For many athletes the school year is finally over. The first thing most student-athletes want to do is to relax and take a break. But if you’re an athlete with the goal of playing ball at the next level coasting is not the best thing to do.
Actually, the last thing you want to do is take a break. So instead of taking your foot off the gas and coasting you need to rev up the engine and cover some serious ground. Remember, you only have a small four year window to get seen, scouted, and recruited.
Taking time off can put you behind in recruiting. Plus, athletes can get in a funk where one day off turns into to two, then four then, a week or even a month. Take caution not to fall behind. College coaches recruit athletes year around so you should also stay focused on your recruiting year around.
So, how do you know that your recruiting is on the right track? Follow these tips as a guideline to gauge where you are with your recruiting.
Freshmen- Day 1 of Freshman year, the very first day you step on high school campus, college coaches can begin to communicate with athletes. Get any early start before the school year begins because recruiting really starts the day you graduate 8th grade.
Sophomores that are starting to show up on the recruiting radar of college coaches should be getting letters, emails and camp invites. This is a pivotal year for most prospective athletes and the best time to get noticed.
Juniors can tell that they are on pace recruiting by receiving emails, texts, camp invites or have spoken with several coaches. This is also a great time to take the Act and SAT tests.
Seniors should have heard from colleges the summer before their senior year. Ideally, seniors want to be in a position where they are narrowing down interested colleges instead of hoping that a college coach will show an interest at the last moment.
Follow these tips and you’ll be heading towards the home stretch.
One other piece of advice. If you find that your recruiting isn’t going according to plan, you should get some help to get you up to speed. I’m willing to help. Just contact me via twitter or the email below for a free recruiting evaluation.
Coach Mike Woosley is a National Scouting Director at CSA-PrepStar. As a professional collegiate sports scout Mike works with qualified next level student-athletes to find the right college athletic and academic fit. Comments and questions are always welcome.