How do you bounce back after having a scholarship offer that has been pulled during the athletic recruiting process?

How do you bounce back from a scholarship offer that has been pulled during the athletic recruiting process?There are a few things that are very difficult to swallow throughout the athletic recruiting process for all sports.  Some of the ones include finding out you are not good enough to play at a certain school/level as well as having a school tell you that they are going to be looking in another recruiting direction for a position you play.  And yes, hearing this from coaches would be tough.

But I think that the most difficult thing that can have an athlete throughout the vital time in recruiting is having a scholarship offered pulled.  This can happen for any number of reasons (behavior, questions on your abilities, character issues, or another recruit takes the spot) but it needs to be something you are able to bounce back from quickly.  The reason is because if you sit and complain about what could have been, you will sabotage the rest of the recruiting process for you.

A good example of this came from a football school in the Big 12.  This program has had a lot of success and seemed to be opening up a pipeline at a certain high school that was close to their campus.  They had signed a four-star defensive back recruit as well as had a linebacker walk on in the Class of 2011.  Plus there were many other athletes from that school that made their way to State University as walk ons and ended up contributing.

State University was the first school to offer a wide receiver recruit from this school in the Class of 2011.  They hoped to secure an early verbal in order to solidify their receiver recruiting and then move on to other positions.  But this athlete saw more and more offers come his way and he decided to wait.  And then he waited, waited, and waited some more.  State University had been offering other receivers and enough jumped on it where he didn’t have that scholarship offer from them anymore.  An opportunity to stay close to home is no longer there.  It will be interesting to see where he lands but this athlete will have to bounce back.

Luckily for him, he has multiple major Division I offers that he can “fall back” on if need be.  He is still in a very good situation, even if one door for him closed earlier than he had initially assumed.  But what happens if your lone offer gets pulled?  How should you respond?  What should you do?

Like I mentioned previously, this is not a time to regret your decision not to commit.  There was a reason why you waited and it probably was because you were not completely sure that this school was right for you.  Yes, it will be tough but look ahead, not behind.  You apparently were not meant to go to this school, at least not at this point.

Start taking a stronger look at the other schools you are receiving interest from.  Do you feel that they could be a good fit?  Have they been calling you?  Has there been any mention of scholarship offers?  Have you visited their campus?  Focus on what is out there for you and look at the schools currently recruiting you.  The lack of scholarship offers may force your hand at making a highlight video (see for more on getting one made) and marketing yourself to these college coaches.

Without the offer, I must say that these schools now likely have the upper hand.  They can strong arm you a little more in terms of waiting for other recruits to decide before making offers.  This is a much harder situation for you to be in.  That means you likely should start researching new schools and look beyond the comfort of some of the local schools.  Start searching programs from states that may not border your state.  If you live in Wisconsin and the Ohio schools don’t recruit kids in your state, then market yourself to them and let them know that you can play.

Figuring out where you stand with the schools you are being recruited by and showing your recruiting profile to new schools are the two biggest things you can do to bounce back from a pulled offer.  Yes, it sucks but at the same time, there may actually be a school that is a better fit you academically, athletically, and socially that you would have never seen before.

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