Trusting the process
r most, sports are simply hobbies to enjoy during high school. For a select few, they are their futures.
Whether basketball, football or other college sports that require countless hours of dedication from their athletes, most players never make it out beyond the high school level.
According to CBS News, only a minuscular 2 percent of high school athletes receive scholarships from NCAA schools.
“Only three ways that get you the best exposure.One is making a highlight film.Hudl is opened for multiple colleges to see, and I’ve had contact that way,” senior fAndy Pollert, football player, said. “Another is going to camps. I went to UIndy, Franklin College, Hanover and Otterbein in Ohio. I received multiple interests from those camps. Lastly, your coaches expose you. I had no idea about Franklin College and didn’t think I was cut out for college ball, and because of my coaches, that idea is a reality.”
Once a player and college coach are in contact with each other, the process begins.
“We first establish contact through email or text with the athlete. Then, we try and get them to visit the campus and meet with staff to see what our college is like,” Mr. Brian Powers, head cross country coach and assistant track coach for Hanover College, said. “We usually have no problems. The most issues we have are with NCAA eligibility rules and academics.”
According to NCAA’s website, their standards for an athlete to participate in college sports are to graduate high school with full credits, have at least a 2.3 GPA and have a combined SAT or ACT score that matches with their GPA according to the D1 sliding scale.
There is more to impressing a coach than just high level performance on the field or court. Coaches keep their eyes on other aspects as well.
“We find players through recommendations from high school coaches and other resources we know. We look for good academics and someone who has a good future and plans academically as well as athletically,” Coach Powers said.
Players know this as well.
“When I was emailed from Franklin, they said not only did I play well but my coaches said I was a leader, had great grades and had great character. My academics and character are what the coaches wanted. Coach Leonard from Franklin said he would rather have a non-gifted athlete with great character than an athlete with poor character and amazing athletic ability,” Pollert said
The recruitment process can get complicated and stressful for players who wish to focus on their high school seasons.
“The recruiting process really is a process because coaches constantly texting and calling you can be burdensome, and that’s why a lot of recruits I know like to commit and not finish out their senior seasons. Other than that, the recruiting process is awesome because it’s good to get college paid for,” senior Jeffrey Reynolds, University of Saint Francis commit, said.
The experience is not the same for everyone.
“It’s been crazy. I’ve had multiple schools message me and come to the school wanting to talk to me about playing for their program. I love all the interest, but it was overwhelming and so that’s why I ended up committing to Franklin College,” Pollert said. “I am blessed and thankful for all the schools, but it was time for me to make up my mind.”