Be wary of honors that come with a price tag
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
We’re going to talk about your money for a minute.
Parents, you want to do the best for your kids. You want to (and sometimes need to) get that college scholarship. Being debt free after college is a great thing. Don’t put yourself in debt just in the effort to try to get your kid into college.
The recent pay-for-play scandal involving Hollywood celebrities is well beyond the type of money grab that I’m talking about here.
When looking at opportunities for your kid, whether it’s an All-American game or sending your kid to what’s advertised as a prestigious camp, take a look at the potential reward vs. the potential expense. There are a lot of ways to spend your money trying to get high school football glory and ultimately a college scholarship.
The All-American label has been cheapened. By my unofficial estimate, there are thousands of “All-American” high school football players every year.
There are some companies that make a living off of parents that simply want the best opportunities for their kids. Your good intentions could hurt your wallet. They put on an event. You foot the bill.
There are at least a dozen companies that select “High School All-Americans” and you pay for the honor. It has gotten ridiculous.
Here’s a new one that’s come my way this spring. I have gotten THREE invitations to play in High School All-American Games. Let me tell you. I went to high school in the 1980s. They might take my money, but they’d be disappointed when I show up to play in an All-American Game.
Now there ARE All-American Games that are highly respected. For the most part, the costs to participate in those games are minimal and the outcome is significantly positive. The former Army All-American Game and Under Armour All-American Game are two of the post-season celebrations that are truly All-American and truly legitimate. There are others, but keep your eye on what they’re asking from you before you commit.
Participating in an All-American Game can be a rewarding experience. Just be sure of what you’re expected to pay for.
What are you paying and what are you getting out of it?
Does your son need to be an All-American to play college football? Does it help him get recruited? The simple answer is no. By the time he’s acknowledged as a High School All-American, he should already have been honored with scholarship offers. The college coaches will see your son’s worth long before an All-American selection committee will see it. An All-American selection is an honor for the player and an ego stroke for the parent. It’s much like getting star ratings. You’ll have scholarship offers long before any organization gives you a star rating.
There’s still time for recruitment
You’ll get out of recruiting what you put into it. Don’t be too quick to throw money at it. Instead, be willing to invest your time to figuring out what’s best for your son. Sit down and talk together as parents and student. Let the athlete make decisions. Encourage initiative. After all, he’s the one that will have to wake up for 5 AM football practices and 8 AM classes. He’ll be a man before you know it.
We can help you with your recruitment. Your high school coach can help you with your recruitment. Neither of us take the place of the athlete and his parents developing relationships with the coaching staff at the colleges who are interested in you.
– Andy Hilton
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