Why don’t I have an athletic scholarship offer?

At this time of year, college programs have been their recruiting boards in place for this class in all sports.  It doesn’t matter if it is football, volleyball, hockey, or any other sports.  These coaches should know what they are doing and who they will be recruiting over the next few months.  Some schools may already have a number of commitments but they know what they need to do to finish out recruiting this senior class.

And as an athlete or a family who has been going through the recruiting process, many are wondering why they don’t have a scholarship offer?  Again, this obviously is a unique situation that depends from athlete to athlete and case to case.  There is no one size fits all answer but I will try to do my best to figure it out and help you realize why there is no scholarship offer on the table.  Let me preface this by being brutally honest and you need to know that coming in.

You are not good enough
This goes with my mention of being brutally honest.  As an athlete or a parent, it is nearly impossible to really be able to determine if you are a scholarship athlete.  Athletes always think that they are better than they really are (I did back in the day myself) and that makes it extremely tough to judge fairly.  As for families, there is a parent bias that can never be shaken.  You will always think that your son or daughter is the best at what they do, regardless of their real ability.  That is just the way it goes and you have to realize that going in.

You haven’t marketed yourself to a wide enough scope
During the recruiting process, you decided to only target schools in the Big East to continue your football career.  The problem is that you are not a Big East type player.  You may think you are but coaches at all of those schools disagree.  That is why now is a great time to widen your base and look at other Division I-AA and II schools in your area or around the country.  You want the perfect fit athletically and academically but that doesn’t always have to be in your backyard.   Go through the second step of The Five Steps to a Scholarship Offer and see what schools you can find that fit you well.  Targeting new schools can definitely help matters.

You haven’t gotten your Hudl video/tape out
There is no doubt in my mind that getting a quality recruiting highlight video out is very important during the recruiting process.  If you have the time and abilities to do it on Hudl, then go ahead.  If not, tt may be worth looking into professional services that can produce an outstanding highlight video that can help catch the eye of college coaches.  If you haven’t done a tape, consider doing one.  If you have done one and the quality is terrible and the editing is bad, then it may be worth getting one professionally done.  This tape is essential, especially in the football recruiting process.

You don’t have enough relevant video to send out  
Say for example that in high school, you decided to take one for the team and make the move to quarterback.  The problem is that your future may be at another position.  Without relevant tape and if they can’t see you in person, it is going to be tough to sell a college coach on you playing tight end rather than quarterback.  That is why camps are so important during the summer so that the schools can work with you and your athleticism.

It is not far enough along in the process
I hate using this excuse because I have heard a ton of athletes say something similar.  But for football recruiting, most Division I-AA and II schools have not extended their scholarship offers.  These schools are still evaluating potential recruits and are trying to get a feel for these athletes and their interest during the winter months.  If you are not doing The Five Steps to a Scholarship already, this is not an excuse that you can use at all.

You don’t have the numbers that certain college coaches want
College coaches are huge into numbers like 40 time, bench press, vertical, and things of that nature.  Many love looking at these numbers and you may just be shy of what college coaches are looking for.  Your 4.7 40-yard dash time may be a tad too slow.  Your 6-foot frame may be a little small for what college coaches are looking for.

If you think you are a Division I athlete and an offer is not on the table yet, then it may be time to reevaluate that.  I am willing to admit that this is a very difficult process simply because you never know what can happen as schools can step in at the last minute.  But there is probably at least some reason why there is no an offer there yet.






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