College Recruiting Do's


  • Be proactive, take ownership of the process, and be a T.E.A.M (tough-minded, execute, accountable, mission-driven).


  • Stay organized!



  • Practice taking the SAT/ACT early and often.


  • Do everything possible to get an unbiased evaluation from a college coach.


  • Have an open mind and build an initial list of target schools (50-100)  which includes schools from all divisions, including the NAIA.  


  •   Student-athletes should practice their "elevator" pitch and overall communication skills prior to calling a college coach.  


  • Parents, anticipate the expenses associated with the recruiting process and set a budget. 


  • Be realistic and honest with your abilities.


  • Make sure you are only considering schools you would attend even if you were not playing a sport.


  • Train hard, eat healthy, stretch daily, and drink lots of water.   Take care of your body; it's your biggest asset. 


  • Try to get evaluated from a college coach; their unbiased opinion of your ability can save you a lot of time, money, and aggravation.


College Recruiting Dont's

  • Hope is not a strategy. Don't wait and expect college coaches find you just because you're a talented athlete.


  • You have what it takes to earn an athletic scholarship so don’t outsource your future to a third party recruiting that over promises and under delivers results.


  • Don’t burn any bridges, be polite and respond to all coaches e-mails. Even If you’re no longer interested in a school, show respect by politely letting them know – remember, college coaches, talk to one other.


  • Coaches evaluate parents too. Don't yell at players, coaches, or referees during games.


  • Grades matter so don't ignore your academics. The lower your GPA,  the fewer options you'll ultimately have. 


  • College coaches are looking closely at a student-athletes character.  It should go without saying but don't disrespect your coaches, teammates, teachers, opponents, or referees. 


  • It's easy to chase scholarship money attending the wrong events. Don't overspend on summer camps,  "elite" showcases, and bogus all-star games.


  • College coaches want to initially hear from and build relationships with student-athletes.  Parents, don't disrupt this process by calling the coaches directly.  


  • The recruiting process varies from athlete to athlete,  so don’t compare yourself to other recruits.   


  • College coaches will stop recruiting an athlete over questionable social media posts.  Don't blow a $100,000  athletic scholarship over a 140 character tweet.


  • Show college coaches you are genuinely interested in learning more about their program.  Personalize your notes and avoid sending mass emails. Don't misspell coaches names and use spellcheck. 


  • The college you select is a lifetime decision.  Don't base your decision on irrelevant factors such as your friends, school colors, college name recognition, and team facilities.


  • High school coaches can support their athletes during the recruiting process but don't expect them to do the work for you.