Recruiting Don’ts

  • 22 Sep, 2015

First impressions are always important. We always want to make sure that we are well prepared before approaching the college coaches. Regardless of the occasion or event, the way we present ourselves could be crucial to our success. When it comes to meeting college coaches should be no different. Student-athletes have to be extra prepared when talking with the coaches. Sometimes you only get one chance so make the best of it.

Don’t wait till your Senior year to start looking and contacting the college coaches. Educate yourself early in the process. Always be aware of the recruiting don’ts before you approach any of them. Coaches love when athletes show prepared and know about their program. It shows more dedication and interest on the student-athlete’ part. This can be the beginning of a great relationship. Here are a few basics of the recruiting don’ts.
  • Don’t talk to college coaches like they are your friends.
  • Don’t post inappropriate pictures, stories or other stuff on your social media accounts. You are always watched by someone else.
  • Don’t put all your hopes and wishes in one school.
  • Don’t stop searching for schools from different divisions.
  • Don’t be too aggressive or arrogant when talking to the coaches.
  • Don’t think that if a coach likes you and you are on a scholarship you will be a starter.
  • Don’t assume things. Just ask questions.
  • Don’ t talk about yourself all the time and ignore the listening part.
  • Don’t let your parents be the primary contact when dealing with your coaches. They want to hear form you.
  • Don’t forget that coaching is a full-time job. They’ve got a super busy schedule.
  • Don’t send the same email to all college coaches. Customize your emails based on each programs’ philosophy, tradition and success.
  • Don’t play a school or coach against the other. It’s a small world out there and the truth always comes up.
  • Don’t assume that you know who you’ll be competing with for a starting spot.
  • Don’t select a school based only on athletics.
  • Don’t wait for college coaches to call you.
  • Don’t compare yourself with the rest. You don’t know their story.
  • Don’t think you are a top prospect.
  • Don’t ignore other college offers or options.
  • Don’t tell lies or comment on topics, issues or concerns you don’t know about.
  • Don’t let your talent get lost in the shadows of empty hopes. Worse thing in life is to waste your talent.
  • Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it. But, be willing to put in all the hard work necessary to prove them wrong.
  • Don’t give up on searching for your ideal college fit.
I hope this short list can better prepare your for your next college visit when you talk to the college coaches.  
Just be yourself, show your true identity and express your honest intentions. Coaches will always admire you for that.
If you would like to add anything else that could be beneficial, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below. Good luck to you all.

Author @Nicolae Popescu

Nicolae Popescu is a former NCAA D1 full-scholarship student-athlete and the Founder of WeGotPlayers. He has experienced first-hand the complex college recruiting process himself. Nicolae' s knowledge, skills and sports expertise make him a valuable contributor in helping guide players and parents to find the right school fit. He is passionate about coaching, mentoring and positively influencing players succeed in their sports journey and life thru the power of education and technology.
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