Bowling Green Coach Mike Jinks: Don’t Pay for Recruiting Services

By Dan Guttenplan, FNF Coaches Managing Editor

Mike Jinks was hired as head coach at Bowling Green State University in 2015 after a highly successful stint as a high school coach at Steele High (Cibolo, Texas). Jinks compiled a 76-18 record over eight seasons at Steele and led the Knights to the 2010 Class 5A Division II State Championship.

What can high school football coaches be doing more to help players get recruited by college coaches?

“The only obligation a head coach has is to make sure he educates student-athletes and parents. One of the things we saw in Texas as I was leaving was a lot of kids being misguided. There was a surge of guys promoting recruiting programs and mentoring services. Kids were paying anywhere from $3,000 or $5,000 and getting guaranteed full scholarships. Parents need to understand if a player is playing at a high level, he will get recruited. The resources are limitless. There’s no need to pay anyone that amount of money to do it. That was the most important thing for me. Make sure the program puts the kids in a situation to showcase their skill sets. When you’re talking about South Texas and Florida, those coaches need to make sure they keep spring ball organized. Get out the spring schedule to all universities. Let them know when kids are practicing and in the weight room so all kids can get evaluated.”

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