Ten Things You Should Know About Getting Recruited:
1) Recruiting process starts freshman year.
Due to the rise in athletic scholarship need and the increase of available information for college coaches, the recruiting process is starting earlier than ever before. According to the NCAA, college coaches are starting to identify 7th and 8th graders as recruits and are even starting to offer scholarships to prospects before their freshman year.
2) Make yourself known.
Recruit yourself. Recruiting yourself means carefully evaluating college sports programs and learning where your talents may best fit in. It also means contacting coaches, visiting colleges, highlighting your talents and much more. The sooner you start evaluating and planning the better handle you will have on the process.
3) Colleges do their homework online.
College coaches do a majority of their initial evaluation by looking at video – requested or received from reliable sources – often delivered online or digitally. After watching video, a coach may decide to have a member of his or her staff make an in-person evaluation.
4) Being realistic. Less than 1% of athletes get a D1 full ride.
Approximately 1 out of 25 high school students goes on to compete at an NCAA school. Approximately half of those receive athletic aid. So, the overall odds are that about 1 in 50 high school athletes receives a college sports scholarship. The odds are better in some sports than others. Talent is important, but your talent must come to the attention of coaches. You can improve your odds.
5) HS or JC coach cannot guarantee you a scholarship.
Your high school coach probably does not have the time to properly market each athlete on your team. He or she may not know what college coaches want or how to properly market you. Few high school coaches have college contacts. Your high school coach’s job is to field calls, give you mail you receive at the school, and be a solid reference if you are deserving of it.