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Summer isn’t downtime for college bound athletes
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
A lot of high school students, including a lot of your friends, probably see summer as the time to have fun.
There are late nights playing Fortnite, trips to the beach or to the lake, there’s lots of YouTube and music to catch up on….
But what are you doing to become a better college prospect?
If you really want to be competitive, your best work isn’t done on the field or on the hardwood. The work that pays off comes before the clock starts.
What are you doing with your time away from school? Is your competition putting in work when you are not?
We’re talking about weightlifting. Agility. Plyometrics.
We’re also talking about math skills, writing, history…putting knowledge into your brain.
There’s also character to be concerned about. College coaches want athletes who will be leaders on the field, in the locker room, in the classroom and in the community. Are you the kind of prospect who’s going to make a college coach look good? If your position coach is going to have to explain to the head coach why you’re being a knucklehead, you and your position coach might not be around long.
Take the time this summer to work on YOU.
Realize that you are your biggest competition. What do you demand of yourself? Are you the best you can be?
Can you work academically to improve in weaker areas?
Can you work on getting bigger, faster, stronger? Would that extra rep make a difference? You bet it will.
Can you take the time to give back to your community? Giving to others is more rewarding than you know.
Can you start at home? Taking care of your surroundings when your parents least expect it may surprise them in a good way, and you’ll feel good about doing it.
Being a top-notch college prospect also means presenting yourself well. Are you well groomed? Do you give a firm handshake and solid eye contact when greeting someone? Does your social media reflect the type of college prospect you need to be?
Don’t let your summer go to waste. There’s at least six weeks left before school starts again. It’s said that a good habit takes 21 days to establish. What can you work on for the next 21 days so that you go back to school as a better athlete, a better role model and even a better person?
I’m challenging you to think about yourself. How can you get better?
– Andy Hilton