How can My High School Coach Help Me with College Athletic Recruiting?
The entire process of college recruiting is very complex, so a common thought amongst teen athletes is to let other people handle it while they focus on sports, schoolwork, and social activities. This is not a solid framework for success. While your high school coach or club coach may offer some guidance and recruiting advice, the vast majority of navigating the field of NCAA recruiting will be up to you! Are you up for the challenge?
If you are, you’ll understand that you need to take charge of the college recruiting process. This means you should start making a highlight video of your skills to showcase to interested college coaches and recruiters, and that you should be the driving vehicle reaching out to coaches of colleges that you’ve pinpointed as ideal landing spots for your skills and academic desires. How will you go about finding the appropriate schools to reach out to?
Here is where a high school coach can be a valuable asset. Have a serious conversation with your coach about which level of college play or division you can realistically succeed in. Your coach has the best insight into your skills and how you perform under pressure, as well as understanding of how well you function as a teammate and to your level of character. Once you get a feel for which division will be your best fit, start researching the schools to find which ones you should target.
Obviously, you’ll love it if your coach has a relationship with a particular college and can get your foot in the door, however, as Recruiting Expert Jack Renkens discusses in this video, such thought is wishful thinking.
Most high school coaches simply don’t have a Rolodex with the phone number of every college coach, nor will they have the time to do all the legwork required to get you noticed. You are the captain of your college recruiting. You need to figure out what schools interest you, and reach out to them!
As you call prospective college coaches, there’s a good chance you’ll get their voicemail. Due to NCAA rules, these coaches often cannot call you back. Therefore, you should leave your high school coach’s information on the message, so that they can help be a liaison to schedule a time that you can call the college coach and have a chat.
Ultimately, when a college coach becomes interested in you as a player, they will likely come to one of your games to watch you play. At this time, they’ll probably ask your high school coach about you to get a feel for how hardworking you are, and other factors. This is a key reason why you should try to have a good relationship with your high school and club coaches. Their description of your behavior, work ethic, and attitude will go a long way to making or breaking your recruiting journey.
As you can see, despite the mentorship, training, and recruiting advice that a high school coach provides to young athletes, the ability to secure a quality athletic scholarship is mostly in your hands. You’ll need to be the primary force reaching out to college coaches and showcasing your skills. Fortunately, there are many valuable resources out there that can help you learn how to best prepare yourself. Jack Renkens’ book, “The Ultimate Student-Athlete Handbook” is a great tool for learning the NCAA Recruiting Rules, while his seminars give incredibly valuable information for students and parents hoping to land a college scholarship. Be sure to attend one of these events in your area and look at his helpful website, Recruitingrealities.com. Renkens gives a no-nonsense approach to understanding the cutthroat nature of NCAA recruiting so that you can be well prepared to find and secure the best match for your college future.