STUDENT athletes and parents often believe their son or daughter is better than they actually are, and assume they will be recruited while they wait for their mailbox to fill up with scholarship offers or wait for phone calls from coaches. You have to be proactive and market yourself the proper way. Very few athletes will ever play at the top tier programs in the country. These schools have the luxury of selecting from the top blue chip athletes and begin tracking them by their freshman year in high school.
Parents and athletes do not always know how to evaluate athletic ability accurately. Success on your team or league does not mean you are capable of receiving a college scholarship or even competing at the college level. Playing in camps or tournaments out of your local area is a good way to measure yourself against the larger population of athletes.
Overestimating your talent can leave you in the cold for a college career if you only target schools that are above your talent level. The most successful high school players are not necessarily the most recruited college athletes. High School awards and statistics only tell part of the story.
College coaches recruit based on physical attributes, skill, and potential. Many kids make this mistake and end up transferring, a lot just get cut and never play their sport again. And that’s a shame.