For most parents reading this, the reason that you were able to find this site is that you want to be able to be proactive throughout the athletic recruiting process for your son or daughter. Maybe this is your first time and for others you may have done it before but there is no doubt in my mind that this is one of the most confusing times in trying to help your child.
Parents may even feel helpless because they are not exactly sure what they should be doing and if they should be doing stuff to help. When I went through the Division III recruiting process a while back, my mom had no idea what was going on. She took me to one visit and just didn’t have a clue regarding letters, calls, or things along that line. I thought now is as good of a time as any to help parents figure things out in the athletic recruiting process.
I have talked a great deal about the football recruiting process and college coaches always seem to talk about how athletes are next in line for a scholarship. What I have unfortunately found in a good number of cases is that these coaches are usually just making sure they have enough recruits on the hook that if their main guy falls through, there are backups available.
As I said in a previous article, the only two reasons why colleges that have been recruiting you offer a football scholarship is because you either another big school has offered and prompts them to extend a scholarship or they have another recruit pick another school. But what happens if you really are next in line for a scholarship offer? College coaches may tell you this all the time but the way that you can really tell is through their actions. And we take a look at what we feel are their main actions that really could show you may be close to a scholarship offer. …CONTINUE READING =>
As an athlete many many years ago, there is nothing that was more frustrating than an injury that would limit your ability to play the sport that you love. It is one of the most difficult times to go through because you feel isolated and on an island because you are not on the court or the field with your teammates. The hours and hours you put in over the off-season may feel like they have gone to waste when you start your season and get injured right off the bat.
The unfortunate thing is that in all sports, whether it be football, baseball, basketball, or anything else for that matter, injuries happen. While you can try hard to prevent them, things happen and you can’t prevent everything. But if you are unlucky enough to have been injured, there are some things you can do to stay focused on the athletic recruiting process even if you are sidelined.
One of the things that initially scare a lot of families (especially the parents) away from Division III private schools is the initial price tag. Some of these schools cost in the range of $30,000 plus and the price tag is raising every year. With 3% inflation on top of that fee, these schools are going to only continue to get more and more expensive.
But the good news for athletes is that your ability in athletics can help you even if it is a non-scholarship school that you are looking at. This program could be at the Division III level but if they think you are good enough, they are going to find a number of different ways to help you out financially. And when buying any other big ticket item, comparing prices and getting the numbers re-worked are a great way to help lower your costs on a yearly basis.
When signing your National Letter of Intent (NLI), it states that you are signing with the school and not any coaches at the school. Why the school is the one that will be paying for your scholarship and education, no matter what it says, the role of the college coach is a much during the athletic recruiting process.
In most situations, the eventual school that gets an athlete is the one that shows him or her the most interest. It is the one that goes to most of your high school games and calls the most. There were only a handful of schools that recruiting me and I went with the one that had the coaches recruiting me the most. So when it comes down to it, trying to say that a college coach is not a factor is insane. …CONTINUE READING =>
Parting ways with a potential college can be beneficial for all parties involves during the athletic recruiting process
One very difficult call that some college coaches have to make is when they tell an athlete that they are no longer recruiting them. While it is never going to be easy for both parties, I think this is a very stand up thing to do for college coaches. The reason is that it tells the athlete that they probably should consider other options as their school is no longer available.
But the thing about this is that it can be a positive for everyone involved. I have seen far too many athletes so focused on a potential opportunity at a huge school that they passed about scholarships and money available at other programs. And in the end, they regretted doing that.
What if you want to play a college position you just aren’t as good at during the football recruiting process?
Over the last month, I had an opportunity to see an athlete in action on the football field and then a few weeks later I was able to interview him and talk to him about how the football recruiting process was going for him. Before really digging into the story, let me mention a few things. The athlete is about 6-foot-1, 205 pounds and can really move. He started at linebacker as a junior and now starts at quarterback as well this fall for his team.
When watching him play, I strongly felt that the reason why he was playing quarterback was because he was one of the best athletes and leaders on the team. He didn’t seem to have a strong arm during the game in the limited amount of times I saw him throw the ball. With the way he hit, I believed that he could get a Division II scholarship because of his play defensively. But in talking to him, I was surprised that he wanted to play college football at a position that I felt strongly was his secondary position. …CONTINUE READING =>
Since I first started writing articles on this site somewhere around 18 months now, I have always stressed the importance of considering all of your options in the recruiting process. It doesn’t matter if they are Division I, II, III, NAIA, or anything else you can imagine. Is it really going to hurt you to fill out a Division II questionnaire? In my strong opinion, the answer to that is a definite no.
In a recent email with a prospect, I have received just about every excuse possible as to why he doesn’t want to look at anything but the biggest Division I schools throughout the country. While that is a great dream, being realistic in the recruiting process is a must that will really help you in the long run. There are all the excuses in the world but never one that will answer the question of why you should not consider your options.
There is no doubt that in sports, team work is something that can help overcome outstanding individuals. This was showcased many years ago in the Olympics when the USA may have had the best individual basketball players but other teams were able to beat them with superior team work. The strength of teams is valuable in every aspect of life and includes everyday business.
It is also very important for you as a recruit to have a strong team around you that can help you during the athletic recruiting process. Whether it be football, basketball, soccer, or any other sport, you need a team around you that is on the same page and knows what you are striving for. If there is a breakdown anywhere within this team, it may be a struggle to reach your eventual goal of receiving a college scholarship. I am going to talk about who you will need within your team to help you reach those goals.
I have spent the past two years harping time and time again about the importance to consider all of your options during the athletic recruiting process. You may have the biggest Division I eyes known to the world but if all of them suddenly disappear after you have a poor senior year, what are your backup plans? These schools also have recruiting boards and may not even take time big time athletes like yourself.
If you are a football recruit going through the process, the fall is a great time to broaden your horizons. The reason this time is important for football recruits is because you can go to campuses and see schools in action. If schools are willing to offer you free tickets and you have access to a vehicle that can get you to the game, you might as well try to see what schools at all levels have to offer. …CONTINUE READING =>