Yesterday I talked about what type of background work research college coaches do when trying to figure out which athletic recruits that they want to offer a scholarship to. And if there are two players on the fence, the coach is definitely going to offer the one who works the hardest and has the best character.
These coaches are looking for gym rats and weight room warriors who love working out and will inspire teammates to put in extra time (just ask the players at Michigan). But what happens if you are the type of player who goes through the motion and gets by on natural talent? Unfortunately, high school coaches are likely not going to lie to college coaches and make up how hard you work. And if that is the case, this really could cost you over $100,000 during the course of your four or five years in college.
College coaches in all sports earn thousands and even millions of dollars to bring in the best athletes to help them win games, contests, or matches. Because you are not going to win a national title without top notch recruits, these coaches understand that they must find the best athletes who have enough character and ability to avoid trouble off the field/court.
So when a college coach is recruiting an athlete and considering a scholarship, what exactly will they be looking for? Who will they talk to in trying to track down information or you? What methods do they use to find this information? There are definitely some interesting ways that college coaches find out more information about athletic recruits and we will talk about that now.
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.
The easiest way to get recruited and stay recruited during your high school athletic career is get to the varsity level early and make a name for yourself. By doing this, it makes it easier for you to get your name out to college coaches. These coaches can see you early in your career and see the improvements that you have made over the off-season. While this is the ideal way to go, it doesn’t always happen like that.
We recently had a comment from a grandparent who saw his grandson really break on the scene this fall on the football field. He was wondering when the recruiting attention would start after such a break out year. The problem is that when you break out as a senior, it is a much tougher battle to impress college coaches and earn a college scholarship. It may not be fair but that is the way it works in the world of recruiting.
In speaking with thousands of athletes over the last decade, one question that I like to ask frequently is about what they are looking for when making a final college decision. Although I am always interested, the reason why I ask this is to just see if what they say and how it really factors into their final decision.
One answer that always seems to come up is academics. There is no doubt that academics should play an important factor in the final college decision of anyone. And while many athletes do say athletics, it is always strange to see where the athlete ends up and what schools he eventually turned down.
Does having a teammate who is also being recruited help or hurt you in the athletic recruiting process?
There are some high school programs who are blessed with multiple Division I athletes year after year. They send a number of players every decade to that level as they have proven to be a pipeline for colleges. Other high schools may be lucky to have a Division I athlete once every fifty years. It really just depends on the school, the population of the area, and a number of similar factors along those lines.
But if you are one of the lucky ones who is at a school that has other college prospects in your class, is that going to help you or hurt you? Will you be overshadowed by your own teammates or will having someone talented next to you help open doors that may not have been opened without them? Find out as we take a look at all of this now.
If you have been a long time reader of Recruiting-101, there is no doubt that you would have realized that we focus mostly on football, basketball, and then add in some baseball as well. Yes, it doesn’t seem to be fair in the over athletic equation but I personally don’t know how much that really matters.
My points is that regardless of the sport, the athletic recruiting process is pretty similar in football and golf. Or basketball and softball. There are some time changes as far as when recruiting gets started and the official title of their summer teams, but I do believe that the lessons I talk about in regards to the athletic recruiting process can be applied to all other sports as well.
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 =>
With the college football season in full swing, I have seemed to be fielding more questions that relate to unofficial visits as of late. These unofficial visits are something that I strongly recommend and something that I feel will give you a better feel with regards to what a school has to offer.
So with that in mind, I am going to use this article to give readers a low down on unofficial visits, the importance of them for you, for the college, and touch on a variety of other areas as well. This includes if a college coach will move on to another recruit if you don’t show.
It seems like there are always stories and interesting aspects that I hear about the athletic recruiting process that seem to go against what I talk about on this site. While athletes and families choose to take whatever path that they think can help them get a scholarship and the opportunity to play college football, they may not always be taking the path that is advised.
I recently had a chance to speak with a football recruit that has been hearing from Division III colleges in his area. This athlete is a solid player who earned All Conference honors as a junior and could receive All State honors this fall as a senior. He plays in one of the better conferences in his State but continues to only hear from Division III schools. Because of the lack of interest, this athlete decided he wanted to hire an agent (basically a one man recruiting service) to help with him getting recruiting interest.