A solid online profile can spell the difference between being passed over and being invited to attend a particular school. To score some college coach attention, buff up your athletic profile with these pointers from beRecruited president Jeff Cravens.
You can always mail your stats to a coach; but according to Cravens, that’s not as cost-effective as sharing them via an online athletic profile. You can create a profile free of charge through various recruiting sites, including beRecruited.com, the nation’s largest college recruiting service and athletic scholarship network, with more than 250,000 registered student-athletes from 9,960 U.S. cities and 30 countries. An online profile is especially beneficial for athletes who want to gain exposure, but who live in areas that are not recruiting hot spots.
Cravens suggests thinking of your online profile as a “digital resume,” which “allows coaches to go through [and] quickly identify athletes who may be successful in their programs,” rather than having to face a mountain of paper resumes.
First impressions are vital; and for some coaches, your online profile may be their first glimpse at your name and skill set. This means you need to ensure quality control of the information, including projecting an accurate, honest image. So while your Chris-Paul-like stat line might be solid, you’d better be able to prove it in action. Notes Cravens, “If you try to put out fraudulent information, it’s very easy to verify.”
Protect your integrity by dishing out the real scoop. Provide all relevant info, without skimping, but exclude social elements. Cravens strongly advises filling out your profile completely. In addition to a highlight video, he recommends including quality action photos. “The clearer, the better,” he says. “College coaches don’t have a lot of time, so they’re much more inclined to look at high quality, clear photos.”
Spell- and grammar-check all information you post. “[Athletes] need to be much more cognizant of using proper grammar and not using text-messaging lingo in their profiles,” Cravens says. The use of abbreviations is “probably something most college coaches can’t identify with.”
One last thing to remember: coaches seek the most up-to-date 411 on your academic ability, too. “Coaches want to make sure that they’re bringing [student-athletes] into their programs who have the capabilities to excel on the field and in the classroom,” Cravens says. “So you need to show that you have the ability to function both athletically and academically in a higher education area.”