If you are a sought after athlete in any sport, it may be tough to juggle the attention that you are receiving. It is not an easy process to be able to handle that, school, athletics, and just being a kid in high school. But in order to not burn yourself out trying to please everyone, there are some things that you can do in order to avoid that.
Most of this article will focus on being a sought after athlete with multiple scholarship offers and attention from a number of schools. And while this is a position that most athletes dream of being in, only a select few actually have the luxury of that many options at the college level.
The reason I wrote this article is because I recently spoke with a sophomore basketball player who already holds some major scholarship offers. I spoke with him about his season and how he has been playing. But when the subject of recruiting was brought up, he told me to call his coach. After emailing back and fourth with his mom, I was told that he is only doing it during the season. The reason that he is not talking recruiting is because it allows him to focus on the season and he does not have to worry about telling reporters which schools are recruiting him.
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This same athlete is also handling college coaches in a similar fashion. Because he is so busy with school and athletics, he speaks with the coaches one time per month. With so many schools interested, that is a fair request because it takes so much time to focus on speaking with them. At the same time, he is also limiting his interviews with Rivals.com and Scout.com because it gives him more time to focusing on relaxing. Deferring to your high school coach is a smart move in my opinion.
Another technique that was used a while back was a football player a few years ago. He ended up with somewhere around thirty scholarship offers so different sites from the above mentioned recruiting networks would want to call him about it. It could be Michigan, UCLA, Pittsburgh, or any number of places but they all wanted to talk to him about recruiting.
Because this athlete was so bombarded by calls going into his senior year, he decided to tell reporters that he was only doing interviews on a certain day per week. If my memory serves me correctly, he would only speak to reporters on Sunday nights. This allowed him to focus on high school athletics, school, and talking to the other college coaches.
What other prospects will do is if they get a lot of scholarship offers, they will keep whittling the number of schools they are seriously considering down. Even if Alabama offers, if a prospect is not seriously considering them, why waste your time and their time talking to them?
Some people may think that an athlete who picks days to talk or will not talk about recruiting is full or himself. But in the majority of cases, I feel strongly that they are trying to be effective with their time. They cannot spend hours on end talking to recruiting experts, college coaches, and then be able to focus on their season and get their school work done on top of it.
If you are a recruit with a lot of offers, those are just a few things that you can do to limit the amount of time you are spending on things like this. There are many other things that you can do but those are a few that can help you get some time to relax once in a while.
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