The most important recruiting tip to remember as an underclassman is to be proactive. An easy goal to accomplish as a freshman or sophomore is to fill out at least two recruiting questionnaires a week. You can find an online questionnaire on the website of most collegiate athletic programs. Make sure to fill out and return all questionnaires that college coaches send to you and make sure to do it ASAP.
You should hear back from the staff who will most likely supply you with more information regarding their camps, institution, athletic program, and contacts. Make sure to re-introduce yourself more formally through email to the proper contacts. Research the institution and athletic program first, in order to be able to explain why you are interested in reaching out and becoming a more serious recruit.
If you do not hear back within a month, still make sure you re-introduce yourself more formally through email. Remember to still do your research prior to contacting. You can find a general athletic program email address on the website of most collegiate athletic programs. In some cases, you may even find the email addresses for specific coaches and staff members.
If a college coach is interested they may express their interest in a number of ways:
- A coach may make contact with a reference you provided
- A coach may call you directly about their camp and highly request that you be in attendance (this does not violate any NCAA rules so long as they do not talk to you about recruiting on that phone call)
- The coach may ask you to call them on a regular basis (NCAA rules allow prospective student-athletes to call coaches and unlimited amount)
At the end of the day, your goal is to ensure college coaches are viewing your recruiting profile and video.
The following are important dates that can influence your recruiting game plan as you transition to an upperclassman.
June 15th (end of Sophomore year) – Division II college coaches can begin to personally contact you and discuss recruiting. If you have reached out and also received general recruiting materials but nothing progresses as far as personal contact, their interest is more than likely with other recruits.
September 1st (beginning of Junior year) – Division I college coaches can begin to personally contact you and discuss recruiting. If you have reached out and also received general recruiting materials but nothing progresses as far as personal contact, their interest is more than likely with other recruits.