Former NFL player and National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA) speaker joined us to share a few tips for student athletes who want to play sports in college:
The Five Things Student Athletes Need to Know to Get Recruited
- The recruitment process does NOT begin during the athlete’s junior or senior year. The recruitment process does not begin when a student-athlete is contacted by a college coach, it can start as early as seventh or eighth grade.
- College coaches don’t just discover talented athletes. The athlete must initiate communication and convey interest to be noticed. Even if a student-athlete is a superstar, they must be prepared to call coaches, ask the right questions and take initiative.
- College coaches do a majority of their initial interest by looking at videos before making in-person visits to games. Student-athletes can expect college coaches to have the means to travel to watch their games, and professional film is very important for coaches to evaluate.
- Most opportunities to play college athletics are NOT Division I Programs. Many athletes and parents feel their only option for collegiate athletic scholarships are D1 schools, but there are over 1,800 colleges and universities that sponsor college athletes and are able to offer financial packages and most are not DI programs.
- Student athletes and their families are ultimately responsible for connecting with college coaches. Student-athletes cannot rely on their high school coaches to connect to college coaches. Most high school coaches do not have the time or resources to make sure their athletes are recruited so it is up to the athlete and their families to reach out to the college coaches.
Since the recruitment process can be very confusing and frustrating for many students and their parents, Ricky will be speaking on this issue of "College Recruiting Simplified” which are open for anyone to attend:
- Sunday, July 25, 2010 at 6:00pm at Willamette Church, on 3153 S Brandywine Drive in West Linn.
- Monday, July 26, 2010 at 10am at Aloha High School, on 18550 Southwest Kinnaman Road in Beaverton.
- Monday, July 26, 2010 at 6:00pm at West Linn High School, on 2551 Robinwood Way in West Linn.
NCSA’s new book, “Athletes Wanted” furthers this education by sharing the tools for maximizing athletic scholarship and life potential. For more information, visit their website.