I probably sound like a broken record for those that read this site frequently but scholarship offers breed other scholarship offers. I have seen this a countless amount of times over the years and just saw it recently. That is why I am writing today’s article but also I want to talk once again about the importance of broadcasting your attention as well.
For the thousandth time, the reason that it is a must to broadcast your scholarship offers is to make other coaches aware of you and your abilities. If you have proven to a Division I-A football coach that you are scholarship worthy, I can promise that other schools at the Division I-A level will take a longer look at you. They know you have an offer so you must have shown something to them that says you can play at this level.
The most recent story behind this article is of a football player who had spent his summer busy at a variety of camps across the country. This player made sure to get out and play in front of a wide range of coaches to evaluate his skills. And since most of the schools recruiting him had a chance to see him play, it should have been enough to evaluate him.
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He did well enough early in the summer to add two Division I-AA/FCS scholarship offers. While getting these are nothing to sneeze at, this player had higher expectations and wanted more than that. So late in the summer, this athlete attended a one day camp at an in-state school that was recruiting him. His performance was good enough to end up with a scholarship offer on the table. This was his first in-state offer as well as first major offer at this point.
Another school in the same conference that he had been evaluated by pulled the trigger the following day with a scholarship offer. The first question that goes through my head is why wait? Do these coaches not trust their evaluation skills enough to be the first major school to offer him?
What sucks about this situation is that it happens at all levels, all over the country, and in all sports. Only a small number of college coaches are confident enough about their evaluations skills to offer an athlete and not care who else has offered previously.
The football coaches at the University of Iowa have proven that they will compete against MAC and smaller schools every year for recruits that they consider diamonds in the rough. Many of these players have panned out for the Hawks but the coaches do take some flack on the message boards for extending them early offers. The reason is simply because Ohio and Kent State may be their only offers but they trust their skills a great deal. Iowa was also able to pull an athlete late in the process whose only offer at the time was Western Illinois. How many staffs really would do that?
Anyways, in the eyes of someone who follows the recruiting process, this entire situation is extremely frustrating. If the recruit mentioned earlier would have gotten sick after a long summer or decided to skip the camp, he would just be sitting with two offers and interest from other programs. Now he has four total offers, two major scholarships, and some serious interest from other Division I-A programs because of these new offers.
So why do coaches do this? The first reason is because deciding that an athlete is good enough to play at your level is difficult. I don’t care if you have been a coach there for thirty years, it is never easy. They may have the height, strength, and size to play at your level but may be lazy. They could also have a bad attitude that the high school coaches warn you about. There are a number of reasons, and while they are valid, it is frustrating for athletes.
I wish if a school thought highly of athletes, they would just pull the trigger with a scholarship. Instead they play this game that makes it really tough for athletes to fully understand where they sit in the recruiting process. This is unfortunately part of the process and shows more than ever that the athletic recruiting process for any sport is a business.
As an athlete, keep working hard and have good grades. Do a solid job marketing yourself and working to put your abilities in the eyes of college coaches. If you do that, then the decision is up to the college coaches recruiting you.