Ultimate Highlight


Make sure the film angle is good

The first step toward making sure your film grabs the attention of college recruiters is capturing the entire play. Your film angle must be positioned so the viewers can see ALL 22 football players on the field.  This allows the coach to analyze the play and its total progression from start to finish. The more you can raise the angle of the camera to an elevated position, the better it is for viewing. Only capturing the offense or a close-up on the Quarterback is not as desirable as the overall view.

Here is an example of what we are looking for:











Allowing coaches to analyze the entire play will help paint a broad picture and showcase your overall skills.
Here is what coaches can gauge from seeing all 22 players on film:

  • The Quarterback’s ability to make decisions.
  • The Quarterback ability to make adjustments while moving through read progressions.
  • The Quarterback’s read on the rotation of the defense and reaction to blitz packages.
  • The Quarterback’s ability to identify and react to defensive fronts and coverages.

What coaches look for:

Make sure you are completely covered when building out a highlight film by giving coaches two different looks.

The first type of film clip needed is the “Attention Getter,” or essentially plays that showcase elite skills under pressure. These will vary, but generally the reaction from coaches will be: “Did he just do that?” or “Wow, I want to see that again.”

The second type of film clip is “Must Haves,” which highlight plays coaches expect you to make. These plays should be showcased later in the video, and they should be kept to a minimum. Interested coaches do not want to continually see you throw fade or hitch routes to wide open receivers.

What are “Attention Getters?”

Explosive plays. Use pass plays covering over 16 yards that are firmly thrown and/or showcase velocity.

Throwing to routes with high velocity and accuracy. Desired routes and accompanying throws are speed outs, comebacks, seams, deep digs and deep posts.

Extending the play. Highlight your pocket presence, ability to break backfield tackles and avoid pressure from heavy pass rushes.

Throwing down field across body. Ideally, show examples throwing to the right and left.

Toughness and agility down field. Examples here are breaking arm tackles or making players miss, breaking first contact, aggressive running style, throws under contact, moving the chains in desperation situations.

What are “Must Haves?”

  • Accurate passing in the quick game.
  • The ability to carry out fakes.
  • Depth and rhythm on dropping back to pass.
  • Footwork. Demonstrating the proper timing on route families.
  • Deep ball. Highlight arm strength and accuracy.

Film Organization

For videos, start thinking in the two-play or 20-second range to grab the coach’s attention. Once a coach hits play, that video has a very short amount of time to make a positive impact before the coach starts browsing other film.
Don’t have a long, drawn-out intro screen. Keep it at 5-6 seconds and make sure you provide this vital information: Height, weight and 40 time, if applicable. Position and school with state will also be helpful. Avoid providing statistics unless they are substantial or outstanding.

The Breakdown

0-6 seconds: Intro screen on black background with plain font.

7-27 seconds: Top two plays of your career.

28 seconds-2:00 minutes: Plays in order of greatest to good. The “Attention Getters.”

2:01-6:50 minutes: “Must Haves.” Highlight the remaining plays to paint the overall picture.

Golden rules

The Top 10 plays of your career go first (end of season highlight film).

Trim your clips so coaches aren’t waiting around for the play to start. Give them enough time to see what the defense is showing and your formation, but you do not have to show the entire 15-second clip.

You can use a dropped pass for a highlight if it is obvious the wide receiver dropped the football and you did not make a poor throw. Please be careful on your selection and limit these types of plays if possible. I would not have it as your first play on the film.

Avoid using slow motion to highlight plays you think are special. Coach’s need to see the play in full speed to get a proper analysis. Also, if you slow motion a play that is not what a coach would call a highlight, it exposes you. If the play is good the coach will rewind it and watch it again in regular time.

Avoid the use of special graphics. They are a distraction from you and draw attention away from what is important – the film.

Never use music with swearing or offensive language. If you want music, go with instrumentals, but it’s generally not needed for college coaches.

When selecting what service to send your film out to, use Hudl as you primary resource for film transfer to coaches. Hudl has a program that gives colleges access to recruitable athletes across the country. They sell packages to college coaches and have a very comprehensive program to help build out a package to send to coaches.

You can still use other video services to host your film if you do not have a Hudl account.


Make sure you update your film on a weekly basis. Again, with Hudl this is very easy to do. You can organize your top plays from week to week and make sure the information is always up to date.

Three game films. Send when you have sufficient highlights
(With Hudl, you can update every week with ease).

Final end of season film. As for length, try to keep it in the 6-8 minute range. Remember, quality over quantity.