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 Recruiting Surprise 
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 Recruiting Surprise
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The college recruiting process is very competitive and varies from sport to sport, from Division to Division, and from NCAA to NAIA and others. For example, college baseball programs in Division I schools have 11.7 scholarships to offer, but Division II programs only have 9 scholarships. For college basketball it is 13 scholarships for Division I and 10 scholarships for Division II. In all collegiate sports, the number of available scholarships is less than the total number of players on a given team, so full-ride scholarships are very rare. Instead scholarship dollars are divided amongst multiple players on the team, and some players may not get any scholarship money.

Here are some things the football staff at colleges and universities do while recruiting football student-athletes:

1. They will send from 10,000 to 20,000 automatic personalized football letters and emails every year nationwide.
2. They will watch from 1,000 to 2,500 videos on DVDs, the internet, and even mobile phones and tablets.
3. After doing #1 and #2 above, they will make 500 or more phone calls and emails to potential recruits.
4. They will verbally offer from 60 to 200 or more scholarships.
5. They will extend up to 85 official football visits, in addition to the 100 or more non-official visits.
6. And after all that effort to recruit players, they will only sign an average of 25 players per year for some amount of scholarship money.

All couple of points to note from the above:
• Student-athletes are recruited from high schools, as well as, other colleges and universities.
• Very few student-athletes are offered a full-ride scholarship.
• Each college and university has their own version of what makes up a full-ride scholarship.
• Only an average of 5 to 7 football players will see any real football time during their freshman year.

For many student-athletes, receiving their first recruiting letter from a college or university is one of the most exciting things that will happen in their young sports career. But do not mistake a recruiting letter as a sign that a college or university is interested in you. Remember point #1 above, sending a mass mailing of recruiting letters is task that college athletic recruiters perform every year. As long as you understand this, and your place in the recruiting process, you will be better prepared for it.

Don’t forget to ask many questions and to do your research. The ultimate decision is up to you and your family, and knowledge will be your greatest ally.

Coach Macon

Tue Feb 21, 2012 10:09 am
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