The following is a post by Chris Burget, a head scout at NCSA Athletic Recruiting, who regularly contributes to our blog, as well as his own at CoachChris99.com. Chris played football at the University of Arizona, where he received a full scholarship. You can also find Chris on Twitter @Coach_Chris99. You can talk to Chris and other football scouts about your football recruiting process and how you can maximize your chances of getting a football scholarship.
Recently I put up a Twitter poll asking student-athletes among all their accounts, what kind of social media to connect with college coaches do they prefer?
Attention all athletes! What is your top social media tool to increase your exposure to college coaches? #NCSAsports
— Coach Chris 99 (@Coach_Chris99) December 26, 2015
Over 2,100 votes came in, and overwhelmingly, Twitter was the main choice athletes used.
Twitter is a great social media to connect with college coaches.
It’s not surprising that Twitter is number one when you look at the amount of updates and the ease to which kids can target their videos to colleges and coaches.
Everyday, I meet with student-athletes and their families and at some point I ask what social media platforms they currently use. Most athletes tell me they are on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. And all of them want to know how to increase their chances of connecting with college coaches.
As a recruiting expert with NCSA I have the opportunity to guide these kids and help navigate the the competitive recruiting process. The number one thing I tell them is that you need to have an online presence in order to connect with college coaches. Here at NCSA we have more than 35,000 active college coaches that use our database of the very best student athletes in the country.
As a verified third-party we help match student-athletes with colleges and coaches.
But you have a role in promoting yourself on social media to connect with college coaches, too.
Helping share your recruiting profile, videos and stats with social media channels like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook are invaluable tools when they link to the power of your online profile. Remember: Only 1% of student- athletes earn a Division I full ride. More than 94% of the college athletic programs are outside of Division I. #fact
So you need to get out in front of coaches and promote yourself — especially if you haven’t seen that team playing on TV, or making national headlines. Who knows; that coach might be at the school that is the perfect fit for you academically, socially and athletically.
If you are interested in playing sports at the next level and are just starting high school or at the end of your final season there are certain things that you need to do in order to increase your exposure and put yourself in the best position to obtain a scholarship. Don’t wait to tell it’s too late. The best way to get started is with a recruiting profile.