How Early Is Recruiting Really Happening?

By: Natalie Pedersen

Every month you can read at least one new article about a young kid around 14 years old getting scholarship offers, proving that the recruiting process starts early.

In April, I found this article about Eron Gordon, age 14:

http://www.indystar.com/article/20120423/LOCAL1802/204230316/Eron-Gordon-14-shows-early-college-recruiting-starts-well-early

In May, I read about Chris Lewis, an eighth grader with two scholarship offers:

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/n-fulton-8th-grader-offered-2-basketball-scholarsh/nNWcp/

And now, just this past week, I read an article about a freshman football player getting interest and offers!

http://recruiting.scout.com/2/1188950.html

If three articles aren’t enough to prove that the recruiting process starts early, then reading the rest of this blog surely isn’t going to change your mind.

For some families, they realize the recruiting process starts early, yet, they choose to do nothing. Just the other day I talked to a dad of a H.S. softball athlete and I was telling him about my experience working at NCSA Athletic Recruiting. We talked a bit about his daughter, a rising junior, and he mentioned that they still haven’t made any proactive moves towards getting her recruited. I even told him that softball recruiting starts earlier than many other sports, and he said he knew. Now, he could have been lying. But, even if he wasn’t lying, if still reflects poorly on him for not making any efforts to help his daughter play softball in college, potentially gain scholarship offers, and change the rest of her life.

While I know it’s not up to the parents to start the recruiting process, I think it shows support and sets a good example to the student-athletes if parents encourage their sons/daughters to get proactive in recruiting. Parents can even help research colleges and reach out to companies like NCSA Athletic Recruiting or BeRecruited to look for assistance and education on the recruiting process.

Student-athletes who start the recruiting process early have the advantage. Just look at the three athletes in the above articles. Starting early will help get your name out there and put you on college coaches’ radar. Start building relationships early and you will set yourself up to get roster spots and potential scholarship offers.

Starting early also puts you in a good position to start college. If you learn time management skills and learn how to set goals for yourself, the transition to college will be a lot easier.

 

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