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Anything goes for college coaches in recruiting process

All of these top area players in the Class of 2010 that I've been counting down since February are now able to receive phone calls from college football coaches, as of last week, when the open recruiting period began.

The National Collegiate Scouting Association put out a list of 10 questions recruits could expect to get from college coaches and explained good ways to possibly answer them, as was reported on The Dallas Morning News' high school blog this week.

Players may call coaches at any time, but there are only certain times when a coach may call a player, and that started on April 15.

There are some pretty interesting questions in there, and the list can let  you know what it must be like to be a highly sought after high school football player. Just remember, these are 16- and 17-year-old kids who are receiving these calls. How would you have handled them?

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Here's some of the better questions and suggested ways to answer, the first couple read like any job interview:

Q:  What are your strengths as a player?

Advice:  Do not be modest here!  This is your chance to shine and tell the coach what you do best.  Be informative and honest.  You have been working your whole life to develop these strengths…be proud of them and communicate their value with answers that consist of more than one word.

Q:  What areas of your game are you working to improve?

Advice:  While this can be a tricky one, it is important to be honest.  Do not spend too much time discussing your weaknesses, but rather let the coach know how your off season workout is going to address those areas and how you are going to turn them into strengths.

Here's my favorite one:

Q:  What are your interests or hobbies?  Do you have a  girlfriend, boyfriend, etc?

Advice:  This is the coach’s attempt to get to you know you on a personal level.  Remember, in many cases, these coaches are many years older and they are doing their best to relate to the prospect.  Let the coach know more about you!  This will help you connect on a more casual level and also give the coach something to ask you about next time you speak.  Have some fun with this question!

I can only imagine how some high school football players would answer that question. I bet there's some funny responses.

Adam Boedeker is a sports writer/blogger for the Denton Record-Chronicle. He's cooking a big dinner tonight.

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