by NSR founder Bob Rigney, edited by Alan Parham
College Coaches are Evaluating Freshmen and Sophomores
Being a good, or even great, high school athlete is no guarantee that you will be recruited for college athletics. If colleges don’t identify you early as a prospect there is a good chance that you could be overlooked. Our very best advice: To maximize your recruiting opportunities, start the exposure process when you are a freshman or sophomore.
Because of the competition for athletic scholarships, college coaches must scout and evaluate players over the course of several years to ensure they are making the best choices when it comes time to offer scholarships. Therefore, it’s important for you to assess your situation now and determine the best way to grab the attention of college coaches and keep them interested throughout your high school career.
Here are a few things which can affect your future as a legitimate college prospect:
- Playing at a small school
- Playing behind an established star recruit
- Playing on a team with a poor won-loss record
- Playing out of position
- Playing for an unsophisticated coach
- Changing teams (high school or club)
- Receiving little or no help from your coaches in promoting you
- Being unaware of how the recruiting process works
- Taking advice from people who are not intimately involved in college recruiting
Every year millions of high school student-athletes participate in sports. Many of them play on club and travel teams. So, college coaches have a lot of good prospects from which to choose. What does all this mean to you? It means that you have to make your own opportunities or you could be left behind. It means being smart, diligent and aggressively fighting for what you want. And, it means learning to think like college coaches think. If you were a college coach, what things you would look for in choosing a future player? And, how would you find those players? Is what you are doing today getting the results you need to compete for a scholarship offer?
All college coaches have lists of potential prospects. They separate these prospects by position, in most sports, and then rate them. Some stay on the lists while others are dropped. It is an ongoing process. But, how do you get on these lists in the first place? And, how can you get on as many lists as possible?
Time and again at NSR we have watched prospects and parents learn this lesson the hard way. That is, they wait for college coaches to find them, expect their high school or club coaches to do the work for them, heed the counsel of people detached from college recruiting, and/or expect to be recruited because they play club or travel sports. All those methods are inadequate in today’s real world of college recruiting. In the end, it is up to you to secure your status as a future prospect. You have four choices to accomplish this goal:
- Promote yourself to a few coaches. About 10% of all self-promoted prospects receive scholarship offers.
- Depend on your coaches to promote you to a few colleges. About 20% of these prospects receive scholarship offers.
- Hire a scouting firm to professionally promote you to as many colleges as possible on an ongoing basis with the ability to edit, produce and distribute your video footage quickly upon a college coach’s request. This significantly improves your chances of being noticed, evaluated and recruited. Note: At NSR, over 90% of our prospects receive scholarship offers.
Promoting good student-athletes to colleges is what NSR has successfully done for 30 years. No other scouting firm in the world can lay claim to this uninterrupted history of service. But, you ask, how does enrolling with NSR offer such an substantial advantage?
- We have the ability to contact every college coach in your sport in America with the touch of a button.
- We know how to aggressively and continually promote your credentials and properly describe your potential and abilities.
- We are extremely thorough in our promotions which include constant scouting reports, periodic updates and professionally edited videos delivered monthly to every coach in your sport in America.
Many scouting services will promise results, but their promotional efforts are not comprehensive enough to produce the activity and interest from college coaches which will in turn put you in a position to choose from among a number of options and offers. You deserve a service which constantly communicates, and makes available, your personal profile and video to college coaches 24/7. You deserve, and should have, the flexibility to reach out to the specific schools which you have identified as right for you. This is not possible by simply posting your profile on an Internet site. This is also impossible with only one targeted or wide-range promotional push. These are the limitations most recruiting organizations put on their unknowing clients. This is not true exposure. However, with NSR you get it all. We provide everything you could conceivably require to put you in the prime position to be recognized, evaluated and recruited.
Whatever you decide to do to establish yourself as a prospect, do it now. Do not wait. You will not get a second chance to be recruited and if you delay you are likely going to lose out on a once in a lifetime opportunity which could alter the course of your life and propel you to unforeseen accomplishments.
Editor’s note: Bob Rigney is a legend in high school and college recruiting, having started the high school scouting industry in 1980 from his basement in Birmingham, Alabama. Now retired, Mr. Rigney still contributes to NSR’s Web site, blogs and other educational materials by lending his insights and vast recruiting experience.
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