Get Recruited to Play College Sports
The recruiting process is very different depending on your sport and what division level you are being recruited at. The amount of money spent on recruiting by each sports team is not regulated like it is with scholarships. This means your big sports like football spend hundreds of thousands of dollars every year and other programs are left with sometimes only a couple thousand dollars a year for recruiting.
What can you do if the coach has a big recruiting budget?
If you are looking to play for one of the major college sports teams the recruiting process for these coaches is very different then smaller programs. If you aren’t hearing from these schools by your sophomore year you will need to take the initiative yourself. These programs have teams of people around the country finding athletes who can play at the top college levels.
Additionally, these coaches have certain expectations of the athletes they recruit. They will spend several hours evaluating each athlete over the course over a couple years. You need to be attending their camps, sending in video and finding other ways to play in front of these coaches. They don’t have time for athletes who appear disinterested.
What if the school you want to go to has a small recruiting budget?
The vast majority of scholarship opportunities come from programs that don’t have the money to go out and find their athletes. These programs rely on interested and qualified athletes to seek them out and make the effort to be evaluated by their staff. This means you will need to proactively contact schools, put together a resume and video and introduce yourself to coaches.
The expectations on the athlete are the same as larger programs. These coaches still need to evaluate you, you will need to attend their camps or showcases and visiting the school is always a good idea. Sometimes coaches can help out finically with visits or camps but typically an athlete will need to share some of the expense.
The only recruiting rule that matters.
While there are hundreds or complex recruiting rules there is only one that really matters and it’s not even really a rule. As a prospective student athlete you can call or email a coach anytime you want and the coaches can speak with you. As long as you are initiating the contact coaches can speak with you. But they are prohibited in initiating the contact with recruits. Rule savvy athletes have been using this little known fact for decades to get scholarships ahead of equally deserving recruits.