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You have ONE Chance in Life to Get Recruited: Here Are the Top Myths and Facts of College  Recruiting Today 

Coach Corey Else  

Director of College Scouting- National Scouting Report 

MYTH “If I’m Good Enough, College Coaches Will Find Me” It’s no surprise that the vast majority of athletes, and their parents, have an  inflated outlook on their true athletic abilities. What they don’t see is there are tens of thousands of athletes, now with the internet and from  all over the world, competing for U.S. college scholarships every year. FACT less that 5% of High School athletes will play in their sport in  under scholarship in college

Have you ever heard the phrase “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know”? … The same goes for recruiting, it’s about relationships and the  number of college coaches who you need to be in front of, and on their recruiting boards, to have a chance at a scholarship offer. Your  potentially inflated athletic abilities and narrow mindset on where you fit in a sea of thousands of similar prospects is a BIG RISK to take. Having 43 years’ experience in this industry (NSR was founded in 1980), we know if you’re not being Identified and Recognized by several hundred  programs in Phase 1 of the Recruiting Process then the numbers aren’t favorable to get you to Phase 4 for even a single college offer.  

MYTH “I Read Online That I No Longer Have To Take The ACT/SAT” With COVID came requirement changes from the NCAA and its institutions  to relax the rules of requiring standardized tests like the ACT and SAT and therefore, you’ll hear that some schools are “test-optional” and may  rely instead on GPA for admittance. For the non-athlete just needing ADMITTANCE to universities, that’s great. As an athlete however, you  need more than just admittance, you need scholarships. FACT Most “test-optional” universities will still rely heavily on an athlete’s ACT/SAT  scores for academic scholarships in addition to your athletic scholarship. Therefore, if you buy into this myth, and you don’t have a  standardized test score COMPETING head-to-head for a blended money scholarship with a similarly skilled athlete with an ACT score, we all  know who the coach is offering, and it’s not you. Don’t be that kid!  

MYTH “My Coach/Club Recruiting Coordinator is my Scout” Your coach is amazing, period. Not taking anything away from what coaches do as we wouldn’t have anything without coaches guiding young athletes through the X’s and O’s and development of athletes in their sport. FACT  College Scouting/Recruiting is a full-time job. Most coaches and recruiting coordinators at the high school or club level already have a full-time  job in the workforce i.e. as an engineer, business owner, college student, or likely a teacher and their day is still is jam packed with grading  papers, building curriculum, managing equipment, reserving field/court space, setting up transportation, all while making time for their families  at the end of the day. This leaves no room to be communicating with college coaches every day.  

Secondly, coach/recruiting coordinator roles are usually exclusive to a club that you’re not guaranteed to be a part of next year. Your coach, if  he/she has a winning record, is going to be looked at every year for a hiring promotion elsewhere. Therefore, your coach may only be helping  you for one season. Similarly, as an athlete, your family may choose to pursue other outside opportunities throughout the years that makes  sense for you. FACT College Scouting/Recruiting is a journey Placing your recruiting process with a trusted college scout, who is third-party  (not exclusive to a club), now allows you the FREEDOM over the years to explore opportunities that benefits you most. Your recruiting process  needs to stay consistent and on task with no disruptions or fear of termination. 

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MYTH “It’s Too Early” I hear this often, and its typically rooted in the misconception that recruiting doesn’t start until junior or senior year of  high school. Think about this, you have ONE chance in life to get recruited. I encourage athletes, if you know that you desire to play college  athletics and are willing to put in the work to get there, to not let the opportunity slip away that your spot is awarded to someone else because  you waited too long! FACT Athletes who begin their recruiting process early, get more looks, more offers, and have a smoother recruiting  journey. Although Division I and Division II college coaches are limited on ORIGINATING contact with an athlete typically before their junior  year per NCAA rules, leave no doubt THEY ARE recruiting early, college coaches are competitive, and their job is to find talent. When they find  it, they build their relationship with that prospect early and within the rules which means you’ll know you’re being recruited! Just like on the  T.V. show “The Voice” a college coach wants credit for turning their chair first and showing their interest early!  

MYTH “My Dad Got Recruited and is Helping My Recruitment” We remember those days too as NSR was founded as the first in the industry in  1980. It is not your father’s recruiting process. This isn’t even older brother’s or older sister’s recruiting process from 2 years ago. Did you  know our industry is practically unrecognizable every few years? For instance, your dad and older brother didn’t compete with athletes with 4  or 5 years more experience than them for the same scholarship, did they? Guess what… you are! FACT Your new competition, transfer portal  athletes, have received YEARS more nutritional guidance, YEARS more college weight room reps and have had proven themselves for years  competing at the college level. Envision yourself now and how much more physically and mentally athletic you are than someone 4 years  younger than you. Transfer portal athletes will get first looks by Division I and Division II coaches. I see this transpire every day as I also  represent college transfer portal prospects in their process to find their new 4-year fit.  

FACT College coaches aren’t looking to speak to mom or dad about you. A college coach determines that you’re recruitable by relying on a  truthful and realistic scouting report from a college scout, not a biased parent. This is the reason why NFL General Managers, Pro Hall of  Famers, and dozens of current and former college coaches, all who have made the highest levels of their sport, turn to NSR to guide their own  personal kids through this college recruiting process.  

MYTH   I’m all set, I Have an Athlete Profile Already Built with an Online Recruiting Service 

If a “recruiting representative” from one of these online recruiting services/call centers offers to enroll you in their service WITHOUT ever  watching you play or take the time to individually determine if you are truly a recruitable athlete, RUN the other direction fast. FACT College  coaches simply ignore these large open enrollment online sites because everyone and their dog (funny story I’ll have to explain later) can be  on it. If everyone can be on it, then you can bet college coaches wont filter through junk accounts or through kids who can’t play at the next  level to discover recruitable prospects. Instead, college coaches rely on a trusted source like NSR Scouts to be introduced to recruitable  athletes via accurate scouting reports.  

Since 1980, NSR Scouts have placed tens of thousands of athletes to compete in college in every major NCAA sport- Baseball, Softball,  Basketball, Soccer, Football, Volleyball, Equestrian, Golf, Ice Hockey, Fishing, Swimming, Water Polo, Field Hockey, Cheerleading, Bowling,  Gymnastics, Lacrosse, Tennis, Track & Field, Wrestling, & Cross Country. Athletes who are offered and enrolled with NSR have a 95% success rate in receiving multiple scholarship offers and have an educated decision as what college or university is the right fit for them. If you have  a desire to play college sports your first step is to get evaluated by an NSR Scout. 

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