Understanding The Basics of College Recruiting


The college experience is critically important for young people, especially those that hope to play sports at the college level. Aside from the possible athletic achievement college sports present, there’s the personal and professional direction offered by playing college sports.

Before you can join the team of your dreams, though, you’ve got to understand the basics of the college recruiting process

Here’s how it works:

Step One: Colleges Identify Possible Recruits

Colleges are looking for three things in would-be recruits:

  1. Strong athletics
  2. Strong academics
  3. Strong leadership traits

College coaches sometimes seek out students who are actively trying to be recruited (these students may be using a recruiting platform like LUS or attending recruiting camps). Coaches will also visit high school sports games, camps, and drills to identify promising high school athletes that might be a good fit for a given team. 

Step Two: Colleges Obtain More Information

Once a college coach has identified a recruit who seems promising, they’ll set out to gain more information about the student and their background. 

They’ll want to know about the student’s previous athletic achievements and stats, what their academic performance has been, and whether or not they’re likely to need financial aid or a scholarship to play on a college team. 

The coaches will also set out to get to know the student personally and build a relationship with the student in hopes of stretching that personal relationship into a recruitment relationship.

Step Three: Coaches Build Their Teams

Next, coaches get to work building their teams. This process extends beyond the athletic department of a school. 

In fact, coaches work with parents, high school and club coaches, advisors, and guidance counselors to onboard promising students and ensure they’re set up for success in a college athletics program. 

Coaches will also spend a great deal of time with individual athletes at this time, setting ambitious goals for performance and for the future, and outlining what’s to come in the athlete’s college career. 

Step Four: Ongoing Communication

There’s no way to overestimate the importance of good communication between coaches and athletes. Communication can make or break a coaches’ decision to offer an athlete a position on a team, and may well be what determines that athlete’s ability to play for their dream school.

This is an important consideration for student-athletes seeking recruitment because coaches are sometimes bound by certain NCAA rules that prohibit them from reaching out and contacting prospective athletes.

Fortunately, students and their families can fill the gap by initiating contact with coaches far before the final recruitment decisions are to be made.

While this may seem presumptive, it’s all part of the way college recruiting works. Students and their families who understand this are uniquely positioned for effective recruiting.  

A Smoother Recruiting Process Starts Here

Navigating the landscape of college recruiting can feel challenging. Fortunately, Level Up Sports is here to simplify it and provide a roadmap for interested colleges and their families. 

Providing a secure, professional platform for student-athletes to showcase their achievements and stats, we pride ourselves on helping you find your spot at your dream school. Learn more or start your free account now.