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Year-by-Year Recruiting Action Plan


Are you needing some direction as you plan your recruiting search? This Year-by-Year Recruiting Action Plan breaks down what you should be doing while you are in high school.

Freshman Year


  • Plan out high school curriculum meeting NCAA Eligibility Center standards.

  • Explore and join club/AAU teams; participate in showcase events.

  • Start researching colleges and athletic programs online.


Sophomore Year

  • Continue with club/AAU exposure events.

  • Continue researching colleges and athletic programs.

  • Talk to coaches, counselors, teachers, and parents to get advice and suggestions.

  • Visit colleges if the opportunity presents itself.


Junior Year: First Half

  • Generate your list of potential schools.

  • Initiate contact with the coaches at those schools—let them know you’re there.

  • Take any study prep courses for the ACT or SAT.

  • Take the ACT or SAT for the first time.

  • Use vacation days to visit colleges to get a feel for different campuses.

  • Starting the recruiting process


Junior Year: Second Half

  • Finish generating and narrowing your list of potential schools.

  • Put together your mailing (Part Three, Chapter 12) and send it out.

  • Retake the ACT or SAT.

  • Use spring break for college visits.

  • Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center.

  • Ask your high school coach to write letters of recommendation to favorite schools.

  • Summer between junior and senior years

  • Make more college visits to schools you’re interested in.

  • Continue with club/AAU exposure events.

  • Attend a prospect camp at a school you’re interested in.

  • Attend showcases if your sport sponsors them.


Senior Year: Fall

  • Get all of your applications out.

  • Visit any other schools you’re interested in and haven’t been to.

  • Go on offi cial visits, if invited.

  • Consider a second visit to any schools you’re serious about.

  • If nothing has materialized, re-contact schools you’re interested in and/or contact some new ones.

  • Continue attending showcases.


Senior Year: Winter

  • Get the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form filled out for fi nancial aid. Filling out this application helps schools determine how much your family can reasonably contribute to your education and how much financial aid you will need.

  • Apply for merit scholarships at the schools you’re interested in.


This information was provided by the book "Put Me In, Coach." If you are interested in reading more information like this please consider purchasing the book.

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