There is no doubt in my mind the toughest scholarship for an athlete to get is their first. The reason that I say this is because it is hard to prove to a college coach that with no other offers on the table, you are a recruit at their level. That is why it is so important that once that first scholarship offer comes, make sure that you market it to media, other college coaches, and anyone you can think of.
While I do feel strongly about scholarship offers breeding other scholarship offers, I found a very interesting statement about a recruit who was hearing from two major Division I schools in the same conference. One of the schools offered a scholarship after evaluating. The second school followed suit knowing he had the other offer but before they had seen any tape. In my opinion, that is a very bold move on their part.
Here is what I am talking about. This is a true story and comes from someone that I trust. The schools and the name of the recruit has been taken out for obvious reasons, but really, think about the message that this is sending off:
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Recruit is the most interesting one to me as far as his recruiting story goes. Not only is he the one that School A told could try quarterback when obviously he’s wasn’t a college level quarterback, but he’s also the one whose high school coach told us that School A offered before even seeing film on him. If I recall correctly, he just got back from School B and was close to committing, so School A offered right away in hopes that he would wait and visit them before deciding. I know for sure his coach told us that the offer was a complete surprise because they hadn’t even sent out film yet.
Lets say hypothetically that this recruit was like many of the athletes out there who try to keep their recruiting attention to themselves. With School B having offered, the recruit likely would have ended the recruiting process there by committing to them. He probably would not have marketed himself to School A and opened that door. While this story shows how crazy football recruiting can get, it shows that college coaches jump on the fact that an athlete has a scholarship offer.
If School B had not offered, there is a very slim chance that School A would have jumped into the picture and eventually secured a verbal from him. But School B trusted the evaluation of School A and didn’t want him to commit so badly that they threw a scholarship his way without even seeing film. That alone is an amazing part of the football recruiting process there.
Anyways, the main reason that I wanted to bring this up is that scholarship offers do breed other scholarship offers. It is important that once you receive a scholarship offers, you should find a way to let media and the other college coaches that are recruiting you know of it. If the college coaches don’t pay attention to the email, they may pay attention to the article written about you on Scout, Rivals, or ESPN.
A few years back there was a powerhouse school that seemed to send a number of players to the Division I level every year. What they started doing is that when one of their players received a Division I offer, they would email media from Rivals and Scout, then also include college coaches who were recruiting him. If a school realize that their rivals just offered a prospect that they were hoping to land, this email could help speed up the process.
Please only do this if you really do have an official offer. If you get caught in a lie about a scholarship, it could end up turning ugly simple because college coaches will not be happy once they find out you were dishonest with them about the offer. You may touch base with the recruiting sites beforehand but once that first offers come, it is not something you want to keep to yourself. There is no doubt that letting these services know will put that information quickly in the eyes of college coaches and that could help you get another scholarship.