An Open Letter To Student Athletes That Want to Be Recruited

May 16, 2017

An Open Letter To Student Athletes That Want to Be Recruited


Dear Student Athlete,

Chances are, if you are reading this letter, you are interested in taking your athletic and academic career to the collegiate level. As you may already know, the recognition of being a student athlete is one of honor and prestige, so it should come as no surprise that it takes a tremendous amount of sacrifice, dedication and commitment to uphold the standard of excellence that is required of you as a collegiate student athlete. So before you go any further, ask yourself the following question: “Am I passionate about the sport that I want to play in college?” If  there is any hesitation in your answer then you need to rethink whether or not you really want to play at the next level. Once you have identified your true level of interest, then you need to identify what you may want to study and become after you graduate (because you will be a professional something after graduation and it will most likely not be a professional athlete).
Find the school that is the right fit for you…

Now that you have given your athletic commitment and academic interest some thought, it is time to find out what colleges are the right fit for you. If you are fortunate enough to be recruited, then you need to do your due diligence. Start by researching the programs that are showing an interest. The first thing you should consider is if they offer the education/degree that you are looking for.  If they do not, then you should probably move on! It may seem like most of the focus is on education here, but like it or not, you are a student first and an athlete second. The sooner you understand that, the better.
Set up an official visit…

Next step is setting up college visits. If there is a mutual interest between you and a school and they provide the educational opportunities you are looking for it is time to set up a visit. Go check out the campus, meet the coaches, professors, students, eat in the cafeteria, evaluate the social and geographic environment, etc. Remember this is where you may live for the next 4 (+) years and unless you want to spend your college career transferring from school to school make sure the first one you choose has adapted a culture that is aligned with your values.
Make yourself known…

At this point you might be thinking “Hey, I have been excelling in both the classroom and in my sport, how come I’m not being recruited or even looked at?” If this is you, it is time to take a step back and think about what you can be doing to make yourself known. In my opinion, it is important to note that it is not up to your high school coach to get you into college. It is up to you!  Start sending out emails, making phone calls and building connections and relationships with college coaches. Once you get your foot in the door your overall effort in the classroom and on the field will help get you in!
Remember, there is no substitute for academic success…

Now, what if you are an exceptionally good athlete? Does this mean the importance of getting good grades does not apply to you? That may sound like a ridiculous question, but I have come across many high school athletes that believe their athletic ability alone is enough to play the college level, which is simply not true. As valuable as you may be to a coach’s program he or she can only do so much. In order to even be considered a prospect you still need to meet the university’s academic standards. In other words, You need to DO WELL IN SCHOOL because you can’t play if you can’t get into a school! This may sound redundant, but it doesn’t matter how good you are, or think you are, EVERYONE is good at the next level. Everyone was an all conference, all district, all state, captain of their team, etc.
Give the coaches what they want to see…

Finally, there is one last asset to add to your recruiting strategy that doesn’t have to do with education! When reaching out to coaches make sure you have a HIGHLIGHT available (if it applies to your sport!) It is important that you create a highlight that best represents your abilities.  Don’t repeat plays, make sure that you highlight yourself before the play begins, no music, no slow motion and it shouldn’t be too long because coaches may not have a lot of time to watch it!
Embrace the entire process…

Oh yeah, one more thing before I let you go. When you go on a campus visit and meet with the coaches, professors, etc. YOU should be doing the talking not your parents. It is time to start taking some responsibility in this process! Yes, this whole experience is going to be a process for you, so enjoy it!  It is going to take time and you are going to feel overwhelmed at times but make sure that you stay focused on what is important to YOU. Everyone is going to want to throw their two cents in; take hold of what is valuable, but at the end of the day the school you decide on is your choice. I always tell the kids that I coach to be proactive and realistic! Only you know what is best for you!
I hope this helps!

Coach Dave LePoidevin

Founder and President of Let’em Play Sports Academy

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