Outside of a scholarship offer, I have said that one of the most telltale signs for interest from a college program is a call from their coaching staff. This shows that they are interested enough in your ability to take time out of their day to call you and sell their program.
But one thing that I have rarely talked about is if you should take the time to call a college coach. According to NCAA rules, college coaches are limited in their calls to prospective athletes. But prospective athletes can call college coaches as much as they want. So should athletes call college coaches? In what circumstances should this happen?
Just as a quick note before I start on this article. When I do articles like this, and I have done them at various times during the year, I am not just cut and pasting the previous article. I am updating the situation for potential football recruits throughout the country. For example, one written in May would talk about getting calls and setting up camps. Because it is now mid July, what is talked about in this football recruiting article will be much different. There may be some similar themes but that is because I want to make sure recruits are following the path that I think will help them in their battle for a scholarship.
So for those seniors to be, if you had heeded the advice of this site, you may have already had a chance to get to a number of one day camps. The difference in the one day vs. a three day camp is saving your parents a lot of money. And if you are rich enough to not worry about money, then what difference is it if you receive a scholarship or not?
The goal of the entire athletic recruiting process is to impress a coaching staff enough at their school that they are willing to pay for your college education. You will need to work hard in your sport/the weight room, in the classroom, and in marketing yourself to these coaches but it certainly can be done.
For the sake of this article, you just were told in a letter yesterday that State University is finally not feeding you lines and will be offering you an athletic scholarship. This has been the letter you have been waiting for over the last five years. Now that it is here, what do you do?
As I have mentioned here in just about every article written, it is essential in the recruiting process to consider all of your options. And while you may have grown up with Division I eyes, it may be time to consider other options. They may essentially be back up options but the most important thing is that there are other possibilities to consider if your dream school does not work out.
So with that in mind, a great option to consider is looking at Division III schools. While the schools are much smaller than Division I programs, sports are taken a little less seriously than at the scholarship level. Here is more information on when Division III programs can recruit you and show you interest.
One thing that is extremely difficult about going through the recruiting process is being realistic about what level you can play at. I am sure the majority of players who grew up routing for State University want to go play there. The problem is that State University is looking for the best athletes in the country and the number that they take on scholarship ends up being extremely limited.
So if a school that you grew up loving and would do anything to play at has not called during the May evaluation period, what do you do? To be completely honest, the first thing that you need to do is be realistic about the situation. While you may love them and would do anything to play there, the lack of interest that they are showing you may be a sign that they don’t feel you are good enough to play at their level.
As I talked about in yesterday’s article, college coaches usually have a good feel for an athlete going into their camps. While the may send out “invitations” to thousands upon thousands of athletes throughout their region, there are normally only a select few that are actually going to get a look during the recruiting process.
Recently a major Division I college had to cancel their summer camps because of a natural disaster that wreaked havoc on their town. While they are trying to make up a few of them, the recruiting coordinator had a very interesting quote regarding these camps. He mentioned that it is not that big of a deal in recruiting because they use these camps to confirm the ability of a player.
At the Division I level, nearly all basketball programs throughout the country offer full ride scholarship offers. Per NCAA rules, these Division I schools have to extend scholarship that meet full tuition. But one conference differs from that rule. That conference is the Ivy League and they are and have been against giving full scholarship offers for basketball.
The Ivy League also does the same in other sports as well. This is a conference that plays at the Division I level but does not hand out athletic scholarships for football, baseball, hockey, or any other sport that you can think of. Instead, the students are awarded financial aid on the same standards that apply to all students. Basically what that means for coaches in the Ivy League is that it could easily be among the hardest jobs in the country.
I got an offer from a Division I-AA (FCS) football program. What does that mean financially so early?
Many of the top Division I-AA (FCS) football programs use their camp like BCS schools across the country. They try to bring in as many top rated recruits as possible, and if they see one that stands out, most are not afraid to extend a scholarship offer.
The problem with receiving this scholarship offer is the fact that at the Division I-AA (FCS) level, the scholarship amounts vary. In the majority of cases, they are not going to extend a full ride so it is likely o be a percentage. But what does that mean to you financially for paying for college? And what if you want to accept it? …CONTINUE READING =>
Instead of focusing on the negative in this article, I decided to write about ten things to positively differentiate yourself in the football recruiting process. Many of these apply to other sports but a few are football specific. They are in no particular order but should be areas to consider when going through the recruiting process.
1.) Excel at camps and combines
A fantastic time for athletes to play their best is at camps and combines (By this I mean major camps and combines, no small ones where few people are there). Your performance will no doubt help you in the eyes of college coaches. So if you have an injury, suck it up because this is a vital time during the football recruiting process.
For those that have read The Five Steps to a College Scholarship, it is obvious how important is for an athlete to market themselves. As I have said over and over again, unless you are a top 100 talent in the country, you will likely need to do some work to really put yourself in front of college coaches. And once they are aware of you, that is when you can get the ball rolling.
If you do go through the first two steps of that article, then you will move onto marketing yourself (Or your child) to the college coaches. But many wonder which coach should I be sending that information to? Because there is no clear cut question, I am going to take a look at the both football recruiting and basketball recruiting when trying to answer this question.