HIGH SCHOOL COLLEGE RECRUITMENT TIMELINE

HIGH SCHOOL COLLEGE RECRUITMENT TIMELINE


ARE YOU ON TRACK TO GET RECRUITED?


As a college-bound student-athlete, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR ELIGIBILITY. That

means planning ahead, taking high school classes seriously, and protecting your amateur

status.


The college recruiting process is exactly that -- a process. These guidelines are designed to help players and parents understand and develop a timeline of tasks that should be completed over the recruitment years. It should be noted that parents should most definitely be involved in this process, but most communication should come from the player when interacting with colleges and universities. Coaches want to see kids who are independent, can hold a conversation, and are willing to lead; having the parent do most of the communication is typically seen negatively from the coaches perspective. With that in mind, it is encouraged that players begin the administrative process themselves.




Freshman Year


Academic

  • Focus on acclimating to high school and doing your best academically.

  • Involve yourself in school activities.

  • Talk to your counselor and ensure you take NCAA-approved courses (or find your high school’s list at this link).


Athletic

  • Create your University Athlete account (and keep it updated!).

  • Create a list of 100 prospective schools using the CollegeBoard website or other search tool, taking into account athletics, academics, finances, and other factors important to you and your family.

  • Film and create highlight video.

  • Send introduction e-mails to the coaches of any schools you KNOW you are interested in.


Sophomore Year


Academic

  • Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center.

  • Meet with your high school’s college counselor to ensure you are taking NCAA approved courses. If you fall behind on courses, do not take short cuts to catch up.

  • Register for and take the PSAT to prepare for the PSAT again in your junior year.


Athletic

  • Update your University Athlete account.

  • Set aside time to research 10 – 15 schools per month. Begin crossing schools off your list and prioritizing the schools in which you’re most interested.

  • Continue to build relationships with the coaches of the schools in which you’re most interested.

  • Film and update your highlight video and have link to full match video ready for when coaches request.

  • Make unofficial visits.

  • Attend summer camps with the primary goal of learning and improving and secondary goal of gaining exposure.


Junior Year


Academic

  • Check with your counselor to make sure you will graduate on time with the required number of NCAA-approved courses.

  • Register for and take the PSAT to prepare for the SAT.

  • Begin registration for the SAT and/or ACT in the FALL of your junior year in order to take the exam at your first choice test site and avoid potential conflicts in the spring.

  • Take the ACT or SAT and submit your scores to the NCAA using code 9999.

  • At the end of the year, ask your counselor to send or upload your official transcript to the NCAA Eligibility Center. If you took classes at more then one high school or program, you will need to submit an official transcript for each school.


Athletic

  • Update your University Athlete account.

  • Narrow down your prospective schools list to schools you truly want to pursue.

  • Film and update your highlight video and have link to full match video ready for when coaches request.

  • Continue to call and e-mail coaches. Complete questionnaires, send updated video, and make sure you follow through with any requests made of you by coaches quickly.

  • Be direct with coaches – ask coaches where you stand on their list of recruits and use that information to direct your search.

  • Start making official visits (remember you are only permitted 5).

  • Attend summer camps of schools in which you are interested AND who are interested in you AND with whom you have communicated directly.


Senior Year


Academic

  • Complete your final NCAA courses as you prepare for graduation.

  • Take the ACT or SAT again, if necessary, and submit your scores to the NCAA using code 9999.

  • Request your final amateurism certification beginning April 1 (or October 1 for spring enrollees) in your NCAA Eligibility Center account.

  • After you graduate, ask your counselor to send or upload your final official transcript with proof of graduation to the NCAA Eligibility Center. Only students on an NCAA Division I or II request list will receive a certification.


Athletic

  • Update your University Athlete account – even after you’ve committed to a college to mark yourself as committed!

  • Film and update your highlight video and have link to full match video ready for when coaches request.

  • Continue to make official visits.

  • Complete applications for schools on time.

  • Complete the FAFSA and apply for academic and other scholarships for which you are eligible.

  • Sign and commit to a school and program.



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