In a day and age where more and more high school athletes seem to be focused on specializing in one sport, and training year round in that specific sport, some interesting numbers have surfaced recently on the value of participating in more than one sport in high school.
When it comes to recruiting and drafting guys, college and NFL coaches place a high value on the multi-sport athletes, and there’s no shortage of recent statistics to prove it.
Take this tweet that I saw over the weekend for example:
128 NFL QB’s surveyed -122 played at least 2 sports in HS (95%) nearly 70% played 3 or more. http://t.co/zNLXhESTXg PLAY ALL SPORTS U CAN
— ⭐️Greg Wyant⭐️ (@Coach_Wyant) February 26, 2015
Recruiting multi-sport athletes is something that college coaches talk about all the time, and a number of additional tweets over the past few months have really helped to illustrate just how valued they are by some of the top coaches and programs in the country. Guys like Nick Saban, Urban Meyer, and Brian Kelly are just a small handful of the coaches that target two, and three sport athletes.
Alabama, Ohio State, Notre Dame 2014 recruiting classes 85% were multi-sport participants- 61 of 72 total recruits. — TrackingFootball.com (@TrckFootball) August 5, 2014
Think Urban Meyer’s staff just recruits from specialized camps and 7vs7, think again, 47 recruits since 2013 and 42 (89%) HS multi-sport
— TrackingFootball.com (@TrckFootball) January 12, 2015
So the next time one of your players with the dreams of playing at the college level tells you that they won’t be playing a sport in the spring or winter so they can focus on football, show them this article.