This week we move along to 2021 recruits and what advice I would have for them at this stage of the process. If you are a 2021 recruit you probably feel like it’s time to start the recruiting process, well you’re probably correct.
If you are a 2021 recruit anxious to start the process, here are a few pieces of advice:
- Don’t feel pressured to “have” to start the process if you don’t feel like you are ready but do keep in mind that it can move quickly from this point forward so you don’t want to wait too long
- Don’t keep thinking that you need to wait for your game to get better before you start or else you will lose a lot of ground for programs that are more realistic at this point. While you do still have time to improve and get the attention of your dream/stretch schools you can’t put all your hopes in that and forget what is realistic right now.
- Make sure you have a quality resume and video to send out along with a well-written (by you the player) intro email stating your interest, reasons why and some insight into you and your game.
- Make sure you include your swing or high school coaches contact info or a 3rd party reference because that is the only way he/she can contact you in return.
- Get your upcoming schedule to the coaches, they need to know where you are playing if you want to increase your odds of them coming out to watch you. You have to make yourself visible and show that you are playing and working hard.
- Make initial phone calls to introduce yourself (it will probably just be a voicemail) and follow up your intro email.
- If you are able to make a connection with the coach or feel there is realistic interest, then keep them posted on your results and important updates and connect with them on a regular basis.
- Attend some 1-2 day camps/showcases. These are newer types of camps since the recent NCAA rules changed so just keep in mind the difference in a week-long summer camp and a 1-2 day more advanced camp/showcase that is used in more of a recruiting sense
- Be sure you are registered at www.eligibilitycenter.org
- Plan to take your ACT/SAT sooner than non-athletes, especially if you are going to consider high academic programs.