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Ten things to do to not get recruited by college coaches

Posted by | May 15, 2008 .

Ten things to do to not get recruited by college coachesI recently read an article about ten things you can do to not get rich during your life. Because of how interesting the article was, I thought I would put together a piece that talks about the ten things you should do to not get recruited. This applies to all sports so keep this in mind no matter what sport you play. There are in reverse order to build up the suspense:

10.) Do poorly in school
There is little doubt that doing poorly in school will scare many schools away. Not putting much time into your school work and struggling early on usually creates a hole that is very hard to get out of.

9.) Talking back to officials/refs/umpires
College coaches want to find athletes who just play and not have an ongoing sideshow with an athlete. The more you focus on succeeding in the game, the better of you will be.

8.) Get in trouble off of the field/court/diamond
With the amount of publicity that athletes get for off the field problems, the last thing you want to do in high school is get in trouble. When there is less supervision, watch out because more trouble can be had.

7.) Treat your teammates bad
Why would a college coach want to recruit an 18-year who thinks that they are better than their teammates? I can promise you that coaches will watch your demeanor in all phases of the game if they are considering you.

6.) Disrespect your parents
I read an article a while back about a coach who had an in home visit with an athlete and he moved on as soon as he heard the athlete talk to his parents. Treating your parents poorly is a huge sign of disrespect towards those around you.

5.) Skip workouts/practice/team meetings
College coaches do not want to have to deal with players who are headaches off the court. Skipping this type of thing means you don’t care all that much.

4.) Have bad sportsmanship
If you are someone who feels that it is necessary to taunt your opponent every time you can, that is just bad sportsmanship. You are not going to help your case.

3.) Lying about recruiting attention
Aka the Kevin Hart factor, athletes want to make themselves feel important to Rivals, Scout, and other recruiting sites. But don’t lie about who has been recruiting you and don’t assume schools will offer you.

2.) Have a poor relationship with your coaches
When college coaches call about an athlete, they won’t initially be talking to you or your parent. They will call your coach. And if you have treated your coach badly and that has resulted in a poor relationship, good luck getting recruited.

1.) Dismiss any recruiting attention because of the level
This one just kills me when it happens. You may have Division I eyes but don’t ever think you are better than a school. With how hard the recruiting process is to figure out, you just never know what can happen in your life.

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12 Comments so far
  1. Daniel May 19, 2008

    Thanks for this information im really pleased to find this because ive been looking for recruiting tips and also what people look for and I’m happy to know this because i know ive been doing the right thing and some of my teammates haven’t. Thanks for the warning.

  2. manuel deleon September 19, 2008

    hey man my little brothers high school football coach does not Do a good job at getting his name out or any of the others players name out into the college ranks and i wanted to know is there a way that he and his teammates can get recruited with out the middle man (his coach) involved.and the guys i know that can play at the next level all have excellent grades with my brother having the best gpa with a 3.3 so can you please respond to me with some helpful information thanks and my email address is mannyd1989@yahoo.com this is very important to him and his teammates

  3. Coach Emond February 13, 2009

    I heard a new one today.

    Don’t talk on a cell phone during a game on the sideline; especially when TV cameras are present.

  4. Henry Killeen June 2, 2009

    wow i thought that i would have it easy from my eyes. I thought that because a D1 coach saw me, that i would automatically turn into this superstar. Here i am, and thats the only school i can play for. thx for the advice

  5. Cat July 22, 2009

    My coach (softball) has told me that because of my so-called lack of pitch control and constant blunders fielding he will not and cannot give me a positive reccomendation to college coaches. My lack of control is because my pitches move A LOT and the catcher refuses to move her glove to get them or block them. And I have made maybe two fielding errors in 5 tournaments.

    I am an upcoming senior and have serious interest from at least 2 schools. What should I do?

  6. admin July 23, 2009

    Cat,
    What kinds of stats did you put up last season?

  7. Jessica Morgan December 12, 2009

    Good tips, I personally think these items are often overlooked. I already added a link to this site from our site.

    – Jesscia Morgan
    Jessica Morgan
    Service Manager
    DirectCRS.com
    direct college recruitment service – expose yourself!

  8. Russell Neunie February 11, 2010

    Thank you very much. This is very good advise!

  9. Heather S. M April 25, 2011

    Is having an GED instead of graduating, is that same as not doing good in school? of course a recruiter says a having a GED is not a problem but I can not find any info. We do understand that he may have to begin the journey at a Junior college but is that fact? He has more ahletics than achedemics. Or is this a pipe dream for any scholarships?

  10. James September 11, 2012

    I agree 100% with this article. I think having poor grades however, is in the top 5 on the list. It is sad to say, but if a player has a good relationship with their coaches, but has off the field/court behavior issues, unfortunately talented athletes sometimes receive passes. Poor grades will kill your hopes of a scholarship.

    This summer my son attended a high school camp, and during the camp the Varsity coach stressed grades. He told the story of a player who had a full scholarship to play ball. In his final semester, he needed to get “C’s” in all his classes. the player got at a “D” and had his scholarship of $50,000 taken away.

  11. Chase Iwata-Bartelme October 14, 2013

    I feel that I have the grades- 3.5 GPA, work ethic, and ability. However no one has offered yet. I live in Hawaii just looking for an opportunity.

    Please check out my highlight video.

    Chase c/o 2014

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