. “You don’t have to wait until your senior season to start the college football recruiting process and get in contact with coaches.
It will definitely help a college football player to be more vocal. If you have any questions or concerns about anything you should ask a coach. A lot of times there are players that have questions about “how to do this” or “how can I do that’ and I think that coaches – at least most of them – are very willing, and want to help in any way they can with the college football recruiting process. And a lot of times they can’t help you unless you ask. And most of the time they will be more than willing to help you. Whether it’s with college or with football, or any other sport, or just working out, or how you can better yourself in the sport that you’re playing, just have the courage to ask.
I know for me, growing up, it was difficult to talk to the coaches. It wasn’t the coaches fault, it’s just myself and my personality – I was afraid to ask too many questions. But it’s definitely better to ask a lot of questions than to ask no questions and trying to figure out everything on your own. It’s a totally different world out there, and you need other people to help you through the college football recruiting process.
Not everyone has someone that has been through the experience before that can help ‘coach them up’ – so if you’re one of those people, don’t be afraid to ask questions. It will really help you out. Ask and you shall receive.” -Inoke Funaki (Quarterback for the University of Hawaii)
“One saying that is always in the back of my mind – that I always think about is – ‘don’t give up what you want most for what you want now’. And I know, for me, I want to play college football – I knew that college was something that I wanted to do, I wanted to get a college degree. And if there was a way that I could get it paid for through football, if it was able to help me get a scholarship to pay for it, then that would be a huge blessing, and a big plus – not only for myself, but also for my family it would help out financially. It definitely meant a lot of sacrifices, but I wanted to play college football.
If what you want most is to play college football, or maybe even at the professional level, don’t give it up for temporary things right now. Which might mean going and hanging out with friends all the time – not that it’s bad to hang out with friends, but you shouldn’t do it excessively. You should be going to the weight-room or taking care of your school work, doing those things that will help you to get to the next level, making those sacrifices. If you do those things, then you’ll be able to accomplish your goals, so always keep in mind what you want most, and I think that’s what has helped me even until now – I always try to set goals, and sometimes there will be temporary things that seem fun that I want to do at the moment, but if it’s not helping me work towards my goal of finishing school or becoming a coach, (maybe for you it’s becoming an athlete at the college level), then just think twice about the decisions that you make.” -Inoke Funaki (Quarterback for the University of Hawaii)
“I want to talk to you a little bit about what to expect on an official or unofficial visit with college football recruiters or coaches. More specifically – I know it sounds silly, but – what to wear. You want to be able to make a good first impression on the coach – you don’t want to look sloppy or look bad. So what I recommend is wearing a nice shirt (maybe a polo shirt) and khaki pants – something comfortable, but also something you’ll look nice in. Because you want to be confident when you’re talking to college football recruiters or coaches, and if you look confident you’ll feel confident and then you’ll come off as confident. First impressions is a big part of making connections with people, especially if you’re talking to someone like a coach who you want to make a good impression on.
So, I know if sounds silly, but dressing nice on a visit where you’re talking to a coach is definitely very important. It’s a little bit flexible, depending on where you go. For instance – I went to Hawaii, and because of the culture and the climate I wore khaki shorts and a polo shirt with slippers, which was perfectly acceptable, but I still looked presentable. That’s one thing you want to keep in mind when you’re talking to college football recruiters or coaches and making your visits to different colleges.” -Joshua Rice (former football player for the University of Hawaii)