The areas to avoid skimping in the athletic recruiting process

Where not to skimp in the athletic recruiting processThere is no doubt that money is a factor in the athletic recruiting process for everyone.  Some families have more than others and that affords them the luxury of going on unofficial visits at the drop of a hat.  Others struggle to get outside of their hometown because of a lack of transportation options.  This happens all time unfortunately.

And while I have talked about different ways to save money throughout the recruiting process overall, there are also a few areas that you should skimp on when trying to get a scholarship offer.  I have come up with five areas that are worth investing in to help you overall with the recruiting process.

1.) A Recruiting Highlight Video
If your budget is as tight as it gets for the football recruiting process and there was one place I would say you need to make sure you have a quality product, it is the recruiting highlight video.  This video is absolutely vital to get your foot in the door with college coaches and for them to get taste of your abilities.  If you have a thousand dollar budget total, spending $400 at a place like can get you the recruiting highlight tape that will showcase your skills for college coaches.  Then you still have enough money left over for camps and visits.

2.) As many unofficial visits as possible
I hate to bring you back to my glory days when I played athletics but because of our lack of vehicles that could travel far, I only ended up making one college visits.  Shockingly, this was the school I ended up attending and played at over the following four years.  But if I had a chance to do it again, I would have tried to figure out a way to get to more schools.  I am not talking about unofficial visits across the country where you need to fly.  I am talking about in-state visits to schools at all levels (Division I, I-AA, II, III, NAIA, and even Junior College) that you can drive to.  The reason is that you want to get a taste of what all these schools can offer you overall.  And while the Internet is great for finding some information, a visit to the school is priceless to see what kind of feeling the place gives you.

3.) Phone time with college coaches
If you have a son that is a sought after football recruit who is getting call after call in the football recruiting process, find a way to bump up the phone minutes for the month.  The last thing you want to do is limit your son and their exposure to these coaches.  The more that call, the better even if the phone bill will be a little higher (hopefully not a great deal higher).  So call your phone provider because it may be your son’s cell phone getting the calls from coaches.

4.) Summer college camps (football)/AAU team (basketball)
Very rarely does a basketball player end up getting a Division I scholarship without playing AAU basketball.  It unfortunately just works that way and there is not a lot you can do about it.  What that means is it is important to get on a good team, even if you have to pay a little money out of pocket.  Not all teams are sponsored so your money will help pay for tournaments.  As for the summer camps, it is vital to at least get to a few one day camps (turn them into your own one day camps) so the college coaches can get a taste of your ability.  If they don’t think you are good enough at the camps, then you can move on and look at other schools that think you are good enough for a scholarship offer.

5.) Time for research
Parents and kids need to invest the time into researching schools that fit them and marketing themselves to those same programs.  Everyone might want to play at USC but what if a school like Florida Atlantic has the location you want, the major you are looking for, and success in athletics as well?  The big name schools are not always the best option so pour some time into the process and research programs as much as possible.

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