The old adage goes that if you are good enough at football, basketball, baseball, or whatever sport you play, college coaches will find out. It doesn’t matter if you are playing 8-Man football or the at the biggest school in the State, people expect that college coaches will find them no matter what. But in the battle for athletic scholarship offers, that adage could not be further from the truth.
It may be true that if you can play, college coaches will find you. That does happen in a lot of cases. But usually the coaches that find you are the ones that want you to walk on or play for free at a Division III school. While there is nothing wrong with playing at that level or walking on, I assume you are not visiting this site for tips on how to play for free in college.
My guess is that you are here to figure out how to help your son or daughter earn an athletic scholarship. If I could have done it all over again myself, I would have loved to have had a scholarship to help pay for my education. But instead I went the Division III route and will be paying for student loans forever. But instead of complaining about that, I am again here to help you throughout the process.
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Here is a good example a few years back of a family taking control of the recruiting process. A lot of parents don’t have the time or skills needed to do this but here are some old links to this (Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3). To boil the stories down quickly, the athlete would have been playing Division III basketball if his family was not proactive in the basketball recruiting process. This player had a lot of interest from Division III programs in his State and while he did look at those schools, he also kept an eye on what other programs may be a good fit for him.
This recruit ended up about fifteen hours away from home but his college is being paid for. Half of it was through academics and the other half was through athletics. Considering if he would have went the Division III route, he may have been closer to home but likely been paying over $20,000 for his college education was said and done. He was the first player from his State to go to this school. Do you really think they would have found him if he didn’t sell himself to the program?
Recently on a message board, there was some debate over an athlete having a website that showcased his video for college coaches. The link to the site had come into the hands of someone else and it had been posted. People from opposing teams found this as a perfect opportunity to talk about how big of an ego this kid has and all he is doing is showing off. This is another situation where it is disappointing that they feel this way. These people are probably the same that felt that should have been playing Division I sports but their coach got in the way.
This athlete and his family are taking the recruiting process into their own hands and helping themselves out. Even though his junior year just ended, this All Stater can now boast two scholarship offers from Division I schools. His family has the resources to do this but they have always been on top of highlight tapes, marketing their son, and putting together a website. This athlete was probably good enough to eventually get an athletic scholarship offer but he took control of the process and will likely land many others as well.
So yes, if you are averaging twenty points a game on the basketball court or rushing for over 150 yards a game on the football field college coaches will likely find out. But these may not be the coaches that you are looking for. Your dream of playing college athletics at the scholarship level will not be realized if it is all Division III coaches recruiting you.
It may take some time and a little bit of money, but if these step help you to a scholarship offer, think of the money that you will be saving in the long run. The biggest thing is that you have to be good enough to play at that high of a level but being able to market yourself, your son, or your daughter may be worth it in the long run.