Recruiting Tip: Your recruiting checklist for sophomore year

Recruiting Tip: Your recruiting checklist for sophomore year

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Recruiting Tip: Your recruiting checklist for sophomore year


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Last week we covered your recruiting checklist for freshman year.  This week let’s talk about the things you need to accomplish as a sophomore.  Your sophomore year is a critical time in your recruiting journey.  It really sets the tone for how successful your scholarship search will be.  If you’ll commit to working at your recruiting process as a sophomore, you will (most likely) play in college.

Here are the things you need to do, the things you should do, and the things that would be great to do as a sophomore. If you don’t do these as a sophomore, your junior year will be extremely busy!

Things you need to do

  • Take the PSAT to determine where you stand academically.
  • Use the NCAA Division I core course worksheet to make sure you are on track with the core course requirements.
  • Research how coaches in your sport evaluate athletes.
  • Develop a plan to work on your weaknesses and enhance your strengths.
  • Pick a quality summer team to play for. It doesn’t have to be the best team, but it should be a team with solid coaching, a good schedule and one where you will have a significant role. You can’t be seen or get better if you don’t play.
  • Work hard on the field and in the classroom. After all, we are talking about going to college.

Things you should do

  • Meet with your coach to review his or her assessment of your abilities.
  • Review and update your list of appropriate colleges. Create a Favorites List of 20-30 colleges at levels you realistically qualify for.
  • Fill out the Recruiting Questionnaires for the colleges you are interested in.
  • Reach out to the coaches at the colleges that match your abilities expressing interest in their program.
  • Ask your coach or an objective third party for an honest assessment of your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Sign up for a few strategic camps and/or showcase events. Pick events where coaches from the schools you are pursuing will be in attendance.
  • Play every game and finish every play as if a college coach is watching.

Things that would be great to do

  • Check the entrance requirements at the colleges on your Favorites List. Even if they offer you an athletic scholarship, you still have to get into the school!
  • Discuss the family college budget with your parents. Most athletic scholarships are partial scholarships, so family budget might be a factor in which colleges you pursue.
  • Start creating an athletic resume and a highlight video for college coaches to view.

Next Monday we’ll cover your junior year. Your junior year is the most critical year when it comes to finding a college athletic scholarship.


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