For college coaches whose programs do not offer full scholarships, here is something to consider for the student-athletes that you are recruiting…
YOUR INSTITUTION HAS TO MAKE SENSE FOR THEIR LONG-TERM FUTURE!
After long and productive July viewing periods, come Autumn, college coaches are now beginning to make home visits to top prospects and also have student-athletes on their campus for official and unofficial visits. Be reminded, to staffs with limited resources (time and financial), these visits are not offered in haste. Numerous evaluations, video tape, phone calls and other research are assessed and staff meetings sometimes result in heated debates regarding certain prospects. No matter what the final decision, coaching staffs put incredible efforts in ranking their top recruits so they can make and/or offer visits which ultimately result in scholarship offers.
Nevertheless, when student-athletes do get offered a home visit or on-campus visit, the usual process involves the coaches explaining why the school is a good fit for the prospect, how the prospect fits into their system, and how they will make an immediate impact with them.
What always surprised me as a college coach (I have coached at the DI, DII and DIII levels for the last decade plus) was that student-athletes did not come more prepared with questions and also failed to put the coaching staff on the “hot seat”.
In order to really get information, student-athletes must “flip the script” on coaches (in a nice way!) in order to evaluate the coaching staff just has hard as they have evaluated the prospect.
In order to make the best informed decision for themselves, prospective student-athletes should consider the following:
Prospects must be reminded that coaches hope to make visits special and want everything to go as planned. Although this should be appreciated, finding out these answers to the previous questions (the real truth) is imperative.
In addition, prospective student-athletes must ask the tough questions of themselves: “What do I want my college experience to be like?” In addition to being self aware and knowing what they want in an institution and a coaching staff, prospects must ask those coaches recruiting them tough questions such as, “How will you make me a better player?”, and not be in awe of facilities, team gear and lofty or unrealistic promises. Prospects need to know how they will be challenged and the responsibility they will have to assume as a member of the program.