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Get Your Recruitment Back on Track

“This sucks for my 2022!”
“How does my daughter get recruited now?”
“The NCAA screwed prep athletes.”

These are just a few of the many messages I’ve received from concerned parents since the NCAA decided to extend the dead period last Spring, up until the recent announcement that all regular recruiting calendars will resume on June 1.

Deep Breath.

Yes, it’s a challenging landscape – things have changed – but it’s the hand we’ve been dealt, so, let’s see what we can do with it.

There are obvious roster concerns facing recruits and college coaching staffs. The NCAA’s “Covid Year” has given college athletes an extra year of eligibility, despite many programs facing budget issues from overall negative impacts of Covid. Add to that, the NCAA shut down recruiting last Spring, leaving many athletes unseen, overlooked, and unable to get in front of coaches.

It is sad – no question – and you might even say, it’s unfair – you’d be right to feel that way.

However, at this point, I’m looking for solutions.

Broaden the Search

One thing that seems to have been forgotten in this process is that outside of NCAA D-1 schools, there have been and continue to be other opportunities with JUCO, NAIA, and D-II & D-III schools. The dream for many is Division-I, and I’m not suggesting giving up that dream – rather, approach this process with an open mind. There are very competitive programs with good coaches and academic offerings at every level. These programs provide value and opportunity and should not be overlooked.

However, if D-I is the only consideration, make the interested list of schools bigger – much bigger. Each school will have a unique situation regarding scholarship money, needs, roster sizes, and operational budgets. Cast a wide net and discover schools that are actively looking for your graduating year, meet your academic pursuits, and can provide you with what you need financially.

Sell Yourself

Before Covid, it was important to differentiate yourself from other recruits. Now, it’s critical. Standing out doesn’t mean that you need to spend tons of money. Instead, create sharp prospect videos (2 minutes of your best skills), communicate with coaches on a personal level (connect with them using details about their program), and take advantage of every good opportunity to put you