By Dan Guttenplan, FNF Coaches Editor
Jacksonville State University (Ala.) recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach J.R. Sandlin became a social media star this fall through a series of Twitter posts in which he provided instructions to recruits with the hashtag #Recruiting101. Sandlin knows something about what college coaches are looking for. He worked as a recruiter at Alabama under Nick Saban for two national championship seasons in 2011 and 2012. He also recruited for Tennessee, Notre Dame and Central Florida.
He shared with FNF Coaches a list of 25 things coaches look for on film, whether it be footage of games, practices, combines or camps.
- Overall athletic ability
- Initial quickness
- Foot quickness
- Body quickness
- Ability to change direction
- Lower body flexibility
- Body control
- Reactionary athleticism
- Ball skills/hand position
- Do you see the player hand the ball to the ref?
- Does he pick the opponent off the ground?
- How does he celebrate?
- Does he play with passion?
- Does he sprint to the ball?
- How does he get off the ground?
- How locked in is he on the sideline?
- How does he communicate with coaches and teammates?
- How is he outfitted?
- Does he lead warmups? How vocal is he?
- What does the trainer/photographer/school official say about him?
- How does he interact with officials?