Student-athletes earning recruiters attention

Published 4:28 pm Wednesday, December 11, 2019

It’s that time of year when college coaches, scouts and other personnel are flying and driving all over the country for recruiting. As we approach National Signing Days for multiple sports, here’s some ways student-athletes can catch the attention of college recruiters.

First and foremost, be the best student you can be. Sure, the things you do on a court, field or mat are important, but colleges won’t even look your direction if you’re not handling business in the classrooms. Showing up to class with headphones on and sleeping while the teacher is giving a lesson, is not going to earn the respect of any recruiter. It’s also a slap in the face of the coach that referred your name to the coach coming to visit. Not only is it beneficial for your college career, but for professional careers after sports.

Stay clean on social media. This is a tough one for so many young athletes, and has caused many an opportunity to play at the next level. Students may believe the only ones seeing their content is their followers, but that is not the case. In most situations, a college coach will refer to your social media to find out what kind of person they’re recruiting. Would you recruit you, if you looked at your own social media pages?

Eating healthy. There’s no telling how many times this fall sports season kids fell to the ground wincing in pain with a cramp. This has everything to do with what your body intakes. Drinking sodas and other sugary drinks are going to cause this to happen more often than preferred, but it should be a sign that your body needs more water and other nutrients. Fish, pasta, berries, bananas, oranges, milk, leafy green vegetables, sweet potatoes, proteins and oatmeal are just a few things that can improve your body. These give you the best chance to optimize your ability on the playing field and your body will feel replenished.

Stay in the weight room. When you get to college, they’re going to force feed you and toss you under some weights. You will have to meet calorie goals every day and use it to build muscle. If you maximize your time in the weight room in high school, you’ll be one step ahead of most people in your same class.

Be a student of the game. There is an infinite amount of ways to improve your performance of the sport you play. Watch film and research the best of the best in your respective sport to find out what they’re doing that sets them apart. In most cases, the best of the best have an unrelenting work ethic that pushes them into wanting to be the best. I encourage all student-athletes to push themselves to do just that.

Following these steps may not get you into a division-I school or the professional level, but it’s very possible to earn something that only 1% of student-athletes earn — a scholarship. Take care of your business, and people will take notice. Greatness comes from within, but you’re in charge of bringing it out of yourself.