Athletic Scholarship and Recruiting Myths Debunked
Increase Your Athletic Scholarship And Recruiting Opportunities With Social Media
If you ask 10 people about these myths none of them will give you the same answers and none of them will be right. The truth is that the recruiting game has changed for high school athletes and continues to change rapidly. In order to get the the best possible answers, we went straight to the source and surveyed more than 250 college coaches. Their answers to the most common athletic scholarship myths are below.
If you are good enough college coaches will find you
Nothing could be further from the truth and this one costs many potential athletes to miss their athletic scholarship opportunity. It is incredibly easy to be overlooked or missed by college coaches who have thousands of athletes to look at in almost as many venues. Unless you are in the top 1% of high school athletes, it is more than likely that you will be overlooked by many coaches who would like to know you. We can assure you that coaches do not read your hometown paper and they do not come to your games. This is not because you are not good enough, but because they do not know about you.
The way many more athletes are being seen is by creating their own personal brand and telling their story with social media. In order to be effective, you need to have a strong social media game plan for getting recruited. Matt Cochran from Buhack High School in California was able to jump start his recruiting process by sending Facebook messages to numerous coaches with a link to a YouTube video of his highlight reel. Before these efforts, his recruiting process was very slow; after the messages is was a completely different story.
Again, this is myth that many student athletes believe and think that they are a lock for an athletic scholarship. The truth is that there are likely 500-1500 other kids tearing open that same exact letter as you are from the same coach. All the letter means is that the coach knows your name and knows you play the sport that he or she coaches. That’s all…nothing more. Now it is up to you to respond and let the coach know you are interested and the dialog going. If you have some social media sites that showcase your personal brand and tell your story…even better. You will know when the real recruiting process starts because the coach will call you and invite you to the school as the first step. A lot has to happen between the letter and the visit. You can help move the athletic scholarship and recruiting process along with social media.
College coaches only recruit top players
The reality is that college coaches try to recruit anyone who shows interest and can play in their program. Coaches know that there are many players who do not start on a team because there are other talented players ahead of them on the roster. You do not have to be the star of the team to get recruited, but you do need to have the skills. You also better be able to show the coaches your skills and once again social media will be your best friend once you have a strong social media plan for getting recruited. Remember, Michael Jordan was passed over for a Varsity spot his sophomore year of high school for another sophomore who was taller! The coach obviously made a mistake and while we are talking about coaches…
High school coaches are qualified to determine if I am good enough to play at the next level
There is no doubt that many high school coaches are qualified to tell you if you have the skills to play at the next level, there are more of them that are not qualified. Many high school coaches never even played the sport they are coaching when they were in college, so how could they possibly know? There are so many factors that go into determining whether or not you can play in college, not to mention the fact that your high school coach may have no idea of your potential. If you believe you have what it takes, you have to make sure that you have a solid social media game plan for getting recruited. You coach is not going to help you because he does not believe. It is up to you.
My high school coach is contacting coaches for me and is helping me get recruited
As with the last myth, there are high school coaches who know college coaches and know how the athletic scholarship and recruiting game is played, but they are honestly few and far between. If you are playing in a top program in the country like Don Bosco Prep, in New Jersey or Independence High School in North Carolina for football… your coach knows college coaches. If you are playing in a program that does not continuously produce athletes who make it to the professional ranks then you are pretty much on your own. The typical high school coach has another job within the school and is very busy. Even if they have some extra time to help you, they are not going to be able to tell your story as well as you can. You must be proactive and take responsibility for your own recruiting and you guessed it… a solid social media game plan for getting recruited is critical.
If you read through this article then you will most certainly see a theme here. Basically, you need to have a solid presence in social media to give yourself the best chances to be recruited or/or receive an athletic scholarship. Anything is possible and some of the top talent in the country may not have a social media presence, but if you are not listed on the major student athlete talent sites by your junior year, you had better get the ball rolling with social media training and a solid social media game plan.
Check out the NCAA’s website for more information on athletic scholarships and the recruiting process.
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