If you think being prepared for your recruitment means picking out 1-5 college teams that you are only familiar with because you watch them on TV, then you have already limited your college bound opportunities.
Communicating with recruits is what we do; there are many times when answering recruiting questions that we hear how student athletes want to get recruited, but they only want to play for top NCAA Division I colleges. In certain situations, reaching for a top college is a great goal to reach for. If you believe you have what it takes to compete with the players at the top colleges than you should aim high. On the other hand, if you are an athlete who is currently not playing or training regularly for your sport in any school or league it will be extremely difficult to get recruited.
You Need to Find the Right College
What we encourage young players to do is reach out to college coaches and find the right program for them. We have valuable resources on our site to help athletes of all abilities accomplish this. You need to understand there is more to college sports than Division I.
It’s all about finding the right program. Recruits should be reaching out to all division levels if they are unsure of where they will excel. Take time to explore NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA programs. The more opportunities you give yourself the better your chances will be.
Research the Program & Reach out to the Coaches
Coaches are going to need to know more about you than: “Hi, I’m an excellent athlete. I have been a huge fan since I was eight. If you give me a chance to play, I will not let you down.” Please, whatever you do in your recruitment do not send them an email, text, or Facebook message like this. This is not how coaches want to communicate with recruits. One to two sentences says nothing about the student-athlete you are.
You need to send coaches something concrete. Tell them about yourself and show them your skills. You need to be prepared. Send them your resume and video. Tell them why you want to be a part of their team, what you have to offer, and prove it to them that you will be able to compete at their level.
It’s one thing to reach out to coaches, but another to be prepared when you begin to contact them. Coaches will know by your correspondence if you have done your homework and are knowledgeable about their team and program. Be that athlete they will want to get back in touch with.
Remember, top college coaches are hearing from hundreds if not thousands of recruits from around the globe. They have seen it all. In order to stand out, you need to set yourself apart from other recruits who are striving for the same goal you are.
If you have further questions about finding the right college program for you or the correct way to reach out to college coaches than leave your comment below or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter!