by Laura Flynn
Over the last few years, the recruiting process has changed dramatically. The biggest change, since I was in high school, is when college coaches begin identifying prospective recruits – which today can be as early as seventh grade!
In most cases, college coaches will begin the recruiting process by sending letters to student-athletes during freshman year. The following is a breakdown of the stages of recruitment (in increasing order of importance/level of interest):
- Questionnaire and letter inviting the student-athlete to correspond/call
- Invitation to summer camp
- Request for game/highlight video
- Offer for an unofficial/game day visit
- Letter from coach with invitation to call or email
- Handwritten letters from coach
- Phone calls from head coach (if you get a call on the first day of the contact period, this is a good sign!)
- Offer of an official visit
- Verbal scholarship offer (partial or full)
- Written scholarship offer (partial or full)
Also please note, while there are certain restrictions put on coaches as to when they can call/contact a potential recruit, a coach (at any division) can accept a call from a student-athlete and talk to the prospect at any time.
Remember, the biggest mistake an athlete can make is not to follow up with a coach or show interest in a potential program. Be proactive!!