A Parent’s Perspective & Help – Pt 2

 

Rule #1 – BE REALISTIC!!!

In my opinion, the 1st step in the process of recruiting and achieving your scholarship goals is knowing your target schools.  In other words, you must be realistic!

We all want our kid to be D-1 and on the National Championship team.  I had those same aspirations and dreams for my son.  He was a 6’ tall 220 lb linebacker with awesome speed… but he was not a 6’4” 240 lb linebacker with that same awesome speed.  So, realistically, he was not going to receive an offer for the University of Alabama.  Here’s the good news… there are thousands of other schools that he is perfect for!  Don’t focus all of your attention on one school or one particular division; I reached out to every school at every level that I could think of.  You must refuse to overlook any scholarship opportunities.  After all, a smaller college environment may end up being a perfect fit for your student-athlete, which is why you really want to check out the colleges thoroughly.

I remember taking my son to visit The Citadel, Troy University, Mercer, FIU, FAU, Miami, and the list goes on and on.  If there was a school within driving distance or in route to our vacation spot, we picked up the phone and made plans to stop by and see the facilities.  Once those trips were over and we made it back home, we emailed or called the coaches and thank them for visiting with us.   We continued to call them on a regular basis to create a relationship and to keep them up-to-date with accomplishments, academics and anything that would be helpful in showing the coaches just want kind of person they are considering.  We treated each team as if they were the National Champs because if they offer my son a full or partial scholarship, they are the champs in my eyes!  Remember, you never know who will make the offer, so until the letter of intent has been signed, they all deserve your time, no matter if they’re D-1, D-II, D-III, NAIA or JUCO.

I hope you find my experience useful and look forward to my next entry, which will discuss the role of the high school coaches in the recruiting process.  Following that, it will be the parents’ turn, and I have a feeling that there are some expectations that aren’t being met and guess what; it may not be the coaches’ fault!

Please give me your feedback! I’d love to hear what you think.  Until next time “No one can take YOUR dreams away from you but YOU

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Charles Todd is the parent of a college football player and yes, he survived the high school recruiting jungle!  Through the ViewMySport blog, he will continue to share his experiences and give you instructions on what worked during his son’s recruiting process, in hopes that it will help guide you on how to get your young student-athlete recognized by college coaches.