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Steps to College: A Quick Overview of the Recruiting Timeline

8th Grade:

  • Research & start a list of colleges you're interested in.  Aim to begin writing college coaches  freshman year of HS.
  • Work on study and time management skills; it is important to get good grades beginning with Freshman year of HS!
  • Character matters, make good choices every day. Learn to be very careful of what you put on social media.
  • Play at the highest level of club team you can.  Ask your current coach what you need to do athletically to compete well at the HS level.
  • Start going to College Camps to attend. The earlier you start, the more of a relationship you can build throughout the next few years.

Freshman Year of HS:

  • Continue your research & compile an initial list of 20 to 30 schools that you're interested in.  Rank schools based on the attributes that are most important to you.
    • ‚Äč1 list for "reach" schools, 1 list for "realistic" schools, and 1 list for "safety" schools
  • Begin writing coaches of schools you're interested in, get on their radar and get your name out there!
  • Complete recruiting questionnaires for all schools on your list.
  • Begin compiling highlight & game videos, consider setting up a channel within YouTube
  • Play at the highest level of club/HS team you can. Ask your coaches where you need improvement and set goals. 
  • Keep attending College camps and clinics.
  • Good grades are critical ALL 4 years of HS - hit the ground running freshman year! 
  • Consider working with a personal trainer to improve speed, strength and overall athleticism.

Sophmore Year of HS:

  • Register with NCAA & NAIA eligibility Centers
  • Complete recruiting questionnaires for all schools on your list. 
  • Continue compiling highlight & game videos, consider setting up a channel within YouTube or making separate Twitter/Instagram Page
  • Continue to research and update your list and write coaches & schools. Send videos and/or links to videos. 
  • Consider working with a speech coach to develop and improve communications skills - make a good first impression when you talk to coaches.
  • Begin making phone calls to coaches, let them know your game / meet / match schedule  - stay on their  radars!
  • Take SAT / ACT practice tests and/or test prep courses, keep your grades up!
  • Pick a good attitude and show it. Recognize that nothing is owed to you just because you're a good athlete.

Junior Year of HS:

  • Continue to research schools, but narrow your list to 10 to 15 schools. 
  • Keep in contact with coaches often, let them know of your continued interest and also if you're no longer interested. 
  • Continue to send videos & grades to schools you are interested in.  Be your own advocate & keep your name out there! 
  • Ask coaches where you stand on their recruiting list and their timeline. 
  • Take SAT/ACT Tests
  • Keep your grades up
  • Look to attend Showcase games and tournaments and let college coaches know your schedule. 
  • Continue to play at the highest level of club/HS team you can. Get feedback on where you can improve skills. 
  • Make unofficial visits to schools you're interested in. 
  • Take AP courses, challenge yourself academically.

Senior Year of HS:

  • Narrow your list to 3 to 5 schools, stay in contact with coaches on a weekly basis.
  • Ask coaches for the timeline that they will make offers.
  • Quickly & politely let schools know if you're no longer interested  
  • Contact players on your short list of schools, get their direct feedback on the school and program.
  • Take official visits to schools on your short list, meet coaches and players. 
  • Complete FAFSA form, get college applications in early and apply to all schools on your short list. 
  • Keep your grades up - avoid Senior Slump! 
  • Character is key, make good choices every day. Who are you when no one is looking?   
  • Post nothing on social media you may later regret. Don't let a 100 character tweet cost you a $10,000 scholarship!. 
  • Receive, consider and respond to all offers from schools 
  • Make the decision ... make sure it's your decision! 


Source of information: scholarshipstats.com