College athletic recruiting is a complex process
Families can spend countless hours scouring the Internet and self-help books for advice on how to get recruited. But between school, practices, work and other extracurricular activities, it’s tough to find the time to do the research and piece it all together.
To save families time and energy, we’ve created the College Recruiting Guide. Here, we’ve laid out all the steps your family needs to take to successfully navigate the recruiting process. With advice from current and former college coaches and athletes, we’ve provided the basics, as well as insider tips that only come from years of recruiting experience.
How to get recruited
To get the process started, you need to know where you’re going and how you’re going to get there. This section is dedicated to giving your family the baseline knowledge you need to know to get the ball rolling, including
- How coaches look at the recruiting process
- How to level set your interest and expectations
- The different division levels and how they recruit athletes
- Athletic scholarship statistics
- Early recruiting and what it means for you
- The importance of grades in the recruiting process
- Join a free online college recruiting class
Read more about how to get recruited.
Searching for colleges
While, student-athletes usually have a couple of dream schools in mind, the chances of those coaches recruiting their position and offering a scholarship might not be too likely. That’s why we tell every athlete to research several programs and build a school list to maximize their opportunities and find their best college matches.
Communicating with coaches
When families think about college recruiting, communicating with coaches is usually the first thing that comes to mind. And it is a very important part of the process! However, there are a lot of misconceptions about when and how athletes can contact coaches. We provide expert insights into
- Emailing college coaches
- Calling college coaches
- Texting college coaches
- Using your social media accounts for recruiting
- What recruiting letters mean and how to respond
Read more about communicating with college coaches.
Creating your highlight or skills video
A great highlight video can sometimes be a difference-maker that gets a student-athlete some serious attention from college coaches. We explain what coaches look for in highlight and skills videos and help families capture the right footage for their athletes.
Read more about highlight and skills videos.
Attending camps, combines and showcases
There are numerous events for student-athletes to attend. From camps to combines, showcases to evaluation camps, and so much more, it’s important to know the purpose of each one and to narrow down what’s right for you in your recruiting.
Read more about camps, combines and showcases.
Ensuring your NCAA eligibility
The NCAA is responsible for creating the recruiting rules, academic eligibility requirements and amateurism requirements for college-bound student-athletes at the Division I, Division II and Division III level. There’s a lot to know, so we’ve created our NCAA eligibility center to explain the whole process.
Read more about NCAA eligibility.
Understanding NAIA eligibility
The NAIA has its own set of eligibility standards for student-athletes. Check out the criteria future NAIA athletes must fulfill and learn more about the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics in the process.
Read more about NAIA eligibility.
Managing your recruiting process
There are many times during the recruiting process where families are left wondering, “Now what do we do?” Managing your recruiting is an understated, yet crucial, part of the process. During this time, recruits need to
- Maintain coach communications
- Meeting application deadlines
- Understand different types of scholarship offers
- Compare financial aid packages from different schools
- Negotiate for your best financial aid package
- Sign with your top school
Read more about managing your recruiting.