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It's time to get serious and start preparing to take your football talents to the next level. But understanding the multiple recruiting pathways and signing to a postsecondary football program can be challenging. Don't worry, though . . . Coach Burris of IRONWILL Football will help guide you through the recruiting process.
Signed is a guide for Canadian football players in Grades 9 to 12 who aspire to play post-secondary football. Coach Burris gives you the football recruiting blueprint so you can make informed recruiting decisions for your future.
With a dedicated chapter for parents, Signed breaks down everything you need to begin your journey toward the U Sports, NCAA, Junior football, CEGEP, and Junior college.
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Canadian prep high school
Another option that is becoming popular for high school players is attending a Canadian prep high school. You might be asking yourself, “What is a prep school?” Well, it’s a high school football program that focuses on preparing student athletes academically and athletically to Setting the Tone 10 play at the NCAA or U Sports level. In addition, prep high school helps the student athlete prepare to write the SAT, and to achieve the academic entrance requirements to attend an NCAA and/or U Sports program.
The reason Canadian players are starting to play at prep high schools is that games are played against American high schools. This provides a lot of exposure opportunities and the chance to play at a higher level of high school competition.
High school prep schools play good competition and that’s what the US college coaches look for when it comes to Canadian kids. They don’t know if they can play American ball. So that gives them a platform, for real.
University of Maine
Canadian Prep School Alumni
What you need to know
• There are fees involved in attending Canadian prep high school.
• If you will live out of your home province, you will need to find room and board unless the school has arrangements.
• You will require a passport to travel to the United States.
Benefits of a Canadian prep high school
The following are potential benefits of prep high school, depending on what type of high school football experience you want:
1. Academic learning in a small-class setting
2. The opportunity to play against American high school teams
3. Increased exposure, because games are played in the United States against American high school football teams
4. The opportunity to gain experience playing American rules football
5. Opportunities for NCAA scholarships or U Sports offers
About the Author:Coach Tim Burris is a former U Sports student athlete and is a Vanier Cup Champion. He has coached at the U Sports level and has over a decade of coaching experience ranging from bantam level to the university level. Coach Tim Burris has worked with more than a thousand players across Canada. He also had the honor of coaching on the Alberta U18 Team for three years, in addition to running his football performance camps and defensive line academy program.
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