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Advice from Recently Committed Football Player: Luke Miner

Luke Miner, football player

from Oakley, CA

Committed to Midamerica Nazarene University

Link to Luke's BeRecruited Profile

While in high school, what other teams and/or sports were you playing? Did you know all along you wanted to play your sport in college?  

Ran track and played basketball for 2 years but always loved football and wanted to play in college.

When did you start getting interest from college coaches? Were they knocking down your door, or were you reaching out to them? If so, how?  

I choose MNU because of the coaches and the offer.  I had offers from 3 other schools and other interest from 3 others.  I had one in home visits and a lot of phone calls.  But most of initial contact was made by me sending my link and following up with phone call and then when they liked what they saw they continued recruiting at different levels.

Who was pivotal in helping you through the recruiting process and why?(Parents, a coach, a hs counselor?) 

My dad was the one keeping me on track and walking me through the process.  

What role did you club coaches/hs coaches have in helping you get recruited? How active were your parents in the process?  

My coach was very supportive and contacted several schools for me.  My parents were very active and encouraged me all along the way.  I couldn’t have gotten this offer without all the work my dad put in.

What was the most challenging part of the recruiting process, if any?

Hearing from coaches that I don’t fit what they want to do (code for I’m not good enough for them). And getting coaches to actually look at the films.  Usually they don’t look until they get the phone call. I think it’s because I played at a small school without much history of sending players to college.

To date, what do you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sport career?  

Being Captain and making 1st team all league Jr. and Sr. year and defensive MVP.

What tips or advice do you have for student-athletes who want to continue their sport past high school?  

1) Train hard in the offseason.  2)  Get your highlights to coaches early and follow up with phone calls.  Most of the coaches are honest and that gave us the direction as far as what level to pursue.  We hit schools and every level and went from there.  The offers I received were from DII and NAIA schools.  2 FCS schools offered walk on opportunity but I wanted a school that really wanted me.

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