Being honest with yourself about the amount of recruiting attention that you are receiving

Being honest about the amount of recruiting attention you are receivingI have had the opportunity to talk to thousands of high school athletes over the last decade through a variety of different venues.  And through that time, I have met a number of outstanding young men who will be successful in whatever path they decide to take after school.  In most situations, the athletes are honest and up front with me.

The problem I have is in the situations where athletes seem to have to make up the amount of athletic recruiting attention that they are getting.  Why they do that, I am not really sure.  But it is extremely frustrating and something that I would strongly recommend not doing if you are being interviewed by the media or even asked about it in town.

The first thing you should do is be proud of your athletic accomplishments and recruitment.  If you have done enough to garner some early attention from college programs, great.  If not, then those that read this site hopefully are taking the steps needed to improve their situation and put themselves in a situation to be evaluated by college coaches.  If your goal is a scholarship, getting your name and abilities in front of them is what needs to be done.

For the athletes without interest, instead of being honest and just saying that you haven’t heard from anyone at this point, they instead talk about how they have a wide range of schools recruiting them.  But when it comes down to specific schools and who is recruiting them the hardest, they continue to back off the question and are not able to answer it.

If you are an athlete that wants to keep your recruiting a secret (which happens, even if I disagree with it 100% because it will hurt you in the long run), that is perfectly fine.  I would recommend telling the person interviewing that when the subject turns to recruiting that you are keeping that in your family.  Chances are strong that they will at least ask so be ready for it.

I have also seen other situations where an athlete boasts a little too much about the amount of athletic recruiting attention that they are getting.  The first is from an athlete who said he had a Division II basketball scholarship offer.  After having written about it, the coach from that school emailed me and said that this was not true.  Considering I had asked the athlete multiple times for confirmation about it, he seemed pretty sure that the offer was on the table.

The other story unfortunately came out right after the Kevin Hart fiasco.  An athlete who didn’t even start his entire junior year was claiming scholarship offers from some major programs.  When I emailed with him about it, he said that they had spoken with his mom about it and that they were real.  In speaking with his coaches, it was pretty obvious that the offers were made up.  In the end, the athlete ended up signing with a Junior College.  I don’t really know whatever happened to those full ride scholarships he got early.

Anyways, the point of this article is be proud of where you are and what you have.  If there is five schools or fifty schools recruiting you, that is great.  Not every athlete out there has the abilities to play at the Division I level.  But you should be proud of the attention that you are receiving and enough so that you don’t need to make anything up about it.

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