By Coach John Scott
Athletic scholarships and college recruiting play a huge role in the lives of student athletes. When beginning that pursuit, what’s the best first course of action?
This is when a lot of parents and athletes make major mistakes. They’ll write letters on fancy paper and send emails in search of sport scholarships and high school recruiting. Parents will often spend thousands of dollars on filming, duplication and shipping of DVDs to a number of colleges. I see it all the time, and it’s a waste of time and money. Then they’ll fill out generic cookie-cutter college recruiting questionnaires. In reality, college recruiting coaches receive upwards of 5,000 of those letters, DVDs and questionnaires a year. And a Top 25 Division I football or basketball coach can receive up to 25,000 letters and DVDs in a year or more. They don’t have time to look at everyone’s highlights so first they evaluate you on paper from your resume or player profile within 60 seconds to see if they even want to watch a highlight tape.
So how do you differentiate your student athlete from everybody else?
You need to first establish your son or daughter first on paper as a legitimate, honest college recruiting prospect by producing a unique and thorough player profile that will get the attention of college coaches. By creating a detailed player profile form, you are making it easier to establish your student-athlete as a legitimate college prospect that a college coach will want to look at.”
I recommend that you get down to the minute detail of your athlete’s profile, rather than use a cookie-cutter type of profiles. Specific questions help complete the profile that can separates your student athletes from the masses. For example, what’s your 40-time? baseball 60-time? What’s your wing span? vertical jump? Bench press and squats? statistics? Batting average? On-base percentage? Three-point ? Free-throw ? And much more by each individual sport. Depending upon your sport, what are your times? These questions are competition and athleticism identifiers for college coaches.
And, of course, there academic profile of your student-athlete is equally as critical. We know that all college coaches are going to look at two criteria initially: (1) Can the student be qualified academically; what are his or her SAT and ACT scores? What is the student’s GPA, which tells the coach about the level of work and work ethic of the athlete; and (2) Assessment of whether or not the student can compete at the correct competition level of that college team. I can’t stress enough how important academics are in the process of college recruiting. These need to be part of your student-athletes profile.
There are 15.2 million high school athletes in the United States. Less than 6% will go to play in college. And only .08%—or less than one in one hundred seniors—will be an NCAA Division I elite athlete. Without a solid college recruiting game plan that begins with the correct profile of your student-athlete, your son or daughter will get lost in the tidal wave of potential recruits who could have and should have played college sports, but never did.
John Scott is president and CEO of ATHLETIC QUEST as well as a two-time former college coach and college athlete. ATHLETIC QUEST is a group current and former College Coaches that guide College Prospects. The company’s web site, www.athleticquest.net, offers a free player profile form and a recruiting E-book with tips on college recruiting. You can also contact the company by calling (801) 253-3360,
Editor’s Note: Athletic Quest has released a Free E-Book called “How to Get Recruited.” This E-book will help you benefit from the collective knowledge of an entire team of college coaches and decades of college recruiting experience. Included in this E-book is information on:
• Misconceptions about college recruiting
• How to know if you’re good enough to play in college
• How to get seen by college coaches
• Choosing a college – four key areas to consider