How To Get Recruited

How to get recruited

Let’s be honest, for most athletes getting recruited is hardly what you see in the movies. The recruitment process is a complex, often stressful, long process with the success at the end of the road usually dependant on how the student-athlete has handled the recruitment process. The more knowledge you have, the more effort you put in, the better the results. We’re here to offer you the information and resources required to maximize the chances of you landing that school you’ve dreamed of.  

When does the recruitment process begin?

College recruitment can begin at any given time. The earlier coaches get in contact with the best talent, the better chances they have of building a relationship with them and ultimately raising their chances of landing them. 

In terms of a timeline, for those athletes that are top-ranked recruits, have elite-level film, high-level club experience, freshman year is usually when it begins, however, most athletes don’t really get into the groove until late in their sophomore year. This for us is usually the best time to get the recruitment process started. We recommend to all NextUpRecruitment athletes to begin the recruitment before their junior season.

The easiest way to think about it is like this. If you want to play at a Division One program. Are you more or less likely to secure a scholarship late in your recruitment? The obvious answer is less likely. Scholarships are extremely high and demand and you aren’t the only person trying to be a college athlete. It’s important that you get involved in the recruitment process early, begin building relationships, allow coaches the chance at watching you grow. This is a proven way to improve your chances of securing those top-tier offers. Learn more about NextUpRecruitment’s recruitment services.

How do I know what level of college sports I could compete at?

This could potentially be the most important part of the process so we’re letting you know nice and early how much you need to emphasize the importance of this. 

Knowing your level can either make or break your recruitment. Yes, we understand that you want to play Division One, however not everyone is a DI level athlete and if we’re being brutally honest, the odds are against you, less than 2% of high school athletes (1 in 57) go on to play at NCAA Division I schools. Now that’s out of the way, we’d like to let you know that this doesn’t mean it isn’t possible.

There are a couple of ways to figure out how you rank up against college competition: researching college rosters and getting a professional opinion on your level from either a third party definitely helps. But most important of all, being honest with yourself is the key. 

How can I get on a coach’s radar?

Getting on a coach’s radar is actually easier than you think. This all usually starts with an introductory email. This usually consists of an athlete’s academic and athletic achievements, what level they’re currently playing at, why they’re interested in the program, and a little background information on them as a person. Now, taking this to the next level and beginning to leverage these conversations into offers is a different story altogether so stay tuned for that. 



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