Many athletes who play at the high school level want to continue their career in college, and they want to be recruited by a great coach. There are many steps to being recruited, but some athletes are not aware of how difficult it can be to stand out to coaches.
Here are some tips for all athletes who want to be recruited by a college coach from people who go or have gone through the process.
Personalized contact: According to Russ Rose, the women’s volleyball coach at Penn State University, coaches look for an athlete who has the skills,and is a good teammate. Rose says when reaching out to a coach you must make your email personalized to that college.
Include the basics such as height, position, school, hometown, your GPA and SAT or ACT scores, and why you want to play for them and go to that college. Make sure this email is only to the one coach and not to a group of 20 schools. Rose said he wants players who want to play for him , and not as their fourth choice.
Watch your grades: College coaches, such as Rose, look for academic performance as well as athletic ability. Rose wants players who exceed not only on the court, but in the classroom too. All your grades, starting freshman year, count towards you getting into college. Make sure that your GPA and your SAT or ACT make you stand out from the other players. Rose suggests that you take your SAT the summer after your freshman year.
Put yourself out there: One piece of advice from Penn State women’s volleyball setter, Bryanna Weiskircher, is to get your name out there, whether it is through videos, emails, or recruiting coordinators. She says do not be afraid to contact a coach, and let them know you’re interested. Weiskircher suggests making a recruitment video of your basic skills and some unedited game film. Send unedited game film because coaches want to see your game as a whole not just highlights, she said. Weiskircher recommends keeping the videos around ten minutes.
Attend camps:Weiskircher suggested attending camps that the colleges you are interested in. That gives the coaches a chance to see you play live and watch how you interact with other players. Attending these camps shows coaches how you can mesh with a team, and it shows them your competitive edge, says Weiskircher. Coaches are looking for skills, but they also look at the players who are positive and work well with their teams.
Stay calm:One of the most important things about college recruiting is to not freak out about it, says Weiskircher. She says that there is a school for everyone, and just because you do not commit your junior year in high school doesn’t mean you can’t or won’t play in college.
“Recruiting is a process, and everyone belongs somewhere,” she says.