Three of the most common reasons athletes don’t get a scholarship
Most recruits think that if they are good that a college scout will find them, and that their athletic ability is what will land them a college scholarship. Don’t be shocked at this next sentence. College scouts are looking for more than just a talented athlete. Yes, a scout wants to make sure you can compete in their conference, but a scout is also evaluating beyond just the playing surface.
1.) Coaches don’t know about them
College coaches have thousands of athletes to discover, scout, evaluate, contact, scout, evaluate, contact, and eventually possibly offer. You will get passed over if you rely only on your playing ability and reputation. How do you expect a coach to find you when they are busy looking at other recruits? There are thousands of recruits all over the country just like you, and there is very limited scholarship dollars compared to the number of high school athletes out there. What are you doing to set yourself apart? Athletes need to be networking and getting their info to coaches. Don’t settle for a school you do not want to attend, and don’t jeopardize scholarship money just because you failed to be proactive in your recruiting approach.
2.) Poor Grades
You can lie about being 6’5” when you are really 6’4”, but you can’t lie about your grades! Your GPA, ACT, and SAT scores will be checked by every single college coach that is remotely interested in you, and the coaches usually start off by checking your grades after they find out about you. The number one question RecruitLook Scouts hear from college coaches is: “What are his/her grades like?” There is no way around being a poor student, and college coaches will not risk a scholarship on an athlete with bad grades. If two athletes had the exact same playing ability and physical attributes, but one was a 4.0 GPA student while the other was a 2.5 GPA student. Who do you think will get the scholarship offer? If you are struggling in certain classes then get a tutor. If your ACT score is low then take an ACT prep class. Being a good student will open more doors for you.
3.) Bad character on and off the field
We mentioned the number one thing coaches ask about are grades, and probably the second most frequently asked question is: “What kind of person are they?” One thing coaches absolutely will not take a risk on is a player with a bad attitude. That is your attitude on the playing field, in the public, and on the social media sites. If you are labeled a “risk” then coaches will tend to back off on their recruiting efforts. College coaches don’t have time to deal with someone that will jeopardize the reputation of the university, and they don’t want to waste a scholarship on someone that won’t respect that hard-work, sacrifices, and responsibilities that come with being a collegiate athlete. In short, be respectful to your high school coaches and show good sportsmanship, stay out of trouble with administrators and the law, and don’t clutter your social media sites with inappropriate material.