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Here is an interesting perspective from the parent of a high school volleyball player. The parents and the athlete felt as if her recruiting process was complete because one Big 10 college was “talking” to their daughter. This could be no further from the truth. Coaches talk to athletes daily, are interested in some and sign a few.
What happens if that college coach changes his mind, fills his roster with other players, runs out of scholarships or even loses his job? Where does that leave this recruit? Until you sign a National Letter of Intent you have to keep your options open. Even college coaches will agree that you really need to be pursuing and communicating with as many schools as possible to be sure you land on a college roster.
Division I is not the only option. You can find an athletic scholarship in most sports at the NCAA Division II, NAIA and Junior College levels. These schools offer a great education, an opportunity for a high school athlete to continue his or her athletic career and a scholarship to help cover the costs. Many athletic programs at the Division II, NAIA and junior college levels are as good, or better, than some of the Division I programs. Also, some athletes develop later than others. You may need an extra year to refine your skills, increase your strength, work on your speed, or even work on your grades.