Like most people, I doubt you have time to listen to a one-hour podcast on recruiting. Many did last week, but if you weren’t one of them, then here are the cliff notes for you to take in — and hopefully apply.
Here are the top seven questions that come up when I’m talking with people about recruiting and athletic scholarships, followed by bullet point answers:
1. How can I get noticed and recruited?
• Myth: Coach will find you.
• Take the initiative. Don’t wait for coaches to contact you.
• The fallacy that top line athletes are the only ones who get contacted.
• Most scholarships are awarded to athletes that make the first contact.
• First impression usually comes from an athlete that contacts a coach.
2. Should I go to camps and showcases, and if so, how do I choose which ones?
• Be sure multiple schools represented
• Coaches from schools you are interested in must be there.
• Ask in advance, “Is it an instructional or recruiting camp?”
3. What do I do when a coach stops contacting me? or How can I keep a coach interested?
• Keep sending updates of all kinds, regularly.
• Take the initiative.
4. How important is academic performance in the recruiting process?
• Coaches want student-athletes that will complete their education.
• Coaches want athletes that will be able to handle the academics.
• Coaches want athletes that will meet the school’s admissions standards.
5. When is the best time to start the recruiting process?
• There are certain things you should do each year, with junior year the most important.
6. What if I’m not a top athlete in my league, county or even on my team? Can I get recruited?
• You don’t have to be the top athlete
• Most good athletes will never be recruited because they never take the initiative to get noticed.
• You want to have the best fit. You don’t have to go to a top school if the fit is not good, both academically and athletically. You want to compete, not sit. So many schools are looking for quality student-athletes. Find the ones that are best for you.
7. What’s important in producing a highlight video that really works?
• Does not have to be flashy.
• Individual footage
• Team and game footage (where applicable).
• Introduce yourself on the video.