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You don’t get a second chance at a first impression. We’ve all heard that expression before. Well, your first impression with a college coach may happen sooner than you think. In fact, it might be happening right now.
College coaches generally do their homework on recruits well before they introduce themselves. They show up for games unannounced, they ask your coaches questions about your character and they most likely will look at your social media accounts well before they ever contact you. If you act inappropriately on the field or on social media, they assume that is how you will act on campus.
Since your first impression with a college coach will most likely happen before you ever talk with them live, your actions and behavior in high school are critical if you expect to play in college. If you aren’t a good teammate, don’t respect your coach and aren’t a good student, many college coaches will eliminate you from consideration and concentrate on the next player on their list.