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College Recruiting Q&A
Riley101 posted a topic in High School SportsQ: 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. Get Recruited https://underrecruitedprep.com/pricing
Q: How does the college recruiting process work? We identify our needs as a program and then we go find what fits our need as well as our university and program. We know who we are, we know what kind of student athletes we can attract so we try to find the best fit for our program to meet the needs that we have. Q: How should a recruit let you know he/she wants to play for your college/university? Personal email. Correctly addressed, with correct spelling! Phone calls are okay, but emails are better in my opinion. Include your vital information; position, grad year, HS, Home town, GPA and Test scores, possibly a schedule of game and a short video showing your best skills - no longer than a 3 min read and 3 min video. Q: What coaches look for on official and unofficial visits On our visits we want to see that a potential student athletes is engaged in the visit, engaged in the program. We want players who want to be a part of our university and program. Q: 8 ways to get a call from a College Coach Grades, Skills (speed, bat, fielding, Pitching/Throwing), Work ethic, attitude, hustle - in no particular order. Q: When do you start identifying potential recruits? We are always looking, if they are a few years away it gets noted in our database and when that year comes we start with the ones we have identified. In the NAIA we recruit year round. We like to have our HS class done by May or June - but its a fluid process. Q: College coaches are reaching out. Now what? Return emails! Return Calls / TXTS - if a coach asks you for something; transcripts, application, stats, video - get it done! We see hundreds of players all the time - but we cant get though our process without work from the potential student athlete. Q: What advice do you have for a high school player not getting much attention from college coaches? Keep working! Don’t panic - we know it’s called the recruiting process, but it should be called marketing - the player needs to market themselves. They may not be getting recruited because no one knows about them. Build your recruiting profile and start connecting with college coaches. https://underrecruitedprep.com/