How to Prepare for a College Athletics Recruiter
Learn exactly what to do and how to prepare yourself for a visit from a college athletics recruiter. While your performance is the most important aspect of your prospective collegiate career, marketing yourself remains a close second. If no one knows about you, then no one can offer you a scholarship.
First: Video tape yourself
Compile and edit footage of yourself during your high school career to illustrate your best qualities. Most high schools record their footage as they are required to swap game films with other schools. Your school may also have editing equipment in the journalism department that is available for you to use. Compile the footage that shows you in your best light.
Second: Send out your highlight reel
Create a highlight reel and mail it to as many programs as you are financially able to. Include a letter of introduction, and make sure to have it proofread by one of your teachers. The more programs know about you, the more opportunities you have at a scholarship.
Third: Create a list of potential schools
Make a list of all the schools that contact you. The NCAA does not allow any recruiting contact until near the end of your junior year, so the only feedback you may get is a brochure or questionnaire in the mail. If you get no response at all from your highlight reel, then you are probably not on that school's recruiting list, but if you do get a brochure or questionnaire, you have made their radar. Keep track of each school that sends you a response.
Fourth: Follow your routine
Perform the same routine and play in the same manner you always have when you are in front of a recruiter. They have come to watch you because they like what they have seen in the past, and that is what they are interested in. They do not want to see you making wild plays for the sake of glory. Just do what you always do and you are sure to catch their attention.