Dear Football Mom:
Do you recommend websites dedicated to helping students find football scholarships?
There was once a time I would have said, don’t waste your money. Today, not so much. I keep reading stories of players who promoted themselves on websites designed to help student athletes, and those players have, indeed, received scholarship offers.
Not sure how to put this tenderly, and any player playing at any level deserves our out-right respect, but for the players who won’t be joining the ranks of D-IA teams, the website route may really be worth checking out. I still believe, if you have the talent, the recruiters will come. But sometimes they have to be pointed in the right direction, and that could begin with social media via a recruiting website.
Not all football players are stars. Its takes 11 on the field to form a team, and of that 11, how many names do you know? Even of the larger programs, with TV contracts, most fans only know a quarterback, linebacker, or wide receiver’s name. So, for those of you who may fit in larger programs, but don’t necessarily have name recognition because of your position, the websites could fit the bill.
College recruiters often attend Friday night games to watch one or two players, only to be shocked and awed by another player they see in the game. Then, that player goes up on their boards as a potential. There are all kinds of ways to get noticed and websites are one.
I suppose if your high school coach is not interested in helping you nab a college scholarship, then that might be another reason to use these websites. Naturally, the more college recruiters know about your existence, the higher your chances are for scholarship offers.
Do your homework, and research any company website you are thinking of hiring. You just never know. The possibilities are endless.
Candy’s Column can be seen online at the Gaston Gazette