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Is it okay to decommit to a college during the athletic recruiting process?

Posted by | September 17, 2014 | Comment

Is it okay to decommit to a college during the athletic recruiting process?There are a variety of different ways to look at a decommit during the athletic recruiting process.  One of the main reasons why I hear athletes decide to decommit is simply because they didn’t give themselves enough time during the process and they now want to look at their different options.  My question is if this really is the case, then why exactly did you commit originally?

So going back to the original question, I do feel that there are certain situations where it is ethically alright to decommit.  The problem is that I think more athletes just decide that they want to see what else is out there.  That is not a good decision.  As I said, you should not waste the time to make a decision if you are not 100% secure.


Advice on sending out senior game tapes to college coaches during the football recruiting process

Posted by | September 16, 2014 | 2 Comments

Advice on sending out senior game tapes to college coaches during the football recruiting processOnce your junior season of football ends, I believe it is extremely vital to put together a recruiting highlight video that you can send to college coaches and post online at a number of free websites.  But what about seniors during the middle of the season?

If you have followed the steps outlined in The Five Steps to a Scholarship and are good enough, then I would expect that college coaches would want to see game tapes from your first two to four games.  I have made fun of it before college coaches will tell you to keep working hard and that they will keep evaluating you following their summer camps.  These game tapes are the further evaluation that they are looking to do.  Study up on hudl because you need to get back into action if you have not taken the time week by week. …CONTINUE READING =>

What to keep an eye out for when taking unofficial recruiting visits

Posted by | September 15, 2014 | Comment

More proof that athletic recruiting letters don't mean anything in the overall scheme of thingsFor those football recruits out there reading this article, the fall is a fantastic time to make unofficial visits.  These trips to college programs can give you a much better overall feeling for the schools that are recruiting you and allow you an up close look at what the program provides.

It doesn’t matter if you have a scholarship from the school or not; they want as many athletes as possible to come to the campus for game day visits.  The reason is because they don’t want to miss out on any athletes.  While this does mean that invites to game day visits don’t mean all that much, getting free tickets to a college football game is usually worth the costs involved with travel.


The Athletic Recruiting Process is a long and time consuming journey for families

Posted by | September 14, 2014 | Comment

The Athletic Recruiting Process is a long journey for familiesOne of the most stressful times in the lives of parents and their children is if they go through the athletic recruiting process.  It doesn’t matter if you are a Division I recruit or someone hoping to play sports at the NAIA level, it is tough weighing out the benefits of all the schools involved.  Not only are sports important, academics is what should make or break the decision.

I feel strongly that everyone who is going through this process should be humble the entire time.  What I mean by that is that it is a journey and during that time, you need to do what you can to learn as much as possible.  The more you learn, the better chance that you have of knowing what is going on and helping your child during such a stressful time.


Why am I doing wrong and why don’t I have an athletic scholarship offer?

Posted by | September 13, 2014 | Comment

Why don't I have an athletic scholarship offer?At this time of year, college programs have been their recruiting boards in place for the Class of 2015 in all sports.  It doesn’t matter if it is football, volleyball, hockey, or any other sports.  These coaches should know what they are doing and who they will be recruiting over the next few months.  Some schools may already have a number of commitments but they know what they need to do to finish out recruiting this senior class.

And as an athlete or a family who has been going through the recruiting process, many are wondering why they don’t have a scholarship offer?  Again, this obviously is a unique situation that depends from athlete to athlete and case to case.  There is no one size fits all answer but I will try to do my best to figure it out and help you realize why there is no scholarship offer on the table.  Let me preface this by being brutally honest and you need to know that coming in.


Five Keys in order to land a Basketball Recruiting Scholarship Offer

Posted by | September 12, 2014 | Comment

Five Keys to a Basketball Recruiting Scholarship OfferLast 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 =>

The different types of high school coaches during the recruiting process

Posted by | September 11, 2014 | Comment

The different types of high school coaches during the recruiting processWhen picturing how the athletic recruiting process will go for you, I would imagine that you feel it will be extremely smooth.  You will have a high school coach who does a great job marketing you to college coaches and that will eventually lead to multiple Division I offers before you sign with the school you grew up following.

Unfortunately that dream scenario may happen in 1 out of 10,000 situations, if not less.  I have never actually been told by a family that the high school coach did enough for them in the recruiting process.  Usually I just hear complaints about how the coach doesn’t do anything/doesn’t care.  With this in mind, I have put together a list of the different types of high school coaches that families will encounter in the recruiting process.  Feel free to pick out which one your high school coach is.


Every school wants to take an athletic recruit who can play up a level

Posted by | September 10, 2014 | Comment

Every school wants to take an athletic recruit who can play up a levelThis 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.


Focusing on phone calls from college coaches during the athletic recruiting process

Posted by | September 9, 2014 | Comment

Focusing on phone calls from college coaches during the athletic recruiting processIf you are a senior athlete hoping to get recruited, one of the ways that college coaches will express a great deal of interest in you is by calling.  The only thing that a coach can do in the recruiting process to show more interest is bring you for an official visit or extend a scholarship offer.  This phone call means that they really are serious about you.

While it is great to receive call after call, it is not always an easy process for a teenager to be able to focus on what the coach is talking about.  You may be talking to so many different coaches that it is tough to focus ask the questions that you are looking to get answered.  Schools at all levels call athletes, even if they have Division I offers.  It just happens.  So here are some hints and tips as to what you should do when taking calls.


Five differences in Division I-A (BCS) and Division I-AA (FCS) football recruiting

Posted by | September 8, 2014 | Comment

Five differences in Division I-A (BCS) and Division I-AA (FCS) football recruitingI recently received an email from a mother wanting to know more about the Division I-AA football recruiting process.  This parent felt that the site talked to much about the Division I-A football recruiting process so she wanted to learn more about what her son was to expect when looking into schools.

Because of this excellent request, I have decided to put together an article talking about the five biggest differences in the football recruiting at the Division I-A and Division II levels.  This shows that if you request it, there is definitely a chance that I will write about it in the future.  Onto the big five.