Which Recruits Get Scholarship Offers?
High school athletes are all about the same wherever you go. So how do some players receive scholarship offers, while other athletes of similar talent go unrecruited?
The truth to earning a scholarship is incredibly simple, yet not exactly what everyone wants to hear.
If you want to earn a scholarship, you have to perform when it matters.
On top of that you need to have good grades and test scores, and be of good enough character that you do not raise any red flags. It really is that simple.
I wish I could tell you that you can get a scholarship by using some kind of recruiting trick, but to the best of my knowledge there is no such device.
When it comes down to it: your game statistics, recruiting film, and performances at camps and combines tell the whole story. If you do not produce, you are not going to receive any offers.
College coaches are going to recruit players who can play at their level of competition. They are very limited in their recruiting budgets, so for the most part they only have the ability to recruit locally.
On top of that, coaches can only spend their time and money recruiting kids who are interested in their programs, so marketing yourself to any potential school is crucial. But market yourself the right way!
No matter where you are, athletes are all about the same. So if you are one of those borderline scholarship recruits, you need to differentiate yourself from the pack. The way to stand out is to be brave and do the things that not many other recruits want to do. Get on the phone and call coaches. Tell them you are going to play at the college level and that you are interested in their program.
I promise you that if you have the courage and confidence to do this you will stand out from the vast majority of other recruits out there.
On top of needing to market yourself, you have to work harder than everyone else as well. Put in the time with your research and preparation. Find out who is looking for recruits and contact them first. Make sure that all of your NCAA paperwork is in order. Be objective, and don’t fall in love with a school until you commit there. The problems 99% of the kids run into can be so easily avoided, I promise you. So while everyone else wanders around playing the recruiting game all wrong, you can beat them by playing it effectively.
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