We know how mystifying the recruitment process can be because many of our mentors once went through it themselves. Despite being extensively written and talked about, the essential steps to securing a spot on a college team are still widely misunderstood. Many of the beliefs we find to be most damaging to a student’s chances of being recruited come from a lack of access to up-to-date, accurate information. Word-of-mouth advice and tips that “worked for previous athletes” are often incomplete, circumstantial, and easily misinterpreted; despite being well-intentioned, this advice can prove detrimental to a student’s prospects in the long run.
Command Athletics® is a specialized program at Command Education, designed by former student-athletes from top universities, to offer individualized assistance to high school student-athletes as they navigate the complex, and often stressful, college recruitment process. Our approach complements our Premier Roadmap Package® to ensure that your student is being optimally positioned within the recruiting landscape without neglecting any of the academic aspects of their application profile. We offer personalized guidance and strategic counseling tailored to each athlete’s needs. Our services help students become confident, well-rounded student-athletes prepared to be recruited by a top college, who thrive in their sport and in the classroom once on campus.
If you are hoping to learn about recruiting, this resource page is a great place to start!
Recruitment Profile Building
Highlight Reel Videos
Athletes are increasingly being recruited based on their performance in video compilations. Putting together a reel that can be publicly viewed and shared is a great way to increase your visibility and chances of getting noticed. It also allows coaches to verify your abilities and see if your skill set fits what they are looking for. While the video’s content varies slightly by sport, here are some things to keep in mind as you compile your video:
- Keep your video short (3 min max)
- Focus on your strengths, but demonstrate varied skills
- Label each clip with a description
- Circle/highlight yourself if in a group
- Include a title page with your bio info
- Make sure your video quality is high
- Post your video to Youtube as well as to your recruiting profiles
For more information about highlight videos, visit NCSA.
The NCAA is notorious for having overly complicated and far-reaching rules regarding student-athletes. However, even recruits who are yet to be officially NCAA student-athletes are beholden to these many rules and bylaws.
For the most up to date rules and regulations, visit the NCSA website here
Showcase and Event Identification
- Always look at which coaches are planning to attend an event. The host is unimportant, but the list of coaches that will be present is.
- Make sure you’re healthy and ready to perform. Sometimes time is better spent training/improving before trying to get exposure. If you’re unsure you should discuss whether you play or train with your coach to see where your game is currently at.
- Communicate with as many coaches before registering for an event to let them know you’ll be there and to confirm that they will also be in attendance.
- Don’t play out of your league. You don’t want to go to an event and stack up against peers who are much more advanced than you are.
- Determine whether your peers are attending this event as a way to gauge whether it’s important in your area.
- Stand out with your play as much as with your conduct, attitude, and maturity.
Initial Coach Contact
Your email should include the following information:
- Introduction with general academic bio & test scores / relevant sports information
- Passage expressing interest in the school and evidence you’ve done a bit of research on the university and athletics program
- Attach Sports Resume
- Link to highlight video
- Call to action such as, “I look forward to speaking with you when time allows ”
Remember to keep your email fairly short and concise. Coaches are busy people and appreciate it when athletes respect their time.