Myths on Student Recruitment

The 5 Myths that student-athletes believe during the Recruiting Process

The 5 Myths that student-athletes believe during the Recruiting Process

The recruiting process is a stressful, exciting, disappointing and fulfilling process all at the same time. Too many times, recruits, and families think of it as a game. A game where you try to manipulate offers and opportunities to get the best outcome for you.

 

The most successful recruiting processes are ones in which both the coaches and the recruits win.

 

We’ve heard a good deal of poor advice about how to get the best offer, how to get coaches’ attention or get ahead of other recruits; below is our top five list of the most common lies about the recruiting process.

Myth no 1

Making up scholarship offers

If you are fortunate enough to receive early scholarship or walk on offer, that can be a great opportunity to let other coaches know, and sometimes that can help increase the offers you receive. However, making up a scholarship offer just to drive the price up on another program is a huge no-no. Coaches talk to one another and, one way or the other, they will confirm your scholarship offer. If they found out you lied, of course they won’t be offering you a scholarship and neither will the school you made up.

Myth no 2

Making yourself taller, faster, or better than you are

It is so tempting to make yourself a little taller, faster or have better grades when you are talking with coaches, but don’t do it. Ultimately, every coach looks to verify the information they receive from recruits and if your stats don’t match up, that is going to be an enormous red flag.

Myth no 3

Lying about what other recruits are doing

Recruiting classes for any program can have hundreds of athletes, and competition is fierce. There are a lot of ways to make yourself a more attractive recruit and move up the recruiting board, but one sure-fire way to drop off the board is to lie about other recruits. Making up stories about injury, character issues or grades of other recruits can be tempting but it is really just a desperate move and something that will not work in the long run.

Myth no 4

Coaches will find me if I am good enough

This is more a lie recruits and families tell themselves. The fact is, coaches probably won’t find you unless you are proactive in getting recruited. It’s so easy to contact coaches through email, Facebook, Twitter and just picking up the phone that if you aren’t reaching out to coaches. Recruits with more determination will be recruited ahead of you if you aren’t proactive.

Myth no 5

I can do whatever I want on Facebook, twitter and YouTube.

Did you know college programs are now being held responsible for what their athletes are doing and saying online? Almost all universities and athletic departments actively use social media for recruiting. If you think you can say or do whatever you want online and coaches won’t know you are wrong. Not only will coaches find out, but it will factor in to your evaluation and can cause coaches to drop you from their recruiting class.

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