The Recruiting-101 Effect

I have preached on this site for a year and a half about the recruiting process.  It matters more about you and your family taking these steps to help yourself rather than the sport that you play.  Yes, this site is more football and basketball specific but a Junior Day is a Junior Day, regardless if it is soccer or football.  So I recently got a comment that basically made my month from a father of an athlete.  Here is what he said:

First of all, I would like to thank Recruiting-101 for helping my son get an offer from our school of choice. We utilized the concepts mentioned here, did our own recruiting plan! My son came from a small school with a new football program, he only played 2 years, 1 JV and 1 varsity. He has great athleticism, size and grades, but hidden at a small school. Like this article, some other schools in the same NAIA conf. loved his tapes, but scared of experience, but the school with the better tradition (and several NAIA Natl Championships), said they didn’t worry about that and made the offer. They liked the whole package, potential, my son as a person and as a student.

I did not help Greg and his son out specifically or individually.  From my understanding, he has been an avid reader on the site and trusted my guidance and what I write about enough to give it a try.  And no, the NAIA level is not Division I but at the same time, he is getting a scholarship as well as playing for a national title contender. 

Would this recruit have ended up there and with a scholarship in hand if not for the advice that this site has mentioned?  That I couldn’t tell you specifically at this point because I have not emailed Greg as of yet.  But it shows that taking the time yourself as a parent or a family and going through the athletic recruiting process is what I feel the best way to go after a scholarship offer. 

I have said this before but the recruiting process for your son or daughter is the same way as those that manage your money.  The person that will care most about your money is you, not a money manager or a financial planner.  The same goes for your son or daughter during the athletic recruiting process.  The person who is going to care most about the eventual outcome is you, the parent.  That is just the way it is, no matter what you hear or are told. 

You are the one that needs to be there to take the time to and help your child with putting together a recruiting profile.  If you don’t think you can do it, then you must find a way to get a computer savvy friend to do it.  You need to take the painstaking time to go through a number of different websites for schools and see what majors they offer and how good their athletics.  Let me stress painstaking in that process as well because that is not going to be a ton of fun. 

But if you put the time in and have a child with the skills needed to play at the college level, then you can get a scholarship.  As shown with Greg from his comment above, if he can do it, the question that comes to mind is why can’t you?  He invested his time into finding all he could about the recruiting process by using what is written here for free.  You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars.  It just takes time.  And in the end, I can assume that the time Greg spent with his son during this process helped their relationship as well.  That is likely going to be something that they can look back on fondly in the years to come. 

If you feel motivated by this story, which is 100% true, then I would say the best place for you to start is on The Five Steps to a Scholarship.  After that, consider subscribing via email to get daily updates in your inbox.  There is no perfect path for every single athlete to get a scholarship.  But this site will do what we can to help you get as much information as possible about recruiting. 

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