If you want to be the best, you need to invest in the athletic recruiting process

I recently was driving and heard an outstanding quote from a basketball coach.  While he was talking about facilities for his team, what he said was if you want to be the best, you must invest.  Again, he was talking specifically about how this school needed to pony up some cash to build new facilities.  If they don’t, the school obviously could never compete ever again.

But this phrase also carries weight during the athletic recruiting process.  If you are an athlete who wants to play at the Division I level, you will need to invest the time to play there.  You may be a gifted athlete but you need to put in the time.  Specifically for the recruiting process, you must invest time into your child to be able to help the garner interest from college coaches.

Shouldn’t college coaches come to us and recruit him or her?  If you really think that, then first you haven’t read this site at all and second you have a lot to learn.  Unless your child is a freak athlete in their sport (and there may be only a few per year), then chances are you will need to do some work to help the recruiting process.

Parents will have to spent time doing a lot of things that they are normally not used to doing.  That is what makes it so tough for families because most are clueless about what direction they should go with the athletic recruiting process.  Well, if you want your child to go to the best school that they can and hopefully get the highest school, you need to invest the time.

This investing first off goes into learning more about the recruiting process as a whole.  Yes, I am sure you think your child can play Division I athletics but is that from the eyes of a parent or from a non-bias talent evaluator?  You need to take the steps from this website and many others to get a feel for the entire process.  Once you have done that, it is taking the time with that future scholarship athlete and finding what they are looking for in a college overall.

This includes talking about academics, campus size, location, sports, majors offered, and so many other areas.  Once you have invested the time with your son or daughter to figure that out, the next step is to start researching schools.  These schools will be key because if your child wants a unique major, wouldn’t it be best for them to go to a school that offers the major?  Yes, 17 and 18-year olds change their mind all the time but it is best to give them options in the fields that they enjoy.

After that, now you must continue following The Five Steps to a Scholarship Offer and them to the college coaches.  Take the time and log what communication you have tried with them.  If they don’t respond or eventually move on to another recruit, what is it going to hurt to at least say that you try?

There was a good story recently on a recruit at the University of Texas.  He had received some major scholarship offers but didn’t hear a word from the Longhorns.  Instead of cursing them out and moving on with his life, he decided to take a chance by calling them.  He probably thought what could this hurt?  He spoke with a coach and they were extremely grateful for his call.  They invited him to an upcoming Junior Day (which is prestigious there).  If it doesn’t work out, no big deal.  It is just a day of his life.  But if he ends up at what could be his dream school because of the call, I am willing to bet he will not regret the ten minutes it took to call a member of the coaching staff.

As a parent, you will also have to invest in gas, room, and meals if you decide to hit the road and make some unofficial visits.  These are always on your own dime but are definitely worth seeing.  It will give you a better feel for the campus, how far away it is from home, and a better feel for the college overall.  These visits are vital for figuring out what type of program your child wants in college.

Going back to the original point, you need to invest time and money into the recruiting process for it to be successful for you and your family.  That is just the way of life and needs to be done in the majority of cases.  Keep that in mind before you expect all of the Division I schools in-state to come knocking on the door with scholarship offers.




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