September 18, 2007
Publicizing stats takes work

Question: I would love to see a story on why a lot of high schools do not list the players on Maxpreps.com, or even get them on the college clearinghouses for scholarships. A lot of players that are not on these site are breaking records and are going unnoticed and are losing their chance to move forward as a lot of players cannot afford college. So they are being overlooked because the schools and coaches do not take the time or have someone input the information.

Kathy Z.

Answer: I know there are a few dinosaurs out there who still believe football is a team sport and players shouldn't pay attention to stats, so they either don't keep them or bother to post them. A few others believe it isn't their job to try to get a player recruited. But most coaches are good about promoting their athletes in terms of posting stats and dealing with college recruiters. It looks good for the program when a school has multiple college recruits. But the off-the-field demands, including helping players get recruited by sending out film and talking to scouts or breaking down film to compile stats, take a toll unless one has unlimited energy, is super-organized and has a dedicated support staff. Sometimes it's just a simple matter of a parent stepping up to volunteer to shoot and/or process film and to help gather stats and call them in to the newspaper and/or post them to the team's Web site.

- Bill Paterson



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