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With nearly 60,000 recruits placed since 2000, NCSA knows exactly what it takes. Here are answers to the top five questions our scouting experts receive about the football recruiting process—the five things every recruit must know.
1. When does the football recruiting process start?
The recruiting process started yesterday! Competition for football scholarships is intense. Coaches identify talented athletes very early in their high school careers—in fact, 84% of Division I prospects are identified by the end of their sophomore year. This means the advantage goes to student athletes who are active, informed and have a plan.
2. How do I get discovered?
College coaches scout based on verified information from neutral, independent sources like NCSA. Play your game well and you'll be discovered—right? Wrong. College football coaches identify prospects using online tools and databases well before they show up to scout a game in person. Occasionally someone else will catch their eye, but they are primarily there for the prospects they have already identified.
3. How do coaches evaluate prospects?
The Internet is your best recruiting tool. College coaches don't have time to attend every high school football game. Most of them identify top prospects by watching highlight videos, which they request or receive from trusted third parties. This is what will convince a coach to come out and watch you in person.
4. Where am I qualified to play?
Less than 1% of student-athletes get full rides to D-I schools. Roughly 80% of football scholarships are offered by schools that do not compete in NCAA Division I football, so set your expectations accordingly.
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5. What is my coach's role?
Don't leave your future solely in the hands of your high school coach. Getting recruited is a full-time job, and your football coach has a whole team of players who will be asking for help. One coach does not have the time, resources or relationships to help each of his players get a scholarship.
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