Mansfield High School Girls Varsity Soccer: News & Headlines: The Recruiting Process

Sunday, January 28
The Recruiting Process

I know many of you are beginning to become interested in playing a sport in college and are wondering about the recruiting process.  The following resources can (and should) be used for recruiting exposure for any sport that you intend to play in college.  For those not interested in playing a sport in college or for anyone not interested in the recruiting process, please feel no pressure to begin this process.  

I’ve been trying to locate as much recruiting information as possible for you to sift through.  Below is a list of sites that I highly recommend.  Many have short video clips with speakers talking about specific parts of the recruiting process.

Beware!  Each of the speakers is quite blunt about the process and may say things that are quite shocking.

http://www.ncsapowerrankings.org/  - Excellent site with many video clips of the 3 top recruiting gurus.  This site’s mission is to match student athletes with the best college for that person in relation to academics, sports, etc. They boast a high success rate due to a very low transfer rate.

Http://Www.recruitingrealities.com  – excellent site.  Highly recommend the hour seminar online ($12.95) and the workbook($???).  Jack Renkins is blunt and shocking but he has some excellent steps for athletes to use to increase their exposure.

http://eteamz.active.com/southernilsoccerleague/files/N-ClarifyingNCAAAthletics&StartingtheCollegeSearch-Part1.htm -

http://www.atsc-va.org/college/index_E.html – this page has a summary of info from a soccer college recruiting night with coached from Georgetown and George Mason Universities.  There are sample documents that you can use to make your player profiles.  http://www.atsc-va.org/docs/parents/Jun06CollegeNight.pdf. This link is the summary from all the coaches attending, current and former college players, etc.  It is an excellent read!


Some of the recruiting ideas that I’ve learned recently are:



  1. Best and most highly effective way to be “seen” is for a player to contact the coach first and tell them they are interested in playing at that school.  This avoids the college coach trying to find the proverbial “needle in a haystack” at tournaments.  Coaches can then spend time evaluating you at length rather than you hoping they walk by the particular game you are playing in, noticing you specifically amidst the  22 players on the fields, and seeing you play well at that exact moment they walk by.  
  2. Playing at the highest level possible is best (club, ODP, Super Y league) and attending quality tournaments is great!  This shows you have the ability to play at high levels and are accustomed to it and these are the players coaches actively recruit.  BUT be sure to let college coaches know that you are there or else you are a single person among thousands playing in the tournament.  People see what catches their eyes so “shine your light.”
  3. The average coach has less than $500 (yes that’s right) per year for their recruiting budget.  And this average does include the BIG division 1 football programs and all the money they have for recruiting.
  4. Its never too early to begin the process.
  5. Only about 0.8% of high school football athletes receive a full scholarship so choose a school that you will be happy with upon graduation and one that if your soccer career ever came to an unexpected end, you would still want to be there.



Each interested player should do the following to begin the process:



  1. Identify 10-15 colleges as you can that you would be interested in attending.  The 10-15 number is an easy starting place.  The colleges you have interested in you, the more leverage you will have and getting some sort of aid (scholarship, financial aid, and other university/college aid packages)
  2. Contact each of these coaches (phone, email or letter) telling them of your interest in possibly playing for them and attending their college.  
  3. Put together a player profile sheet that you can send with your email or letter to the college coaches.  (Sample is attached)


I hope this helps give a beginning to those interested in starting this process now.  If you have any further questions, you can email me at coachsmithmhs@comcast.net.

Thanks!
Kevin (Coach Smith)


Handout: College Recruiting Information