Last week you had eight catches for 112 yards, a forty yard punt return and two touchdowns. With five or six college coaches in the stands, it sure seemed like your cell phone would have been lit up this week, but it wasn’t. You have to understand that you don’t know exactly which coaches were at the game, whether or not those coaches have a need at your position, if they were there exclusively to watch someone else, or if based on your tremendous performance they added you to their “watch” list.
When going through the recruiting process, you really only need to worry about the things YOU can control. Don’t fret about what is happening with other players and don’t try to guess what coaches are thinking. It will drive you crazy. Follow these few Recruiting Rules of Engagement and it will help you focus on what you can control and ensure you don’t give the college coaches a reason to scratch you off their lists:
- Be a good sport
- Be coachable
- Be careful on Social Media
- Don’t wait until your senior year to start
- Don’t rely on someone else to find your scholarship
- Learn how athletes in your sport are evaluated
- Play every game like someone is watching
- Don’t worry when you make a mistake
The above rules are all things you can control. Don’t worry about the rest.