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Recruiting: Return on Investment

Alright stop whatcha doin, cause I’m about to ruin, the image and the style that ya used to.  Those are the famous lyrics from Digital Underground’s “The Humpty Dance,” but it’s a fitting line to start something that may come as a shock to most athletes.

Even if you’re good enough to play college sports, you still might not belong there.

You can play AAU basketball, or club sports till your eyes bleed, but most student athletes will never make it to the college of their choice for the sheer fact that they test horribly.

Parents have bought into sports as a way of getting to college.  They went and found a trainer for their student-athlete, bought their athlete the best shoes, the newest shorts, their kid looks great.

How does your student-athlete match up when it comes to being prepared for school and tests?

Most parents think that their kid is fine, he or she gets decent grades and thats all they need to play ball.  Maybe, at the high school level.

As a former coach I helped a number of players, from across the valley earn college scholarships.

After getting a coach to take a chance on a local kid, it would often become stymied by the sheer fact that their grades were not up to par for college standards.

Let’s not look at the report cards TEA gave to local schools, some of those were god awful.  In fact those report cards sometimes reflect how poorly our students do on the ACT and SAT and college preparation.

Let’s look at what it will take for you, or your child to get into college.

We’re only going to look into Division I and Division II, because if you go to a DIII you’re not getting a scholarship.  You’re basically playing organized intramurals with a coach.

A few years back I helped a former basketball player of mine with late recruiting.  He was one of the best football players in the state but his ACT score was low.

He started late in recruiting and no coach was going to take a chance on him.

By the time a student-athlete gets to high school, his class load should be maximized to complete the required credits.The should also maximize their grades at the same time.  I’ll explain why grades and high scores correlate later.

By their sophomore year, the student-athlete should be registered with the NCAA eligibility center.

Many families want to take trips in the summer, and send their kids to camps, but a smarter investment might be taking them to Sylvan learning centers, or other educational centers.  You might also want them to get a head with summer courses.

You can ask your high school counselors which direction might be best.

Most student-athletes take the ACT or SAT as a senior in the RGV.  This is too late.  Most colleges offer scholarships, or look to figure out their recruiting prospects junior year.  Senior their just filling the holes remaining.

Take the ACT or SAT as a junior.  It’s also important you don’t just take the ACT or SAT, but try and actually score high.  For example, an athlete I helped took the ACT three times.  Scoring a  14, 16, and 17.

If you were a regular student going to UTSA you would need to be in the second 25% of your class and have a 19 or higher on the ACT to get in.

Look up the schools you want to go to and figure out ahead of time where you want to go.

Once you have an ACT/SAT score worth a lick, you’ll increase your chance at recruiting.  Keep retaking it until it’s good enough to get you to where you want to go.

By your senior year, your paperwork should all be in order.  You can request your amateur status for the NCAA after April 1.

Once you graduate your counselor needs to get your transcript uploaded and proof of graduation.

Now the correlation between grades and ACT/SAT scores play a role. The higher your GPA, the lower your ACT/SAT score has to be to get into college.

Division I uses a sliding scale to match SAT/ACT scores and core-course grade-point averages to determine eligibility. The sliding scale balances your test score with your GPA. If you have a low test score, you need a higher GPA to be eligible. If you have a low GPA, you need a higher test score to be eligible.

& above
400 37
3.525 410 38
3.500 420 39
3.475 430 40
3.450 440 41
3.425 450 41
3.400 460 42
3.375 470 42
3.350 480 43
3.325 490 44
3.300 500 44
3.275 510 45
3.250 520 46
3.225 530 46
3.200 540 47
3.175 550 47
3.150 560 48
3.125 570 49
3.100 580 49
3.075 590 50
3.050 600 50
3.025 610 51
3.000 620 52
2.975 630 52
2.950 640 53
2.925 650 53
2.900 660 54
2.875 670 55
2.850 680 56
2.825 690 56
2.800 700 57
2.775 710 58
2.750 720 59
2.725 730 60
2.700 740 61
2.675 750 61
2.650 760 62
2.625 770 63
2.600 780 64
2.575 790 65
2.550 800 66
2.525 810 67
2.500 820 68
2.475 830 69
2.450 840 70
2.425 850 70
2.400 860 71
2.375 870 72
2.350 880 73
2.325 890 74
GPA’s Below 2.3 Are Redshirt only
2.300 900 75
2.299 910 76
2.275 910 76
2.250 920 77
2.225 930 78
2.200 940 79
2.175 950 80
2.150 960 81
2.125 970 82
2.100 980 83
2.075 990 84
2.050 1000 85
2.025 1010 86
2.000 1020 86

So here we are.

Parents have a choice.  You spent all these years driving your son/daughter to practice, taking them to tournaments, bought those cheesy stickers for your car, but you might need to blow a little cash on tutoring.

You didn’t spend all that time to create a really good, in shape, intramural champion.

The glory of being a good athlete fads fast.  What fads even faster is your kids future if their at the back of the line when it comes to smarts.

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