The Problem of Athletes Transferring From College To College
Deciding on where to spend four years in college is a major decision for high school athletes. It’s a decision that shouldn’t be decided solely based on the name across the front of a jersey. You see more and more athletes each year are transferring schools at the collegiate level. That isn’t something we want to see an athlete have to do. There is a lot of work involved to transfer schools, plus you’ll more than likely have to sit out a playing year. It is difficult for a student-athlete to determine which school would be a good fit — athletically and academically. So, we put together some tips to help you figure it out.
Here are a few tips athletes can use to see which colleges might be a good fit for them:
1.) Get a RecruitLook Scout to evaluate your skills and get feedback about your recruiting potential. RecruitLook has placed a lot of athletes in college, and we have a good understanding on the talent pool at each college level. We can help you determine what division level you have the best chance of playing at.
2.) Get a high school coach, trainer, or former college athlete to evaluate your skills and get feedback about your recruiting potential. It is smart to gather as much feedback from trusted sources as possible when it comes to your talents. You don’t want to go after division one schools when your talents indicate you are more suited at the NAIA level. You won’t get anywhere in the recruiting process if you are targeting the wrong schools.
3.) Attend a showcase, combine, or college camp to see the talent level of other recruits outside your hometown. You might be the best player on your team, but how do you stack up against talent outside your area?
4.) Contact college coaches to see if they are interested in what you have to offer. If a college coach likes what you bring to the table then they’ll be interested in learning more. A coach might show a little interest and offer you either a very small scholarship or an invitation to walk-on. This is setting you up for a transfer. Scholarships are not guaranteed year-to-year, and there is absolutely no guarantee that you can make the team as a walk-on. It makes more sense to find a college program that is excited to get you on campus. It will make the college experience more enjoyable for you.
5.) You should do some research on the school’s previous recruiting classes. Did that school only recruit All-Americans, and you’re a role-player on a decent team. Chances are you won’t get recruited by that school, but there is probably another university that might be interested.
6.) Take unofficial or official visits to the schools interested in you. You’ll possibly be spending the next four years of your life at whichever school you decide on. You should visit the campus to see if it meets your needs.
7.) Make sure the college fits you academically. Do they offer your desired college major? Will the class load be too difficult for you? If you were stressed out and studied hours each night in high school to get a 3.0 GPA, then schools like Notre Dame or Stanford probably wouldn’t be a good fit. College is much more demanding academically than high school. The opposite holds true in this case, too. Maybe you breezed through high school with a 4.0 GPA. You should be looking at more challenging academic schools.
These are just a few things to consider when looking at colleges.