Is it too late to get recruited if you are a Senior in High School?
My son is a senior and we are getting to a point where we feel it is too late for him to get recruited and have any opportunity to play college ball. What is your opinion?
-Joan Lessner, Chagrin Falls, OH
I hear this at nearly every presentation I make. It is unfortunate that this message is out there. It is true, there are deadlines for applying to schools, but college coaches realize student-athletes grow, mature and develop well into their senior year. The deadline for applying is usually waived for student-athletes who the athletic department is interested in.
The real floodgates open for seniors after signing dates are over whether it be the early period or spring. The hardcore facts are there are games played on both sides and numerous coaches as well as student-athletes get burned on these critical dates. Both sides are strung along believing all is well only to find out a student-athlete decided to sign with another school or the scholarship was awarded to another student-athlete. Let the scramble begin. Athletes looking for schools and coaches looking for athletes. Many Division III and NAIA coaches wait for all this dust to clear before stepping up their recruiting efforts. Student-athletes who had no interest early are now willing to listen. Keep the faith and get your name and accomplishments in front of as many as collegiate programs as possible. It is not too late.