Coaches await highlight reels

Prospects feel pressure knowing junior tape determines fate of offers

Updated: September 17, 2012, 5:59 PM ET
By Chantel Jennings | WolverineNation
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- 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 the Michigan coaching staff 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.

Deshone Kizer
Chantel Jennings/ESPN.comDeshone Kizer impressed Michigan coaches at a summer camp, but he knows he won't get an offer till they see junior-year game tape.
"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," 2014 quarterback recruit Deshone Kizer (Toledo, Ohio/Central Catholic) said. "But I just used it as motivation to work harder over the offseason."

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