The college recruiting process, it isn’t easy. I absolutely loved playing a collegiate sport. The life lessons learned were so valuable, the friendships made were lifelong and the memories were priceless.
But it isn’t easy, no great things are easy. However, the journey to securing a spot on a college team requires more than just talent and dedication. It is all about the journey. When someone says it is a recruiting process, they aren’t kidding. Keyword being process.
To increase your chances of getting recruited, it’s essential to understand the recruitment process and take proactive steps to showcase your abilities. Here are steps to take that will help you on your journey.
Start Early and Do Your Research
Getting a head start is crucial in the competitive world of college athletics. Begin your preparation early by researching the colleges and universities that offer programs in your sport. Familiarize yourself with the schools’ athletic programs, coaching staff, team rankings, and academic requirements. This knowledge will help you identify the institutions that align with your athletic and academic goals.
TIP: When researching schools, check out the roster. First, what are the majors of the players? Why? Well that is telling if you want to major in biology but everyone majors in business. Are you going to be able to take labs over the course of 4 years?
Focus on Academics
Academic performance plays a significant role in the college recruitment process. Maintain good grades throughout high school and challenge yourself with rigorous coursework. College coaches look for student-athletes who excel academically, as they want individuals who can succeed both on and off the field. Strong academic performance opens doors to more opportunities and scholarships.
TIP: Do not take hard classes where you struggle as a freshman in high school. Why? Because it is harder to up your GPA later on in high school.
Build a Strong Athletic Profile
Developing a strong athletic profile is vital for catching the attention of college coaches. Showcase your skills by participating in club teams, attending sports camps, and competing in high-level tournaments. Create a highlight reel that showcases your best performances and skills. Additionally, maintain an up-to-date and impressive athletic resume that includes your statistics, achievements, and relevant contact information.
TIP: Attend the right events that match/fit your skill level. Talk your coach about events that would get you in front of the right college coaches. This doesn’t mean attending every event.
Engage with College Coaches – Attend Camps/Clinics
Take the initiative to reach out to college coaches and express your interest in their programs. Attend college fairs, sports camps, and showcases where you can meet coaches face-to-face. Send personalized emails introducing yourself, including your athletic achievements and why you are interested in their program. Stay in touch with coaches regularly to demonstrate your dedication and commitment.
TIP: You have to get to campus. Attend sports camps, ID clinics, etc. College coaches want to see you on campus, it shows interest and they want to see it over time.
Utilize Online Recruiting Platforms
Online recruiting platforms can significantly enhance your exposure to college coaches. Create a comprehensive profile on reputable platforms that showcase your athletic abilities, academic achievements, and personal information. Upload videos, statistics, and recommendations to provide a holistic view of your capabilities. Actively engage with the platform, network with coaches, and keep your profile up to date.
TIP: There are many platforms out there, do your research, talk to your coach.
Seek Guidance from High School Coaches and Counselors
Your high school coaches and counselors are invaluable resources throughout the recruitment process. They can provide guidance, connect you with college coaches, and help you navigate the academic requirements. Build strong relationships with these individuals, seek their advice, and utilize their expertise to maximize your chances of getting recruited.
TIP: Start the conversations early around 8th grade. This way your counselor knows you want to play a sport in college and can help prepare you with the right classes.
Getting recruited to play a college sport requires a combination of talent, dedication, and proactive effort. By starting early, focusing on academics, building a strong athletic profile, engaging with college coaches, utilizing online recruiting platforms, attending college visits and showcases, and seeking guidance from high school coaches and counselors, you can increase your chances of standing out among the pool of talented student-athletes.
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