How and When to Begin the Recruiting Process

Individuals who are unfamiliar with the collegiate athletic recruiting process are more likely to get left behind. These individuals either miss a step in the process, spread themselves too thin, or start too late. Many young athletes wonder when a good time to begin the recruiting process is and what they should do in order to begin. It is recommended to begin the recruiting process during your Freshman year of high school. If you are a Freshman, here are some helpful tips on how to begin the recruiting process and gain coaches attention.

The very first step of the recruiting process is to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center. You can register on their website www.eligibilitycenter.org. Once you have registered you will be considered a prospective student-athlete and eligible for recruitment.

The next step is to do your research and make a list of universities that you would consider attending. One helpful guide for making your list is contact us where you can perform searches that not only show schools that offer your sport, but also require certain GPA’s, are private or public, have certain student body sizes, among other things. While making your list, write down the coaches contact information for future use. Although you may have already narrowed down your top choices for universities, it is best not to spread yourself too thin so your list should be anywhere between 20 to 30+ universities. Remember, coaches are scouting athletes from all over the country!

Once you have your list of 20 to 30+ universities, you should “invite” coaches to view your profile webpage through nfinia or send them a profile/resume by mail. This is your first point of contact and puts your name on their radar. Since coaches cannot contact you during your Freshman year of high school, the next steps and objectives during this time are to work hard on improving your talent and update coaches regularly on your progress.

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