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The recruiting process is often complex journey that is primarily navigated by YOU, the student-athlete.  In most cases it doesn’t just happen that a college is near by and sees you.  You have to be your #1 advocate to get the results that you want.  There are many resources to help you along the way to make it less overwhelming!

Below is information cited directly from Next College Student Athlete recruiting service:

“How recruits can get on a college coach’s radar

Getting noticed by college coaches requires student-athletes to take initiative. This starts with an introductory email that allows coaches to get to know an athlete, their academic and athletic achievements and why they are interested in the program. Check out the video below as NCSA’s Danny Koenig, a former D1 and D3 college coach, and head basketball coach B.J. Dunne of Gettysburg College discuss getting on a coach’s radar and the importance of body language, coachability, positive leadership and good energy on the court.

Level set based on your interest, talent and expectations

Getting an objective view of how you stack up against other student-athletes is an invaluable component of the recruiting process—and often one of the toughest parts of the process as families learn more about how to get recruited. There’s no point in striving for a DI scholarship if you don’t have the size or skills to compete at that demanding level. There are a couple ways to figure out how you rank: researching college rosters and being evaluated by a third party like NCSA. Most importantly, you should be honest with yourself about your desire to compete at the college level. It’s nothing like high school; everything is more intense, from training to the competition itself.

Learn about the different division levels

Once you’ve determined your level of interest, talent and expectations surrounding college athletics, it’s important to consider the various division levels available to compete in:

  • NCAA Division I—This is the highest level of college athletics and, thus, the most competitive. DI schools typically have large budgets, expensive facilities, and the student-athletes are expected to train and travel extensively.
  • NCAA Division II—While still a competitive division, DII athletes are provided more balance in their lives, as training and competition aren’t as intense. Scholarships are also offered at this level.
  • NCAA Division III—No athletic scholarships are offered for DIII student-athletes, but there are many other forms of financial aid. The competition levels are still very high, but practice seasons are shorter, and there’s more of an academic focus.
  • NAIA—A much smaller community than the NCAA—with a little over 250 schools—the NAIA is a great option for student-athletes who love their sport but are looking for a smaller or private college, or a specific major.
  • NJCAA—Junior college (JUCO) is a good option for the student-athlete looking to get a sense of what college athletics are like at a two-year institution before transferring to a four-year college. Many student-athletes compete at the JUCO level because they are working on their NCAA eligibility or are trying to save money before transferring to a four-year college.

Understand academic eligibility requirements

Academic eligibility is one of the most important aspects of the recruiting process and can be overlooked by families who aren’t sure how to get recruited. There are different eligibility requirements for NCAA, NAIA and JUCO schools—and each school will also have its own entrance requirements—so it’s crucial to actively work to maintain your grades. A great GPA and/or standardized test score can be the difference-maker between you and another recruit. Think about it: A college coach wants to fill their roster with athletes who will work hard. If you can prove you have the academic chops, they have less to worry about. Being academically sound will also open more doors for you scholarship-wise.” (Credit: https://www.ncsasports.org/recruiting/how-to-get-recruited)

Here is a video of a Coach and all the intangibles OUTSIDE OF ATHLETIC STATISTICS that they look at in the recruiting process:

RECRUITING PROCESS DURING COVID

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  1. Create an online profile (for recruiting)
    • Add video
    • Stats
    • Measurables
    • Graduation class
    • Positions played
    • GPA
    • SAT Score
    • Having these all in one place makes it easier for a coach to recruit you.

Which leads us to creating a profile on Twitter!

“How to create a Twitter for college recruiting profile

Student-athletes need to take a purposeful and strategic approach to use Twitter for college recruiting. It all starts with creating a Twitter profile that will work as hard as you do.

Use these guidelines to optimize your profile on Twitter for college recruiting:

Establish your identity

  • Use your real name as a handle. Coaches can’t recruit you if they can’t recognize you. If you have a common name, try adding a middle initial, your jersey number, or position abbreviation to your handle to make it unique.
  • Be consistent with your profile pic. Find one great, clear photo preferably in uniform and use it consistently on your social media accounts and online recruiting profile. That way, you are easier to recognize and there’s no mistaking you for someone else.

Key facts first
When coaches, scouts, and recruiting staff search for recruits online there are key pieces of information they want to know right away. Make sure these are included in your Twitter profile.

  • Include your high school or club team. Coaches want to know your current team for a number of reasons. For example, it can help gauge your current level of competition or they may know your current coach.
  • Don’t forget your class year. Coaches want to know your class year as that will help determine when and how they communicate with you as a potential
    recruit.
  • What position(s) do you play? Put your primary position first but include any other position experience you have.
  • MUST HAVE: Include a link to your online profile. Coaches don’t have a lot of time, and for most sports, they will want to get right to your highlight or skills video. Make it easy for them to find and include it in your Twitter profile.
  • Be sport-specific with your background image. Getting exposure online means you do what you can to set yourself apart and make yourself easy to find. A sport-specific background in combination with your profile pic just makes it that much easier for coaches and scouts know they’ve come to the right place.” (Credit: https://www.ncsasports.org/blog/2018/10/26/twitter-college-recruiting/)