I recently spoke with a parent who was lucky enough to see her son add a scholarship offer during the football recruiting process. As I say in all my articles, when an offer comes, this is a perfect time to broadcast it and make sure that the word is spread.
This particular parent knew what I have said before and wanted to do it. She just wasn’t exactly sure what should be done to make sure that college coaches are aware that an offer from another school is o the table. So what should you do in order to get word out about that scholarship?
Before diving into this, I want to repeat that the reason you want your scholarship offers broadcast is because college coaches will evaluate an athlete longer if they have a current offer. The reason is because they are worried that they may be missing something that another coaching staff has seen. It doesn’t matter if it is a Division I-AA (FCS) program, Division I-A (BCS) programs will take a longer look in the football recruiting process. The same goes for mid-major schools and high major Division I programs in the basketball recruiting process.
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If your high school coach has been a great help to you during the athletic recruiting process, he can help out here in a big way. Make sure he knows about the offers and ask him if he can call the other schools that were recruiting him to make it known that an offer is on the table. Last year, I saw one Big XII school offer a junior and the coach called their rival school that had been recruiting him. This rival school may have watched his tape again and ended up pulling the trigger with a scholarship the following day. I can promise you it was not a coincidence that the offers came so close to one another.
One assistant at a high school had an email list every time their linebacker recruit added a scholarship. The list included media members from Scout, ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports the local media, and assistant college coaches at some of the major schools recruiting him. I have only seen this done by one school so it hasn’t exactly caught on but that really may be the best way to help yourself in the recruiting process. This linebacker ended up getting the offer he wanted and was actually All Conference last fall in college.
But for this situation, your coach basically has not helped you at all and you need to figure out a way to get the offer known by the schools recruiting you as well as a few dream schools that you hope may take a look at you. There are a few ways to do it then if your goal is simply to let college coaches know (and not members of the media).
Since you have been doing an excellent job keeping track of your recruiting attention (you followed what I have said about this, right?), then you can look up the calls from college coaches and go through your notes about who called. If you do not already have their email address, then go to their website and find it. The reason I am saying to email them is because you want to give them an overall update regarding how your summer is going with camps, workouts, and offers.
Do not email them saying how great the school is that offered you. The college that extended a scholarship may not be your favorite school. But you have to remember that they are willing to at least pay for a portion of your education. So don’t just come across in the email like the only reason it was sent is to get another school to offer. That is why it needs to be about more than just who offered.
I can promise you college coaches want to know when other schools offer athletes that they are recruiting. This helps them keep track of your recruiting attention and options while it helps you because they know you are a serious recruit at the level that the school offered a scholarship at. If you are emailing a Division I-A (BCS) coach that a Division I-AA (FCS) school offered, that is a good thing.
You can also call but it is going to be a lot tougher to tell them that another school offered over the phone. That is why sending an email likely is the easiest way. You could also follow up on the phone just to make sure they got your overall summer update.
I still strongly believe that scholarship offers breed other scholarship offers. But the key is be positive that all the schools recruiting you are aware that an offer is on the table. Knowing that there is a chance that could lose you as a recruit is something that will help overall in the athletic recruiting process.
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