You can think there is going to be an easy way to get college scouts to see you, but if you realize early that there isn’t a magic button you will be better prepared. So stop searching the internet hoping to find a way to get coaches and scouts attention, when you’ve done nothing to spike their interest in you.
I promise if you take a few minutes to learn what you could be doing to get on the radar you will be set to get their attention later.
Let Coaches Know Who You Are Early
Take some time to create a sports resume and show coaches what you are made of. Video is the best way to showcase your skills to them during the early stages. Start sending out your stats as early as freshman year in high school. More than likely the coaches will not be responding to your first few emails, but they will get a sense of who you are and see what you are made of.
Football players have been taking full advantage of these types of visits for a long time, as should all athletes. This is an easy way to get coaches to realize you are a serious recruit. Of course if the schools you want to attend are across the country you will be looking at very expensive visits. And of course you need to be aware that taking a visit on your own dime will not guarantee a spot on the team. Sure coaches want to meet athletes who are interested in their program, but you might not be the right fit for the team.
The Complete Package
College coaches are being bombarded with recruits from across the country, make sure you have what they are looking for; talent and good grades. They want to see your skills, experience, and know you won’t have any issues with your academics. It’s one thing to get to college, but in order to stay eligible and on the team you need to be a student first and an athlete second. Coaches don’t want to worry about athletes who can’t meet eligibility or who may have issues with balancing school life and their team life. Tell them how you are preparing and what you are doing to prepare. The more you can explain the better position you will be in.
Impress Them with Your Knowledge of the Team
Recruiting is a lot about making connections and telling coaches about yourself. They need to know who you are before they can move forward with possibly recruiting you, but you need to be able to ask them questions too. Don’t talk about yourself all the time, show coaches your maturity level and how you are able to hold an adult conversation. What I mean is be prepared each time you talk to them; ask questions about the team and also make comments, showing them you have done your research and are truly interested in all aspects of the team and the college.
A little effort goes a long ways; so get out there and make a difference in your recruiting. If you have any questions about gaining exposure leave it below and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+!