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If you’re a high school athlete and currently you are irritated by the number of phone calls you are receiving from college coaches, then you can ignore this recruiting tip and go back to watching SportsCenter. On the other hand, if you feel under-recruited, then keep reading. If you are not currently being highly-recruited and you truly want to play in college, then you have to make 3 simple commitments. Here’s what that involves.
Commit to being realistic
Perhaps the most difficult task in an effective college recruiting game plan is being realistic with who you are as an athlete and as a student. If you spend your time pursuing colleges that aren’t a fit, your recruiting experience will be a disappointment.
You really need an objective evaluation of your abilities, both athletically and academically in order to develop a list of appropriate schools to pursue. One way to get an objective opinion would be to go to your current coach and ask him or her for an honest evaluation of your abilities. Then talk with your high school guidance counselor for an academic evaluation.
Commit to the process
Committing to the process means taking ownership of your college search. You have to be involved and proactive. Being proactive means reaching out to the coaches at the realistic colleges in which you have interest in and developing a dialogue with them.
Being proactive can be accomplished in several ways. You can send emails, use social media (Twitter, for example) or even make a phone call. College coaches actually want to hear from qualified athletes that are interested in their program.
Commit to being persistent
The commitment to being persistent does not mean writing one email to a few college coaches and then waiting for the scholarship offers to roll in the door. Understand that your initial contact with a coach is an introduction and you likely aren’t going to land a roster spot with one email. In fact, it might take a few attempts before you hear anything. You most likely will need to contact numerous schools, numerous times to find the right fit.