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NCSA's Top 5 Recruiting Questions

By T1EHL Staff, 11/25/19, 10:30AM CST


It’s recruiting season and as NCSA is a leader in the college athletic recruiting industry, their recruiting coaches have been receiving a ton of questions about the process. Check out their top 5 most commonly asked questions:

“What should my video include?”

Highlight and skills video are an important aspect of the recruiting process because coaches don’t always have the time or budget to travel to see recruits in person. Getting the proper footage is crucial in ensure that your video is on that a college coach would like to watch. For a full rundown on recruiting videos, you’ll want to read their guide to college recruiting videos here:

“Which camps are worth attending?

College camps are a great way to make a positive impression on a coach. However, you don’t want to simply go to a camp because it’s in your area or because your friends will be attending. First, consider camps at schools that you are interested in attending. Next, determine if you will be attending the camp as a “recruit” or a “camper.” The difference is that recruits receive personal invites from the college coach because the coach is seriously interested in them. Campers, on the other hand, receive a generic invitation. While campers may not be on a coach’s radar at the beginning of the camp, they can be by the end if they reach out beforehand and perform exceptionally well. It can still be beneficial to attend camp as a camper.

“How do I walk onto a team?”

Unrecruited walk-ons participate in an open tryout for a chance to make the roster. In most cases, the student-athlete qualifies for admission to the school and communicates with the coach before the tryout. It is important to note that walk-ons don’t receive athletic scholarships. There are few cases when a walk-on does receive an athletic scholarship further down the line, but it is important to make sure you have figured out how you will be able to pay for your education.

“How do I stand out to college coaches?”

Recruits need to be proactive in their recruiting process. You should always be researching colleges and communicating with coaches. Sending introductory emails with your video, following up and responding to all communication from coaches will help you stay on their radar. If it’s possible, attend college camps so that coaches can evaluate you in person. Send your schedule out to coaches who are in close proximity, as well. You’ll need to brush up on how to contact college coaches.

“How do I get more coaches to view my NCSA profile?"

Student-athletes with NCSA profiles become discoverable by college coaches from across the country who are looking for athletes to fill out their rosters. Recruits need to ensure that their profiles have enough information and that it stays up-to-date so that they can generate coach views. Add key stats and measurables, upload highlight video and contact your top matched schools directly to get recruiting attention. You also want to include your GPA, standardized test scores and a high school transcript.

This post was originally posted by Next College Student Athlete. You can read the original story here: