, they not only need to leave it all on the field, they need to make sure that the college coaches at those camps are actually recruiting them. If a camp invite is part of a larger conversation with that coach, it’s safe to say that the athlete received a more personalized invite.