Music or no music? I gather from some comments, no music, but wanted some feedback.
Music isn't necessary, but if you do, no lyrics.
What is the ideal length of said tape?
Ideal length should be no more than 9-10 minutes. Only exceptions I can think of that may extend it are lot of special teams run backs that may take 20+ seconds for a single highlight.
Should I (we) use arrows to highlight him? (he plays defense, if that matters)
I wouldn't do the arrows too much, but they're vital if you can't immediately pick out where they are at the start of the play. This is more important on defense, then it is on offense imo.
How about weaving in highlights from local news outlets where he was mentioned? Cheesy or helpful?
I think it's cheesy, but I'd include it in a personal video to show friends and family.
Then, of course, how's the best way to get the tape around? Louisiana Football Magazine? E-mail? Other? Do I note his honors (grades, All-District, etc) in a cover letter?
LFM does help out. You most definitely include all the info about his grades and honors do not hurt. Usually, a little graphic at the start of the video with all his stats/vital info is all you need. At Dunham, Mistretta gave my brother a list of schools and addresses where they would send his film for him. That got it to over 100 schools. They generally send something back saying that got your film and are evaluating it. I'm sure U high has something similar that can help you out.
My Dad was the one who went through the trouble of making the highlight reel. He got advice from friends who have worked in the field (Tensey Pricer, used to head up Pelican Preps) and went from there.
This post was edited on 1/14 at 2:31 pm