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Advice for Athletes From Small Schools

One of the most frequent questions we get from high school athletes is: How can a player from a small school get noticed by college coaches?

We also wanted to know the answer, because it is our mission to level the college recruiting playing field for all athletes, no matter the school size. We surveyed hundreds of college coaches to find out if they treat students from smaller schools any differently. This was their response.

 
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An overwhelming majority of college coaches, including 100% of D1 coaches, say they do not treat them any differently. College coaches are looking for talented players that can help their program anywhere they can find them.  

 
 

However, we know that small schools sometimes tend to get less attention than their bigger peers. So, we asked college coaches if there were any ways a high school athlete from a smaller school can give themselves a leg-up during the recruiting process. Our results found that nearly one in four college coaches want to see small school players dominating the competition, even more than players from big schools. These college coaches assume that an equal athlete would score more touchdowns, make more tackles, and make a bigger impact against small school teams.

In addition, one in nine coaches also suggested that small school athletes should attend camps. Running a fast 40, having an explosive vertical jump, or the right height/weight measurables are a clear sign to college coaches that you can compete against any player from any school.

Therefore, we believe that you can make yourself stand out by doing the following:

  • Make sure that your highlight tape shows your impact and domination over an opponent, (you can read more about what college coaches are looking for when recruiting a high school athlete HERE)

  • Find a trusted event that will measure your athletic ability correctly so the college coaches can see that data and understand how you can compete at the next level. We suggest you come to one of our events. Verified Athletics provides the most precise and accurate athletic performance data to college coaches.


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