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September 13th, 2012 – by JC Kibbey
Myth 1: Recruiting doesn’t start until senior year
College coaches give scholarship offers as early as the 8th grade. Now, this doesn’t happen very often – but it does show that coaches are looking at athletes starting even before high school. As a freshman or sophomore, you want to at least be receiving questionnaires, camp invitations and letters from coaches. Don’t think that getting letters means you’re in – coaches often send out more than 15,000 letters a year and may give out 10 or fewer scholarships when everything is said and done.
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- E-Book: Guide to the Athletic Recruiting Process for Parents
- E-Book: How Juniors Can Get a Head Start on the Football Recruiting Process
- Complete Package: Junior Football All State Recruiting Package
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- E-Book: Producing a Scholarship Worthy Highlight Video
- E-Book: How Seniors Can Finish the Football Recruiting Process Strong
Myth 2: College coaches will find you if you’re good
In most sports, less than 100 athletes in the entire country will be actively pursued by college coaches (out of over 7 million high school athletes). If you were one of those 100 athletes, you wouldn’t need to wonder about it – you’d already be hearing from college coaches. NCAA rules only allow college coaches to have 3 staff members dedicated to recruiting – and that covers the whole country – and many have budgets of only a few thousand dollars (maybe two sets of plane tickets). If you’re not hearing from coaches at this moment, you need to take the wheel in your recruiting process if you want to play in college. The first step is creating an online recruiting profile so college coaches can find you.