Prepare for your college recruiting journey.
Your college future begins with you — it’s your journey. Plan early and investigate how to make your dreams reality. If you want to be a student-athlete asking yourself questions can help you figure out who you are and where you want to go.
Decide what is important for your college experience.
How do I find the perfect fit college? Knowing your interests and goals can actually help you find colleges that fit you. Find out how to make a list of colleges best suit you for your journey.
Starting the Recruiting Process
Before you start the recruiting process it’s a good idea to review some of the recruiting terminology. As you start getting information from colleges you will need to know why coaches can and cannot do certain things. The NCAA has rules in place that limit a college recruiter’s exposure to high school athletes. Knowing what these terms mean will help you understand the recruiting process. For more information visit the NCAA.
CONTACT: A contact is classified as a face-to-face encounter between a college coach and the student athlete (or their legal guardians or relatives) where more than a greeting occurs. Anything beyond a hello is considered a contact. Another form of contact occurs when a college coach has any contact with you or your legal guardians at your high school, or any other location where you are competing or practicing.
Breaking Down College Recruiting Process
Topic #1: Knowing When A College Coach is Interested in You
For High School student-athletes and their parents, the recruiting process can be stressful, overwhelming and confusing. Embrace the process; make the most of it. Perhaps the most difficult is knowing when a coach is interested in you; it is hard to read. Just because you get emails or questionnaire’s does not mean you are quite yet recruits.
Summer is Near...
As summer approaches the same question comes up. What can I do during summer to help college recruiting?
Here are a few common college-recruiting tips to do in the summer:
Attend camps hosted by schools that you are interested in attending. This is a great opportunity for to perform in front of college coaches. Before attending the camp make sure you send an introduction letter and your highlight video. At the camp, introduce yourself to all the coaches.
Summer is great time volunteer with charities and community organizations, etc.
Visit local college campus to get a feel for where you will feel comfortable.
With colleges that are actively recruiting you, set up unofficial visits. Contact the coach ahead of time to schedule a possible meeting
Monitor your social network sites. A properly personal brand facebook and twitter, etc should be free of bad language and inappropriate pictures. College coaches and even college admission networks want “high character” student-athletes that will represent the their institutions
Email and call coaches to introduce yourself and express in their programs. It’s important to keep track of all communications that you have with college coaches.
Fill out college questionnaires even if you don’t have all the information they ask for.
5 Essential Steps for College Recruits
If you're an athlete being recruited by colleges, the process can be stressful and choosing the right school can be difficult. Not only do you have to like the school, but the school has to like you. It may sound simple, but finding the perfect situation can be elusive. Luckily, there are ways to reduce the stress and increase the ease of the recruiting process. Here are 5 essential recruiting steps to help you with your college search.
1. Determine Potential Fits
Everyone has an idea of his or her perfect college experience. Identifying what you're looking for in a school should be one of your first steps. Self-awareness is a powerful tool, and determining what most appeals to you about the college experience is critically important. Meet with your family to list your criteria—e.g., academic strength, level of athleticism, geographic location, size of undergraduate population. This will help you create your initial college list