In all the reading I did to learn about athletic recruiting, I never read anything about what happens once the player is in college. I’m sure it varies by sport, but I thought we could give things we learned that might help kids in the middle of the process.
I’ll start – my son’s sport is soccer.
the competition doesn’t stop just because you’ve been recruited and are on the team.
My son's school had an unusually large roster (possibly due to COVID) and in the preseason a couple of kids left the team voluntarily and a couple were cut. These were kids that were once recruited. Not everyone travels to games. I expect it varies by school, but 10 players on my son's team don't travel with the team.
really know what you want out of recruiting. Targeting well is important!
Do you want to play on the highest ranked team, or do you want to be one of the strongest players on a lower ranked team? I have seen tremendous players, players good enough to be recruited to top D1 programs get zero -- ZERO! -- playing time over 3 years. (I've also seen freshmen start at top D1 programs, so again, targeting is important). I think it's a shame that some of the best players in the country aren't able to play the game. (Understanding that some kids are ok with this, but I'd guess other kids are not).
you’ll have an immediate and built in group of friends, and will know the campus before things really get started.
So, that’s what I’ve got after preseason and two games: target well, and expect competition once you arrive at the school. What are some other insights?