The NCAA reports that less than 10 percent of high school athletes go on to play a sport at an NCAA sanctioned college or university. In men’s basketball the figure is 3.1 percent, women’s basketball 3.5 percent, football 6 percent, and men’s soccer 5.6 percent. A New York Times study reported that over one million boys played high school football in 2008 but only 28,299 received a full or partial scholarship to a Division I or Division II college.
If you dream of playing your sport at the next level then you cannot simply post your highlight video on a recruiting website and wait for college coaches and recruiting coordinators to call. If you have the talent and desire to continue playing in college then you must educate yourself to the recruiting process and get proactive. Whether your goal is to test yourself against the best competition in your sport, or leverage your ability to attract a scholarship or special consideration for admission, you must take control of the process.
You will need to know which colleges play your sport and what the average scholarship amount is. There are few “full rides” in any sport. While NCAA Division III colleges are prohibited from offering athletic scholarships, your talent and commitment to a sport can be a factor in admission and/or how your financial need is perceived. A successful recruiting campaign means being honest about your ability and researching which colleges are a match not only athletically, but also academically and socially. College Pathways can help you with your recruiting efforts. There is no extra fee for this service. We regard athletic recruiting as part of the full college admission consultation agreement.