When to Start
Ideally, student athletes should begin to think about college recruiting in the seventh grade. By the beginning of their freshman year of high school, they ought to have a good understanding of NCAA rules and core course requirements. The recruiting process is a strategic one, and waiting until later in high school to get involved decreases athletes’ chances of receiving a scholarship.
Contrary to popular belief, academics play a major role in the recruiting process. Having a solid GPA and well-populated resume is just as important as having a great highlight reel and sensational stats.
Division I, Division II, Division III, NAIA, and community college teams all have a lot to offer their players. Don’t count a school out just because they aren’t D1. A knowledgeable talent evaluator can tell you which level you should aim for, and where you are likely to find the most success.
Coaches, parents, and teachers can help a student develop their athletic and academic abilities. The recruiting process itself, however, also requires a lot of work that coaches and parents are often unable to dedicate. In the end, the process of earning a scholarship is the athlete’s responsibility.