There are plenty of high school athletes are being recruited to continue playing at the next level. Each high school across the country has a number of them, and each college is recruiting a good number of athletes for their team – and recruiting far more athletes than they will actually take on their team. Often what separates those who get the offer they want vs. those who do not is something that is completely unrelated to the sport you play. Here are some things to always keep in mind while being recruited.
- Academics first. Administrators, parents, coaches say this all the time. Often the first question college coaches ask high school coaches are “what are ____’s grades like?” Schools have requirements to get students in, and at many of them if you can get an academic scholarship on top of an athletic one it allows the school to offer you a much better scholarship package.
- Test scores matter. No matter which side of the debate you fall on when it comes to standardized tests, many colleges use them when deciding who gets in and who doesn’t, or who gets a scholarship and who doesn’t. Advice: prepare yourself and take the SAT/ACT early, and give it more than one try. Along with GPA, college coaches commonly ask for SAT/ACT scores.
- Intangibles separate players. Your grit, toughness and ability to accept coaching could be the difference between getting the offer and not. College coaches rarely ask high school coaches much about an athlete’s playing ability, they typically see that on film and in games, but they do spend a lot of time asking about what type of teammate an athlete is, how hard they work in practice, how dedicated they are to the sport, what their character is like, etc.
- Show maturity and coachability in all that you do. You never know who is watching. You never know who is checking your Instagram or Twitter account to see what type of person you are. You never know who is in the stands watching your body language on the bench, in the huddle, talking to teammates. In all that you do, show maturity. College coaches don’t want to have to babysit students or deal with maturity issues. If a college coach sees you do something they would not put up with from you in college (social media post, behavior on the field) odds are they’re moving on to the next person on their list.