The Pros and Cons of Recruiting Student-Athletes


  1. Arguably, the recruiting process can be both helpful and hurtful for student-athletes.  After learning more about the recruitment cycle and the various processes involved, take some time to consider the positive and negative effects of recruiting.  In your opinion, do the negative aspects of recruiting outweigh the positives?  Why? Please be sure to support your answer with at least one outside source.

I believe it’s 50/50, the negative aspect can be that student athletes can be recruited “verbally” and then dismissed. But if that was the only contract received what’ll the athlete do then? They must reapply and get scouted all over again. So I think this is where the negative aspect comes from. There can be issues with athlete retention and transfer opportunities. A 2013 study of Division 2 student-athletes found that: “relationships with the head coach, satisfaction with the athletic department, team success, personal reasons, academic concerns, and student athlete’s development” are common factors that lead to retention or withdrawal from athletic participation.[2]

The positive aspect is that the university will over-recruit, which makes it a possibility for more student athletes to be recruited even though they might not be the best. In that case more student athletes will find a place to go thanks to that. Also, student athletes can have the opportunity to attend a college and participate in collegiate sports. [1]

Now, for me, I think the negative side may outweigh the positive because of the lack of trust that it can create between both the coach of the student athletes that were recruited, the coach that made the “verbal” contract, and the university. In everything there is a rapport and if this rapport is positive than the person being made the deal will be more comfortable and open. The less rapport the less confident the person will be in dealing with you. I guess it’s a matter of opinion.

  1. There are many instances of the recruiting process being put under a microscope for its negative impact. While the recruiting process can be different between sports, divisions etc., the acceleration of recruitment is one such area that has been widely scrutinized for how it specifically affects student athletes.  After reading the essay on how athletic recruiting helps some and hurts others, what are your thoughts about the issues raised by the essay?  Do you agree or disagree?  Is there another recruiting issue related to recruiting processes you believe to be of even greater concern?  Please explain and support your position.

The acceleration of recruitment refers to the trend of college coaches recruiting athletes at younger and younger ages. This can put pressure on young athletes to make decisions about their future before they are ready and can also lead to burnout.

There are many issues related to the recruiting process that can be of concern. Some people believe that the focus on athletics can detract from academics, while others are concerned about the mental health of student-athletes. What specific issues are you interested in learning more about?

I agree with the article, the reason behind that is because to over commit student athletes would give universities more than needed and they can remove or get rid of student athletes. While for student athletes it’s their chance to get into college and participate in the sport. Student athletes don’t have the luxury to get many offers unless they are a wonder kid and that is probably a 1 / 1000 chance every two to three years you will maybe find even more. Also there’s pressure on the student athlete to rush and decide their future, which can cause stress and mental instability.

  1. As we have learned, a coach’s recruiting philosophy, combined with the recruiting processes/philosophies of a school or organization (as well as governing bodies) will influence the recruiting approach of an athletic program.  What do you believe can or should be done to address the negative aspects of the recruiting process?

There are several regulations that have been proposed or put in place to protect student athletes during the recruiting process. For example, the NCAA has adopted rules to create an equitable recruiting environment that promotes student-athlete’s well-being. These rules define who may be involved in the recruiting process, when recruiting may occur, and the conditions under which recruitment may be conducted.[3]

Another part that can be fixed or worked on is there must be less of a “verbal” contract and more of a written one. The university should not over recruit because doing so might cause cuts for student athletes that were picked earlier.


[1] NCAA to review NIL policies, including impact on student-athletes and …. Accessed 4/22/2023.

[2] College Athletic Recruiting | 2019 State of Recruiting Report. Accessed 4/22/2023.

[3] NCAA to review NIL policies, including impact on student-athletes and …. Accessed 4/22/2023.

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