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Dear Coach Taylor – I graduated but I’m not playing sports. How can I get on a college team?

Dear Coach Taylor – I graduated from high school but my academics were not stellar. I sent my highlight tape to several local schools and my best offer was from a community college. I practiced there but did not make the team. I want to try to move out to another institution – what can I do?

There’s a lot you can still do. Make sure you keep yourself in good academic and athletic shape, and make it a priority to reach out to coaches!

1. Improve your academics. If you wants to transfer from a community college to any NCAA school, you will need at least a 2.3 and likely a 2.5 GPA (unless you are transferring immediately – 2.5 GPA is the new transfer requirement as of August). I know this can be difficult but unfortunately it is not negotiable.

2. Keep in good physical shape. If you have opportunities somewhere, you will want to be in good condition to take advantage of them.

3. Consult with a Scout. A third party with a deep understanding of college football will be able to discuss what schools would be a good fit for someone in your position. We offer free scouting consultations, and you can reach our Scouts at 866.579.6272. There may be schools who are interested in someone like you that you was not even aware of. Geographic reach can be a big advantage.

4. Create an online profile. This is key for getting out there and letting coaches outside the local area see what you’ve got – like Facebook for athletes. This is another resource NCSA offers for free, and you can set up your free profile in less than 5 minutes by clicking here.

5. Get educated about the recruiting process. Chris Krause (our founder and a former college football player himself) wrote a book about this called Athletes Wanted. You can order a hard copy through our website at a discounted price, or we offer a free digital copy. Check that out here:

6. Put together a good highlight tape. Sometimes a great player can have a highlight tape that doesn’t full showcase his skills. It’s got to be in the right format, the right order, and with the right content. He needs to put his best foot forward when trying to find a new place to play football.

7. Find coaches at programs where he would be a fit and start reaching out to them. You can’t wait for them to come to you! Not only are they probably not aware of your son, they have a million other things to do and rules restricting their ability to contact recruits. If you start reaching out to them with letters, emails, phone calls and unofficial visits, you can at least get on their radar.

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Aaron Sorenson