Live games and film were once the main avenues for coaches to evaluate prospects. However, the offseason for football has evolved to where the game is essentially year-round. College football camps have become vital platforms for coaches looking to evaluate prospects.
Each program has a standard camp or two in the summer where any young football player can attend. However, many programs are now beginning to hold invite-only camps that are secretive and not advertised on brochures. Ohio State, Georgia and Florida are programs who are known to hold such events.
Coaches hold these camps only for the top prospects they want to spend time evaluating up close and personal. A recruit can come to these certain types of camps without an offer, perform well in front of coaches and leave as a committed recruit.
To do that, he has to show exceptional specific traits.