I recently had a chance to speak with an athlete who recently kicked off his senior year of high school. This player excels in both football and basketball. The ability he has shown in both sports has helped him catch the interest of college coaches. This athlete also plays at a small school and it is obvious he doesn’t have a good feel for the football recruiting process.
When asking him about what schools are recruiting him for football, he named a few local programs. Then he said that his high school coach is getting more information but hasn’t been sharing it with him so that he would be focused on the season. If you are looking for a coach who is trying to sabotage the football recruiting process for his athletes, this one is doing just that.
I will admit that if the recruiting process gets in the way for any sport, then you are going to have a serious problem. But how often does this really happen? Yes, there are going to be situations where crazy parents think their son or daughter isn’t getting enough playing time/shots and that will cost them their Division I athletic scholarship.
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In my opinion, most kids have not know everything about the recruiting process but they know that their own personal season comes above the athletic recruiting process. Some athletes skip game day visits because they film on Saturday morning. That doesn’t give them an opportunity to drive to local schools.
The reason I was so disappointed about what this coach said is that his athlete is a senior and this is the peak time that he needs to know what is going on in the football recruiting process. If your coach is holding back information from you, are you really going to be able to get a clear picture of where you sit with schools? This would be nearly impossible and make it even more difficult to market yourself to new schools simply because you have no idea who is really recruiting you.
The other thing that stands out to me is the importance for senior athletes to take visits during the fall. If you don’t take in game day trips to a variety of different schools, then there is no way to see them before you eventually make a final decision. I can attest to the fact that your first game day experience should not be one that you are playing in at the college. If that is the case, you will walk away disappointed.
If 100% of your attention was focused on the high school season, your team might possibly be a little bit better overall. But a good coach understands that his athletes want to play athletics in college and that giving them mail, telling who called about them, and allowing them to get away for visits is vital to the overall recruiting process.
To me, this sounds like a problem coach who is hijacking the recruiting process for his players. Instead of hindering them, he should be doing everything in his power to help get their name out there. This athlete could sleep walk through the rest of his season and have the ability to play for a local school. But if he wants a chance to fight for a scholarship offer, the coach must be on his side and behind him during the football recruiting process.