Our country is going through one of the worst economic climates in its history. Not only are individuals and business struggling to get by, colleges and universities are also trying to keep their heads above water. One of the first things a college and/or university does to save money is reduce the recruiting budgets of [...]
Our country is going through one of the worst economic climates in its history. Not only are individuals and business struggling to get by, colleges and universities are also trying to keep their heads above water. One of the first things a college and/or university does to save money is reduce the recruiting budgets of their athletic programs. For larger schools coaches are still able to leave campus, but they must now do so with a stricter agenda and hit up venues at which they can see more players. As for smaller schools, such budget constraints have begun to restrict their travel from campus if not completely eliminating it. Thus online recruiting websites may just have a bigger place in todays recruiting process.
Here are a few online recruiting services that may prove useful. Although the legitimacy of information posted is based strictly upon the honesty of the user, you may just catch the eye of a coach or two that has found online recruiting a useful tool. Most of these services are FREE to set up a profile and then have charges for enhanced capabilities such as adding video.
Just a word of caution, there are several organizations that actually make phone calls to your home or attend a game asking if they can represent your athlete during the recruiting process by creating a highlight video, bio, etc. and sharing the information with x number of college coaches. I’ve heard rumor of these organizations charging upwards of $2500 for such services. Be careful. Do your homework and verify the history and success of both the individual and organization in making their promises are reality. I would much rather you invest your $2500 in the registration fees and travel expenses of attending high exposure showcases, camps and tournaments that have a high number of coaches / scouts in attendance rather than in a person who you hardly know and trust. Any way you dice it, a college coach will normally want to see your athlete perform in person at some point in the process if at all possible.