Q: How does the college recruiting process work?
A: Coaches identify players who they feel are good fits with their programs, they have the skill, talent and ability to be successful at that college. Once those players are identified, coaches will reach out and look to develop a relationship, in that time the coach will determine if this particular player is a good fit with the program, has the right attitude, mindset and values that align with the coaching staff. If the player checks all those boxes, a coach will look to speak with the parents/guardians, get them all on campus for a visit and see if they can get a commitment.
Q: How should a recruit let you know he/she wants to play for your college/university?
A: Contact the Head Coach or an Assistant expressing their interest in the program as well as providing game film to the coach for evaluation.
Q: What coaches look for on official and unofficial visits?
A: Coaches are looking to see what kind of person the player is, if they have them on campus for a visit they are likely interested in the player, but coaches will want to see how they interact with other players, coaches, their own family. Coaches will want to show the best parts of their school and program, but they are judging and evaluating the player as a person on a visit.
Q: When do you start identifying potential recruits?
A: We are a 2 year college, so we tend to identify kids near the end of their Jr year in HS, and definitely early in their Sr season.
Q: College coaches are reaching out. Now what?
A: Return calls, texts or emails to the coaches that the athlete has interest in. If they don't have interest in a particular school they should also respond by letting the coach know they are not interested so that coach can move on to another player.
Q: What advice do you have for a high school player not getting much attention from college coaches?
A: Be your own best recruiter, email coaches, send out film, game film over highlights but some film is better than none. Make calls, send emails, do research on the coach and the program, find a place that you think you can play. Don't be delusional, if you are not getting ANY interest from 4 year schools, don't email Coach K at Duke, look into a 2 year college. Know the level you can play at and spend your time and energy on those types of schools.
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