3 THINGS TO CONSIDER DURING THE RECRUITING PROCESS
"Choose a school that will allow you to do what you love. Play."
As National Signing Day just recently passed us by, thousands of athletes have recently made the decision of where they will spend the next 4-5 years of their lives.
Thousands more are now realizing that they will be asked to make that same decision in just a few short months or years.
From a former D1 Scholarship Football player that has gone through the process of receiving scholarship offers, taking official visits, committing to a school, transferring schools and everything in between, here are the my top 3 things for athletes to consider when picking a school:
As athletes we often have the tendency to think in the short-term.
The most heavily weighing items on our minds are often things like how to get faster or how to earn more playing time. Although these things are keys to excelling in sports, it is essential for athletes to take the time to think about where they will be in 5, 10, 15 years. As cliche as it may sound, sports eventually will come to an end and athletes will be required to rely on other life skills to be successful.
Picking a school that has strong academic programs is the first step in preparing for life after sports. Athletes should compare the strength of the academic programs that they are interested in pursuing between schools and heavily factor this into their college decision.
It is also important for athletes to compare how much of a priority the coaches at different schools put on academics. Without coaches that encourage academic success, it will be too easy for athletes to lose focus and not get what they need out of their college education.
Think long-term. It will pay off when being an athlete comes to an end as it does for all of us.