The recruiting process, if done correctly, is going to be an incredible experience for student athletes and bring great joy to their parents.
The process of going from high school athlete to college athlete is about exposure. From the time the student athlete enters high school one of the major components is getting your name out to college coaches.
It’s critical that you have various methods of reaching college programs. Whatever method you use it’s important that you are consistent.
Outstanding athletic ability, along with outstanding grades, is a perfect match for college acceptance.
Good grades and athletic ability are the positive intangibles that college coaches look for. College coaches are going to ask two questions, what are your grades? And can you play?
You must get it done in the classroom. Failure to maintain grades that makes you eligible for college will make you invisible to college coaches.
You could be the next great athlete, but if your grades are in bad shape you’re going to end up going to junior college or no college at all.
Many student-athletes actually do a fantastic job in the classroom.
My advice would be to seek out extra help. To seek out extra credit work to maintain a powerful grade point average. Study in groups with other student athletes or just students in general.
The standardized tests are required to be an eligible student athlete at the college level.
The library has a lot of books that you can check out to study the SAT or the ACT.
In my opinion, the best time to study is during the summer when you have extra available time. Take an extra hour or two to prepare and study for the standardized tests. I’ll be willing to bet you there’s probably an hour or two during the day that high school student athletes are wasting doing dumb stuff.
You are gifted athletes and you spend a great deal of time developing your athletic ability. I’m sure that many athletes are putting two hours or more a day into developing their athletic talents.
My advice would be for every hour spent developing your athletic skills and talent, student athletes should put an equal amount of time into developing their academic skills and talent.
College coaches are recruiting a lot of student athletes. Just don’t think you’re the only one they’re interested in.
If a college program offers you an opportunity to come out to their school for a visit you should take them up on this incredible opportunity.
A lot of times student athletes pass on college visits because they’re not totally familiar with the college, the coach, or the program and I think that’s a mistake!
It’s important to take advantage of all recruiting visits and all recruiting opportunities.
Video is a powerful tool in recruiting. Unfortunately, many student athletes do not have video or enough video to impress college coaches.
Keep in mind that college coaches cannot be everywhere to see every student athlete. Because there are huge numbers of student athletes, college coaches rely heavily on video.
What are college coaches going to see on your recruiting video?
Have you ever heard the term “first impressions”?
What is the first impression a college coach is going to get when they see you on video?
Your video may be the first time they get to see you play and you need to be able to show them something. You need to show them your athletic ability.
If I were you, I would be giving everything I’ve got to go as hard as I can athletically to gain the attention of college coaches. You may only have one chance to impress a college coach on video. If the coach likes what they see on video I guarantee you they will follow-up with you for additional information.
Recruiting and video is a delicate process. If they like what they see on video they’re going to ask you to come to their school for visit or to their camp.
The parents play a critical and vital role in the overall recruiting process. The college program may be recruiting your son or daughter, but they’re also watching what the parents do as well. There have been parents who have crossed the line with college coaches, asking and begging for stuff, making demands on college coaches and their programs that these programs cannot keep.
Sometimes parents have knuckle-headed behavior at high school games and that could be a huge turn off in the recruiting process.
The last thing a college coach wants is some knuckle-head parent who can’t keep their mouth shut,control their behavior and act like an adult.
In my overall honest opinion, any high school student athlete who possesses good grades along with athletic ability can get to the college level.
This doesn’t mean you’re going to be a division one player, but anything is possible. There have been student athletes who had the right attitude, work ethic along with good grades who were able to make it to the major college level and work their way into getting a scholarship and become a player in that program.
The dream of playing at the college level is what many student athletes set out to do once they have proven they have the athletic and academic ability.
The dream of taking your talents to the college level can be a reality if you work hard. Hard work athletically and academically will get you the attention from college coaches and you will make it to the next level.
There are a lot of student athletes out there who play the same sport you play. All of them are also looking to take their talents to the college scholarship level. There’s always going to be something that separates these athletes from each other. They’re going to be athletes who get a scholarship who are just as good as you and maybe you get overlooked or passed on by college coaches.
The recruiting process plays no favorites; it doesn’t care if you’re black or white, rich or poor or that you live in the ‘hood or the suburbs. The recruiting process only cares about outstanding athletes who have good grades. The dream can be a reality, but don’t do anything stupid to turn it into a nightmare.