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:
When you are 17 and 18 years old, the time you are thinking about is the present. You are trying to do whatever you can at this young age to make yourself happy. If you love to eat, you are going to eat. If you love to play basketball, you are going to play a lot of basketball. So when you are this young and immature, a college decision is never going to be easy.
At that time, you are looking mostly at the next five years of your life. Why wouldn’t you? Chances are high that you will be playing athletics in college and get a chance to be a big man around the campus. The short term has been your focus for the 17 or 18 years you have been alive but that may not be the smartest direction to go in when all is said and done.
Scholarships breed other scholarships and why college coaches are often afraid to be the first to pull the trigger
I probably sound like a broken record for those that read this site frequently but scholarship offers breed other scholarship offers. I have seen this a countless amount of times over the years and just saw it recently. That is why I am writing today’s article but also I want to talk once again about the importance of broadcasting your attention as well.
For the thousandth time, the reason that it is a must to broadcast your scholarship offers is to make other coaches aware of you and your abilities. If you have proven to a Division I-A football coach that you are scholarship worthy, I can promise that other schools at the Division I-A level will take a longer look at you. They know you have an offer so you must have shown something to them that says you can play at this level.
In the minds of most athletes and especially their parents, the way to improve your stock in the eyes of college coaches and get recruited by a number of big schools as a senior is to put together a great senior season. I have heard this from countless players that they are focusing on the season and will let the recruiting take care of itself. But even if you have an Elite All State season as well as break numerous State and school records, that doesn’t mean it will help you in the recruiting process all that much.
In my opinion for seniors, there are two things that will really spark your overall football recruiting interest at the highest levels. Because these schools have already worked ahead and know what players they are going to recruit, a great senior year won’t cut it. So with that in mind, find out what two things could really spark your overall recruiting. …CONTINUE READING =>