There has to be a certain level of concern for exactly what interest is. We have to be careful not to confuse general conversation with actual interest of a school wanting to recruit a particular student athlete. If you want interest, you need exposure. While I don’t want to insult your intelligence, I’m just trying to keep it as real as I possibly can. We always talk about interest and we talk about all the things that come with the recruiting process. Yes, there first must be some kind of interest from schools. My major concern is when we’re talking about interest and it’s now 2017 and kids are unsigned seniors. This is not the time to be worrying about interest, you should be signed, sealed, and delivered. That being said, let’s get on with our discussion.
Let’s look at the interests in regards to recruiting.
1. the feeling of a person whose attention, concern, or curiosity is particularly engaged by something:
She has a great interest in the poetry of Donne.
2. something that concerns, involves, draws the attention of, or arouses the curiosity of a person:
His interests are philosophy and chess.
No let’s look at the definition of interest in regards to money.
Investopedia defines interest as:
The charge for the privilege of borrowing money, typically expressed as annual percentage rate. Interest can also refer to the amount of ownership a stockholder has in a company, usually expressed as a percentage.
Is is cruel to look at student-athletes as borrowers? I do not believe it is. Here is my reasoning for this. If student-athletes are not employees or consumers, then they must be borrowers. Those who borrow must payback the “loan” per the the contract signed. There is a perceived “interest” caculated in the contract. If a student-athlete attends a high profile school that makes it to post season tournaments yearly, that school is making money well beyond what you as a student-athlete “borrowed” in terms your athletic scholarship. The school has made the money back that they put out for your scholarship plus “interest”. I hope the picture is a little clearer now.
Well as we get closer and closer to the year 2017 there will be a lot of student-athletes scrambling trying to find a a college to possibly attend for athletics for the 2017-2018 season. Well what we’re finding out is that a lot of people were getting interest so they say, but you know you have to understand what is entailed in that interest. Are you getting letters? Are you getting emails? Are you getting texts? Are you getting phone calls directly from coaches at the schools? I am here to tell you that you know if you’re not getting the level of interest that you seek then that’s a problem especially at this late stage of the game.
If you are not getting that interest now, you need to figure what needs to change. Does it mean that your chances of playing in college are low. Nope, not by a long shot. It just means that you need to reevaluate what you are or are not doing right.
The recruiting process is not something that you can really sit back and play with. It’s not something that you can actually predict what will happen. It’s not something that you can honestly say that you get everything right and you will get a scholarship. There are no guarantees. It’s not something where you can say what did I do wrong? It’s just all about what a school particularly wants at that time and you have to put yourself in the proper position to be what that school is looking for.
In the job world, you know that there are many people out there that show interest in a particular job. You like the job description so you send in your resume. That does not mean that you will get the job, it just means that you’ve shown interest in it. In the end, the employer will hire who they want and sometimes you will be better qualified on paper.
You are a definitely a part of this as well. What are people telling you? Learn to evaluate for yourself what you can do. Learn what the right types of interest are. Do not be pressured in to making bad decisions. Get in where you fit in. What is it that you want to do?
Class of 2020
Learn from others mistakes. Study what those before you have done. If you don’t know about interest, study it. It’s not just about you, it’s about money. Research everything. Your future is riding on every decision that you make. There is interest out there for you, but what kind?
Class of 2021
Serve notice on everyone that you are about to hit the campus. Your are about to take some of that interest away. Do not feel sad for the upperclassmen, it’s all business at this point.
I bet that you are wondering what all this means? It means that interest does not mean a whole lot when your future is on the line. You will have done all that you can do as a student-athlete and you can still fall short. You just have to know the difference between being employee, consumer, and borrower. I could include the definitions, but then there would be no homework for you.