College Coaches Using Personality Test on Recruits

Every recruiting cycle there are always prospects that generate whispers of “off the field issues”. As fans we also second guess taking kids after dismissals of these same kids that were a “risk”. With the new 25 man signing limit in the SEC it makes limiting negative attrition a very important part of recruiting in today’s climate.

In professional sports we always hear about all these aptitude test that are administered pre-draft. It only seems fair that if an organization is going to make a huge investment in a player, they should be aware of any red flags. I’ve always wondered why college coaches don’t do the same. I then came across this great piece from Jeff Eisenberg where he outlined that this is already happening.

“Before heading to the airport at the end of his recruiting visit to Marist College last month, guard Nick Colletta discovered coach Jeff Bower had one slightly unusual activity planned for him.

The Marist coach asked Colletta to take a personality assessment survey. Colletta spent the next 10 minutes perusing two lists of 56 adjectives, one in which he had to check off the personality traits he thought best depicted the way he was expected to act and the other in which he marked the ones that he felt really described himself.

Computer analysis of Colletta’s answers suggested he was competitive, gregarious and comfortable with the ball in his hands at crunch time, further confirming to Bower that the sweet-shooting senior from Glendora High School was worth a late scholarship offer.

“Maybe other recruits might be surprised to have to take the test, but it really wasn’t that weird to me after Coach Bower explained the purpose,” Colletta said. “It was an interesting test to take because it really made you think about who you were.”

Bower’s use of personality profiling as a tool to help assess recruits is a tactic borrowed from pro sports…continue reading

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