Can being a great teammate and having great character get you recruited?

Can being a great teammate and having great character get you recruited?

Being a great teammate alone is probably not enough to earn you any scholarship offers. There has to be some level of athletic ability there, especially for scholarship dollars.

Every college coach at every level is looking for great leaders, great teammates and great people, but there also needs to be a way for you to help them improve and be competitive. You’ll need some sort of specialty — position skills, speed or size that can help translate into success on the field.

If you are looking for an edge in recruiting,

 a way to separate yourself from the other players at your level, and to climb into the next level of competition—think about how you can become unique, how can you separate yourself? What can you become a specialist in?

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Sure, all coaches are looking for scorers and elite speed and size. But as every player chases the leading scorer title, starting pitcher title, leading rusher title, think about other ways that you can separate yourself, especially by doing the work that few players want to do—the dirty work. The rebounding, the blocking, special teams… the list goes on and on.

Not only do I know college players who earned scholarships this way but I know college players who went on to have long- term professional careers because of this approach! What can make you dependable and unique? Free throws, steals, blocking, punt returns yards after the catch, ball security, breaking the first, second, third tackles consistently.

Do the dirty work that most other players don’t want to do in your sport and you will have a better opportunity to be discovered and promoted up the depth chart. Take pride in your specialty!

Continue to develop your position-specific skills, speed and make size and strength improvements that you are able to control. 

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A.P. Bah Bioh brings over 16 seasons of experience to 1,001 Recruit Tips, having worked for some of the best recruiters in sports, including three "National Coach of the Year" winners -- Urban Meyer, Frank Haith and Jim Larranaga -- along with 70+ NCAA coaches while at Elon University, UNC-Chapel Hill, the University of Florida and the University of Miami. Working primarily with football and men's basketball, Bah Bioh also spent time working with Olympic Sport coaching staffs including softball, women's lacrosse, fencing, golf, tennis and rowing. Bah Bioh has been part of numerous championships including the 2007 Florida Gator BCS National Championship; 2006 Florida Gator SEC Football Championship; the 2013 ACC Men's Basketball Championship and Sweet 16 NCAA Tourney run with the Miami Hurricanes that included both tournament and regular-season ACC titles; a 2002 UNC ACC Women's Lacrosse Championship and Final Four finish; a 2001 UNC ACC Softball championship and as a senior, was part of the 1999 Elon Football team that finished with a 9-2 record, one of the best seasons in program history. Over the years, Bah Bioh has worked with over 30 first-round draft selections (NFL, NBA, MLB) and numerous players who went on to sign professional contracts including Tim Tebow, Cam Newton, Rex Grossman, Percy Harvin, Mike and Markuice Pouncey, Shane Larkin, Joe Haden and many more!