Get in, where you fit in
Some parents and student athletes focus too much of their time and energy on college programs that have no interest in them. While many parents and student athletes also try to make the recruiting process fit exactly to their needs or specifications.
The college recruiting process does not play favorites and cannot be controlled. The amount of scholarships given out are limited.
The recruiting process is not a fair process to all student athletes. I believe the focus of recruiting should be on an opportunity where student athletes can showcase their talents. Why not go to a school where you can make a difference in a program? Yeah putting on the jersey of a high profile program is stuff that dreams are made of, but what if your minutes are few and far between? Will you be okay with this situation? Was this what you envisioned? probably not. Some would be okay with having on that high profile jersey and playing out the scenario mentioned and that’s fine, as long as they (the athlete) are okay with that.
Personally, I think parents and athletes are doing themselves a disservice by not looking at all college opportunities. Parents must assist their student athlete with the recruiting process and the decision making process. It is okay to dream big, but it’s ridiculous to close the door on any opportunities to play at any college level.
Every high school athlete cannot play at the major college level, it is impossible and the numbers do not support that notion. There is nothing wrong with Mid Majors, D2, D3 or NAIA. Don’t short change yourself, give all interested institutions a fair look. I believe it is critical for athletes to “pick the coach” not the jersey! Look at the personalities of the coaching staffs, Is it a good fit for you the athlete? Do they have the curriculum needed for most important thing, that degree!
I believe, and this is just my opinion, student athletes should focus on a college program where they can get a great education and have the opportunity to play ball, have an enjoyable college experience and make a difference for a program. Get in…Where you best fit in!