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The first time you go through the college recruiting process will most likely be the last time you go through the process. For that reason, you’re gonna make a few mistakes along the way. Here are two critical mistakes to avoid if at all possible.
Mistake No. 1 – Contacting too few schools
If you aren’t being highly recruited yet, then to some extent your recruiting process is a numbers game. The more appropriate colleges you reach out to, the better your chances are to find a scholarship. Just because you are interested in a school doesn’t mean they will be interested in you. What if they already have three other players at your position?
Understand that you might find that perfect fit with your first email, or it might not happen until you contact your 25th college. Everything has to line up: (1) the coach has to open your email or correspondence, (2) he or she has to actually read it, (3) there has to be a need at your position, (4) there has to be a way to verify your abilities and (5) you have to come to an agreement. We preach it all the time: Be persistent, make sure the colleges you are pursuing are appropriate and get a coach involved to vouch for your abilities. That is a plan for success.
Mistake No. 2 – Targeting colleges that aren’t a match
We have said it over and over, but pursuing colleges that aren’t a match for you athletically and academically is a recipe for disaster. Pursuing the wrong colleges is the most common reason why many talented athletes don’t find a college team. If you are realistic about who you are as a student and an athlete and you pursue appropriate colleges, then your recruiting journey will be a success.