Last week we put together a list of five keys that will help you to a football scholarship offer. But since I know football is not the only sport that athletes out there play, I thought I would do something for basketball as well.
While the sports are similar in the chase for a scholarship, the one major difference is AAU. Football camps cannot compare to the fact that top basketball players spend a good portion of July on the road playing in tournaments. And in order to get a major Division I scholarship, I feel that they basically have to do this. Find out what is included in the top five now. …CONTINUE READING =>
This is a confusing title to the article but obviously I am going to explain what I am talking about here. During the recruiting process, college coaches are putting in a lot of time to the recruiting process in order to land their next class of standout athletes. They spend months and even years showing these players interest.
And with college coaches wanting to keep their job, they are trying to bring the best athletes onto their campus. Most schools are hoping to land recruits who should be playing up a level. For example, a Division III coach is hoping to land a player with Division II abilities.
This week seemingly has been a linking articles week and that is the case once again today. But in the article that I am talking about, I only pulled one important line that seemed to really stick out to me. Anyways, the quote is below from an athlete who had a great deal of success in high school and college. He had an opportunity in the pros but things just did not work out (there is no way you can guess who it is). Anyways, read the quote and think about it for a while.
“This is the biggest decision of my life. It means not only where I will play football but, most likely, who I will marry, who my best friends for life will be, where I will live. It means everything. And the one thing I know for sure is I’m too young to make this kind of decision by myself.”
I have talked to thousands of high school athletes and it is always interesting to hear what they think about the overall athletic recruiting process. Some are dead on and doing the exact right things while others have no clue as to what is going on and struggle to figure out how to help themselves.
One of most interest comments that I must share is when an athlete says that it is a slow period for recruiting because the colleges are focusing on camps and the season so they haven’t received much interest from the colleges. There is a major problem with that statement because if you are a sought after recruit, there is no slow period.
When playing athletics at the high school level, it may not be the reason you do it but receiving postseason honors is nice recognition. It may be All State, All Conference, or even All District honors but I know that all athletes love reading their name on those lists.
However, there are many things that these postseason will not do for you. Some athletes think that being a first team All Stater means you will be a Division I player and up getting a scholarship. Unfortunately, that couldn’t be further from the truth.
If you are a football recruit or basketball recruit heading into your senior season and you have received Division I interest but no scholarship offers at this point, I can tell you right now at the very most you are a backup recruit. What I mean by a backup recruit is basically a fallback option for the coaches at the schools recruiting you if their top targets pick other programs.
Coaches have to have these backup recruits for obvious reasons. If they are trying to take two linebackers in this class and two athletes with offers suddenly pick another school, the coaches want to be able to have option B lined up. If they don’t have you or others as a backup recruit, then they will be scrambling in hopes of getting a commitment from an option D or E recruit. If that is the case, then the coaches are likely in trouble in the long run. But there are some things that you can do about it.
I am a Division I player with Division III interest. What steps should I now take in the recruiting process?
I write a lot about the different stories I hear from athletes that I talk to. They vary from story to story but this helps me continue to get a feel for the recruiting process and what athletes are thinking. Something that I have been hearing frequently lately is athletes getting recruiting attention from smaller schools but saying that they think they want to play at the scholarship level.
While this does seem to be an ongoing theme from athletes of all different sports, many people (And athletes as well) have a high opinion of themselves. They may be getting Division III and NAIA attention but in their mind, they are a Division I or II player. The question is what should an athlete do if they really think they are better than the colleges that are recruiting you?
It seems that when talking to different recruits, there are two different camps that the athletes sit in. The first is those that are fully aware of what college programs have been recruiting them. They know what level these schools are at, which ones they have visited, and which schools that they seem to like the most.
The second group varies differently from the first group. These are the athletes who don’t really have much recruiting interest so when the question is asked, they do as much as they can to avoid it and not answer it. They will say things like “a bunch of Division II and III schools are recruiting me but none are serious” or “there haven’t been any major offers yet so I am just waiting.” The reason that they use these answers is because they think that over time, the recruiting attention will just come. The problem with that is if you don’t take control of the athletic recruiting process, you are going to be waiting a very long time before that interest comes.
Throughout the recruiting process, one of the coolest things that a high school athlete can receive is letters from Division I schools. I was a terrible high school basketball player but I even received one Division I letter my junior year (Which I do believe that I still have). It just makes your day, week, or month to receive this type of attention.
If a coach is serious about you, they will want to keep you on the hook as long as they can so that they can see where their A and B options are going. If those two go elsewhere, and you are option C, then a scholarship offer may be coming your way. But if they decide to go in a different direction, many coaches will be brutally honest with you. This is a stand up thing for a coach to do but they will tell you that they have decided to no longer recruit you.
Over the last two years, I have had the opportunity to interact with one of the top athletic recruits in the country. While I am not going to say his name, I have also had the opportunity to interact with his mother as well. And despite having the ability to play his sport of choice at any college in the country (let me stress any college in the country), they are taking things extremely slow. In fact, the way they have handled the recruiting process has been one of the most impressive things I have seen in the last ten years of covering recruiting.
In a recent email with his mother, she sent me two things that they do to make sure that the recruiting process does not overwhelm them. With so many different scholarship offers from schools around the country, it could be difficult for most. But the family is focused on finding the right school for athletics that offers a great opportunity academically. His 4.0 GPA does not hurt him with the big boys of the college coaching world. Anyways, onto the two things she mentioned as well as some other things that I learned from the family thus far: