The Top 5 Recruiting Myths
This week’s topic focuses on the top 5 recruiting myths. There are a number of myths that anyone engaging with the recruitment process should be aware of. Many of the myths result from a lack of understanding by parents and student-athletes regarding how the process really works. This is understandable — after all, most parents and student athletes are going through this process for the first time. The recruiting process is often complex and difficult to understand. Understanding the misconceptions about college recruiting can reduce frustration and help your recruiting journey be a more successful one. Here are the top 5 recruiting myths that you should be aware of.
Myth No. 1: NCAA Division I is the only/best option
Participating in intercollegiate athletics at any level is a tremendous accomplishment, but Division I certainly isn’t the only good opportunity. Ultimately, the best opportunity will be at the college that is the best FIT for you. And that could be found at a D-2, D-3 or NAIA college as well.
Myth No. 2: The college recruiting process starts at the beginning your senior year in high school
One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to wait too long to start the recruiting process. College athletic recruitment is incredibly competitive, forcing college coaches to begin identifying and recruiting prospective athletes earlier and earlier. If you wait to start your recruiting efforts until your senior year, you most likely will be too late.
Myth No. 3: You need a professional highlight video
College coaches are not looking for a commercial, they want to focus on your skills and be able to quickly decide if you’re a candidate for their program. We will be guiding you through the steps necessary for making a great highlight video, later in this series.
Myth No. 4: Good grades don’t matter if you are a good athlete
You have to qualify for admission academically for any college you are considering athletically. And while some colleges may be able to “dip” their admissions requirements a litte to land a top recruit, they can only dip so much – and if you are below that, you won’t be admitted. Additionally, while it is true that talented student-athletes will be recruited more actively, coaches want to invest in athletes that will represent their program and university in a positive light — and good grades are a part of that.
Myth No. 5: If I’m good enough, the college coaches will find me
College coaches have recruiting budgets, and except for Division I football and basketball, those budgets are limited. As a result, they are usually pretty targeted in how they search for recruits. Therefore, if you wait around to get recruited, it may never happen, even if you are talented enough. You need to proactively reach out to colleges on your own.
That completes today’s blog post. Follow the series as we move through the entire recruitment process and talk about everything from how to email a coach to how to narrow down your list of colleges. The next topic will focus on the six things that parents should know about student-athlete recruiting.