Any time the conversation turns to college recruiting, it’s only natural for parents to relate back to their own experience–or lack thereof. Even though it may seem like yesterday, so much has changed since today’s parents were student-athletes.
Next College Student Athlete (NCSA) President Lisa Strasman recently sat down with Technori CEO Scott Kitun on WGN Radio to discuss how NCSA used technology to bring about a much-needed change to the recruiting game for not only student-athletes but also for the college coaches that recruit them.
“It’s like Match.com for Student-Athletes”
Whether you’re searching for a spouse, a job, or a roster spot, people want to get to know who you are. For student-athletes, that means creating an online profile. A profile is like your athletic resume. It’s an easy way for coaches to review your highlight videos, key stats, and academic information and more. Currently, more than 40,000 college coaches nationwide are reviewing NCSA profiles as a part of their recruiting efforts.
Not all colleges are created equal
NCSA recognized early on that it wasn’t just about finding a roster spot. It was about finding the right school–one that would be a good fit academically and socially. NCSA’s Recruit-Match Technology provides the tools necessary for student-athletes to see how different schools stack up. That information, along with an expert athletic evaluation, allows families to level set their search, and focus on schools that offer the best options for future success.
College Coaches want to hear from student-athletes
While many advances have been made to help create a more efficient recruiting process, there’s nothing that can replace one-on-one communication with college coaches. After reviewing profiles, coaches really want to speak directly with student-athletes they are interested in–not mom, or dad, or anyone else. That’s why it’s so critically important for student-athletes to be prepared to discuss their future.
Even talented players need to hustle
In this digital era of social media and instant, 24/7 online news, some student-athletes and their families feel, that if they have the talent, they can get all the exposure they need. Unfortunately, that’s just not the case. Only a very small percentage of high school athletes have that level of star power to grab the attention of college coaches. Talented players still need to hustle and do the work, play, and plan to get that one look from a prospective coach.