The college recruiting process is not an exact science. Basically, the process works differently for each and every high school student athlete and their parents.
Every student athlete is different; from their size to their weight, athletic ability and academic standing. With all of those factors, it’s clear that the process to get recruited for college will be challenging for student athletes and the parents who are assisting them.
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Strategies are critical in making the recruiting process work for you.
Coming up with a plan of action and sticking to that plan to completion sometimes is hard.
A lot of times when I write about ideas and recruiting tips for student athletes, I will also include parents because I believe it is a working partnership between parents and student athletes during the college recruiting process.
I thought I would come up with some ideas that could help jump-start the process for the parents. Some of these suggestions are not brand new but there always has to be a starting point in the college recruiting process.
- Networking with college coaches: From the very beginning of the college recruiting process I believe this is most critical. There has to be a starting point in the college recruiting process so why not come up with a strong list of college programs.
With your strong list of college coaches, a student athlete should also write a handwritten letter to each and every coach on their recruiting list of interest. Most of the time, you will get a return letter of some sort from a college program; some may write you back and then some may not.
I believe writing a letter can be very effective because it is the personal touch from a student athlete to a college coach. If a college program is interested in you and they write you back a handwritten letter, this is a strong starting point to begin the college recruiting process.
- Facebook can be an excellent place to network with college coaches: Many college programs have Facebook pages now, and that makes it easier to connect with college coaches. You can share information much faster then before.
Millions of high school athletes are on Facebook and student athletes understand how the social networks works. So it’s a no brainer for student athletes to easily network with college programs there.
- Email still has value as a way to network with college coaches: Email, if used correctly, can be a very effective tool in passing information back and forth between student athletes, college programs and parents.
Be very careful how you use email because if you start out emailing college coaches, it may become extremely challenging to get through.
Many student athletes, high school coaches and parents are emailing college programs every day and if they don’t know who you are chances are your email may get lost in the sauce of all the other junk that comes in every day. Be smart when using email!
- Build a huge list of college programs: Many high school student athletes and parents sometimes are only interested in college programs that they have heard of and are in their home state.
I think you should expand the list of college programs to include all of the college programs in the surrounding states. For example, if you live in Ohio then you want to look at college programs that are in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Michigan, Kentucky and maybe Indiana.
This would give you a large selection of college programs to network with.
The reason for creating a large list of college programs is because every coach has different recruiting needs.
Every situation when it comes to recruiting is different; some college programs may respond to you quickly in terms of showing an interest in you and other college programs may be a little slow to respond.
By expanding your list of college programs, this will give you a larger pool of opportunities to pick from. If you have a small list of college programs could be leaving money on the table.
Final thoughts: I’ve said this a million times: the college recruiting process is like a jigsaw puzzle with a million pieces. It will take you a long time to put that puzzle together.
The college recruiting process is not easy and most of the time it does not make any sense.
It’s important to remember to come up with strategies that can help you make the process of going from high school athlete to college athlete smoother.
If you are a blue-chip high school student athlete then the strategies will be of no use to you but most of the student athletes who are looking to play in college are not blue-chip superstar ball players so they will need as many strategies as possible to get recruited for college.