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5 Things to Do Over Thanksgiving Break to Get Ahead in the Recruiting Process

Thanksgiving is the time where people gather around over great food, great company, and great conversations. It’s the start of the holiday season and the time when families are able to take time away from their busy lives to  enjoy what is right in front of them. It’s also time off from school, and maybe practice. But that doesn’t mean it’s time to slack off. What can you do over Thanksgiving break to keep you ahead of your competition?

1. Sit down with your family and talk about your recruiting game plan

We often say families spend more time planning their family vacation than they do planning for their son/daughter’s college experience. So this Thanksgiving, sit down as a family and talk about your recruiting game plan. Where are you in the recruiting process so far? Do you have an idea of what schools you are looking at attending?

2. Continue to work on your game

This is the time when a lot of your competition may take things off altogether. Now, giving yourself a little break is healthy once in awhile, but don’t shut down completely.

3.Research 5 target schools

Take the time to research some schools you may want to visit. During your time off from school, take the time to learn about what schools offer and if they match what you are looking for in a college.

4. Reach out to 3 schools by email

After researching your schools, pick 3 schools to reach out to via email. Show your commitment, make yourself stand out in these emails. Talk about their season, or a recent game they had.

5.Do a mock coach call with your family

Communicating with coaches is the single most important aspect of the recruiting process. To gain the competitive advantage, student-athletes should call coaches as early as possible. If you don’t feel ready, do a mock coach call with your family this break. Have a sample script ready which includes the following questions:

  • What GPA and ACT or SAT would I need to have a chance to attend your school and play for your program?
  • Have you had a chance to see me play? (If the student-athlete has not sent the coach a highlight of skills video, replace the question with: Would you like to me send you a link to my video?)
  • What would be a good time to visit your campus?
  • How many players are you recruiting from my position?
  • What is the next step I should take with you?
  • Do you have any questions for me?

Having a sample script ready shows preparation and commitment. Calling a coach will be bring some nerves, but if you can be as prepared as possible, by having mock coach calls with your parents and a sample script, you will be be ahead of your competition.

This Thanksgiving break, stay motivated, proactive, and prepared, and it will pay off!

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Aaron Sorenson