The goal of the entire athletic recruiting process is to impress a coaching staff enough at their school that they are willing to pay for your college education. You will need to work hard in your sport/the weight room, in the classroom, and in marketing yourself to these coaches but it certainly can be done.
For the sake of this article, you just were told in a letter yesterday that State University is finally not feeding you lines and will be offering you an athletic scholarship. This has been the letter you have been waiting for over the last five years. Now that it is here, what do you do?
1.) Be thankful/grateful
If you are lucky enough to have an athletic scholarship for a sport at the college level, you need to be extremely grateful. Only a very small percentage of athletes get that opportunity and having this one so early in the process is something to be extremely grateful for. So when you receive the letter with the official words, take the time to thank the college coaches that did it, your high school coaches, and mainly your parents for dealing with you over the years. Make sure you let them know how much their help has been appreciated during the entire process.
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2.) Think seriously about this school
Take our your recruiting folder/file about State University and review what you have written and their contact with you. I of course am assuming that you have followed the previous advice of this site by tracking your recruiting interest and how much attention schools show to you. Think long and hard about this program. Would you be happy ending the athletic recruiting process right now by committing to them? For the sake of this article, you are going to say no so that there is something else to write. If you are 100% confident with this school and no other programs could change your mind, there is no reason not to commit.
3.) Spread the word
If you are going to remain uncommitted and explore your options, email/text/call/fax/write a letter/send a telegram to your contacts at Rivals, Scout, ESPN, and the local media and let them know as soon as possible about the offer. If you don’t have some any of the sites, look for prep sites that cover your state or the site of the college that offered you. They will want to catch up with you as soon as possible to let their readers know about the offer. You will want them to know so that other colleges see it and you get into their recruiting databases (which you should already be in by the way). This is a win-win. Also email or call college coaches from other schools that are recruiting you and let them know that State University has stepped forward with a scholarship. If they are serious about you, I would expect them to re-evaluate film that day and take a long look at your ability to see if their mind is changed regarding an offer.
4.) Research the school more
Some scholarship offers will come out of nowhere from a school that had been showing you little attention previously. Others will come from a program that you had been hearing from since your sophomore year. Unless you live in the same town and your parent works there, chances are strong that you can still learn more about the school. You may consider taking in a visit, researching their athletic programs, and finding out more about the academics offered. Put the time in and do some serious research. Do they have your major? Is this school a good distance from home? How do the girls look on the website pictures (this really should have no factor into your final decision)?
5.) Figure out when you want to make a final decision
Do you want the process over before your senior season of football? Will you be a fall signee for hoops? Think really hard about this one and figure out when the best time for you to make a college decision. You want to be comfortable and be able to have a timetable to make an informed decision. This timetable could include visits, sending senior film to other schools, and things that will help you be confident when you make that final decision. Even if it is not State University, putting together a timetable should help you figure out the athletic recruiting process and put an end to it.