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College coaches are constantly looking for talented athletes. They reach out to many, contact some and sign a handful. This is called the recruiting funnel. It applies to all intercollegiate sports, but the above image represents the Division I College Football Recruiting Funnel. The numbers for other sports are different, but the concept is the same.
You really need to understand this concept to understand how to have a successful recruiting journey. The numbers make it obvious why you have to pursue colleges that match your abilities. Your recruiting process is a finite amount of time and the door closes as each game passes. Don’t waste any time pursuing colleges that don’t make sense based on your academic and athletic abilities.
Also, being persistent and patient are critical. Don’t expect to land a scholarship with one email. You shouldn’t be discouraged if you don’t hear back immediately from schools you try to connect with. If you follow a game plan and are persistent, your recruiting journey will be a success.