Take the quiz (be honest) and find out where you stand. Your ranking isn't official, but it will give you a general idea of where you are in the recruiting process and a chance to improve your status.
How many letters, camp brochures, and questionnaires have you received from schools?
How many college coaches have contacted your high school or club coach/director to inquire about you?
What is the total number of college coaches that have come to watch you play in person at tournaments/games/camps?
Approximately how many emails have you received from coaches and schools?
How many phone calls have you received from college coaches?
How many highlight video requests have you received from college coaches?
How many official visit invites have you received?
How many offers have you received?
Based on your quiz results, you are currently not on college coaches' recruiting lists.
It's time for you to be proactive and reach out to college coaches. An honest third party evaluation lets you know which schools might be a good fit for you both athletically and academically, and what level you're suited for. Don't waste your time reaching out to schools that you don't qualify for. After your recruiting evaluation, you can begin sending coaches your athletic/academic resume, and most importantly, your highlight video.
The recruiting process isn't the same as it was 20 years ago. It's more competitive, and it can start as early as the seventh grade. Many student-athletes are being offered scholarships before their sophomore year.
Congratulations! You are no longer only a prospect; you are now a recruited student-athlete. But there's a lot more work to do.
As a lightly recruited student-athlete, you've had some exposure to coaches, but it might not be enough. You need to keep being proactive in the recruiting process. An honest third party evaluation lets you know which schools might be a good fit for you both athletically and academically, and what level you're suited for.
The next step is to track the coaches who are reaching out to you, and send them your athletic/academic resume. It's also important to send your information to coaches who haven't contacted you yet, and try to get on their recruiting list. The more programs recruiting you, the more leverage you have when it's time to negotiate an athletic scholarship.
Congratulations on being a recruited student-athlete! You're on the radar of a few college coaches, which is great. But realize that there are over 1,800 colleges and universities around the country that offer aid for student-athletes. Finding the right school for you can be more difficult than you think. Even though you're already on a few recruiting lists, you need to be on more.
Keep pushing. Don't get comfortable with your recruiting situation until you sign your National Letter of Intent. You should reach out to 20% of the programs that offer your sport, which could mean contacting up to 200 coaches. Continue to send your highlight video and athletic/academic resume to programs that are the right athletic and academic fit based on the results of your scouting evaluation. Take plenty of unofficial visits and call coaches on a regular basis.
Keep in mind that only 2% of athletes receive an NCAA Division I full scholarship. The more offers you have to choose from on signing day, the better chance you have at finding the right school.
Congratulations, you're a highly recruited student-athlete! You're in the final stages of the recruiting process, and likely on your way to a college athletic career.
The biggest sign of serious recruitment is a verbal offer made by a college coach. Nothing is guaranteed until everything is in writing, but an offer is a strong indicator that the coach is serious about wanting you on their roster.
Remember that the majority of scholarships aren't full rides, but keep in mind that the more offers you have, the better your chances of getting the financial help that you want. Student-athletes can use multiple offers as leverage when negotiating scholarships at the schools they want to attend the most. Don't get tunnel vision. There are over 1,800 schools around the country that offer aid for athletes.
It's essential to remember that college is not just a four-year decision, but a 40-year decision. Choosing the right school affects you for the rest of your life. Make sure you pick a college that's the best fit athletically and academically.