I seem to say this every week but I feel strongly that scholarship offers breed other scholarship offers. There is no doubt in my mind that a college coach is going to take a closer look at a recruit if he or she knows that an athlete has a scholarship offer from a school at their level. However, I have seen multiple recruits not exactly be honest with the college programs that have extended them scholarship offers.
A few years back I spoke with a high school coach of an athlete for an article. After I finished the article, the parents of the athlete wanted me to change a line in the article to state that their son had scholarship offers from schools all over the country. This was a Midwest recruit saying that schools in North Carolina had given him scholarship offers (this was an email I wish I would have kept). The family didn’t want to name specific names, just the states that these schools were in. I wouldn’t do it simply because I knew the family was lying. I feel strongly that if an athlete has offers, then they can name specifically what schools they are from.
I have spoken with families over the years that decline to name any schools that are recruiting them. While I don’t think doing that will help the recruiting process for them and feel it is a bad move, I understand that some request to have privacy. It happens and there is nothing wrong with it (again, even though I feel it is a major mistake if you are lucky enough to get interviewed). But when an athlete won’t get specific about schools, there are definite reasons behind it.
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Going back to that recruit I mentioned, he was an outstanding player who ended up accepting a Division II scholarship at a very strong program. He earned All State honors multiple years and had some serious talent. But I am not going to even go down the path where a family uses me to publicize all these offers if they are not true.
In another situation a few years back, there was a recruit who had already made up his mind as to where he was playing his sport in college. It is an outstanding program that competes yearly for conference titles. After speaking with him, he talked about a few other schools that were recruiting him but he was sold on the college he picked. Later on, the family wanted parts of the article changed to talk about how all of these bigger schools were recruiting him and how he had so many more offers on the table as well. Again, I declined to put these schools in the article simply because if it was true, then why would the kid have not said anything in the first place?
The reason why I am bringing these stories up is simply because athletes need to be honest with themselves and others about the amount of recruiting attention that they are receiving. This is a big reason the Kevin Hart debacle went down last year (something hopefully never gets repeated). If you are lying to coaches or media members, there is no doubt that you will eventually be proven as a fraud. So you first just avoid going down that path.
You should also be proud of the recruiting attention that you are getting. I don’t care if it is Division III, Junior College, or Division I, many athletes would give their right leg to receive any recruiting interest and/or have the ability to continue their sporting career in college. I had three schools actually recruit me when I was in high school. I think it is kind of funny now but any attention that you get is something you should be proud of. Keep that in mind when you throw away the Division III letters because you have Division I eyes.
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