Janelle Woods, parent of five-star recruit Dominick Blaylock
1. What's the most enjoyable part, and most stressful part, about being the parent of a recruited college football player? "The most enjoyable part would be watching them grow through the recruiting process. I was a recruited college volleyball player, my husband a football recruit, and so far I've had three sons experience it. They are exposed to situations that require them to mature in more ways than on the field. They learn how to interview early. One of my sons had his first interview in the sixth grade! Recruiting trips can all be the same with big programs such as beautiful facilities, top-notch training programs, the best training tables, tutoring and academic programs, etc. Sometimes you forget which SEC or ACC school you are visiting because they all have similar facilities. I enjoy watching them process it all and figure out where they want to go. It's probably the first big decision that they make that is going to determine their life path. So, allow them to make it their decision. And of course all parents enjoy watching their children on the field being successful. The stressful part is time management. As a parent, you want them to be exposed to enough programs to make a grounded decision, but you also only have so many weekends to travel to schools and games, and that takes time away from the rest of your family. I want them to enjoy their final year of high school because, for them, it's a treasured time in their life. I didn't want it to be consumed with recruiting."