Are college recruiting sites worth it?

25 Aug

soccerI recently gave a presentation at the boys Region IV ODP camp and during the Q&A with college coaches, one of the players brought up college recruiting websites asking flat out, “Are they worth it?”  The coaches looked at each other before one of them responded with an emphatic, ”No.”

College coaches want to interact directly with you and not with an online database.  Often when they receive information about prospective players from recruiting sites they dismiss them.  As one coach confirmed, “Those emails just end up in my trash.”

What’s alarming is that these services have done a good job of convincing you that just by signing up, you will have done all that you need to do in terms of recruiting.  Create your profile, pay a monthly fee, and presto, coaches are sure to come calling.  It’s not that simple.  To be successful in the recruiting process, like anything else, you need to put in some real effort to highlight your talent.

I’m actually less dismissive of these services than some other coaches.  What I like about them is that they allow you to research various schools and they will get you thinking about playing soccer in college.  What I don’t like about them is that when it comes to really connecting with coaches and presenting yourself as a unique individual, they fall short.  It’s a bit like applying for a job using You send your resume into the abyss and hope that it gets picked.  I’m sure these recruiting sites have some success or else they wouldn’t be around, but it’s a gamble to rely on them when you’re planning something as important as your future.

Look, it’s not going to hurt you to sign up for a free profile and if you can find some good info on the site, great.  Just don’t hand over your future to a black hole and hope that it’s going to help you shine.

If you’re serious about making the most of your college search  process, I’m here to help.  As an “A” Licensed coach with 12 years experience, I understand the ins and outs of the recruiting game.  I’m certainly not a database and with me, you’re definitely not a number. I’ll work one one-on-one with you to help you maximize your recruiting potential, and find a school where you will thrive.


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