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How to Become a College Recruit

Athletic scholarships are notoriously competitive. For proof of this, check out this statistic - the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) reports that under 2 percent of high school athletes get a scholarship.


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Becoming a recruit requires not only a high level of skill, talent and athletic success, but also a commitment to academics. College recruiters look at an applicant’s academic accomplishments, as well as their accomplishments on the field. Many students are vying for an academic scholarship so strategy is important. Making the right moves as an applicant will get you much closer to earning a scholarship. Getting an early start in the application process, getting evaluated by a group like the ABC Athletic Recruiting and posting academic and athletic videos and resumes on the web are three major elements of securing a scholarship.

In addition, it is incredibly important to have an understanding of the kinds of student athletes who are recruited across different divisions. We’ll start with the top tier.

The top tier is comprised mostly of students who enter Division I. These students are the most heavily recruited of all. As freshmen, students in this category have already gotten one offer, at the very least. They also get a lot of recommendation letters and recruitment letters from schools interested in speaking with them. As sophomores they get more letters, offers and invitations. By the time they enter their junior year, they will have already accumulated around 10 offers and invitations for unofficial visits. At this time, they have also been pre-evaluated by admissions departments at various schools and have been contacted by coaches asking for verbal commitments. Students are likely to be contacted in the spring and summer, April through July. Their senior year sees the start of their early signing period after signing a national letter of intent.

The next group of students is considered seriously recruited. As freshmen and sophomores, they get several letters, evaluations, and invitations, and usually one offer. Juniors get more visits and at least 5 more offers, as well as some pre-evaluations and calls in the spring and summer months. Seniors get more visits and typically have at least 10 offers.

Students considered moderately recruited may get a spot in Division II or III. Their early high school career will consist of letters, invitations, and questionnaires. Junior year sees summer tournament evaluations, calls, letters and some scholarship offers and senior year sees fewer than 10 official visit invitations and scholarship offers, as well as pre-evaluations.

Lightly recruited athletes need to step up their game if they want a shot at a scholarship. They may receive camp information and some letters from coaches. Later, they’ll get evaluations at tournaments held during the summer, and by senior year they’ll have around three offers.

A student athlete is considered not recruited if they only receive tryout invitations, unofficial visit invitations and admissions packets, but no offers or anything official from schools.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Scholarships are for talented and committed sports players

  • Middle School is the average time to approach recruiters

  • Be familiar with course requirements and rules o the NCAA

  • Being mentioned in articles or featured stories will help you to stand out

  • Video portfolio showcasing highlights from past events and Statistics

  • Less than 1% of college athletes get a full ride to play in Division I

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