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The Deadly Struggle Of Recruiting Procrastination

The Deadly Struggle Of Recruiting Procrastination

The Deadly Struggle Of Recruiting Procrastination

In my opinion, recruiting is a six year process. 

It begins in middle school with the stunning conclusion at senior year of high school. 

For some student-athletes the recruiting process ends in complete disaster. 

During those six years, many student-athletes have played on club and travel teams, were coached by their high school coach, their club coach, and maybe some other kind of coach.

They’ve got video, good grades, are good citizens in their communities, and have done everything by the book, yet and still procrastination is slowing them down to a grinding halt.

The big problems I see in the process are parents and some student-athletes waiting on college coaches to contact them first when the initial contact should come from the student-athlete or parents. Waiting is part of the old broken-down strategies of recruiting that no longer work.

Millions of student-athletes each and every year are competing for the attention of college coaches and not everyone is going to win this battle. 

Some parents take a proactive approach towards recruiting, doing their due diligence and reaching out to college programs on their own sometimes with little or no luck.

It is an underground secret that college coaches really do not want to talk to parents, at all. Publicly, college coaches encourage parents to reach out.

Privately, they wouldn’t touch the parents with a ten-foot pole and, if there was a 15-ft pole available, they would use that one reluctantly.

The parent is going to hype their kid to the college coach and rightly so. College coaches don’t want to hear that nonsense a hundred times a week from a hundred different parents. 

The parents are going to say their son or daughter is deserving of a scholarship over everyone else. 

The parents will point out statistics, grades, Boy Scout/Girl Scout achievements, the cookies they sold in the fifth grade, etc. Parents will do whatever they can to gain an edge in recruiting.

The final summer of recruiting heading into a student-athlete’s senior year, is mixed with stress and emotions on how the process will end.

Sitting back and waiting to hear from college programs as the months begin to rapidly slip pass, August, September, heading into October, you’ve heard nothing and you are patiently still waiting.

Stress levels are growing and anxiety is intensifying. Unfortunately, that is the destructive nature of procrastination.

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About Al Woods

About Al Woods

About Al Woods

Outside of sports, my passion has always been the recruiting process.

From August 1989 to September 2018 I ran a recruiting service, Woods Recruiting, where I assisted thousands of student-athletes and parents in the day-to-day challenges of the process and placing thousands in college.

In all of those years, it seems like I’ve had conversations with a million and one parents, student-athletes, and coaches from all levels.

I’ve gained a huge amount of knowledge through the years.

My first passion was basketball. I played high school basketball at Bayside High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia. In my college years, I played at West Virginia State College, and I played professionally in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

I have an amazing and unique insight on the recruiting process and I will share all of this knowledge on my website.

Woods Recruiting is based in Cleveland, Ohio. I’m originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia. I grew up a Washington Redskins fan, but now I follow the Cleveland Browns and all Cleveland sports religiously. 

The first student-athlete I helped get recruited and placed in college gave me an amazing feeling of success.

I was able to change someone’s life for the better, helping them achieve their dreams and reach their goals.

This new chapter is about educating parents and student-athletes on the recruiting process and working with high school and club coaches as well.

My recruiting service days are over, that part is in the past, but it was an amazing experience. This new chapter will be just as fulfilling, rewarding, filled with enthusiasm and excitement. I’m looking forward to sharing my knowledge with all of you. 



Guidelines For The "Ask Al" Podcast

Guidelines For The “Ask Al” Podcast 

This podcast is specifically designed for those who have questions about the college recruiting process.

Recruiting represents extreme challenges that are often confusing, frustrating, and impossible to understand. 

To comprehend the entire recruiting process will take a lifetime. 

My goal is to help you navigate through the challenges of recruiting so, please feel free to ask a question.

I do have some guidelines that I want you to be aware of to ensure everyone who participates can benefit. 

For inclusion to the podcast you must complete a brief questionnaire. (Questionnaire) Call: (216) 245-3170

When submitting your question to the podcast please be sure to use your first name. 

Your questions will be answered on our podcast.

To ask a question all you have to do is call the number. You have exactly one minute to ask your question. Please keep it related to recruiting.

Please, no disrespectful questions. No spammy questions. No extremely private questions. Only serious questions about recruiting. Please keep it polite and focused on recruiting. I greatly appreciate it.

Final Thoughts

My involvement in the recruiting process began in August, 1989. I ran my own recruiting service until September, 2018. In all of those years, I have had, what seems like, a million and one conversations with parents, student-athletes, college coaches, high school coaches, and club coaches.

The amount of knowledge I’ve gained over those years is amazing. I have heard every scenario imaginable in the recruiting process, from all respected individuals.

My ultimate goal is to bring as much value as possible. 

Don’t Throw Away Recruiting Opportunities!

Don’t Throw Away Recruiting Opportunities!

Don’t Throw Away Recruiting Opportunities!

Say Yes To Woods Recruiting

Surprisingly, but true there are various scenarios where student-athletes have turned their backs on a college scholarship offer, holding out for something better.

The student-athlete’s thought process is this: “If I can’t play at the division one level I won’t play at all.”

Where did this misguided confusion come from? How was it even developed in the first place? You have to go back to when the student-athletes began their love of sports which turned into their ultimate passion. 

They are trained and conditioned to achieve greatness, push through the pain, be the best leader, and make the game-winning shot day in and day out. It’s only natural to assume anything less is a slap in the face.

The philosophy of excellence is drilled into student-athletes’ heads the moment they step on the athletic battlefield of play. Every practice, every game is consumed with dominance.

The mindset crafted by the well-intended coach with the effort to win games boosts profile development of players and it’s all good!

There’s an incalculable percentage of student-athletes that are not division one caliber when approached by lower-level division programs.

The mindset of these unrealistic expectations is shocking. Student-athletes will hold out hope that another offer unexpectedly will come their way. 

They’re willing to be a walk-on, a practice dummy for major college programs for the glory of TV exposure. Is it really worth it to sit the bench?

We are bombarded with bad TV commercials or junk mail on a daily basis. All the student-athletes ever hear about is division one athletics. It’s seen on TV and played in large stadiums.

The pomp and circumstance associated with big-time athletics is everywhere.

On a Saturday afternoon, on cable TV, network TV, all you hear and read about is division one players, division one coaches, games, and tournaments. The exposure is overwhelmingly popular.

Packaged as a shiny brand new toy or the hot video game that you just gotta have. Anything less is junk and not worth the money. Wrapped up in a beautiful bow for the world to see, that’s division one.

The average fan, as the casual observer, has heard of the brand-named school, it doesn’t take brain power to figure out who they are. 

Lower-level division schools mentioned in a conversation is confusing to them: “I don’t know who you’re talking about. “

The expressionless face when a student-athlete is contacted by a lower-level division program would be like that ugly boy or a girl asking you for a date.

Instead of saying no thank you, the student-athlete doesn’t even respond at all. The college program is pushed to the side like a pile of dirty laundry. Get it out of here! I don’t want to look at it, is their thought process.

Unaffected by their rejection, the lower-level coach simply crosses off that name and moves down the list to the next available and interested student-athlete.

The carousel of confusion and the musical chairs of recruiting begins with a backward strategy to circumvent the recruiting process by attending a prep school or maybe a junior college in an effort to gain division one recognition, but all they’re doing is killing time. 

The reckless recipe for disaster has been conjured up, but the ingredients don’t add up. They are salty or sour in taste. Who has advised or instructed the student-athlete to walk down this uncharted dark path into a brick wall?

The message goes out to deaf ears. It’s so hard to get through because the cement is in their ears. The thought is to go somewhere to get an opportunity to play, but they’re not looking at that. They’re only interested in TV.

Sometimes there is no second or third chances in recruiting or having a college coach re-enter a student-athletes life once rejected. 

Chasing the division one prize is a dream for many, but that dream has turned into a nightmare and they’re athletic future is in jeopardy.

The cliches are ringing off the hook like a  broken alarm clock: Go somewhere where you’re going to play. Go get an education. Go somewhere where they want you. 

You will avoid student loan debt.

Just like that alarm clock, you turn it off and ignore it hoping to get an extra five minutes of sleep when all you’re doing is wasting extra time, throwing away valuable opportunities, while holding out hope for something that’s not there.

I would like to hear your thoughts on this topic. Please leave me a comment in the comment section below. Your comments are the oxygen that we need to continue to grow.

The Old Broken-Down Strategies No Longer Work

The Old Broken-Down Strategies No Longer Work

The Old Broken-Down Strategies No Longer Work 

Say Yes To Woods Recruiting

Once upon a time, student-athletes relied heavily on their high school coach to get them recruited for college. 

The belief was the high school coach was all-knowing, all responsibilities were placed upon the shoulders of the coach. 

It was believed that the coach had connections, relationships, and a network of college coaches, all they had to do was pick up the phone, write a letter, or send an email or text message. 

What an amazing falsehood! It was trickery in the recruiting process. It is a trap setting up student-athletes for failure because that strategy is ineffective and has been dead for decades.

Unfortunate but true, the failure of high school coaches in the recruiting process has led to the explosion of recruiting services as an alternative.

Sidestepping the high school coach leads parents to do their own recruiting. 

They would write letters to college coaches, send emails to college coaches and, back in the day before YouTube and Hudl, parents shelled out big bucks to have a DVD developed and mailed out to a select number of college programs. 

Back in those days that was the only strategy the parents knew about. It was ineffective, time-consuming, and a huge waste of money. 

A gigantic level of frustration began to consume the parents’ thought process when they received little or next to no response from their recruiting efforts.

The parents, totally unaware that their efforts were disastrous, continued to throw money down the college recruiting drain of frustration. 

Later they finally realized their well-intended recruiting efforts we’re ineffective and wasn’t working. The progress was unexpectedly poor. 

To the parent’s credit this was all they knew.  They felt the high school coach was responsible, but some coaches barely lifted a finger which led the parents to jump in to try and save a sinking ship.

The modern era of recruiting is consumed by club teams and travel teams with parents spending thousands of their hard-working dollars investing into the travel expenses relying heavily on exposure events, tournaments, and games with the hope that college coaches would be in attendance and somehow catch a glimpse of their son or daughter’s athletic efforts.

There is a high level of craziness involved in the club team travel experience. It comes down to playing time, fighting for recognition and exposure. 

The thought process is, how will my son or daughter get recruited if they’re not in the game? 

How will my son or daughter get recruited if they’re always losing?

How will my son or daughter get recruited if they’re not playing in the best tournament against the best competition?

The well-meaning parents are voicing their displeasure loudly and within earshot of the coaches. 

It is a distraction and very annoying with some believing it is ruining the game. Parents have too much control monitoring every aspect of the game, scrutinizing and second-guessing every decision the coaches make as though they were being paid millions of dollars to make these decisions.

The unruliness from parents has gotten so bad it’s like the parents should be seen and not heard.

Many parents are unhappy with the club team, the coach, playing time, and their overall experience. 

Nowadays, student-athletes will jump to another club team, motivated and encouraged by their parents, seemingly believing there’s a better coach, a better travel experience, a better environment, somewhere else. 

When that doesn’t work out according to their plan they will attempt to jump to another club team and maybe another club team.

The merry-go-round of confusion is spinning out of control.  Sadly, if these student-athletes cannot commit to athletic development by sticking with one club program and working out problems or issues they will have the same destructive path at the college level.

I know many college programs are investigating deeply the patterns of the student-athletes before they offer them a big-time athletic scholarship.

There’s no easy solution to the old broken-down strategies of recruiting. There’s no algorithm that parents can pay for, no hidden secret formula only the rich are privy to.

Recruiting strategies are individually based. What works for you will not work for someone else and vice versa. 

My advice is to begin the recruiting process early. Be aggressive, be consistent, don’t give up, and minimize frustrations. Mistakes will happen, but you have time to correct them. Keep charging forward towards the Ultimate Prize: A college scholarship.

I would like to hear your thoughts on this topic. Please leave me a comment in the comment section below. Your comments are the oxygen that we need to continue to grow.

Ignore The Noise About Recruiting Services

Ignore The Noise About Recruiting Services

 Ignore The Noise About Recruiting Services

Say Yes To Woods Recruiting

Haters are going to hate. They are hating heavily on recruiting services to distract you and throw you off course because that’s what haters do.

Don’t listen to these haters when it comes to recruiting services. 

You could go on social media websites right now and ask someone their unprofessional opinion about recruiting services and I bet you nine times out of ten they will tell you don’t waste your money, do your own recruiting or some other nonsense. 

They most likely have never used one so how would they know?

The haters hate recruiting services and dislike their mere existence for a multitude of reasons.

They tried setting up their own recruiting service but failed. 

Maybe they had a bad experience with a recruiting service and so they want to blame every recruiting service for their own failure.  

They had a son or daughter who couldn’t cut it athletically and couldn’t make it to the next level and they’re angry, frustrated, and disappointed. They’d never rejoice in anyone’s recruiting success because there’s was a disaster. 

Haters have zero involvement in a recruiting process. 

They hate because they had no role, they hate to read about success stories, and they hate to talk about successes of other student-athletes. 

That is the story of the haters.

Stupid reasons exist of hate towards recruiting services. It’s mind-boggling that someone would hate on a student-athlete just because they play for a certain team or whatever the case may be.

Remember, haters cannot look past themselves. They don’t understand the valuable asset recruiting services can be. 

Recruiting services are not there to steal your money or to mess up your life. They are there to assist student-athletes, getting them the help and exposure they need. 

The haters will twist the narrative making you believe that all recruiting services carry around scholarships in their back pockets and if you pay them thousands of dollars in fees they will hand deliver you a full athletic scholarship.

Where it gets twisted is, from the parents perspective, a recruiting service is going to get you an athletic scholarship and that is false. It’s absolutely not the scenario whatsoever. 

Recruiting services are going to put you in position to get that scholarship by getting your son or daughter’s name into the hands of as many college coaches as possible. 

It is up to the college program to give your son or daughter a scholarship, not the recruiting service. 

If you continue to listen to haters they will drill into your mind this scenario confusing you, frustrating you, and distracting you from doing what is necessary.

Recruiting services have been in existence since the late 1970’s. They are growing in popularity and more inquisitive individuals want to become College Scouts setting up their own recruiting services. 

In my opinion, I think it’s great  that more individuals want to take that amazing step forward.

Based on the number of student-athletes that continue to slip through the cracks, recruiting services are needed and are a necessary component in the overall recruiting process.

Ignore the noise and the hatred about recruiting services. Remember, you only get one chance to go from high school athlete to college athlete and I think it’s critical to do everything in your power to achieve the goal of a college scholarship or a strong financial package. 

I would like to hear your thoughts on this topic. Please leave me a comment in the comment section below. Your comments are the oxygen that we need to continue to grow.

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