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The 5 Most Common Recruiting Myths Explained

By T1EHL Staff, 08/15/19, 2:00PM CDT


The recruiting process can be complicated and with the changes to the NCAA recruiting rules, even more myths and misconceptions arise. What can make things even more confusing, is the reality that most parents and athletes are going through the process for the first time. To help avoid the pitfalls and unexpected surprises during the process, Next College Student Athlete came up with five of the most common recruiting myths to debunk for student-athletes.

Myth One: Division 1 coaches can communicate with a recruit at anytime.

On May 1, the NCAA implemented a new rule for NCAA DI athletes. The recent rule change puts a halt to recruiting conversations and verbal offers until June 15 after an athlete’s sophomore year of high school. Recruits can still send coaches emails with their recruiting information to help them gain exposure, but the coaches are not allowed to respond until the mentioned date.

*There is an exception for football, baseball, and men’s and women’s basketball

Myth Two: As long as it’s an unofficial visit you can meet with a Division 1 coach.

In the past, if your family covered the cost of your visit, you were allowed to have a recruiting conversation with the coach during your time on campus. The NCAA wanted to put a stop to early recruiting, so coach contact is not allowed until August 1 of Junior year even if the athlete is on campus for an unofficial visit. The exceptions to this rule are Division 1 football and women’s basketball. 

Myth Three: College coaches will find you if you’re really good.

Fact: Even if you’re the best athlete on your team, your recruiting process most likely is not going to look like that of a 5-star athlete.

Myth Four: D1 recruits are always guaranteed full rides.

In reality, there are only six Division 1 sports that guarantee full-ride scholarships: FBS football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, women’s tennis, women’s volleyball and women’s gymnastics. The NCAA calls these headcount sports. Headcount means that coaches are only allowed to have a set number of athletes on an athletic scholarship. All the rest are considered equivalency sports. For these sports, coaches are given an overall budget and are free to divide up scholarship offers as they see fit. With that being said, there are some cases where coaches give out partial scholarships. 

Myth Five: If a Division 3 coach recruits you, your roster spot cannot be taken away.

NCAA Division 3 student-athletes get academic aid instead of athletic scholarships. In most cases, this works out great and recruited athletes are able to get the bulk of their college costs covered. When you talk to coaches at camps and campus visits, ask if there’s a chance you could commit to the team and then get cut. There are a lot of reasons why a recruit could get cut from a team but one of the most common reasons are coach changes.

This post originally appeared on Next College Student Athlete. You can read the full article here: