Q: How does the college recruiting process work?
The goal is for the Potential Student-Athlete (PSA) to connect with universities/colleges that might be a great fit. That can happen in a few ways:
1) PSA initiates contact with the college coach.
2) PSA's coach(es) contact the college coach.
3) PSA's parents contact the college coach.
4) PSA gets discovered by the college coach.
I think college coaches/recruiters prefer that the contact occurs by #1 above. #2 is next, and then #3 is last. In my opinion, college coaches want to recruit young people who take ownership and initiative in their recruiting process. #4 is true for 5 star recruits, and sometimes for 4 star recruits, but many recruits who wait to be discovered will not get discovered.
We appreciate it when PSA's develop an informational profile and email it to us. It is valuable when the profile shows Name, graduation year, height, positions, why our type of university and athletic program is a good fit for him/her, description of his/her strengths, key statistics, high school and club teams, weighted GPA, unweighted GPA, SAT and/or ACT score - with breakdown, cell and email for PSA and his/her coaches, link to tournament schedule, link to highlight video.
Q: How should a recruit let you know he/she wants to play for your college/university?
Tell us specifics on why our university and athletic program is possibly a great fit for him/her, and why he/she is potentially a great fit for us.
Q: What coaches look for on official and unofficial visits
PSA's who are enthusiastic about our type of university, how he/she is a great fit, how he/she loves the game and will put in the work and study necessary to continue to improve, how he/she will buy into the program and university, how he/she is very coachable, a serious student, and will enhance the culture of the program, and the university.
I think coaches want to sign prospects who will be a pleasure to coach, who will blend well with the returning players, who will go to class and take care of business off the court, who are high-achieving, self-motivated, self-monitoring, low maintenance type people, and who will value and appreciate being a part of the program.
Q: When do you start identifying potential recruits?
We start identifying potential recruits during their Freshmen and Sophomore years, and then start recruiting them during the summer before their junior years.
Q: College coaches are reaching out. Now what?
Make sure you are responsive, you take some of the initiative in building a relationship, email updates/highlights, attend a Prospect or Team Camp, even if you already attended in the past.
Q: What advice do you have for a high school player not getting much attention from college coaches?
Keep working on your game - be the best player, highest character, best teammate, best student, you can be!
Start researching and contacting more universities.
Expand your search to include schools you didn't consider before = lower division, further from home, etc.
Go back and contact coaches who you were in touch with during the summer.
Check which schools change coaches after their season - they might decide that they want to recruit a different type of player than the previous coaching staff, or they might have some recruits de-commit.
Understand that college coaches are very busy - especially at smaller schools. As they are preparing for practices and games, and are travelling, Recruiting can move to the back burner. Check back with coaches every 2-4 weeks until they tell you No.