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Jamie Newman and the role of personal position coaches: is it a positive or negative?
I do not know what role, if any, Jamie's personal QB coach had in the decision that was made yesterday. I've read the same info on Dawgnation that you have read.
But my son started working with a personal WR/TE coach earlier this year.....and I've learned a great deal about the process and the influence that these coaches have on some of the decisions that some of these kids are making.
I'm not going to use names but most on here know who the main WR, DB and QB trainers are in the Atlanta area (we are big fans of the WR trainer). South and central Florida, DFW, Houston and many other areas across the country are littered with highly respected personal position coaches. And many players that do not have a quality trainer near them will travel to find a good coach.
Much of the determining factor of whether the movement is positive or negative depends on the trainer and what role they choose to play in the athletes decision making. Does the trainer actually have the athletes best interest in mind? Some do.....some obviously don't.
High school and college coaches have very mixed opinions on their players using outside trainers......some embrace it, some live with it but don't like it and some coaches absolutely don't like it.
There are positives:
There is simply not enough time in a high school or college practice to work on detailed techniques needed to excel at a position. When you attend these prospect showcases ......it's usually clear which players are using outside trainers. The details stand out.
These personal trainers are very well connected and are able to get their clients early attention in the recruiting process. Usually much earlier than high school coaches are able to do. (Please note....ultimately the most important part of a player receiving a scholarship is game film and the opinion of his high school coach....not personal trainer)
And these trainers also play some role in how many of these players are rated. We have had numerous workouts with a 247, Rivals or ESPN recruiting evaluator/media person in attendance. The 247 guys usually represent a certain school like UT, TAMU, TCU, Baylor, etc.
But beyond the positives.....many of these trainers (but not all) are also involved in areas that may not benefit the player.
Sometimes they are heavily involved in all the transfers high school kids are making from one high school to another. High school coaches will reach out to them and say they need a WR or DB.....or they'll reach out and say my QB tore his ACL in 7vs7.....do you know of a QB that would be interested in transferring?
Trainers are also heavily involved in players entering the transfer portal. Until a player enters the portal......colleges are not allowed to reach out to the player or his parents. But colleges will reach out to the players personal trainer and let them know that.....if the player is interested in transferring.....we have a spot.
And personal trainers are very influential in where certain prospects decide to attend college. Again, not always a bad thing. But not always a good thing either.
Finally, I do not know if Newman's personal coach played a role. Some are suggesting he did. If it's true that he did influence the decision.....is that a good thing?
I'll just add that we are very pleased with the decision we made of having my son work with a TE/WR trainer. It's paid huge dividends in his development. And we throughly enjoyed the weekend we spent in Atlanta working with that WR/TE trainer. Both trainers seem to be very good men and have done great things for my son and many athletes......but I have probably heard or seen more negative things about other trainers than I've heard about positive.
My conclusion......I still don't know if it's a positive or negative.