The college recruiting process can appear mysterious and typically misunderstood by many parents, student-athletes, and coaches. The college recruiting process has changed dramatically over the last 15 years. College coaches are using all sorts of technology including: email, smart phones (Blackberries, iPhone, etc.), online recruiting databases , social media, and more to evaluate players.
Positioning Yourself to Get Noticed
Getting noticed by a college scout can be difficult. College scouts see hundreds of kids every year. Here are a few things you can do to position yourself to get noticed.
In order to find a college athletic scholarship you need to be willing to actively promote yourself to college coaches and engage with them throughout the college recruiting process.
In any given year a college sports program will begin their recruiting efforts by actively evaluating hundreds of potential recruits. Coaches won’t be recruiting you or offering you a sports scholarship unless they know who you are. It is your responsibility to get the coaches attention by emailing them, calling them or by joining online recruiting networks.
Our college athletic recruiting website and blog are full of great free recruiting resources to help you maximize your potential throughout the entire recruiting process. Whether you are looking for information about contacting coaches, tips for making a recruiting video or want help in properly negotiating for a scholarship, we can help.
Don't just focus on a NCAA DI scholarship. Over 85% of college scholarship opportunities are available at the NCAA DII, DIII, NAIA and NJCAA levels. By expanding your search and contacting more schools, you will give yourself a better opportunity to land that coveted athletic scholarship.
Being a college athlete is not just all about going to the biggest school you can. A critical question to consider when thinking about a particular school is, “would you want to go to that school if you weren’t an athlete and on scholarship?” Your athletic scholarship is never guaranteed and it is always a good idea to be prepared to stay in school if you lose your scholarship. Also, the majority of your time at school will be spent outside of practice and competition. Make sure you enjoy where you go to school and it fits what you are looking for in a college.
Academics can often be the deciding factor between two equally talented athletes. Don’t assume that just because you are a college level athlete and meet the minimum academic requirements that a school will be willing to accept you. College athletic programs are under a lot of pressure to keep the academic performance of their student athletes up and coaches are unwilling to take a risk with a athlete who isn’t a good student.
Take control of the college recruiting process and get proactive. There is only one sure thing in recruiting; if you aren’t speaking with coaches, you aren’t being recruited.
Create a social media footprint that will let people follow your success in and out of the classroom.