Written by Chuck Howard, National Scouting Report
The reason most student-athletes go un-recruited is because they or their parents fall prey to
the numerous recruiting myths that are out there. Here are a handful that you or your student
athlete should avoid.
MYTH: “My coach said he’ll/she’ll take care of my recruitment!” In most instances your
coach is going to do their best to assist. However, their list of college coach contacts is limited.
They do not have the time to contact every single coach in a region or for that matter the country.
Remember, they also have children, a spouse, significant other, a job, the yard to mow and don’t
forget you aren’t the only player on the team.
MYTH: “I’m the best player on the team. Coaches surely know about me!” We all know what
happens when we “assume” something. Never, ever fall into this trap. Regardless of your talent
level or your stats do not think that coaches know about you. If you do assume anything in
recruiting assume you are not on the recruiting radar of coaches.
MYTH: “I received a camp invitation. That means I’m being recruited!” The only thing the
camp invite means is that you were on a mailing list. You along with every other athlete that was
at that game or tournament received the same invite. These camps certainly can be beneficial but
you and your parents have spent enough money on traveling already. You will know when you
are being recruited or not. There is the chance a coach will take a shine to you or your child at the
camp. But “chance” or “hope” should never be part of your recruiting plan.
MYTH: “I received a questionnaire from Fredonia State. That means I’m being recruited!”
Technically, yes. However, a questionnaire is simply phase one of the four steps in recruiting.
Regardless of the sport, each year coaches send out hundreds and in some cases thousands of
questionnaires to prospects. This means you have been recognized as a possible college level athlete
but will you move to the next level in the process? You can’t if coaches do not have consistent,
updated information on you or your student-athlete.
MYTH: “I’m so good my grades don’t matter!” The first thing college coaches ask me about
a prospect is in regard to their academics. A student athlete with superior grades shows a coach
that he/she is responsible and coachable. If two athletes are comparable in regard to on-field talent,
the athlete with the higher GPA/SAT/ACT scores moves up on the board every time.
Chuck Howard is the Area Director of Scouting/Recruiting for National Scouting Report
– Charlotte Region. For more information or to get scouted: email@example.com. You can
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