The problem is getting the right information, getting it in time, and getting in touch with the right people.
While there are many consultants who are willing to hold your hand and walk you through the process, for a fee, doing it yourself is not as complicated as it might seem.
College athletic scholarships - how to apply
Starting in junior year of high school, or even earlier, is the best way to make sure that you have all the information you'll need in time to get the applications processed.
Examine ALL of your options. Search for all of the schools that meet your academic requirements first, and then narrow your focus to those schools that offer scholarships in your sports. Begin by looking at the colleges you qualify to attend. A brilliant high school sports career won't get you accepted to an Ivy League school if you have a 2.0 GPA.
If your grades don't qualify you to attend a school, don't waste your energy, or the coaches' time, by applying for scholarships.
Make sure you have a good, realistic resume and action videos of your sports events. You'll also need letters from your current and past coaches to back up your claims. Also, be sure to include copies of any press notices from your local newspaper sports pages.
No matter what sport you play, athletic scholarships are highly competitive, but most college teams are eager to find good recruits. You don't need to be the star of your high school team to qualify for a college sports scholarship, but you do need to be able to play on a college level team. Most coaches will be thankful that a good prospect got in touch with them.
More about college sports scholarships around the Web:
Athletic Scholarship.com- This is a free e-book to download
or read online. It has all of the information you'll need to get
you college sports scholarship recruiting drive in gear plus tips
on other grants and links to other resources that will help you
Scholarships Stats.com - From a different perspective, here is the rundown of the number of scholarships (basketball heads the list) available at US colleges and universities nationwide.