To be able to play at the Division I level in any sport takes a great deal of skills and abilities. But to have those attributes in multiple sports shows what kind of athlete you really are. Because playing both sports (Outside of possibly football and track), this article is focusing more on looking at two sports in college before deciding on one.
The problem that some feel when keeping their options open for multiple sports is that this question mark at the next level may scare away coaches. Would college coaches really not recruit a kid for basketball if they thought and/or heard that this athlete was going to go play football in college?
That is a tough question to answer but I feel strongly that the answer is no. What I have always written about in the past and will continue to do so is to keep your options open in the recruiting process. And while I have talked mostly about smaller schools that you may overlook early on, I am also talking about recruiting attention for other sports.
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Here are a few examples of this coming up in the past. An athlete known for basketball early on ended up scoring nearly twenty points a game on the court in his freshman year and was playing with the top AAU team in state. He played football because he was an exceptional athlete. By the time he was a senior, he had Division I basketball and football offers to choose from.
In the end, this athlete had bigger and better options on the football field. He spurned the Division I interest and attention he received for basketball and went with his best options. This shows that if you are good enough, college coaches in multiple sports will offer you. They are not going to shy away from a recruit if he is also looking into another sport. The coach should realize that although it may not help them, the more options an athlete has, the better.
The best way to make sure that college coaches know that you are considering multiple sports is to let them. Email and/or call them and tell them that you are very serious about both sports and want to see what sport helps open more doors at the college level. Communication in this will be key.
At the Division III level, I know and have heard in the past that college coaches will back off of athletes because they are focused on another sport. But if the athlete lets it be known that he is looking at multiple sports, that at least keeps the door open. Then it depends on what other schools are recruiting him and are after him.
Obviously in order to do this, you need to be really good at both sports with a lot of potential. Don’t tell college coaches that you are considering basketball but was the eleventh man last year on the team.
This is another step to keeping your options open in the recruiting process. It may take more time (Sending out recruiting info) and money (Making multiple sport highlight videos) but if you are serious about both sports, it may be worth it to put the effort into it.
Regarding this topic as well, it always seems that the best athletes are the ones who can play multiple sports in college at a high level. Just look at Terrell Pryor. He is the number one rated football player in the country and rated among the top fifty basketball players. I would trade just about anything to be that good in either sport yet he is that talented in both.