The college recruiting game is stacked against you. You are a first-team all-conference, Honor Roll, two-sport athlete, and everyone is telling you that you will get a scholarship. The only problem is that you haven’t heard from any college coaches and offers are already being made to athletes in your graduating class. This means you aren’t being recruited.
The reality is that only 2 percent of high school athletes receive NCAA athletic scholarships. What’s more, only 1 percent will play at the Division I level.
Here are four reasons why you may not be heavily recruited:
1. You don’t understand the process.
The first time a high school athlete goes through the recruiting process is the last time he or she will go through the process. How many days a year can a coach go out to evaluate you? When and what is contact period, dead period, quiet period? When and how many official and unofficial visits do you get? Are you up to date on all the NCAA recruiting rule changes for your sport? What and when should you email/call/text a college coach?
2. You believe your coach is doing it for you.
Here is something I heard last week from a parent, “we don’t need to worry about contacting colleges because Susan plays for the Wave and her coach is taking care of it.” Many coaches want to see their players make it to the next level, but they are not actively talking to college coaches every day. Earning a college scholarship can be life-changing. If you are not talking to college coaches, you are not being recruited.
3. You aren’t proactive.
The definition of proactive is “creating or controlling a situation by causing something to happen rather than responding to it after it has happened.” Being proactive doesn’t mean showing up on the weekends to play games and expecting a coach to call you and offer you a scholarship. Most of the time college coaches are not showing up at games, tournaments, and events to find talent. College coaches come to events to evaluate the athletes they already know about. An athlete and his or her family will know if the coach is there to see them.
4. You aren’t realistic.
Being realistic about who you are as an athlete and student is probably the hardest part of the recruiting process for both the athlete, parent and even coach. So, if you are not pursuing the appropriate colleges, you are wasting your time and money going to camps or sending useless emails. Hence, why it’s imperative that athletes and parents get a real evaluation from a professional scout to fully understand where the athlete fits in the process. Also, athletes should not waste time pursuing colleges and coaches that are not recruiting the athlete’s position, graduation class or skill set. A professional on-the-ground scout can help prevent wasted time, effort and money for the athlete and their families.