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Recruiting Tip #2: Finding the Right College

Posted by Michael Husted on Aug 5, 2008 5:07:11 PM

Michael Husted played professional football for nine years  as a placekicker in the NFL. He is also the co-creator of an innovative online video recruiting tool that connects student

athletes with coaches through the use of interactive video profiles.


Choosing the right college to attend is something that will take some

time. You will want to find a school that fits you both academically

and athletically.


The first step is to make a list of 12-15 schools

that you, initially, would like to attend.


I would categorize them in this way:


  • Dream schools

  • Realistic schools

  • Fall back schools


Of course, there could be some overlap between the Dream and Realistic

schools. Having simple categories will help to organize your choices as

you start this process.


Your Dream schools could be a big time college athletic program, like

UCLA, Notre Dame, Texas or Florida. Maybe you have grown up watching

that program, members of your family have attended that school or you

simply like their mascot and colors. There are many colleges that offer

both big time athletics as well as incredible academics, Virginia, Cal

Berkley, Boston College, etc. Therefore, attending one of these

programs would appear to be ideal.


However, you need to be "realistic" with your athletic abilities and

decide if you would get significant playing time by attending one of

these programs. If so, great. If not, then you will need to decide if

just being on the roster is good enough for you. Otherwise, finding a

program, athletically, that will allow you to get a lot of playing time

might be at a "Realistic" School.


Being a "Big fish in a small pond," is something that will provide for

a great college experience. There are dozens of incredible academic

institutions that play at smaller divisions, Amherst, William and Mary

and all of the Ivy league schools.


You have heard or you will hear that "College is one of the best times

of your life." The great thing is that you can do many things to ensure

that you have an incredible experience.


Finally, have your "Fall Back" Schools. These are schools that you

would still enjoy attending, but they are not necessarily the first ones

that pop up in your head. They still combine the academics and

athletics and offer the expected experience.


Do your initial research on these schools, their location (Do you want to stay close to home or leave the state?), student

size, academic offering, players at your postition (How many? When are

they graduating?),etc. Your list and rankings may move around after

your research. Some schools may drop out and some new ones may be added.


Two sites where you can begin your research are:


You have to work just as hard off the field, to find the right school, as you do on

the field.*  *


One of the most important questions that you should ask

yourself when trying to select the right college is "If something were

to happen that prevented me from playing my sport in college, would

I still want to be at that school?"


Leveraging your sport to go to college is a great way to be a starter, get an education and have an incredible experience that will set the foundation for the rest of your life.


Once you have narrowed down your school options, the next step is letting them know that you are out there.  The most efficient way is to create an online video profile with


Good luck!

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