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Guiding Parents Through the Recruiting Process

By Andy Beal, MaxPreps, 12/20/17, 12:00PM CST

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Have an open mind – lots of great athletic and educational opportunities are available at smaller schools and many offer combinations of athletic scholarships and financial aid.

Since starting MaxPreps over a decade ago, I have frequently been asked by parents of high school athletes about the “ins and outs” of college recruiting.  While there is no substitute for outstanding talent and great grades, there are additional steps parents of high school athletes can take to help their kids get recruited.

A realistic assessment of your son or daughter’s athletic talent is an important first step.  This assessment will help you determine the appropriate level of play for your son or daughter at the college level.  Don’t rule out NAIA or NCAA Division II and III schools if they can help your child attain their academic goals.  Casting a wide net will improve your child’s chance of being successfully recruited.