If you’re a talented high school student-athlete, you want to do everything you can to make sure you get recruited by the colleges you want. The path to recruiting success can be daunting – there’s so much to do, and you’re still in high school! With that in mind, here are 9 tips you can do this summer to improve your chances for successful recruitment – three each for freshman/sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
For Student-Athletes Entering Grades 9-10
When you’re in 9th or 10th grade, college seems a long way away. However, it’s not too early to start planning for college recruitment, and there are some important steps you need to take.
1. Start Building Your Profile
All prospective college athletes need to create an online profile that recruiters can reference. In terms of academics, the profile should include your high school grade point average, standardized test scores, and your major or areas of interest. Athletic information should include the sport(s) you play, number, position, statistics, and the like.
2. Create a Short Highlight Video
Recruiters will want to see you in action, so you need to create a 5-8 minute highlight video to demonstrate both your individual technical skills and how you perform with your team. Include an introduction where you show or state your personal information and statistics, and make sure you list any championship titles you’ve won.
3. Reach Out to at Least Ten Coaches
Now is also the time to start identifying those schools you might want to attend. Select at least ten schools and contact those coaches. Make sure you include your online profile, school transcripts, and a link to your highlight video.
For Athletes Entering Grade 11
As you enter your junior year, things start to get more serious. There’s a lot of athletic and academic work ahead to prepare for next year’s recruitment season.
1. Register, Study For, and Take the SAT and/or ACT
On the academic front, you need to do well on your SAT or ACT. Most schools have minimum scores needed to get in, so make sure your score meets those requirements – and retake the tests if you fall short. Submit the test results to those schools you’re interested in and to the NCAA Eligibility Center. Remember – you can’t schedule any official school visits until you’ve taken an official SAT or ACT.
2. Start Cracking Down on Your College List
You need to learn all you can about the schools in which you’re interested. Attend college fairs, scour the schools’ websites, do research on campus culture and classes offered, and maybe even take a few unofficial campus visits. The goal? Find out which schools are the best fit for you.
3. Ensure You’re on Track to Meet Admissions Criteria of Potential Schools
Find out what the admissions criteria are for each of the schools in which you’re interested. Make sure you’re taking the right classes – and getting the right grades – to meet those admissions standards. Then go one step further and take some challenging courses that you can balance with your sport.
For Athletes Entering Grade 12
Now you’re in the home stretch. Make sure you’re studying and working hard, and that your grades are up to par. Retake the standardized tests if need be and get ready to start filling out those application forms!
1. Apply to Your Top Choice Universities
Your senior year is when you apply to your schools of choice – and there’s a lot of paperwork involved. Depending on the school, early decision applications are typically due between November 1st and November 15th. Normal applications for top-tier academic institutions need to be submitted through January 31st. You’ll need to complete your FAFSA, for student aid, as soon as possible after January 1st. Moreover, the NCAA amateurism certification needs to be completed sometime after April 1st.
2. Complete and Monitor Your Online Player Profile
Naturally, you’ll want to keep your online player profile and highlight video updated. Make sure to include your most recent big wins and personal bests. And make sure you’re using social media to promote yourself to interested coaches.
3. Schedule and Attend Official Visits
In addition to everything else you have to do at school, you’ll need to schedule and attend official visits to your top college picks. Each visit takes up an entire weekend, so start planning early.
Three More Tips for Serious Student-Athletes
There’s, even more, you can do to ease the recruitment process. Nadeau Sports Recruiting offers several resources you can use to promote yourself to your schools of choice better.
1. Download Our 31-Point Recruiting Checklist
In this post, we’ve highlighted 9 tips for more effective recruiting, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Here at Nadeau Sports Recruiting, we’ve created a free 31-point checklist that will help you get organized and keep track of where you are in the recruitment process.
2. Register to Use Our Online Resume Builder
It’s important to have an online resume to show to interested coaches, and our Online Resume Builder will help you create it. It’s free to use, no credit card required. Click here to register.
3. Enroll in Our Student-Athlete Blueprint Course
For the ultimate in recruitment prep, sign up for our Student-Athlete Blueprint Course. This course will walk you step-by-step through the process of creating an effective online profile – and ensure that coaches discover it. Click here for more information and to register.
Curious how other student-athletes are making use of our many services? Then why not check out some of our player profiles!