Like many high school athletes, Jaleel Awini dreamt of playing sports in college. With a lot of hard work and dedication, he was awarded an athletic scholarship to play football at the Air Force Academy. Not all high school athletes are lucky enough to continue playing sports at the collegiate level. If fact, less than ten percent of all high school athletes actually go on to play in college. Here are some things you can do to improve your chances of landing a spot on your college’s team.
- Take the right classes starting your freshman year. The National College Athletic Association, NCAA, has numerous eligibility standards that must be met if you want to play college sports.
- Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center to validate your amateur athlete status. It is a relatively pain-free process, but crucial if you want to play at the collegiate level.
- Create your lists. You should compile three lists; one that contains your dream schools, one that has schools you could realistically get into, and a list of your fallback schools. There should be no more than twelve to fifteen schools listed to help you focus your search.
- One of the most important ways to attract the attention of college coaches is to create a recruiting video. It should contain fifteen to twenty-five highlight plays that show off your ability.
Playing college athletics is every high school athletes dream. Jaleel Awini got to realize that dream when the Air Force Academy recruited him to join their team as the quarterback.