Be sure and click on the link above,… This is one of the best articles I’ve ever read regarding choosing a school to play for. National Signing Day just ended this week but it is a never ending process for athletes of any sport. The advice in this article will help you with your decisions as far as athletics and academics are concerned. Written by Alabama’s DJ Fluker, he offers up some valuable advice. Here is a sample,….
1. Make sure you make the decision for you and not anybody else.
Trust your gut.
I look at all these schools like girls. Do I want the prettiest girl? Do I want the most educated girl? Or do I want a girl who has both? I wanted to marry my school. I never got the feeling I could marry LSU. It wasn’t anything they did or didn’t do, I just never felt it. From the time I visited Alabama, I knew she was The One.
I look at all these schools like girls. Do I want the prettiest girl? Do I want the most educated girl? Or do I want a girl who has both?
I committed my sophomore year, and I’ll be honest, I thought about breaking my commitment a few times. You’re still just a teenager and it’s a confusing time to decide something so big. I was still getting letters like crazy trying to get me to change my mind. Some just said straight up: “Do we even have a shot at getting you?!”
Ole Miss came to my house. So did Mississippi State, Florida State — Urban Meyer came to my front door. They all showed up, and I was like “Woah, these guys really want me…”
But I didn’t wanna go back on my word. If you commit to something, be committed to it, and that’s what I did.
There’s a lot of kids out there jumping ship these days — committing, de-committing, then committing somewhere else. And it’s because they’re picking schools for all the wrong reasons. If you’re going there because of the girls or because your homeboy is going there, that’s not a good reason. Go there for yourself. That’s what it’s really about. Go with your gut. Go where you feel at home and where the system works best for you.
2. Pray about it.
Get direction from wherever you can — for me, there’s no better way than prayer.
3. Be dedicated to the education.
I know what you’re thinking: “This dude didn’t even mention education when he was talking about why he chose Alabama.” But there’s a good reason for that.
The education only matters if you make the most of it.
If you choose a school with a great academic reputation, but you don’t go to class, it doesn’t matter. If your team has study hall, but you don’t know when it is or how often, what good is that? In the end, missing class is worse than missing practice and time spent in study hall is as important as playing time. Know what your potential schools offer. Ask about the entire process, from class selection to study hall.
I was an Academic All-American not because I was smarter than anybody else, but because I was dedicated. You don’t wanna spend a year at juco because you can’t make the grades and have to transfer. When I was getting recruited, the coaches guaranteed my parents I’d graduate, and that’s what made me work so hard.
Choose the school that’s for you, on and off the field.
You could say Alabama worked out pretty well for me. I won two SEC titles, three BCS Championships and was first-team All-SEC and first-team All-American, and my on-field accomplishments made me a first-round pick in the NFL Draft.
But most importantly, I stayed for four years and graduated. I married my school.
I’m thankful every day for the opportunities I’ve had, all the way back to having the luxury of choosing from the best of the best schools in the country.
So whether you’re that 5-star or that no-star recruit, keep praying, good luck, and enjoy your National Signing Day moment.
Just make sure you pick the right girl.