Most people who ask this question are actually asking “what are my chances of getting a full ride scholarship to play my sport in college?” Getting a full ride scholarship at the number one school on your list is very rare. The athletes who have the most success in recruiting process are looking at 15-20 different schools across all division levels. For more on that process you can read our guide on how to get an athletic scholarship.
There are three things that are going to determine your chances of playing in college.
- Are you going to be academically eligible? The first hurdle in playing college sports is determining your eligibility. You can be the best athlete in the country, but if you don’t meet the academic requirements for the school you are interested in, then you won’t be able to play. Here is more information on the academic requirements.
- What are you looking for in a school? There are over 2,000 colleges across the US. Each one has something different to offer. You need to begin pairing down your list based on what you are looking for. Here is how you can identifying the schools for you.
- What division level can you play? This is a more difficult question to answer because you might be good enough to play DI but your best scholarship opportunity could be DII or NAIA. Here is how to determine what division level is right for you.
Once you have these three questions answered, you can begin putting together a list of schools and emailing the coaches. If you have more questions feel free to contact me on Google+ where you can get my email address or create a free profile on our site so one of our national scouts can contact you.