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Millions of high school athletes all across the country are competing for the same thing – scholarship money! Knowing how to navigate the recruiting process is the key to an athlete’s success. Here are 5 reasons you might not be getting recruited for college.
1. Athletes think they are getting serious recruiting attention when they are not.
The routine for college coaches is to send out as much recruiting material that they are allowed by the NCAA. This usually consists of info on the program, and a typed letter that has been sent to hundreds if not thousands of prospects across the country. Coaches make visits to high schools throughout the year to meet with potential recruits. They’ll speak with recruits about the program and why the recruit should consider them. This is a recruiting tactic that college coaches do all the time. They aren’t visiting just one or two schools; they are visiting numerous high schools throughout the region. Just think about how many potential athletes they have contacted. So, as an athlete, you cannot get wrapped up in recruiting tactics like the aforementioned. Athletes need to realize that until they are having direct communication with coaches, invited on official visits, getting video requests from coaches, and so on, than they aren’t getting seriously recruited.
2. Waiting until the last minute to start the college recruiting process.
Do not wait until your senior year to start the recruiting process. College scouts are mainly recruiting freshman, sophomore, and junior classes. Coaches will formulate their recruiting board and rank each athlete, and then coaches will follow those athletes throughout their careers – eventually extended offers. Coaches aren’t out on the recruiting trails searching for seniors. It is called the college recruiting PROCESS for a reason! It doesn’t happen overnight for anyone, it takes a lot of planning and strategically executing the plan.
3. Relying on the wrong people for recruiting help
RecruitLook Scouts hear the following all the time:
“Our high school coach said he will talk to coaches.”
This is fine if your high school coach is going to help out in your recruitment, but do not rely on them to be there for you every step of the way. High school coaches have many other things going on to steer their focus away from your recruitment. Look at all the job duties a typical high school coach has:
1.) They have a 9-5 job…they are also teachers! Grading papers, getting lesson plans together, teaching, etc.
2.) They coach. That means they have to come up with practices schedules, scout opponents, game plan, coach games, help other athletes on the team with their recruiting, etc.
3.) They have a life outside school/athletics. They spend time with their families, kids, significant others, vacations, and relax sometime in-between all that.
“We are going to do this on our own. Joe Athlete is getting some letters, so we’ll just take it from here.”
This is something RecruitLook Scouts here quite often, and then 6 months later we’ll get a call asking for their help. Read statement #1 again and you’ll realize why families fall into this trap. There are a lot of different things that experienced recruiting consultants know that parents simply do not. This is one of the most important decisions in a teenager’s life, why risk jeopardizing scholarship money because you think you know how to handle it?
“So-and-So told us to email coaches that we want to hear from.”
This is not a secret when it comes to reaching out to coaches. If you want to hear from a coach then just email them. But, what happens after that? Making a connection is not going to get you a scholarship. A coach isn’t going to receive your email, and then email back with a national letter of intent. There are more strategies involved when it comes to marketing a student-athlete. An experienced recruiting consultant will know how to effectively market an athlete, and how to assess where an athlete is in the recruiting process with the schools they are in contact with.
We had an athlete recently tell us she reached out to 30 schools and heard back from just two. We assessed her athletic ability, reviewed her email, and researched more schools that fit her. We sent her a new list of schools, a revised email, and we had her send it out. Within 2 days she heard back from nine schools. Then we advised her how to follow up with those nine schools.
4. You don’t have a highlight video or it is done incorrectly.
We recently posted a blog about the importance of a recruiting highlight tape and how it compares to a job interview. It is simple for anyone to make a resume look presentable, but it is the job interview (in this case the highlight tape) that makes someone standout. A college coach simply will not recruit you based off your reputation or resume. You could have all the stats and athletic accolades in the world, but they won’t amount to much if a college coach cannot evaluate you live or on film.
If you do have a video or in the process of making one, you have to make sure it is done properly. Too many times recruits will send a coach a video that ends up doing more harm than good. Things to consider when making a video:
At the beginning: list your name, contact info, and brief bio
Do not have vulgar music playing in the background
Highlight or point an arrow to you on the field/court/etc
Do not have a 30 minute highlight. Make it 2-7 minutes long.
Do not get caught up in the ratings that recruiting services put out there. Athletes spend more time trying to get a rating or on a recruiting news website, when they should be focusing on communicating with more college coaches. Most athletes are going to college to further their education, not to play professionally. Roughly 2% of college athletes actually go on to play professionally; therefore, be more considered about the degree and not some “star” rating.
Our scouts talk with both college coaches and high school athletes on a daily basis. Athletes ask us all the time: “how do we get ranked on such and such site.” Meanwhile, college coaches are saying: “we don’t need a star next to a recruit’s name to evaluate how good they are.” 2012 Heisman winner, Johnny Manziel, was only a 2-star recruit coming out of high school. That just goes to show you how the ratings system is not valuable when it comes to an athlete’s performance. Just because you are not ranked on a website doesn’t mean you have a bright future. You should be more concerned about your college recruitment, and less concerned about what recruiting websites have to say about your skills.
Getting recruited for an athletic scholarship should begin with a highlight tape. Any athlete trying to get more recruiting exposure will need a video of his/her athletic games because; college coaches will need it to make an evaluation. RecruitLook Scouts talk with college coaches all the time, and the RecruitLook Scouts will offer coaching staffs some possible prospect leads. Majority of the coaches ask if they have video online to watch. Athletes need to be prepared for when a college coach hears about them.
When a person is trying to get a new job, they begin by sending out their resume. Similar circumstances happen when athletes want to get recruited; athletes will begin to contact coaches via email or phone call. The highlight tape now becomes the critical component to get a serious evaluation. If the HR department likes a potential employee’s resume, then HR will invite the candidate in for an interview. The highlight video is equivalent to the interview process. This is where the college coach can look at the recruit to see what they bring to the table.
Here is one reason most parents need assistance with the recruitment process: parents think a resume is good enough to land their kid a scholarship. That is false! A college coach isn’t going to risk his/her job based off an athlete’s stats and athletic accolades. The college coach will need to make a serious evaluation of the prospect before any serious recruiting will take place. Coaches have different needs year-to-year, and they are typically looking for certain qualities in a recruit. A well-crafted highlight tape is going to get you a better chance at a scholarship!
If an athlete has a highlight tape ready, they can then send that to multiple coaches across the country. College scouts don’t have the recruiting budgets to travel all over the country. Sending a video link is much easier for all parties involved.
A college coach might see you play in a tournament or showcase event, but athletes will have a better chance at getting discovered when they have a highlight tape ready.
College recruiting is a competitive process that many athletes and parents struggle to understand. RecruitLook helps athletes navigate the recruiting process every step of the way. Athletes are successfully landing college scholarships using the RecruitLook platform.
Athletes are finding success because RecruitLook isn’t signing athletes and hoping that they can connect with college coaches. We assess where each athlete is in the recruiting process: athletically, academically, and financially. We then build a strategic marketing plan unique to that athlete to help them get from where they are to where they need to be. We provide 24/7 support, and we help the athlete execute the marketing plan we design for them. It is no secret that to get recruited you need to contact a college coach. That is something we hear from parents all the time...that they have reached out to college coaches. However, there are more variables that come into play that can hurt or help a recruit. Having a "coach" on their side to assist in the process is a tremendous value.
Two examples on how using RecruitLook has recently helped two of our athletes get scholarship help.
1.) Recently started working with a softball player. She said she had emailed about 20 schools and had dialogue with only two schools. We had her send the info of the coaches she contacted, and the letter that she sent to them. The contact info was an email only, and the letter wasn’t very professional. We helped her figure out what she wanted out of the college experience. Where she wanted to go? What she wanted to study? What was important for her as a softball player? With her, we built a list of 30 more schools she had never thought of. We provided her with recruiting questionnaires, social media accounts, phone numbers, email addresses, upcoming camp information, a breakdown of their current roster, and academic requirements she needs to meet. We gave her a well drafted letter highlighting her accolades and achievements. We advised her on how to send this out, and how to utilize social media. After 2 days she heard back from 8 schools, with 3 of the schools inviting her to their "invite only" prospect camp. We'll continue to advise her on how to communicate with colleges, and will work with her and her family throughout the process.
2.) All of the RecruitLook Scouts are experienced in handling the recruiting process. We know how the game is played. College coaches are the best salesmen in the world. Many families get pressured or feel overwhelmed when offers start to come in. We had a recruit that really needed a scholarship to pay his way through college. Offers started coming in, but they were not the amount he had hoped for. We advised him on how to negotiate with the coaches. He ended up signing a 95% scholarship to a $30k/year school. The initial offer was about 60%.
The NCAA announced recently that it will be making five new rule changes to the 2013-14 division one football recruiting calendars and beyond.
The new rules effectively immediately deal with recruiting and coaches’ access to players during the summer.
The NCAA also provided an explanation of the necessity to explore these changes:
“The new rules emerged after months of research into recruiting issues identified by football coaches. That research included surveys of both student-athletes and coaches and was conducted by a subcommittee of the division’s Leadership Council.”
The changes are as follows:
Allow football student-athletes to participate in eight hours per week of required weight training and conditioning during an eight-week period each summer. Up to two of the eight hours can consist of film review.
Prohibit a school’s staff members from attending an all-star game or activities associated with those games and from having in-person contact with recruits participating in the games from the time the recruit arrives at the event until he returns to his home or school.
Establishing an extended dead period when no in-person recruiting can take place in December and January. For 2013-14, Dec. 16 through Jan. 15 is now a dead period. Only the FBS has adopted this new calendar change. The FCS coaches need more time to discuss this rule change.
Establish a 14-day dead period in late June and early July for Football Bowl Subdivision schools.
Allowing schools to pay for meals for up to four family members who accompany a recruit on an official visit. This approach provides schools more flexibility to address each recruit’s specific family situation.
View FBS division one football recruiting calendar - here
View FCS division one football recruiting calendar - here
View division two football recruiting calendar - here
Division one and division two recruiting and scholarship info - here
NCAA eliminates May 16-18, 2014 evaluation period for men’s college basketball recruiting.
The NCAA has made a slight but impactful change to the 2013-14 men’s basketball recruiting calendar. The NCAA was forced to move one of its April “live” periods to May because of Easter and standardized test dates, but the Board of Directors voted to eliminate the May date altogether when this type of scheduling dilemma happens.
This means less days for Division 1 basketball coaches to watch high school recruits in the spring recruiting days. Bigger Division 1 programs can adjust to the rule change, but smaller programs that need the extra spring recruiting days to line up prospects for the July period will take a bit of a hit.
“It hurts our recruiting efforts not only for unsigned 2014 kids, but we like to get a good list of recruits lined up for when the craziness happens in July. July is when we should be doing more of our evaluations, and not so much discovering players…that is what April is for,” one American East assistant coach told RecruitLook.
Coaches will just have to adjust to the rule and they will, but what is this going to do to the landscape of AAU events in the spring? There is a lot of planning and organizing to get an event together, and the spring time has become a great period for some high profile tournaments. Will all the spring tournaments fall on that one weekend in April?
This isn’t a permanent move by the NCAA to eliminate one of the spring evaluation periods; things should go back to normal 2015 and beyond when the calendar rights itself. But, what will happen when test dates and Easter get in the way again?
There are two main classifications for a scout that is not affiliated with a college or pro team. There are scouts that work with families, and then there are the scouts that work for a college. There is a big difference between the two. A scout that works with the families is there to help the family navigate the college recruiting process, and to connect the student-athlete with college coaches. These types of scouts are getting paid by the families. The other kind of scout is working for the college and gets paid by the school. These scouts are not affiliated with any particular university; they evaluate prospects all across the country, and then sell that information to schools. Every college has the opportunity to purchase the same recruiting information from the scout.
Both are demanding careers and take a lot of dedication to be successful at. A scout that sells information to schools is harder to break into, than the scout that is working with families. Both take a lot of knowledge on the recruiting process, but the scout that is selling information to schools has to have the credentials and reputation as a good scout. A school isn’t going to pay for just anyone’s recruiting book. You have to have connections and a track record of accurately ranking players.
At RecruitLook.com, we are seeking motivated individuals that share our passion for helping high school athletes with the college recruiting process. As a RecruitLook scout, you will be relied upon to help student-athletes and their parents as they navigate the college recruiting process. Being a college scout is a very rewarding job, but it is all a career that demands a lot of personal attention. You have to be organized, honest, motivated, and above all, you have to have an eye for talent.
A good college scout will be able to identify a prospect’s playing level, and then be able to assist that prospect with their college search. Every athlete wants to play division one ball, but there are other opportunities for athletes to have their education paid for at other collegiate levels. Being able to balance playing abilities and expectations will help immensely.
To be a good college scout you…
You need to have the passion to help others
You need to have access to high school athletes
You need to have connections to individuals and/or companies that work with high school athletes
You have to be willing to attend high school sporting events to scout new talent
You need to have the ability to approach strangers, and cold-call recruits to lock in new business
You have to be detailed-oriented, organized, hard-working, and accessible to student-athletes and parents
Willing to put on recruiting seminars in your area for teams, groups, schools and organizations
What does it cost to become a college scout?
We do not require scouts to pay us a franchise fee to join our staff. We want you working with us to achieve common goals. We charge a small "startup" fee to purchase all the things you'll need to get started. You then will be in charge of your territory, and we will not assign more than one RecruitLook Scout in each territory. We are a business that needs to pay bills; therefore, we require payment each month based on the number of athletes you sign. We will take a small percentage of your sales. This will be your "franchise fee" to us. The items included in the "startup" fee are:
12-weeks of college recruiting training
What do I get as a college scout?
You get the enjoyment of working as your own boss. Your earnings potential is indicative to how hard you work. Some scouts are fine managing a smaller clientele in order to make a nice supplemental income, while other scouts pursue this as a full-time job -- which can pay upwards of five figures a month. As a scout, you will be in charge of a certain recruiting region. It will be your job to network, market, and solicit new business in your area. We will provide you with a platform to manage your clientele, along with our "how to" manual for earning a college scholarship. Your clients are our clients. We will work with you to ensure that you are maintaining good rapport with your clients. Our office will assist from time to time in: data management, NCAA rules knowledge, networking, press credentials, IT support, and client marketing. It is our goal for any RecruitLook member to earn a college scholarship, and we will work to our full potential and explore every avenue possible to ensure that happens.
What do I have to do to become a college scout?
First things first -- contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and from there we can begin the evaluation process. We need to make sure that you are in an area that can sustain growth from year-to-year, and to ensure that there are no RecruitLook scouts currently in your area. We have a limited number of scouts based on your region's census report. Most areas will only have one scout.
What are the requirements to become a college scout?
1.) You need to be passionate about helping high school athletes.
2.) You'll need to have good contacts. High school prospects do not just fall into your lap. You'll need to be proactive in finding new clients, and having contacts to get to the athletes is a must. Good contacts are: high school coaches, AAU teams, family friends with high school students, and sporting event promoters.
3.) Time. You have to dedicate time to your job. You will spend a considerable amount of time getting prospects to sign up, but it doesn't stop there. As a scout, you will be working one-on-one with athletes and parents to ensure the athlete gets scholarship offers. If you don't have the time to do this then don't.
4.) Ability to evaluate talent. Not every high school prospect is suitable to play college sports. There are several factors that come into play when a college coach evaluates a potential prospect. Not every coach is concerned with how fast a kid can run, or how high he/she can jump. As a RecruitLook scout, you must be able to judge an athlete's playing ability, their character, and their dedication in the classroom and the community. There is an emphasis on student-athlete.
5.) Travel. You need to have your own transportation. As we have stated before, recruits just don't show up at your door step, and we don't believe sitting behind a computer is the best approach to get new talent on board. You'll need to travel to games, tournaments, and even meet with parents/athletes at their home from time-to-time.
How is RecruitLook’s success rate of placing athletes in college so high?
We have a high success rate because we take a “hands on” approach with all of our paying members. Unlike other services that put athletes into a database and email blast college scouts (which they hate by the way), we work directly with the athlete and parent to ensure that they are following our road map to success. The college recruiting process is always evolving, and most parents/athletes are unaware on how to adapt to the changes. Most other recruiting services are all about the number of members they have signed up. We are more concerned with the number of quality members that we can help get scholarship offers. If you were a high school athlete, would you rather be on a site that is overcrowded and the success rate of obtaining a scholarship is mediocre, or would you feel more comfortable knowing that you are an exclusive member of a premiere recruiting service that is dedicated to a select client base, and that select client base has a substantially higher chance of landing a scholarship? That is why athletes and parents choose RecruitLook over other services.
What kind of prospects will I be evaluating as a college scout?
Prospects that can play at any level (male and female). Most times people think that Division One is the only route to a college scholarship; however, there are more opportunities available throughout all levels of the college landscape. We are looking for quality student-athletes that are open-minded and willing to work with our unique and trusted recruiting approach. Just because a prospect is projected as a Division One player does not mean that they will not need recruiting assistance. Many D1 players do not know how to get their name out on a national level, and they end up flying under the radar. There are also many factors during the recruiting process that D1 players will need assistance with...for example: social media marketing, leveraging offers, NCAA recruiting rules, and much more.
How much does a college scout earn?
We put our scouts in the best possible situation to get a large number of clients on board. There are millions of high school athletes that need recruiting help, so attaining the numbers below is practicable.
Brooke Freeman, 2014 softball recruit, Durant High School
5’5" Shortstop, Pitcher, Outfield from Plant City, Florida.
Brooke was tested before her senior season on various softball drills. Results are as follows..
Pitching & Running:
Rise Pitch 56mph
Home to 1st base = 3.15 seconds
Home to Home = 12.45 seconds
Highlights from the softball drills:
Brooke is an exceptional softball player that is getting recruited by a number of schools in the Southeastern region of the country. As only a junior she scored the most runs on her team and was tied for the most hits. She hit .398 her junior year, and she was voted All-County First Team. Brooke will look to build on past years when her senior year starts this coming spring.
Brooke also excels in the classroom. She currently has a 3.9 GPA and will be graduating with honors.
Brooke's favorite sports moment came during her sophomore year when she helped lead her school to their first ever Florida 8A State Title! Brooke went 3-4 during the championship game including a 2-run home run! Watch the highlight:
College Coaches, Contact Brooke Freeman at the following:
Observations from conversations one of our Scouts had with college softball coaches at the 2013 Diamond 9 Fall Showcase:
1) Big Ten assistant coach needs a 2015 shortstop very badly. We floated a couple names/teams that we thought might be a good fit. Contact Jim Delaney for further details.
2) Just about every D1 program is done with their 2015 class, at least halfway through their 2016 class, and are looking at 2017 class.
3) College coaches DO NOT want to hear from parents via email/phone. First piece of advice from a college coach -- "the student-athletes should call me themselves."
4) College coaches welcome RecruitLook’s help in bridging the gaps between the student-athletes and coaches. Coaches weren’t allowed to have contact with parents at the tournament, so we talked to the coaches and asked questions about what they need.
5) The college coaches told us what they like to see in skills videos, and agree they are a vital piece to the recruiting process.
6) Many of the coaches had a schedule of which players they knew they wanted to watch, and did not have time to "discover" new talent. Playing in big-time events is critical in a prospect’s recruiting, but you need to make sure you are on a coach’s radar. You also need to follow up with college coaches after the event.
7) Constant follow up from the student-athletes will go a long way in being part of the recruiting process. It takes time, effort, and requires patience.
There are hundreds of recruiting services out there that are promising athletes the same thing – a college scholarship. As an athlete or a parent of an athlete, you need to decipher between all the services to determine which is going to be most beneficial in helping to get a college scholarship. The college recruiting process has become increasingly competitive and difficult for families to understand. You should be looking for a service that is knowledgeable and attentive to your needs. You’ll know early on in the conversation with a recruiting service whether or not they are just trying to “make a sell” or if they genuinely care in helping achieve your end goal. You are investing a lot when hiring a recruiting service. That company should make you feel comfortable when it is time to get started.
Many services like to guarantee a college athletic scholarship. Be cautious with those types of services. There are no guarantees when it comes to getting a scholarship offer. Every institution is looking and recruiting for something specific to meet the needs of their program. Just because an athlete has good potential, it does not mean that a school is going to make that athlete an offer. A school might have other recruiting needs to fill, so they skip over that athlete. Don’t fall for the guarantee. At RecruitLook, we never guarantee an athlete that we’ll get them a scholarship; however, we do guarantee that we will help that athlete get more recruiting exposure and understand what it takes to land a scholarship.
The recruiting service that you choose to work with should have a website that is relevant and engaging. There should be articles about NCAA recruiting rules, college recruiting tips, and things relevant to the college recruiting process. That might not be a deal breaker for you, but it does give you confidence that they are still putting out good content for their audience. Some of these recruiting services popup out of nowhere and don’t have any information to support their services. And, that leads us to whether or not they have testimonials. A good service will have placed athletes in college in years past. Not only does it take a good service to help an athlete navigate the recruiting process, but it also takes a service that has contacts and plugs to help get an athlete’s info seen by college coaches. What do their past customers have to say?
Is the recruiting service fulfilling your needs as an athlete? Every high school athlete is different when it comes to the college recruiting process. A recruiting service should cater to each athlete’s specific needs. Filling out a profile on a recruiting website is a good start, but what are you doing beyond that for recruiting exposure? A good recruiting service will work with athletes and their families so they have a better understanding of how to navigate the recruiting process. At RecruitLook, we have college scouts dedicated to helping athletes step-by-step throughout the entire recruiting process. We will build custom marketing plans for athletes to help them get more recruiting exposure, and we will assist the athlete with everything from the financial aid process to negotiating scholarship offers…and everything in between!
Take a look at the services that they provide. You should have a good understanding of what that service is going to do for you. Be careful with some of the classic misconceptions with certain recruiting features. Some services will promise exposure to over 25,000 college coaches. Do you really believe they’ll be reaching out to 25,000 different schools for you when you are only paying $19.99 a month? Do you think 25,000 different college coaches are checking that site looking specifically for you? You need to work with a company that knows how to get your information into the hands of college scouts. The promise of an email blast from a recruiting service is another feature that should raise red flags. Are you sure that an email blast from a recruiting service is the right strategy? Recruiting services that promise email blasts are not looking after your best interests. College coaches hardly ever open unsolicited email from recruiting services; they look at that kind of email as junk! Are you willing to put your future college plans in the balance of an email blast from a recruiting service? How do you know they are even sending it out? RecruitLook will work with you to find schools that are searching for prospects that fit your attributes and playing ability, and we then give you the info and tools you need to get in contact with the coaches. Plus, we have a network of scouts that we contact to help get your information out. College coaches would rather hear from a recruit than a recruiting service.