CLARK — For student athletes and their families, the decision to participate in the college recruitment process can be very overwhelming. Student athletes must evaluate both their athletic and academic performance and take the necessary steps to ensure that they have a chance to pursue a collegiate athletic career.
On Sept. 21, former Philadelphia Eagle and NCSA Athletic Recruiting educational speaker Cecil Martin will be in town to clear up the myths and misconceptions of the college recruitment process through the NCSA Athletic Recruiting seminar, “College Recruiting Simplified,” at Arthur L. Johnson High School at 7 p.m.
Martin will be sharing the following tips among many more with student athletes and their families.
- The recruitment process does NOT begin during the athlete’s junior or senior year. The recruitment process does not begin when a student-athlete is contacted by a college coach, it can start as early as seventh or eighth grade.
- College coaches don’t just discover talented athletes. The athlete must initiate communication and convey interest to be noticed. Even if a student-athlete is a superstar, they must be prepared to call coaches, ask the right questions and take initiative.
- College coaches do a majority of their initial interest by looking at videos before making in-person visits to games. Student athletes cannot expect college coaches to have the means to travel to watch their games, and professional film is very important for coaches to evaluate.
- Most opportunities to play college athletics are NOT Division I Programs. Many athletes and parents feel their only option for collegiate athletic scholarships are D1 schools, but there are over 1,800 colleges and universities that sponsor college athletes and are able to offer financial packages and most are not DI programs.
- Student athletes and their families are ultimately responsible for connecting with college coaches. Student-athletes cannot rely on their high school coaches to connect to college coaches. Most high school coaches do not have the time or resources to make sure their athletes are recruited so it is up to the athlete and their families to reach out to the college coaches.
Arthur L. Johnson High School is located at 365 Westfield Avenue in Clark. Student athletes and their families who are interested in attending NCS Athletic Recruiting A’s “College Recruiting Simplified” seminar, should call Tiffany Menzione at 1-312-624-7437 to inquire about attendance.
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