Connecticut Sports Recruiting: Sell Yourself

danqbbentley (3)During my senior year of high school, I was recruited by a number of small, non-scholarship schools to play football.  Although I preferred one school over the others, I was stuck on that school’s wait-list (more on this in another post).  The schools at which I was accepted were all fine options, but nothing stood out.  I needed more choices.

I visited a school that had an excellent football program and solid academics, but hadn’t sent me a single letter.  At an open house I introduced myself to the football coaches.  As I later discovered, the head coach knew my athletic director, who helped me assess the opportunity, and helped the coach assess my ability to play football for that school.  I applied, was accepted, and was invited to play on the football team.  Once the first day of practice began, it didn’t matter that I wasn’t recruited.   I had the opportunity to compete with everyone else.

The lesson is that even if a school is not recruiting you, that shouldn’t stop you from contacting that school.  Explore your options.  Send out more game films,  Ask your coach to contact schools on your behalf.  If you think you have the ability to be a scholarship athlete, there is no reason that you can’t take a proactive approach to your recruitment. The same applies to non-scholarship athletics.  At the non-scholarship level, it doesn’t matter if you are recruited or you recruit yourself.  The important thing is not that the right school finds you – but that you find the right school and the right athletic program for you.

Click here for more of the Connecticut Sports Recruiting Series.


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