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 the 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.
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.
How should you react to a school that says they are not longer recruiting you anymore? It is better than you think!
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.
I know 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?
Advice on sending out senior game tapes to college coaches in the midst of the football recruiting process
Once 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. …CONTINUE READING =>
What constitutes recruiting attention for your Rivals, 247Sports, Scout, and ESPN football profiles? Does it matter?
I can attest that when trying to contact these sites and get added, one of the first things they are going to ask you is which Division I programs are recruiting you? If it is still not September 1st of your junior season, then it is not easy to figure out what schools are recruiting you. So I am going to take a look at what constitutes recruiting interest from a college program because the last thing you want to do is get caught in a white lie.
If it is BEFORE September 1st of your Junior Year and you are a football player
A feature that I have tried to include for readers out there is a question and answer with parents who have been through the recruiting process. While many of them have seen their sons head to the Division II or I-AA ranks, the parent that we caught up most recently saw her son receive an offer from a major BCS school that has won their conference within the last few years. This program has had a great deal of success in recent years and that is what makes this article interesting.
To give a background of the situation, the athlete went into the summer with zero offers and it appeared as if that would be the case in the fall. But this BCS school ended up offering the athlete at the end of July. Before long, this senior wanted to make a decision and ended the recruiting process before the season got going too far along. He could have sent out more tape and waited for other schools to possibly offer but felt comfortable with the program that he picked. While we won’t say specific names in this article, I spent a good amount of time emailing with the family and am thrilled that he will get to play at the Division I level in college. A special thanks to the mom who took the time to answer my questions.
As I have mentioned many times and in a number of different articles, college coaches try to find out the most that they can about each recruit that they are after. If a scholarship offer will come to the table, the majority of coaches do an in-depth background check that allows them to learn as much as they can about the situation of each athlete they are serious about.
But when they do this background check, it is not just 100% about the athlete. The coaches also look into the family life and what they may be dealing with over the next four or five years. And in some situations, overbearing parents may be enough to turn away college coaches and have them look for another prospect.
I have always stressed on here that one way to really help yourself in the athletic recruiting process is by taking care of your grades. Most coaches feel that the athletes with the best grades are usually the ones that they have to worry about the least in the classroom as well as away from the field or court on weekends. These are not the players coaches lose sleep over after big wins.
What made me really start thinking harder and harder about grades is a recent email I received from a parent. While I will not mention his name or the name of his son, he brought up some very excellent points regarding academics and the ability for an athlete to walk on. It may seem menial during the recruiting process but academics are even more important for walk ons than scholarship athletes.
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: