The student news site of Davis High School

The Dart

The student news site of Davis High School

The Dart

The student news site of Davis High School

The Dart

Utah's Universities and Colleges
Britton Thompson, Journalist • April 18, 2024
The Problem with AI Music
Rhett Parker, Journalist • April 18, 2024
The Artist Kathe Kollwitz
Julia Adams, Journalist • April 18, 2024
Zoey Larsen, Journalist • April 18, 2024

Receiving A Sports Scholarship

Receiving A Sports Scholarship
Receiving A Sports ScholarshipThe dream of every high school athlete, and all parents, is to receive an offer to play their sportat the college level . This great opportunity allows you to play your sport at more competitive level witha greater spotlight on you. Those are not the only benefits however.The most important part of an offer for many of these athletes, and almost all the parents, is thescholarship. Almost all major sports can reward you a discounted or free college tuition. This means notonly do you get to play the sport you love for longer, but you also get your expensive schoolingcompletely payed for just for playing that sport.Another major benefit comes after the NIL deal was introduced. For the first time in NCAAhistory the athletes could make money off their name. This doesn’t give much to your average player,however if you are a well recognized athlete this could mean a lot.You don’t just earn any of these opportunities without hard work and dedication. If you ask anyhigh school athlete who has received an offer to a major school they will say the same thing. “You can’tjust like playing your sport, you have to be willing to bleed, sweat and cry for it.” Zach Fischer, DavisHigh Basketball starting Combo Guard, said when asked about the work needed for an offer.“Going to scheduled practice and working hard just isn’t enough, you need to put in the workwhen no one is looking” Kash Gates, WR and Safety for Davis High Football, said responding to the samequestion. Both these athletes received offers to schools their senior year and are hoping to receivemore. Although playing different sports they both show similarities when it comes to their sports.Both these athletes, along with almost everyone who has had success in their sports, put in theextra work. Both Fischer and Gates have engulfed their life’s with the sports they love. When they don’thave a scheduled practice they go to personal trainers. If they aren’t with their personal trainers thanthey are in the gym, and if they aren’t in the gym then they are resting and eating right.They have done this since they young and both give credit to the extremely hard work as thereason they received their offers. However no one can deny that sometimes hard work just isn’t enough.Many athletes put in as much work as a person possibly can only to be held back by unfortunategenetics. Both the mentioned athletes are well over 6 feet tall with high muscle mass. In the eyes of acollege coach this is very important.Every knows that being tall is important when is comes to just about any sport. Unfortunatelythere is nothing you can do to improve your height. Muscle mass is another thing that can hold a personback. Some people can eat right and work hard but just simply struggle to put on the necessary muscle.Many people with this problem have no other option besides out performing. “I could makeevery excuse, but at the end of the day my fate is determined by me” Nick Johnson, Davis High LacrossePlayer, says when asked about how he responds to being a smaller player.Johnson has never took his size and speed as a road block. Instead he sees it as a reason to workharder. He has surrounding himself with his sport everyday since a very young age. In the off season heworks with personal trainers along with playing for club teams.All this hard work and determination helped Johnson tremendously. However his athletic abilityand hard work aren’t the only reason he is now getting the chance to play lacrosse at the college level.The next step to getting your scholarship is getting seen. You can work harder and performbetter than anyone, but if coaches don’t see you then you won’t receive an offer. Many college scoutsand coaches will attend games, however to be regonized you have to do more.Just about everyone has a seen highlight reels and most ignore them. These are important toscouts and coaches those. These show what a player is capable of when they are put into the game. Thisis one of the best ways to go about getting seen.

Another major way to be recognized is going to camps. If you attend the right camp you will be
met by coaches from tons of colleges.“Going to camps and balling out has been the key to my success” Zach Fischer said when talkingabout his offers. These camps give you the ability to show not only how good you are, which you showwith stats and highlights. They also let you show how hard you are willing to work and the kind ofperson you are. This gives coaches a perspective they typically wouldn’t receive.Many don’t see this as worth it. There are many different ways to receive scholarships anddiscounted tuition that don’t take the mental and physical effort it does to do it through sports. Thatisn’t what it’s about though.“I really just want 4 more years to do what I love” Kash Gates said talking about why he wants toplay in college. “It’s my last chance to continue the sport I love, I want nothing more” Fischer respondedto the same question. Every athlete I talked to shared the same amount of passion and love for theirsports.These athletes simply love their sport. Most the time everything that comes with the collegeoffer is just a bonus. These athletes spend their lives playing these sports and for many of them that isover when high school ends.“If you really want this, then you have to put your head down, grind and want nothing more”Gates said and Fischer nodded when asked what advice they’d give to incoming freshman.

Story continues below advertisement
More to Discover