Recruiting Objectives for High School Freshmen | STACK

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.

Academics

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.

Communication

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.)

Performance

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...
More Cool Stuff You'll Like

The Tennis College Recruiting Summer Checklist

Whether you are a high school junior or senior, the summer represents a very important time in the tennis recruiting process. You need to investigate...

What the New SAT Means for Student-Athletes

3 Ways to Trust Your Gut During the College Recruiting Process

Why You Should Consider Post-Grad Prep School for Football

College Football Recruits: 5 Strategies to Get Noticed

College Recruiting FAQ: Early Action vs. Early Decision

Combatting the Early Commitment Epidemic in Women

14-Year-Old Quarterback Verbally Commits to LSU

Prepare Early for the College Recruiting Process

Demystifying the College Athletic Recruiting Process

How a Bad Game Affects Your Recruiting Status

Volleyball Recruiting: Searching for More Than Talent

Basketball Recruits: What You Should Do in November

The Best (and Worst) Part of Choosing a School

New NCAA Rules on Junior College Football Recruiting Explained

College Admission Tips for Ivy League and Division III

Why You Should Play Small-School Sports

One Thing All Outstanding High School Senior Athletes Must Do

Understanding the NCAA Eligibility Center

Recruiting Terms You Need to Know

NCAA Recruiting Rules: Baseball

Tips to Improve Your Chances of Landing a Basketball Scholarship

Boost Your Academics: 4 Tips for High School Athletes

4 Common College Recruiting Myths Debunked

Tennis Recruiting: Making a Decision

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

Tennis Recruiting: Official vs. Unofficial Visits

How to Get Yourself on the College Golf Team

What's in a National Letter of Intent?

College Recruiting FAQ: How Does National Signing Day Work?

7 Bad Behaviors That Will Help You Play College Sports

Featured STACKlete: Reagan Rogers

Recruiting Tips for High School Soccer Players

Do Athletes Make Better Students?

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

3 Ways to Climb the Recruiting Ladder

Tennis Recruiting: 6 Tips for Getting Attention from Colleges

Practical Recruiting Tips for High School Athletes

5 Essential Steps for College Recruits