Going from the gridiron to the hardwood is one way to hit a college coach’s radar. In fact, being involved in multiple sports is an important measure USC head football coach Pete Carroll used when evaluating prospective recruits. Read on to learn why.
As head coach for one of the greatest collegiate football programs in the country, Carroll helped produce All-Americans, Heisman Trophy winners and future NFL players, while winning five of six BCS Championship games. His impressive record can be attributed in part to successful recruiting of competitive athletes who have a desire to excel.
“I want guys that are so special athletically, so competitive that they can compete in more than one [sport] here at USC. It’s really important that guys are well-rounded and just have this tendency for competitiveness that they have to express somewhere.”
When evaluating athletes, the first question Carroll asks is, “What other sports does he play?” because he believes multi-sport athletes possess the competitive spirit his team thrives on.
“We want [athletes to] show that it’s really, really important for them to excel and [that] they have that special will and that competitiveness that can really define a desire to be something unique,” Carroll explains.
According to Carroll, the hunger to compete is what gets a player noticed. Being a well-rounded athlete, playing multiple sports and attending combines and camps will make coaches pay attention to your abilities. He says, “All of that is [just] guys looking for a chance to compete and learn, but also show who they are and what they’re all about. That’s why I like to see guys play other sports too, because they want to show off who they are. All of that is what makes them the kind of guy we would want here at our school.”