I'm trying to help a family friend. The student is a high school Senior. He had a growth spurt and worked hard over the summer, and is having a very good football season. After last year, he and his family didn't think college football was a realistic option, but now it looks possible. So, they're just getting started now and know it's late.
He's a great guy, an average student, and works very hard. They have a high school teacher advising them, a guy who played in college and coaches at another nearby school. I'm not convinced, though, that he's giving them the best advice. It seems to me that they should be targeting a Division suited to his abilities. The advisor is telling them that the kid has the potential for any division, it's just a matter of finding a school that has a spot for him. The advisor is waiting for coaches he knows to call him, and he will refer my friend to them. Is this how it works?
Meanwhile, the student did email one coach at a nearby college and sent him a link to game video. The coach met with him and his parents and seemed encouraging and said he liked what he saw in the video. So, I'm thinking they should be emailing lots of other coaches, too, at schools that he's interested in, in all three Divisions. Shouldn't the student be initiating lots of contacts at this stage of the process?
I'd really appreciate any advice!