The recruiting process can seem cryptic to some. Parents with athletes looking to play at the next level can find the task of getting video to recruiters, as well as making sure they’re meeting all of the NCAA’s requirements can be quite daunting. Here are four things coaches, parents, and athletes should know about the recruiting process:
It’s important to educate yourself on exactly which classes you’ll need to take. The NCAA doesn’t look at the ‘fluff’ classes – only the core classes.
Excel in the Classroom also!
To put this into perspective – a star athlete who is a C-average student will now need to get five B’s in their high school career to raise their GPA from a 2.0 to 2.3 or higher.
Things you have to do.
Make sure you complete all the information on your highlight page.
Athletic: Vitals / Experience / Speed & Agility / Strength / Achievements and Awards
Scholastic: GPA & Test Scores / Scholastic Interests / Non-Sport Activities, Honors, Awards
Contact Information: Address, Phone, Email for you and your Parents / Guardians
If you have questions about academics, you should speak with your counselor, then take matters into your own hands. The national average for counselors to students is currently 500:1. Counselors can help tremendously, but just might not have the time.
Game Film is Critical
It might already be obvious, but is worth saying again: game film is critical. You don’t need much. Start off with 10-12 of your best plays. If recruiters are interested, they’ll contact your coach for more information and more video.
Spot shadows: can be useful – particularly with football.
Music: Coaches don’t care about it. College coaches watch film with 10 other things going on, and will turn it down most of the time.
Character is a Key Component.
There are very few athletes who have the game-changing talent that will cause a coach to put up with poor behavior. It’s important for recruiters to know that you’re not only a top-notch athlete but also a top-notch individual. Have you been volunteering or taking a leadership role in school organizations? The same goes for social networks. Anything you put on a social network can be seen by someone else, and recruiters are learning to use these social networks to assess the character of potential recruits.
Most of all remember that your education comes first, your coaches can and will help with the rest!