Lack of understanding on how the college recruiting process works is a major reason why high school athletes and their parents screw up the college recruiting process.
Laziness on the part of parents is the number one reason why the process of going from high school athlete to college athlete does not always work out for them.
There are so many factors that totally ruin the college recruiting process for many high school athletes each and every year that I thought I would come up with 3 key elements on why student athletes will never get recruited or placed in college.
Parental Laziness I believe is a major reason why high school athletes end up not going to college or end up at lesser-known colleges that is beneath their athletic ability. The college recruiting process is really about getting an all expense paid college education that will last that student athlete for the rest of their lives.
If getting an education is that important and critical to the future of a student athlete, then why do parents take a sometimes lackadaisical approach?
I believe the reason for the slow motion approach to college recruiting is because the process is confusing and some parents don’t want to take the time to find the information or resources that they need in order to get a better understanding recruiting and all that it encompasses.
The process of going from high school and college is like trying to put together a 10,000 piece jigsaw puzzle. You know that’s going to take a long time to complete.
The easiest thing for parents to do is to let a college recruiting service handle all the responsibilities. The other alternative to not using a recruiting service would be to deal totally with the high school coach. Dealing with the high school coach has many limitations; one of which is the lack of time each and every day that at a high school coach would be available to work on recruiting for your daughter or son.
My suggestion for parents is to get off their lazy asses and figure out how the college recruiting process works and then do all that you can to help your high school athlete get recruited.
Lack of academic understanding is another huge reason why many high school athletes end up going to junior college or prep school or end up filling out an application at the local the McDonald’s.
During my years as a college recruiter, I spoke to many high school athletes who were in their senior year and many of them had not even taken the ACT or SAT tests. Not taking the standardized tests until your senior year could ultimately kill your chances of ever going to college.
Without taking the tests and getting a high score means that they may end up going to a junior college to play their sport and to me that would be a total waste of time and athletic talent.
I could never understand why high school student athletes in their senior year would wait so late to take the standardized tests.
Taking the standardized tests is just as important as all the hours you put into developing your athletic talents.
I don’t care what your excuse is, take that test now!!
I believe all high school student athletes should began to study for the standardized tests the summer before their freshman year of high school. There are books at the library on how to prepare for the standardized tests so there is no excuse for not being prepared.
The GPA is also very important, but it’s really going to come down to your core GPA in a subject that will ultimately get you into a college or university. I would check with the NCAA website on which core courses are most important.
Sometimes, school administrators will place high school athletes in classes that will not help them. Be aware of the classes and the subjects being offered to you. There are also school administrators that will put the athletes in classes that they will get a very good grade in just to maintain their eligibility with the high school sports program.
Be careful and pay attention to the types of courses you are taking in high school. Always pay close attention to your official high school transcript that’s going to be the information that all college programs are going to ask for because it’s a permanent record of the student athlete’s academic history.
The lack of exposure for high school student athletes is another key major element on why many high school athletes will end up just being a student at the local community college or try to walk-on somewhere at a major college program.
It does not matter how good you are athletically because if nobody knows you exists, then how would a college coach recruit you?
Long gone are the days that college coaches come out to individual high school games to recruit high school athletes. So if that statement is true, then I would say that most high school athletes who are not blue chip superstar athletes are in serious trouble of slipping through the cracks of the college recruiting process.
The only way to get around this problem of lack of exposure to college coaches is to be seen by college programs. You can do that by going to exposure events and tournaments where college coaches can see you play. Whatever sport you play, make sure college coaches can see you play with their own eyes.
Make sure that college coaches can see you play over many years and many summers so they can see improvements in your athletic abilities. I believe it’s important for student athletes and parents to be seen at many different events by college coaches in order to build some type of relationship and trust with college coaches.
My final thoughts on the college recruiting process are basically whatever you do, a great deal of time and effort will be involved and a great deal of money will be spent. The process of going from high school athlete to college athlete is not easy therefore, the more time you have to make the college recruiting process work for you, the better the results will ultimately be.