For those of you who are currently in 11th grade and wondering what steps you need to take in order to be asked to give a verbal commitment, look no further. By now, you have done all of your research on schools and made contact with several coaches and may be wondering when you will be asked to give a verbal commitment. Every sport runs on different schedules and asks athletes to give a verbal commitment at different times of the year. For example, spring sports may ask athletes for a verbal commitment at a later time of the year than fall sports. Here is a list of three things to put on your to-do list if you are currently in 11th grade.
Narrow down your choices. At this point of the recruiting process you should have your list narrowed down to 5-10 schools. Once you have your list of schools narrowed down, write the coaches and let them know that they are among your top choices. Additionally, write something that personalizes the message by telling them why they are among your top choices.
Schedule unofficial visits. Once you have narrowed down your list of schools, schedule unofficial visits! Unofficial visits are not only a great way to see the campus, facilities, coaches, and possibly future teammates, but also a great way for coaches to get to know you beyond email and competition. Putting a face to a name is a great opportunity. By the end of March you should have completed most unofficial visits, if not all.
Fill out applications. Ask the coaches of your 5-10 schools if there is a certain way they want you to apply to the school. If you are supposed to fill out applications, it never hurts to get ahead start and fill them out. There is nothing worse than being in the middle of your competitive season with applications on your mind!
Write these three things down on your to-do list and start planning! If nothing else, acting on these three things shows the coach how serious you really are. Good luck!
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