Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Football - basketball guys

With my videos and directory work well under way, I have been tracking college football prospects who also play basketball or wrestle. Indoor track begins in the middle of January. Recently, I have watch players who dispelled the old saying," just concentrate on football year-round. "

A week ago, I watched St Ignatius play Findlay. Dan Fox (ND commit) was agressive and really plays hard. Mark Myers(210-QB) form St. Ignatius contributed, but is still getting his basketball skills finetuned. Although he did not play much, enjoyed watching Brendan Carozzoni(210-TE) from St Ignatius. He will have to add 15 pounds by next season, but has nice ball skills and toughness.

Last night watched Sylvania South play Toledo St. Johns. James Hall(210-DB) from Southview was agressive and plays very hard. Seniors, Bernard Pinckney and Shaun Joplin, from Southview, showed both the leadership and physical skills that helped the Cougars win the state football championship this past fall. As much as I dislike promoting kids too early, Allen Gant(212-ATH)from Southview, if he keeps on track will be a national recruit before he is done. Cheatham Norrils(211-DB) from St Johns played with the quickness and toughness that will make a top recruit in football.

Also was impressed with Courtney Avery(211-DB) from Lexington HS. Excellent leader with "ball smarts." Needs to work on his explosiveness, but has athleticism to be a highly rated recruit.
Last month I had a parent tell me his 6'6-275 son was not playing basketball this year, in order to work on his quickness for the All-Americam combine in Texas this week. That so disapointing to me, that I did not even purse it. That All-American combine, with the money involved, is silly. Egos are stroked, but as far as actually helping a recruit, traveling to Texas to attend a combine is questionable.

Play as many sports as you can. Realize that athleticism and ability to move your feet are so important. Plus stay competitive. Finally, adding upper body strength is easier than increasing speed and quickness.

Monday, December 15, 2008

College recruiting nights

Hopefully college recruiting nights for the winter are over and now, I can settle into the office and compile information and evaluate video from prospects across the state. However, today I want to take a minute and emphasize the importance of college recruiting nights in Ohio.

First, a college recruiting night is a night set aside where both the high school coach and the college recruiter exchange information. Not only college programs from Ohio, but also schools from across the country attend. Usually, and, hopefully, high school coaches have handouts listing their senior prospects, which include all of their personal infro, as well as, their stats. Some coaches also list underclassmen, which is really beneficial to me. College reruiters in turn provide their business card, or arrange for a visit to the high school.

Cleveland, Cincinnati, and central Ohio, because of the larger number of schools, have excellent response. The Toledo area is growing. Both Summit County and Stark County are well represented and response from college coaches is good. The Youngstown area does alittle different, in that they also include a lunch. The Mansfield area also provides a night to share information. Just this year, I attended my first one with the Lorain area coaches. The Valley also provides a meal with their recruiting night. Some sites charge a fee, but others are free. Obviously, these nights are not open to the general public.

The time factor for the high school coach to get all of the information on paper and ready to give to the college coaches is short. But, anytime that a coach can promote his players, rather than counting on the internet is really important. These nights, although work is involved, are really important to your prospects. The old days of getting the information out in February are over. As a scout, it is also tough for me, but very beneficial to me, and the bad news is that it is only get earlier and earlier.

Recruiting nights are also held in the spring, usually the first of May. All areas use their winter format. For the benefit of your underclassmen, please try to attend. Let's work together and promote kids the best way.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Welcome To My Blog


This is John McCallister of (McCallister Scouting Report). After much thought I've made the choice to start a blog where you can read more about what is going on in Ohio High School football and most of all, football recruiting.

Check back as I'll be posting very soon.