How do you make up for a lack of experience during the athletic recruiting process?

If you have a family that includes multiple kids who want to play college athletics, and you are planning on not hiring anyone to hold your hand, then there is no doubt that your family will get better over time.  The more that you see, hear, and learn, the better off you will be in hoping to help your son or daughter catch the eye of a college coach holding a scholarship.

But unfortunately, there always has to be a starting point for families where they are not on child number five and have the athletic recruiting process mastered at all levels and and all sports (note: this mastery likely will never happen because of his much recruiting changes but it is nice to imagine).  So if you are new to the athletic recruiting process and lack experience as far as what to do, how do you make up for it?

The first thing I must stress is that you must never be satisfied in what you already know.  I don’t care if you were the #1 recruit in the country 25 years ago when you played, it is always important to be searching for more information, more articles, more reading material, and more ways to help your child get a scholarship offer.  Things change rapidly and it is important to know that even if you sent one son to the Division I level five years ago, there is definitely a lot of new things to learn.

A good story about this was in regards to a senior last year.  He was a very good football recruit but he lacked the speed to get a Division I scholarship.  His dad emailed me frequently asking why her son didn’t have a scholarship offer.  In reply, I sent him a link to this website and he declined to look at it saying that he had a personal recruiter taking care of things.

This was a family who couldn’t see the true college ability of their child and then they are expecting someone else to do all the work.  I don’t care how much you are paying a service or a recruiter, they don’t have as much invested in the process as you do.  So when they turned down a chance to learn more, it was obvious to me that there was no way that scholarship would come his way.  He ended up walking on so following him will be very interesting.

The second thing is to ask a lot of questions.  What is it going to hurt if you ask a college coach a ton of questions about the recruiting process?  Think about talking to a media person about what you should do.  How about another parent who just went through the process?  Just because you ask someone questions doesn’t mean you have to take the path that they took/are taking.  Gather as much information as possible and see what you can learn.

Throw these same questions by the high school coach.  He or she may be very knowledgeable about the recruiting process or have no idea.  Again, don’t take everything you hear and use it.  What you are trying to do is find out what worked and didn’t from other sources.

And last, go through the process yourself.  It is impossible to describe every single thing that you will see in recruiting.  So if you have five kids that hope to be recruited, the experience from the first will be invaluable.  It is vital that you do it so if you come in wanting to learn and having an open mind, it will help you quickly make up for any lack of recruiting experience.


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