Knowing what college level you are best suited for will help tremendously with your college recruiting.
If you are only getting recruiting interest from smaller colleges then you should focus your recruitment on those types of schools. Many recruits like to think that they are division one talent, but the market is saying they are division two or lower; however, recruits still only try to land division one scholarships. That is not a good strategy. You are limiting your opportunities.
Of course every recruit wants to play for the big division one program; however, there are just as good of opportunities out there at other division levels. Very few college players actually make it in the professional sports world, so college athletics should be your avenue to get a discounted college education. The goal is to further your education, and to enter the professional business world ready for an opportunity…not to play professional sports. Again, it is about being realistic with your skills. Don’t pass on an opportunity because you think you should be playing somewhere better.
Parents also need to realize their kid’s recruiting potential. There are millions of high school athletes competing for very limited scholarship opportunities. If parents don’t go into the recruiting process with an open mind and realistic goals, then it could jeopardize where their kid goes to school and the scholarship amount they receive.
By no means are we trying to hold anyone back from chasing their dreams of playing college sports. We just want athletes and parents to realize that the recruiting process is very competitive, and that there are opportunities outside of the high major college athletics.
Here are a few tips athletes can use to see what colleges might be a good fit for them:
1.) Get a RecruitLook Scout to evaluate their skills and get feedback about their recruiting potential.
2.) Get a high school coach, trainer, or former college athlete to evaluate their skills and get feedback about their recruiting potential.
3.) Attend a showcase, combine, or college camp to see the talent level of other recruits outside your hometown.
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.
5.) Do some research on the school’s previous recruiting classes. Did that school only recruit McDonald’s All-Americans and you are 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.