This is an entirely new area to me but fortunately this is a diverse and generous community. My question is: when should a player start talking to college coaches? He has rejected the idea of attending ID Camps this year as a freshman. I have put his name and stats on some of the recruiting web sites. They have of course tried to get us to pay much money to "advance his college prospects" which I have of course ignored. What is the value of so called "ID" camps? When should he be contacting college coaches? No.2 son is an accomplished soccer player. He is on a club team that plays at the highest level of club sports (not academy) and plays a couple of different positions well to exceptionally well. He is unlikely to have substantial size so he is moving from center back to wing position in the back field and mid-field. My analysis of sport teaches me that there are 4 "S's" for success, Size, Speed, Skills and Smarts. I've told him he needs 3 of the 4 for success. He will never have size, I'm 66" and his mom is 60" so while at age 15 he is now my height and will probably add a few inches. That is probably about it. Speed: at age 13 yrs 9 mos. he was gps clocked at 18.6 mph in a sprint. Skills: his ball handling skills are very good and improving, passing is very good and improving. Smarts: his coaches know that he understands the game and plays well. Proper positioning, etc. I've heard other team's coaches tell their players to keep the ball away from him or they double team him. In the past he could consistently beat the double team but now at the higher level against bigger, faster players he is learning to drop the ball off to a teammate rather than try to beat the press. I think he is a good college prospect, but I'm a very biased parent. He is a B+/A- student at a "Lake Woebegone*" type school. Any and all thoughts and input appreciated. For you young guys - having children at age 48 is very different from having children at 28, I've done both. * Lake Woebegone - Where all the women are strong, the men are good looking and the children are above average.