By Tom Kovic
Recruiting is essential for every college coach, and the aim is simple. Fill position gaps on the team with stronger talent than the year before. Therefore, most college coaches have identified 3 evaluation operatives to reach that end. Identify, recruit, and retain strong students, impact athletes, and those prospects that bring leadership qualities to the team.
Furthermore, the college athletics recruiting process has evolved into a new and intricate level. The volume of e-mails, phone calls, and texts increases daily. College coaches work diligently to develop and implement seamless filtering systems to maximize recruiting. And you can help them.
College coaches embrace strong students as part of the 3 evaluation operatives for several reasons.
A sound strategy for prospects that will assist the college coaches with academic evaluation is to provide information. They will require academic transcripts, standardized test results, and a copy of the high school profile to determine your academic baseline. Furthermore, register with the NCAA Eligibility Center and share your PIN with the college coaches.
Equally important, college coaches want to evaluate raw athletic talent that will strengthen the program. There are several ways prospects can assist college coaches with sport evaluations. Furthermore, recruiting candidates must embrace a proactive effort when helping coaches evaluate your athleticism.
Academic and athletic evaluations are time-consuming but relatively more straightforward for college coaches to accomplish. Identifying potential “strong links in the team chain” requires experience and unique talent.
Prospective student-athletes should make every effort to offer the college coaches with a glimpse into your distinct core. Personal integrity and inherent leadership qualities you bring to the table can be a game-changer.
In addition, your club coach can to step up and engage the college coaches directly. Both coaches speak and understand a common language regarding team dynamics.
Understanding college coaches and their tactics with recruiting will bolster your recruiting plan significantly. College coaches use 3 evaluation operatives when identifying prospects.
Present yourself as a well-rounded, dedicated prospect, and add a unique touch that helps engage college coaches on a personal level. Do this, and you will give yourself the best opportunity to maximize your college recruiting effort.
Tom Kovic is a former Division I college coach and Founder/Principal of Victory Collegiate Consulting, where he advises prospects and families on college recruiting. For further information visit: www.victoryrecruiting.com.