What’s New in Recruiting

The landscape of college sports recruiting has changed drastically the last ten years since I have been in this business. When the NCAA passed in January that 7th and 8th grade basketball players are considered prospects some people thought it was going to far. This rule is suppose to stop the recruiting of these kids not make them prospects. But there are many cases where junior high players have been offered scholarships.

You can find the latest here:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/andy_staples/06/30/tennessee-berry/index.html

Another example is a player that I actually saw play in Texas at the national All Star game for the top 7th and 8th graders in the nation. Reeve Koehler had never played a down of organized tackle football but yet he holds an offer from the University of Hawaii. Check out this story:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/andy_staples/01/03/koehler.hawaii/

So it begs the question. When should an athlete really start thinking about a college scholarship?

Ten years ago it was going into his/her junior year. Now, an athlete should really focus heading into their freshman year. If you want to play college sports START THE PROCESS EARLY!

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