The chance to be recognized by college coaches as a potential scholarship athlete for their school is one of the most exciting times of a high school football players career, but it can also be one of the most challenging and competitive times. In today's recruiting climate it's not enough to be a great athlete, who is also academically sound. The players who get the best looks from college coaches, the players who get the best opportunities, and the players who get the best offers understand that gaining valuable, and early, exposure is just the edge they need to make their recruiting journey a successful one.
For student-athletes and their parents understanding what it takes to get recruited the right way is a big step in the right direction. Prep Football America, and Big Star Recruit, are pleased to provide valuable information to parents and student athletes to help them understand what it takes to get recruited, and what they can do to ensure they are getting the exposure they deserve. Like thousands of other college football prospects we hope you enjoy the information provided, and that it helps you develop a game plan for your own recruitment.
Know your CORE CLASS GPA and what it takes to be eligible for college.
Be prepared to take your SAT and/or ACT as early as possible during your junior year in high school.
Register for the NCAA INITIAL ELIGIBILITY CENTER as early as possible.
Meet with your high school counselor every semester to ensure you are on target for graduation.
Work with BIG STAR RECRUIT to develop player bio and get listed in the COLLEGE PROSPECT DIRECTORY.
Provide athletic and academic information that can be easily accessible by college coaches.
Provide your personal contact information so college coaches can reach out to you.
Provide any comments available from your high school coach, or other personal coaches.
Coaches watch lots and lots of video so you'll need to make your video count.
Take about 10-15 seconds on the front of the video to introduce yourself. How you speak counts.
Put 10-15 of your best plays on the video. This is the time to show what you got.
The only special effect you should use is a highlighter of yourself. Don't worry about music on the video.
Upload the video to a trustworthy site like BIG STAR RECRUIT for easy access by college coaches.
Put together a list of at least 75-100 colleges that you can reach out to. Research the internet to get contact info.
Do the research to ensure you have the grades to get into the schools on your list.
Get feedback from your high school coach, or a scout, to ensure what level of play you will fit into the best.
If you have not heard from a DI school by April 1 of your junior year you need to look at lower levels.
There are plenty of scholarship opportunities at the DII, DIII and NAIA levels of play. Be realistic!
No coach wants to listen to your favorite music on your phone. Develop a professional greeting for all messages.
Same goes for Mom & Dad. Coaches can call your parents, too, so the same rules should apply.
In today's recruiting atmosphere college coaches will read what you say and how you respond on social media.
Inappropriate behavior on social media reflects on your character. Be professional in your actions.
Don't let the little things like this be a reason for a college coach to rule you out as a scholarship athlete.
Coaches love smart recruits. Start early be reviewing the important dates in recruiting and what you should expect.
College coaches can call you starting on June 15th after your sophomore year. Are you on their call list?
College coaches can offer you an official visit (fully paid for) at anytime during your high school career.
Don't get lost in the big world of letters and emails from college coaches. That's not an official recruiting activity.
Make yourself aware of the 3 things that make you an official recruit in the eyes of a college coach.
Talk to a scout from Prep Football America to ensure you are on track with your recruitment.
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Once you register you will receive a College Player Bio Questionnaire that will help get your recruiting journey headed in the right direction.