Recruiting Objectives for High School Freshmen | STACK

Become a Better Athlete. Sign Up for our FREE Newsletter.

Recruiting Objectives for High School Freshmen

April 20, 2013 | Steve Green

Must See College Recruiting Videos

If you are an incoming high school freshman, getting recruited is the probably the last thing on your mind. But college coaches have already begun an initial search for their 2018 recruitment class. (See STACK's 2013 Recruiting Guide.)

Few commitments will be made between now and your junior year, but the earlier you start your personal recruiting process, the better shape you'll be in senior year. With a finite number of scholarships and roster spots available, starting early is not only important but necessary.
 (Another good read: Maintain Staying Power in College Recruiting.)

Here are a few ways to get started during your freshman year.


College sports recruitment is based heavily on athletic performance. But it's absolutely critical that student-athletes attend to their studies. Per NCAA rules, you must have at least a 2.0 GPA to earn an athletic  scholarship to a Division I or II program. Athletes applying to Division III schools must meet the standards of the individual institution. Earning good grades as a freshman will set you up for success not only in your own high school, but in the national competition for college scholarships. (See Josh Smith on Motivation and the Importance of Academics.)

College Search

Most freshmen in high school are not thinking of college, but smart student-athletes are. Begin to develop a realistic approach to schools that will be a good fit for you as a student and an athlete. This should be a "living" document. Make changes as you go, but get set up for success by researching schools that'll be good fits, not just dream schools.


Begin reaching out to college athletic programs to request information. Most college athletic programs accommodate inquiries on their websites. By filling out questionnaires, you will be getting on the radar screens of college coaches. Coaches are prohibited from calling prospects until later in their high school careers, but athletes can reach out to coaches in writing. Tailor your letters or emails to individual coaches, and be specific about what interests you about their programs. (See Six Ways College Coaches Express Interest.)


Take your performance seriously. College coaches want to see game film. If you're not on varsity yet, participate fully in practices and training sessions. Athletes who don't strive to improve will be passed over. Aim to be one percent better every day.

Have Fun

High school goes by quickly, and student-athletes should enjoy themselves. Its important to prepare for college early, but remember to have fun before you get there.

Steve Green
- Steve Green is freelance writer specializing in athlete performance and the college recruiting process. An ACE-certified personal trainer and a Level 1 Sports Performance Coach...
Steve Green
- Steve Green is freelance writer specializing in athlete performance and the college recruiting process. An ACE-certified personal trainer and a Level 1 Sports Performance Coach...
Must See
Peyton Manning Dumbbell Bench With 80+ Pounds
Views: 33,808,243
Margus Hunt Benches 385 Pounds for Five Reps
Views: 19,126,688
Patrick Willis' Homegrown Off-Season Workout
Views: 1,221,340

Featured Videos

James Harden on Becoming a Franchise Player Views: 72,546
Path to the Pros 2015: Devin Smith Views: 28,813
Blake Griffin Interview and Cover Shoot Views: 574,257
Load More


STACK Fitness

Everything you need to be fitter than ever

STACK Conditioning

Sport-specific conditioning programs

Coaches and Trainers

Tips and advice for coaches and trainers


Latest issues of STACK Magazine


Women's sports workout, nutrition and lifestyle advice


Gaming, entertainment and tech news

Basic Training

Military-style training for athletes


Find the latest news relevant to athletes

Most Popular Videos

Dwight Howard Stays in the Gym All Night
Views: 3,880,088
Two-Ball Dribbling Drill With John Wall
Views: 3,359,483
Colby Lewis's Four-Seam Fastball Technique
Views: 5,011,383
Drew Brees Will Not Be Denied
Views: 7,834,380
Dwight Howard Stays in the Gym All Night
Views: 3,880,088

Load More
More Cool Stuff You'll Like

How a Bad Game Affects Your Recruiting Status

There is a match in every volleyball player's career that is a "defining match". Early on, many players feel it is the match when THE COACH from THE...

5 Things to Know About Football Recruiting

What is a Parent's Role in Recruiting?

Combatting the Early Commitment Epidemic in Women

What the New SAT Means for Student-Athletes

New NCAA Rules on Junior College Football Recruiting Explained

College Recruiting Evaluations: A Different Perspective

4 Key Steps When Contacting College Coaches

Prepare Early for the College Recruiting Process

Why You Should Consider Post-Grad Prep School for Football

Basketball Recruits: What You Should Do in November

The Tennis College Recruiting Summer Checklist

College Baseball Recruiting: How to Control Your Own Destiny

Meet the A to Z Basketball Insiders

College Football Recruits: 5 Strategies to Get Noticed

How to Create a Recruiting Video That Coaches Will Watch

5 Essential Steps for College Recruits

College Recruiting FAQ: How Does National Signing Day Work?

Volleyball Recruiting: Why Hasn't the Coach Called Me?

Featured STACKlete: Reagan Rogers

Volleyball Recruiting: Searching for More Than Talent

Practical Recruiting Tips for High School Athletes

14-Year-Old Quarterback Verbally Commits to LSU

Tennis Recruiting: Making a Decision

3 Tips for Writing a Strong College Recruiting Mission Statement

Recruiting: You Need to Score, But Your Coach Won't Let You?

Boost Your Academics: 4 Tips for High School Athletes

NCAA Recruiting Rules: Baseball

STACK Recruiting Guide 2014: Victor Cruz and the 'It' Factor

Demystifying the College Athletic Recruiting Process

4 Common College Recruiting Myths Debunked

College Admission Tips for Ivy League and Division III

Understanding the NCAA Eligibility Center

College Recruiting FAQ: Early Action vs. Early Decision

7 Bad Behaviors That Will Help You Play College Sports

What's in a National Letter of Intent?

3 Ways to Trust Your Gut During the College Recruiting Process

Why You Should Play Small-School Sports

3 Ways to Climb the Recruiting Ladder

Basketball Recruiting: It's Never Too Late

Do Athletes Make Better Students?

The Best (and Worst) Part of Choosing a School