Many student-athletes may be asking themselves, 'What do I do now since signing my National Letter of Intent?'
Well, my answer is simple: don't change a thing.
For the lucky players to have signed, it took hard work and sacrifice, right? Well, that gives you all the more reason to work harder, commit more and sacrifice to the fullest.
Let's start with the most important part: Take care of business in the class room. Take a look at your GPA; if you drop more than five points from now until June, that raises a red flag.
If you are a borderline qualifier and just cleared, work your tail off. I’m telling you, your college coaches know everything about you. Your improvement in the class room would sit real nicely in your future coach’s eyes when arriving on campus with a positive finish to your high school academic career.
Remember, just like a game, it’s not how well you start -- it’s all about how you finish!
Next, I'd suggest e-mailing your future position coach every month and updating him on your progress. How much do you weigh? What are you working on? Provide academic updates, and how your family is doing.
College coaches will enjoy your updates, especially when they are unprovoked. This is the most exciting time of your life. Please doesn’t take this opportunity for granted, because you aren’t finished yet. Make sure you maximize every day in order to take one step closer in your eventual goal, which is earning a starting position.
Finally, continue to work on your body. You are about to encounter a slew of some of the top-performing athletic machines from all over the county, the best of the best. Do the necessary work and try to gain mass to your body index. Work on quickness, agility and your 40 time.
I highly suggest working with a speed coach if you don’t already have one. Do everything in your power to jumpstart your college career and further your athletic development.
Simply put, you want to walk onto a college campus as the best version of yourself.
Steve Levy covers football for MSG Varsity. Follow him on Twitter: @Stevelevy3