When my staff and I are on the road at tournaments we are always networking with college coaches and visiting campuses. We find it beneficial to visit as many college campuses as we can so we are knowledgeable when it comes to personally helping our clients. We also talk with college coaches about what they are looking for in a prospect. Through our conversations we discuss the “turn offs” they experience with recruits and their parents. We wanted to share some of these “turn offs” with you prior to visiting schools and attending camps this summer. These are regarding recruiting as a whole, not just about visiting, but they would be important to keep in mind throughout your journey:
- Athletes who are rude to their families. Many college coaches will ask you about your relationship with your mother, father and even your siblings. It is imperative that you show respect when you talk about your family.
- Athletes who have not researched the school prior to visiting. Be prepared when you visit. You should have a list of questions to ask. You should have also emailed the coaches your unofficial transcripts.
- Athletes who send out mass emails and do not take the time to personalize them. If you don’t take the time to personally write each coach then the program doesn’t feel like they are that important on your list. This is one of the biggest challenges as a college coach, knowing and understanding who is truly interested and who is not.
- Athletes who think they are “too good” or “better” than the school who is interested in them. A scholarship, is a scholarship and you need to be humble. Don’t get caught up in the name game, do your research on every school and find the perfect fit!
- Athletes who are not honest about their interest in a school.
- Athletes who ask about scholarship money in their first email or visit with a coach. Let the college coach bring up money. Trust me, they know you want a scholarship. They will bring it up when they are ready.
- Parents who are too involved in the recruiting process. The coach is not interested in a helicopter parent. Do not confuse this with support. Of course it would be important to have a family who is supportive of the student athlete. However, it should be the athlete making the phone calls to the coach and following up.
- Athletes who are dishonest about their academics.
- Athletes who do not provide video when asked.
- Athletes who show a lack of interest in the school when visiting.
These are just a few of the “turn offs” coaches experience when working with potential recruits. You will probably make mistakes while going through the recruiting process. Just remember, a coach is recruiting you to represent the school. You are getting paid to be a student athlete. Getting recruited to play a sport in college is much like your first career. My Recruiting Solutions is here to support you every step of the way and help you avoid these recruiting mistakes and more.