Most high school athletes dream of taking their talents to the collegiate level. Unfortunately, you only get one chance at the recruiting process. Here are some common mistakes to avoid in order to help you make the most of it.
Mistake #1: Not being proactive
By and large, the most common mistake that recruits make is taking a lackadaisical approach to the recruiting process. Unless you are a blue chip prospect (which most of us are not), you aren’t going to have a flood of scholarship offers. It is important that you are proactive and reach out to college coaches on your own.
Mistake #2: Waiting too long to get started
The recruiting process is a long and grueling one, and your window of opportunity closes a little bit more with each passing day. If you wait until your senior year to get started, you are setting yourself up for failure. At the very latest, you should start prospecting schools and reaching out to coaches by your junior year.
Mistake #3: Having a false sense of security
Too many times, athletes think they are being recruited when they actually are not. As USA Today puts it, you are not being recruited if you are invited to a camp or asked to fill out a questionnaire. The coach has noticed you, which is a great first step, but you need to keep your options open until you sign a letter of intent.
Mistake #4: Not focusing on academics
You are a student-athlete, student coming first. Every year, great players miss out on the chance to play college sports because they didn’t take school seriously. Make sure you are familiar with the NCAA’s GPA requirements.
Mistake #5: Poor social media etiquette
As social media continues to grow, so does the amount of people watching you from behind the computer screen. If you think that college coaches and staff aren’t monitoring your social media accounts, you are sadly mistaken. Here are some basic social media do’s and don’ts to help keep your profiles clean and respectable.
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