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Q: How does the college recruiting process work?   Each coach at each University recruits in their own way, BUT, there are some things that we all do.  Example: Determine position needs which leads to:   1-evaluate basketball talent, 2-evaluate athleticism, 3-evaluate competitiveness, 4-evaluate character, 5 evaluate projected level, 6- project academic success, 7- investigate behavior, investigate family situation.  This is my important list with about 27,550 additional items that I expect my assistant coaches to know about a prospect. 
 
Q: How should a recruit let you know he/she wants to play for your college/university?  We prefer to see them play first to solve No. 1,2,3,4 questions above and also by interviewing coaches/teachers/family members.  If we have not evaluated a prospect in a “live” situation, we do look at film as well, however that is limited in our evaluation process so we determine from film if we want to go to the trouble of watching a prospect actually play or practice.
 
Q: What coaches look for on official and unofficial visits  Behavior, behavior, behavior, interaction with present team members and if the prospect is truly interested or aloof or cool. Obvious, Sincere interest goes along way.
 
Q: When do you start identifying potential recruits?  Some but few in the 9thor 10th grade, usual evaluation for us begins in Junior season.  If a prospect is decided to be a prospect in the 9th or 10th grade, they are usually very special players. 
 
Q: College coaches are reaching out. Now what?  Student-athlete needs to also do plenty of evaluation – regarding insititution:quality of , reputation of, academic offerings, location/distance of campus, interest campus community has toward athletics, coaching staff/style BUT mainly coach’s record.  Really good Won-Loss record, over time (at least 6 years) is a good barometer of coaching ability.  *A COACH IS WHAT HIS RECORD SAYS HE IS
 
Q: What advice do you have for a high school player not getting much attention from college coaches?  Send film, not just hi-lite film, include game film so the evaluation process can begin or it is decided no interst is there. Either way the student-athlete saves their time and effort.
 
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1.        How does the recruiting process work?   It will vary from school to school, program to program.   Some people get on and stay on people early and others not so much.  Some will send hard copy letters, some emails most by text and phone calls.  Some will be in constant contact others will give space.  It really goes back to the coaches personality.
 
2.       How should a recruit let you know they want to play  for you?   Tell us—don’t be afraid to reach out to us or let us know where we stand as we do the same on our end.  Send game film---as stats don’t really give the overall impact you could have on the game and highlight films are just not a good indication of what you can and cannot do.
 
3.       What coaches look for on visits-----again each coach is different—some really try to impress and roll out the red carpet treatment---some like to keep it low key and just see how people connect---is this recruit fitting in with our kids and staff and the school---trying too hard on either end is never a good thing---you want to be yourselves and genuine the entire time.
 
4.       When do you start looking identifying potential recruits?   Again depends on coach and program—It seems D1 are identifying super early---(way too early in my opinion—but the nature of the beast)  The lower levels probably not much outside jrs and sophomores ---remember they are waiting out the next higher level to see who is left out –honestly recruiting never ends you need to be ready at any time…
 
5.       College coach’s  are reaching out.  Now what?  Find out the schools you want to find out more about and potentially visit.  Don’t be afraid to tell coaches that you are not interested or no longer interested based on whatever feelings you have.   There is no need to waste anyone’s time.
  
6.       What advice do you have for HS player not getting much attention?  Don’t be afraid to reach out and send film –there are so many players out there it is very easy to go under the radar—also at the same time be realistic about what level you can play---find the right fit for you all around---go watch games and practices to find out if it is where you want to be.  
 

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1.        How does the recruiting process work?   It will vary from school to school, program to program.   Some people get on and stay on people early and others not so much.  Some will send hard copy letters, some emails most by text and phone calls.  Some will be in constant contact others will give space.  It really goes back to the coaches personality.
 
2.       How should a recruit let you know they want to play  for you?   Tell us—don’t be afraid to reach out to us or let us know where we stand as we do the same on our end.  Send game film---as stats don’t really give the overall impact you could have on the game and highlight films are just not a good indication of what you can and cannot do.
 
3.       What coaches look for on visits-----again each coach is different—some really try to impress and roll out the red carpet treatment---some like to keep it low key and just see how people connect---is this recruit fitting in with our kids and staff and the school---trying too hard on either end is never a good thing---you want to be yourselves and genuine the entire time.
 
4.       When do you start looking identifying potential recruits?   Again depends on coach and program—It seems D1 are identifying super early---(way too early in my opinion—but the nature of the beast)  The lower levels probably not much outside jrs and sophomores ---remember they are waiting out the next higher level to see who is left out –honestly recruiting never ends you need to be ready at any time…
 
5.       College coach’s  are reaching out.  Now what?  Find out the schools you want to find out more about and potentially visit.  Don’t be afraid to tell coaches that you are not interested or no longer interested based on whatever feelings you have.   There is no need to waste anyone’s time.
  
6.       What advice do you have for HS player not getting much attention?  Don’t be afraid to reach out and send film –there are so many players out there it is very easy to go under the radar—also at the same time be realistic about what level you can play---find the right fit for you all around---go watch games and practices to find out if it is where you want to be.
 

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Q: How does the college recruiting process work?
 
A: For us generally, a recruit will fill out a recruiting questionnaire on our website at- https://wbuathletics.com/sb_output.aspx?form=3&path=wrestling
 
Then we will get in contact with them, and invite them to apply to the school and setup a campus visit. After they get accepted, have completed the financial aid paperwork, and we feel like they are good fit to achieve great things at Wayland, they sign a letter of intent!
 
Q: How should a recruit let you know he/she wants to play for your college/university?
 
A: Fill out a questionnaire for our website, or email me at [email protected]
 
 
Q: What coaches look for on official and unofficial visits
 
A: Mostly how they interact with everyone (coaches, future teammates, their family, etc.), how their personality fits into our culture, do they have high goals and a capacity for change.
 
Q: 8 ways to get a call from a College Coach
 
1. Fill out a recruiting questionnaire
2. Attend the summer camp of a college you want to attend
3. Send an email to the coaches of the college that you’re interested in.
4. Attend a recruiting combine
5. Perform well at national tournaments
6. Score high on ACT/SAT
7. If you can’t get ahold of the coach, contact the admissions department to schedule a campus visit and let them know your interest in athletics.
8. Apply to the school
 
Q: When do you start identifying potential recruits?
A: It varies, but late in the junior year for the most part.
 
Q: College coaches are reaching out. Now what?
A: Narrow down to the choices you feel are the best fit, and setup a visit.
 
Q: What advice do you have for a high school player not getting much attention from college coaches?
A: Be proactive and reach out to the schools you most want to attend.
 

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