Athletic Recruiting Starting Early

4 Ways You Can Immediately Get Ahead In Recruiting This Weekend


It’s the weekend! Chances are you have a game, (or two), this weekend – maybe practice, a science project to finish, or Spanish report to write? Perhaps you have a movie date planned or family wedding in the books.

Long story short, chances are you’ve got a lot going on.

Guess what?

You still have to make time for your recruitment.

Whether it’s early in the morning, in the car, when you make it home at night, prioritize your recruiting process this weekend.

Now, this may feel daunting. It may feel like there’s no chance you’ll have the time, and that’s okay, that’s why we’re here to help.

Use the following four items as a checklist. These will help you stay on track, consistent, immediately get ahead in recruiting process this weekend.

Whether you have a few offers on the table, or none at all; whether you’re well into your recruiting process, or haven’t even started – these are things that can benefit every kind of student-athlete. When we break things down, they become much more manageable.

I challenge you to give it a shot this weekend. (And I promise – all four are really important to do, but also super easy. You can do it – this is your future we’re talking about!)

Find 5 new programs that interest you and reach out to their coaches via phone call or email.

Something we not only encourage at NCSA Athletic Recruiting, but are also known for, is finding programs for student-athletes that they and their families never even knew existed, (and turn out to be a perfect fit).

Take about thirty minutes to an hour this weekend to sit down at your computer and look into some new schools. Whether you start with an area of the country you want to be in, schools that offer the field of study you’re interested in, or perhaps are the size you’re feeling comfortable with.

Whatever your search criteria – sit down and physically spend some time on the search. Find five new schools this weekend and reach out to five coaches directly.

Hint: Looking for scholarship opportunities in your sport? Use this tool to find them.

Follow-up with any coaches you are currently in correspondence with.

For those of you who are in correspondence with college coaches, take some time this weekend to follow-up with coaches and to make sure you are up-to-date and staying timely in your communication.

If you were the last to respond, write a quick email to follow-up or let him or her know how your season – or off-season – is progressing.

If they are in-season, reach out with a “Congratulations!” or “You’ll get them next time!” email or call. Even if they are too busy to reply to you right away (they’re in-season, after all), and even if it’s a school that’s not a top choice, never close a door too early.

I promise you, reaching out with some personality and initiative will set you apart from other recruits, period.

Update your academic and athletic resume.

Do you have your most current stats in order?

Get your SAT and ACT scores, GPA, and yes, athletic stats, all up-to-date and in one place this weekend.

Perhaps one of the most important pieces of this puzzle is your highlight video. It’s an imperative part of your resume, and if it’s not up-to-date with your most recent top performances or skills, this needs to be numero uno over the next couple of days.

Speak with your high school coach.

Do me a favor this weekend: catch up with your high school coach. Even if you’re in-season and see them everyday.

Make sure he or she is aware of your aspirations to play at the next level. Inform him or her you are in the process of your recruitment and are working hard at it. If they already know all of this, reach out with a simple “thank you” or ask: “Could I be doing anything better as a teammate right now?”

They will a) appreciate the gesture, and b) keep this in mind when college coaches come calling asking about the kind of kid you are.

If you are on thin ice or in rocky waters with your high school coach – take steps to make it right this weekend. Your high school coach is going to be a key recommendation when the time comes. Work on the relationship now so it’s a no brainer for them to help you later.

And, this might be a no-brainer, but if you haven’t started a digital profile yet, you absolutely should. It’ll be even faster than any of the steps I’ve outlined here. Get staretd with one today.

About the author
Laura Chmiel

Laura Chmiel is a marketing coordinator and a lead writer for NCSA Athletic Recruiting. As someone with a passion for athletics and education, she graduated from Indiana university with a B.S. in Elementary Education. After school, she gained first-hand experience helping student-athletes and their families get to college.