Individuals who are unfamiliar with the collegiate athletic recruiting process are more likely to get left behind. These individuals either miss a step in the process, spread themselves too thin, or start too late. Many young athletes wonder when a good time to begin the recruiting process is and what they should be doing each year of high school. Here is a quick rundown of where you should be in the recruiting process:
1.The very first step of the recruiting process is to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center. Once you have registered you will be considered a prospective student-athlete and eligible for recruitment.
2. Make a list of 25-35+ universities that you would consider attending. One helpful guide for making your list is BeRecruited. On the website, you can perform searches that not only show schools that offer your sport, but also require certain GPA’s, are private or public, have certain student body sizes, among other things. While making your list, write down the coaches contact information for future use.
3. Once you have your list of 25-35+ universities, you should “invite” coaches to view your profile on BeRecruited or send them a profile/resume by mail. This is your first point of contact and puts your name on their radar.
1. Sophomore year is a good time to begin introducing your personality to coaches by scheduling unofficial visits. Consider scheduling unofficial visits to a couple of the universities in your list of top 10 schools. That way, by the time junior year of high school rolls around you do not have to cram in tons of unofficial visits.
1. Narrow down your choices. At this point of the recruiting process you should have your list narrowed down to 5-10 schools. Once you have your list of schools narrowed down, write the coaches and let them know that they are among your top choices.
2. Schedule unofficial visits with the schools you have not already seen!
3. Fill out applications for your top choices. Ask the coaches of your 5-10 schools if there is a certain way they want you to apply to the school. If you are supposed to fill out applications, it never hurts to get a head start and fill them out.
1. While it is true that most high school athletes give a verbal commitment by the end of September of their senior year of high school, there are many schools still looking to complete their recruiting classes. Now is the time to be extremely proactive by contacting coaches by phone and letting them know you are very interested in joining their team. Continue pressing coaches both by phone and email until they inform you that their roster is complete.
2. If coaches inform you that their roster is complete, inquire about walk-on positions. You will most likely be happier by walking on to a top choice school without a scholarship than you would playing at a school you are just so-so about with a scholarship.
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