Recruiting Baby Steps

Recruiting Baby Steps

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7 Super Simple Baby Steps to Get Recruited

Baby Step 1 – Create your profile with your videos, athletic data, academic data, personal data, and school & coach information.

CollegePrep Tip:

Highlight your achievements and “tell your story” in a concise manner that college coaches can easily evaluate.  

Baby Step 2 – Line up your Recruiting Team and establish realistic expectations and goals. Your Recruiting Team is (but not limited to): your high school and competitive coaches, your guidance counselors, your personal coaches, etc. Talk to your coaches to determine the level of play you are best suited for, i.e. D1, D2, D3, NAIA, JUCO so you can begin your search for colleges in those divisions.

CollegePrep Tip:

Due to NCAA rules and regulations, college coaches are only allowed to call you during certain times. They can call your coaches anytime.  

Baby Step 3 – Use CollegePrep’s search tool {hyperlink here} to search for college’s that fit your athletic ability (Step 2) and align with that part(s) of the country that you want to attend college. 

CollegePrep Tip:

Consider widening your area at first. You can always condense it later. For example, the southeast has more colleges than just the state of North Carolina.

Baby Step 4 – Evaluate each of the colleges on the list from Step 3.  Look at the athletics page of the college and the college home page.  Determine if it is a school you would like to attend. If “yes”, keep them on your list. If “no”, mark them off your list.

CollegePrep Tip:

Things to look for – your major, number of players in your position on their current roster, the graduation years of the players playing your position, how long the coach has been there, the total costs of the school, etc.

Baby Step 5 – Email your profile to the college coaches on your list. Reference some information you learned during your research, i.e. “Congrats on winning the conference championship last year…”, “Congrats on finishing 18-5…”, etc.  Also, fill out the Recruiting Questionnaire on the college athletics page.  

CollegePrep Tip:

You may have to email college coaches several times before they respond to you. You may not get a response at all from some coaches. Send your profile regularly.

Baby Step 6 – Be organized! Create a separate email folder for every college you email.  Keep all correspondence in these folders. Respond promptly to all coaches. This confirms your interest in their college, also, there       

CollegePrep Tip:

Being organized will come in handy when you are juggling communication with 20+ college coaches. If a coach asks for something, i.e your schedule, get it to them ASAP.

Baby Step 7 – Respond promptly to college coaches. A prompt response shows interest and coaches like that. There are also only a handful of scholarships to go around. Make sure you don’t get lose out on a scholarship opportunity because you didn’t respond fast enough.

CollegePrep Tip:

Always respond to college coaches. If you like the college, it’s a no-brainer, the faster you can develop rapport with the coach, the better your chances of be recruited. If you are not interested in a college, let them know, politely, you are not interested any longer. The coaching community is a tight knit group. If you shun a coach, they could pass that along to other coaches, and it come back to haunt you.

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