College campuses aD1 Conferencesre about to open across the country for the Fall semester.  The TV will be swarming with football games, and every one on the field will be a scholarship athlete.  D1 schools, at least.

So how did these guys get a scholarship?  How did coaches find them?  What does it take to be a scholarship athlete?  How can my son or daughter get a prized athletic scholarship next year, or the year after that… or the year after that?

These are good questions, and they deserve answers. 

Yes, coaches of all sports are looking for scholarship athletes, and they’re looking year-round.  Recruiting is a big business, and coaches must be as good at recruiting as they are at coaching.  That’s the difference between an average program and a great program. 

How does a high school athlete, get in the cross-hairs?  In a good way, of course.  How does he or she get on a coaches’ radar?  I was interviewed by a reporter a couple days ago and told him what I tell you… take the initiative.  Don’t sit back and wait, or you’ll miss that scholarship.

Do you really think all those scholarship athletes you’ll see on TV this fall were somehow just “discovered” by their coaches?  Some yes, but most no.  They had to do some work to get noticed.  And that’s what we have been pounding into the minds of our Recruit-Me families for over a decade.   Here are some fast-start actions:

1.  Pull together a database of colleges you’re interested in.  Get the coaches’ contact information.  It is all available online on their websites.

2.  Begin crafting your introductory letter and email.  Keep it short. 

3.  Begin shooting your performance video.  You can put in on YouTube when you’re done.  That way, you can send coaches there when you contact them.

I also want to urge you to get some help.  You’ll find some resources on our website, and there are also other places you can go online to enhance your athletic scholarship experience. 

Now get started.

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