Every year the athletes and parents we work with ask us a variety of questions throughout the recruiting process in order to best educate themselves on everything that’s involved in finding and choosing the right school. Even though each athlete's recruitment journey is unique and completely different from other athlete’s experiences, we often get a lot of the same basic questions regarding how to pick the right college.
With that in mind, we want to make sure anyone going through this process has the guidance necessary to choose a college based on the right factors and not just the NCAA division or conference, Nike vs. Adidas uniforms, or any other factor that likely has little to no impact on their enjoyment or success once on campus.
Each athlete has different values and wants different things out of their college experience, but there are a few core items everyone should take into account to make sure they will maximize their opportunities and experiences both on and off the team during these four years.
Most college factors fall into one of three categories: Social Fit, Academic Fit and Athletic Fit. Within each of these three categories lies a number of questions you need to ask both yourself and ask the coaches and staff at the university. You must ask yourself so you have an honest understanding of your personal needs and wants, and you must ask the staff because they know the answers and they know best what type of students succeed at their school.
It’s important to remember that you are going to school to live and earn a degree, not just play your sport. While there are numerous benefits to being a college athlete, your degree and the connections you make will set you up to begin your career and life after you graduate. For this reason, you may want to put more emphasis on the academic and social factors than the athletic factors.
Feel free to use the below tips as a resource to ultimately determine what the most important factors are to your particular recruitment. If you ever have additional questions, be sure to ask the CCR staff. We’re used to dealing with this process and help athletes just like you on a daily basis.
Everyone would love to play at the big name schools, but ultimately it comes down to looking at your realistic and tangible options. The schools that are actively recruiting you by emailing, calling, etc. on a regular basis are the ones you should be thinking about, communicating with, learning more about and asking these questions. Of course, if we can help you navigate this space in any way don't hesitate to reach out to our team.