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If you’re a high school student-athlete hoping to continue your career at the college level, it’s important to understand that getting recruited, and potentially earning a scholarship, is a step-by-step process. It’s also important to understand that the recruiting process is different for everyone. In addition, there is a lot of information that one should know when attempting to navigate through these steps.
The recruiting process should start as soon as you are serious about wanting to compete at the college level. The NCAA and NAIA permit all college coaches at all division levels in all conferences to begin recruiting high school athletes as early as their first day of high school in their freshman year.
Getting recruited is like applying for a job. Just like searching for a job openings, the great majority of opportunities do not come to you. You need to make yourself known by introducing yourself to college coaches. It is impossible for college coaches to hear and learn about every athlete hoping to compete in college. Stand out and make yourself known.Make sure you are reaching out to as many schools and coaches as possible.
There are more than 1,800 colleges with athletic programs and all offer financial assistance in forms of scholarships, grants, and other aid. Realistically, there are many schools that will fit all your needs. College coaches never put their eggs in one basket and neither should you. They start with a pool of thousands of recruits that they dwindle down over the course of 4 years to decide who they will offer scholarships and roster spots to.
You must do the same.
This will help you dwindle that number down by your senior year.
College recruiting has evolved over the last 20 years with the explosion of technology and the internet. Coaches no longer hit the road in hopes to discover recruits at games, tournaments, showcases, and other events. Rather than spending a weekend at a tournament and discovering a handful of potential recruits, they come across hundreds of recruits in one weekend just by surfing the internet.
Make sure you have a recruiting profile online and make sure it is getting in front of college coaches. A good recruiting profile will also have a highlight video or skills tape.
Similar to college coaches researching potential recruits, you need to research schools and athletic programs. Just like applying for a job, you need to make sure you are realistic in where you are trying to play.
These are just some of the many questions you need to be thinking about.
In the end, getting recruited and committing to play in college is the athlete’s responsibility. Coaches and parents will always play a significant supporting role, but it is never their responsibility to make sure you play in college. Even if your high school coach is very helpful in the process, it is still on you. College coaches are contacted by hundreds of athletes, parents, and coaches a week. Be persistent.
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