Signing day is near and while the ink dries on NLI’s there will be many student-athletes with sorrows and shattered dreams. This time of year hundreds of overlooked student-athletes will wish they did something to be more proactive. Most will wish they hadn’t bought into the myth that “if you’re good enough, they’ll find you.”
Hoping and waiting for some college coach to come knocking on your door is not the way to get recruited. If this is your plan, then I’m afraid that your chances of signing a letter of intent on National Signing Day is pretty slim!
But you’re an an elite athlete determined to succeed! You’ve put in the hard work, extra reps, aches and pains…sweat…blood…tears. You are determined to get your full reward.
Here are three tips to improve your chances of playing at the next level.
1. Start early
The earlier you begin planning the recruiting process the better. In most sports D1 prospects athletes are identified by the end of their sophomore year! Recruiting boards of D2 and D3 schools also start to fill up early. This means athletes should start outlining your recruiting plan in 8th or 9th grade.
2. Be proactive
Don’t be afraid to take control of your recruiting process. Do your homework. Learn the recruiting timelines. Find out about contact dates and regulations. Keep good stats and up to date film. Proactive people make something happen by taking control.
3. Get help
College recruiting can be confusing so you’ll want someone to help you navigate the process. There are a number of different avenues to explore for advocacy, assistance, advice and exposure. Use coaches, and contacts as well as websites and recruiting organizations to help you get noticed.
The goal is to enjoy the recruiting process! Get in there and get going! If you’re not enjoying it then today is the time to start putting together a plan towards success!
Have questions? Need help? Contact me to set up a time to talk (get free advise!) or use the comment section below.
Coach Mike oversees the the recruiting of talented next-level athletes to develop a recruiting strategy to get seen, scouted and recruited. With over 20 years of experience as a coach and, as former college athlete, Mike now mentors families through the academic, athletic and financial aspects of college recruiting.
Coach Mike – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 805-622-STAR