Plenty of pressure is put on high school football players going through the college recruiting process. There are the phone calls to be made and returned, camps to attend, visits to be planned.
But for some players who've already gained recognition from coaching staffs but have yet to receive an offer, there's an added pressure, and it's put on the first four games of their junior seasons. Coaches ask to see film from those games and if they're impressed enough, an offer might be extended.
"Going into the season and knowing that those first four games are the biggest games of your recruiting life, it definitely puts a bit of pressure on you," said 2014 quarterback recruit Deshone Kizer (Toledo, Ohio/Central Catholic), who is awaiting offers from Ohio State, Michigan and others. "But I just used it as motivation to work harder over the offseason."
And it's not just highlights they have to include on the tape -- they have to look for what the coaches will want to see.
"It's not always the spectacular bombs -- I actually tend to cut a lot of those out of my highlight tapes because what college coach cares about how far you're throwing when the receiver has no one with 10 yards of him?" Kizer said.
Read more of the feature by WolverineNation's Chantel Jennings.