College recruiting timeline

A step by step guide to college sports recruiting for your freshman and sophomore year of high school

Your freshman and sophomore years are where you begin to build the foundation of your recruiting process and begin to develop relationships with potential colleges and coaches. The more active you are in these early years the better. College coaches want you to be interested in their program, ask questions, and seek information. Begin to build a strong foundation now, and junior and senior year won’t have you overwhelmed, for in those two years all the big action happens.

Below you will see a timeline that shows what a student-athlete needs to be doing in their first two years of high school:

Freshman Year

  • Get situated with being in high school, and set up a solid high school curriculum with your academic counselor. If you are up for a challenge sign up for one or two honors courses to help boost your grade point average (GPA) and class ranking.
  • Begin to familiarize yourself with colleges you may be interested in attending. This includes doing research on admission requirements such as grades and test scores you’ll need to have, which schools offer scholarships and financial aid, and what athletic level you need to be at in order to play at certain schools.
  • Go see local college sporting games in your area from the junior college level to the big universities.
  • Talk to your high school coaches, athletic director or look online for a local and competitive club team for you to join. You want to get as much exposure and practice as possible.
  • Set up a workout schedule to improve your physical. Focus on developing a balance between improving your athleticism and being a strong student in the classroom.
  • Register with the NCAA Clearinghouse.

Sophomore Year

  • Continue striving for academic success and make sure you are on target with your core classes.
  • Stay active on your high school and club team.
  • Continue to do your research on schools that interest you.
  • Meet with your guidance counselor and develop a list of colleges that meet your needs academically, athletically, and socially.
  • Send an introduction letter or email to coaches of schools you are interested in and ask them to send you information regarding the school. Be sure to include a copy of your upcoming season. If your schedule is not available send a follow up letter as soon as it is.
  • Try and talk to college athletes or a former college athlete in your sport and area that can share their recruiting story with you.
  • Update your academics with the NCAA Clearinghouse and continue to monitor the academic requirements of colleges you’re still looking at.
  • Start to familiarize yourself with the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and American College Testing (ACT).
  • During the summer between your sophomore and junior year begin to prepare your athletic resume, which you will send out to coaches.

Due to sports associations such as the NCAA and NAIA, there are rules and regulations that will place certain restriction on what a coach can do. An important thing to know is, as an athlete you can call or initiate contact with a coach at any time.Remember, the recruiting process is in your hands and your success is in the amount of effort and dedication you put forth, so why not get started early?

Be sure to check back next week, where I will cover both the junior and senior year recruiting timeline.


Posted on February 7, 2012, in Athletes, Parents, Recruiting and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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