5 Things to Remember During the College Recruiting Process
The college recruiting process can be both exciting and frustrating at the same time.
There are a lot of important decisions that have to be made about a player's future, so it's essential that players and parents do the proper research in order to make a well-informed decision.
Here are 5 things to keep in mind when you're involved in the recruiting process.
1. Look at all aspects of the school before making your decision
How far away from home is it? Do they have the major or program you want to go into? These things seem miniscule but they can make a difference.
Look at the size of school, any type of religious affiliation or not, what division their sports are.
The most important factor is to make sure you would still want to attend this school if you couldn’t play soccer anymore. You never know what can happen.
2. Don’t be afraid to ask the coaches questions
Whether you’re asking them these when on a visit or through email or on the phone, asking questions shows you’re interested and invested in your future.
The more informed you are, the easier the ultimate decision will become.
3. Have an open line of communication with the coaches of the schools you are interested in
There are some funky rules about recruiting and depending on what grade you are in, the coach may or may not be able to call you.
However, this is YOUR future, so be your own advocate and call them. Let them know if you’re playing a game or a tournament in their area or ask them if they’re attending certain showcases. Send them your game schedule, game film, or a highlight reel showcasing your best stuff.
An important note: try to send follow up emails even if you know you don’t want to attend a certain school. If they send you an email expressing interested, make sure you send a polite email back to them. Most coaches know and talk to each other and you don’t want to get a bad reputation.
4. Try to visit the actual school
Go see one of their games, meet with the coaches, training staff, team. Find out what their team culture is like.
Do you feel like you would fit in there? Do you like the facilities? These are important questions that you have to answer before ultimately choosing the right school for you.
5. Set your sights high, but be realistic
There are teams for all levels of players. Figure out what level you want and can play at.
It’s helpful to ask your club coaches or high school coaches for their opinions on this. However, their answers don’t cement your fate.
My club coach said I wouldn’t be able to play center mid at a D1 school because I was too small. I not only played center mid at a D1 school, I was a starter my freshman year.
Play big wherever you end up.