Recruiting Meal Plan

Recruiters are hungry! They stay hungry! They’re constantly hunting for nourishment. They have to feed their programs with choices that fuel (exceptional student-athletes) and satisfy (meet university and program standards). They cannot bring back artificial fillers and fake substitutes.

Nourishment serves two purposes – providing fuel and satisfying taste.┬áChoice is where things get a bit tricky – quick and easy, slow and satisfying, bland and healthy, tasty and over-filling. If a meal is chosen correctly, it’s pleasing. Mission accomplished!

This is where a prospect can help with a recruiter’s choice selection. A prospect may not be able to change a recruiter’s shopping list, but they can influence what the recruiter actually buys. And, when it comes to shopping, what ends up in the cart, usually makes it to the checkout stand.

A Prospect’s Red Meat and Side Dishes

The main course draws the most attention, but the right side items can steal the show. Rather than attempt to explain this concept in recruiting terms, the following examples best illustrates the point.

Red Meat
3.2 Grade Point Average
Side Dish
Helped tutor other students.

Red Meat
360 Bench Press, 475 Squat, 4.65 40m
Side Dish
Organized and ran summer workouts.

Red Meat
1st Team All-District or Region or State
Side Dish
Played out of position for two games.

Red Meat
Baptist or Catholic or Methodist (if applicable)
Side Dish
Volunteered 18 hours last year at the food bank.

Red Meat
Recovered from severe ankle injury
Side Dish
Went through 15 hours of weekly therapy and treatment.

Red Meat
Team Captain my senior year.
Side Dish
Helped create new team policy on…

Red Meat
I have two sisters and one brother.
Side Dish
I support and attend my sisters’ and brother’s activities.

Red Meat
I have two offers from other colleges.
Side Dish
Two colleges are impressed with my academic and athletic ability.

By all means, give the recruiter red meat! But, add your side dishes to complete the meal. Doing so gives additional fuel and provides more satisfaction. In essence, you have to sometimes “teach” the recruiter how to shop by providing items they didn’t know or think were relevant.

From a recruiter’s perspective, they can recall which athletes have a 3.0 GPA, made All-District and can bench press 390 pounds. But, they’ll REMEMBER athletes that can do those things, PLUS mentored other students, played out of position and organized team workouts.

Now, that’s a completed grocery list that makes a more fueled and satisfying meal! The red meat draws attention, but the side items can close the deal.

But, you don’t have to stop there. You can also start with an appetizer (Ex: I was shy as a kid and began playing sports to make new friends, so I understand the value of teammates.)

Then, if you want, finish with a good dessert…give them something that’s completely unexpected, and shows your true value and worth as a student-athlete, person of integrity and asset to their sports program and campus.

If you are a parent, coach or student-athlete, please contact me for more personalized and in-depth insight into managing the pursuit of scholarship dollars and college sports.

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