How do you know if your prep coach has your best interest in mind and not theirs?

How do you know if your prep coach has your best interest in mind and not theirs?

Unfortunately, at the end of the day, you can’t depend on anyone to have your best interest in mind, and need to keep control of the process yourself. It’s unfortunately, but especially if you are a high-level prospect– you can’t put control of the process into anyone’s hands, or depend on sitting back and waiting for someone else to handle it for you.

I’ve heard prep coaches boast about how they “owe” a player to a certain coach or that they only deal with certain coaches that they want to associate with, but that isn’t necessarily in the best interest of the players. Of all my experience and relationships, I still would never tell anyone where they should or shouldn’t go to college. Some prep coaches may hide the fact that programs have expressed interest in to particular players or hide mail because of their allegiances to other rival coaches. There are a lot of people who are out there looking out for themselves and their best interest, all while gaining the trust of parents, players and mentors, and it’s a shame.

You don’t “need” anyone to get you a scholarship. Yes, college coaches will talk to your prep coaches but you are also able to make an introduction yourself, through one of the 8 Ways that Players Get Noticed. In fact, if a prep coach is telling you that you need them in order to talk to coaches, that’s probably a red flag. Try to keep a good relationship going because college coaches will be reaching out to them, just also remain in control and communicate directly with coaches by giving them your direct phone number or email address.

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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!