I am a sophomore football recruit with no interest and no scholarship offers. What should I do?

Since the football season for many recruits has either wrapped up or is nearing an end, this is a very important for sophomore football recruits to get a head start on other athletes in their class.  These are going to be the same players that you may be fighting with in the end for scholarship offers and playing time at the school. 

Before going into this, I must state that you must have a great deal of varsity experience under your belt.  I feel strongly that even if your team is one of the best in Texas and you didn’t play varsity, sending out sophomore or junior varsity stats is going to be a waste of time and possibly money.  There is no reason to take these steps forward unless you have played extensively on the varsity level. 

So for the sophomores who have really excelled this season on the football field, you may be wondering where my recruiting attention is?  The fact of the matter is some sophomores will get attention early and others won’t.  It depends a great deal on a number of factors.  Are your games covered heavily in the media?  Does your in-state Division I schools usually recruit sophomores this early in the recruiting process?  Is your coach the type that will help get your name out there?  Did you make any All State teams?

Regardless of these answers, you can take control of the recruiting process yourself.  Obviously this is not a guarantee for a scholarship offer but it is the best advice when trying to garner interest from college programs.  That interest could eventually lead to visits, phone calls, and hopefully scholarship offers as well. 

As mentioned in The Five Steps to a Scholarship Offer, the first thing that you must do is put together a Recruiting Profile.  If you have really been on your game this fall, then you may have already done the recruiting profile and have been updating it week by week.  If you haven’t done that, don’t worry because it is still very early in the football recruiting process.  Making this recruiting profile is like building a resume.  You are looking for a job offer (aka a college scholarship) and the recruiting profile needs to be as professional as possible.  Make sure to keep that in mind when putting it together and have it proofread by multiple parties. 

The second step in The Five Steps to a Scholarship Offer is to market yourself to college coaches.  However, I need to be honest here.  How many sophomores really know what they want to major in?  Do they know what area of the country that they want to spend four or five years at in college?  While it can be done and you can do that to find the schools that match you, it may actually be worth skipping to the third step and market yourself to college coaches. 

If you do decide to skip the second step, which at this age, I think may be a decent idea, then you should move on to the marketing process.  The school that I would be marketing yourself to would be the Division I schools in your state, the surrounding states, and possibly any dream schools that you may have.  It may also be worth looking into a few Division II programs as well just in case things don’t work out as you had planned two years down the line. 

When marketing yourself, you will want to send your recruiting profile and include an email about why you are interested in the school.  Please try to make this something personal about their program and not a generic statement.  Coaches know coaches and the may catch on that someone is sending out the same template to every school in his area. 

It is important to keep track which schools you contacted and the coaches that you emailed at each program.  You can do it on paper or in a database but keep it updated and make sure to mention which coaches contacted you back.  After somewhere around two to four weeks, it may be best to contact that same school but to try another coach.  Do not do this in less than two weeks simply because college coaches are extremely busy, especially during this time of the year. 

The final two steps of The Five Steps to a Scholarship Offer are up to you.  I don’t believe that all sophomores need a highlight video but you may want to get it done.  Building a website with video may be something that you consider but it doesn’t have to be done.  Think about where you are in the recruiting process and then make decisions on these two areas. 

It may be a bit early but you could also start looking into what summer camps that you want to attend.  With no interest, that may be tough to figure out what schools you want to camp at but it is something that you can think about now.  You might as well find one dream camp that you may be able to attend. 

And as all college coaches will tell you, keep working hard and doing well in the classroom.  You still need to make major improvements over the next two years if you want to get that college scholarship. 

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