Any athlete, in any sport, can tell you that you need a plan for each stage of the game. Winners have a strategy for the beginning, middle, and end.
You can probably see the comparison coming already, so let’s cut to the chase.
Recruiting has quarters too. Or innings, or periods – whatever makes sense to you. Here are some quick and dirty tips for making the most of each phase of the recruiting game:
Early Game: Get ahead early
If you can jump out to a lead right away, it makes your life easier and gives you lasting edge on the competition. Don’t dig yourself in a hole with grades. Start reaching out to coaches freshman year. Compete with yourself to see how fast you can get on varsity.
The Half: Make adjustments
What parts of your game could use improvement? Can you keep using the same strategy? Even if you have been doing well, the way you approach recruiting will need to change. Freshman and sophomore year are all about building relationships – upperclassmen need to start making plans and solidifying their roster spots as soon as possible, because they don’t last long. Give yourself an honest evaluation of how you’ve done so far with your recruiting process and in your sport (better yet – get an evaluation from an actual college scout who will know what to look for).
Endgame: Finish strong
The game’s not over ‘til it’s over. Until you have signed a binding commitment for your scholarship, no amount of calls, letters, visits, or verbal offers matters. Find your best-fit school, sign there, and then spend the rest of the year preparing for the future instead of scrambling to get recruited at the last minute.
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