How many scholarships do schools offer in a year?
| Nate Dorton
Each coaching staff varies on how many scholarships they offer– some head coaches are conservative with their offers while others aren’t and offer several players for every scholarship slot available. In most cases, coaches offer more scholarships than they have available. The NCAA limits programs on the amount of scholarship athletes they are allowed to have on their roster, and those limits vary by sport. For example, NCAA Division I FBS football programs can have 85 scholarship players on their roster, and depending on how many players have graduated, quit or transferred, their scholarships numbers available for the next class will vary from year to year.
For example, a coach may have one scholarship for a tight end but offers out to three similarly-talented players. Some coaching staffs will be up front with these recruits and tell them that whoever accepts first gets it, while other coaches may not be transparent about how many players have actually been offered the same scholarship.
The goal of each recruiting cycle is to sign the best player possible to each scholarship available. Many staffs don’t rush the process, they’d rather get it RIGHT than simply make it QUICK.
Coaches break down each signing class and decide which positions on their current roster lack depth. Which positions are graduating players? Have players transferred? They may need to sign three WRs—who are their top 3, top 5, top 10 targets? They evaluate their needs as a team and then make allotments of how many players at each position they are going to sign.
Once they evaluate their needs and scholarships available at each position—they are going to likely rank the players that they are recruiting — by position — and make scholarship offers in that order. They may be waiting on a player a little more talented to possibly commit or are still in the process of evaluating potential players at each position.
I’ve worked with players who earned offers days or weeks before Signing Day. I’ve worked with coaches who don’t use all of their available scholarships until they are 100% confident in a player they offer. Coaches don’t just offer every spot unless they are SOLD on a specific player and they think they can help their team.
In certain situations, a coach doesn’t want to offer a player they are sure will commit until they are 100% sold on that player and confident they will be admitted into school and be eligible through the NCAA Eligibility Center—so many players have had to wait months in order to have a decision from a coaching staff.
Remember—you just need to find that one coaching staff who believes in you and you must be patient with the process, while not missing out on great opportunities out there at every level!
Original Article from: 1001RecruitTips.com