The Athletics department has put together an extensive list outlining the College Recruiting process. If you’re interested in playing a college sport, this is an excellent place to begin.

Considerations for the Recruiting Process

Athletes should have realistic expectations of their level of play. Be honest with yourself and consider your ability and profile for the position you play. For example, there were zero NCAA Basketball players under 5’5″ in 2017. When it comes to college athletic recruiting, dreams and reality may differ.

  1. Take a moment to review the Athlete Profiles by Position that collegiate coaches use for consideration of an athlete. These were created by research and discussions with collegiate coaches.
  2. College coaches expect athletes to meet the NCAA academic requirements. Be sure to review your grade-based and test-based academic requirements.
    1. Division I Academic Requirements
    2. Division II Academic Requirements
    3. Division III Academic Requirements
    4. NAIA Academic Requirements
    5. SAT & ACT Sliding Scale Scores
  3. In order to avoid recruiting violations, it’s important that coaches only contact athletes during specified times, see the NCAA DI and DII Recruiting Calendars.
  4. Students can accept their National Letter of Intent (NLI) on a signing day. National Letter of Intents are provided alongside most formal scholarship offers and exist to provide schools with a binding agreement that a student has accepted the school’s athletic scholarship offer. NLI Signing Days vary by sport. On the contrary, verbal commitments are non-binding.
  5. Athletes often wonder their odds of competing at the college level. The answer varies by sport, take a moment to review the Estimated Probability of Competing in College Athletics by Sport.
  6. Although talent is the number one determinate for recruitment, coaches are also interested in other attributes that make up the athlete. You’d be wise to review the list of Attributes College Coaches Look for in Student Athletes.
  7. Some Athletes may not receive a scholarship, yet still choose to Walk-on. What does it mean to be a Preferred Walk-on vs. Walk-on?
  8. College recruiters are known to look at specific Athletic Camps and Combines. Here are a list of suggested events to focus on:
    1. Football: Recommended Camps and Combines
  9. Similarly, the scholarships available and recruiting processes may vary by sport. Take a moment to review the scholarships and recruiting practices for your specific sport:
    1. Football: Scholarships and Recruiting Practices
  10. Highlight Reel – If you intend on playing in college. You should consider creating a one to three minute Hudl highlight reel. College coaches receive thousands of emails each week, so focus on the first four plays being exceptionally dynamic. College coaches are more receptive to reading emails from coaches they’re familiar with. Be sure to check with your coach about emailing your highlight reel.
  11. College visits can be a great way to gain a school’s attention. Learn from Ken Lancaster as he Breaks Down the College Visit for Athletes.

Looking for more information about College Recruiting? Contact Curt Cramer, College Recruiting and Placement Advisor with The First Academy Athletics Department.

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