Between your busy schedule and your parents’ workload, finding time to market yourself to colleges can be tough, which is exactly why some high school athletes’ families hire a recruiting service.
You’re going to pay anywhere from a couple of hundred dollars to more than $1,000, so you’d better make sure that the service will meet all your needs and requirements. According to The High School Athlete’s Guide to College Sports: How to Market Yourself to the School of Your Dreams, you should ask the following questions to a recruiting service. Make sure you are comfortable with their answers before committing financially.
1. Who evaluates me, and does he have a financial interest in how he rates my skills? In other words, is he a salesman or a scout? [An unbiased evaluation has more credibility with coaches.]
2. Can you guarantee me a scholarship? [This is impossible to do.]
3. Can any student-athlete use this service, or do you have to possess serious college-athlete potential? [The best services only accept athletes with college potential.]
4. Can you provide the names and phone numbers of three athletes from my area who have used your service?
5. What percentage of athletes who’ve used your service have received interest from college coaches?
6. Have any coaches offered scholarships to athletes as a result of your service? How many?
7. Will you send my profile and video without those of other athletes’? [If your information is sent with hundreds of others’, yours won’t get the attention it deserves.]
8. How many athletes receive no response, even after all your promotion? [An honest service will tell you that most athletes do not receive interest from college coaches.]
9. Do you offer a money-back guarantee?
10. Do any college coaches endorse your service? If so, who?