RECRUITING TIMELINE

This timeline shows what student-athletes need to be doing in order to find the best school for them.

Studying

Freshman Year

  • Start doing research about the differences between schools in terms of: athletics, academics, location, size, public/private, campus environment 

  • Start doing research about what grades/scores you need to have in order to get into certain schools 

  • Start doing research about what athletic level you need to be at in order to play at certain schools 

  • Start doing research about which schools offer athletic scholarships or financial aid 

  • Start to work diligently off the court/field on physical fitness and understanding how your schedule affects your athletic performance 

  • Start to monitor the amount of sleep you are getting as well as the amount of rest & recovery your body needs between sporting events

Man Working Out

Sophomore Year

  • Continue doing research about the differences between schools in terms of: athletics, academics, location, size, public/private, campus environment 

  • Continue doing research about what grades/scores you need to have in order to get into certain schools 

  • Continue doing research about what athletic level you need to be at in order to play at certain schools 

  • Continue doing research about which schools offer athletic scholarships or financial aid 

  • Continue to work diligently off the court/field on physical fitness and understanding how your schedule affects your athletic performance 

  • Meet with high school guidance counselors and make a list of schools that meet your academic and social needs 

  • Send a letter to the coaches at the schools which meet your academic and social needs, letting them know that you are interested in their athletic program 

  • Start speaking with people who have been recruited in your sport in order to become more familiar with the recruiting process 

  • Start to get familiar with the SAT and/or ACT

Man Running

Junior Year

  • Continue doing research about the differences between schools in terms of: athletics, academics, location, size, public/private, campus environment 

  • Continue doing research about what grades/scores you need to have in order to get into certain schools 

  • Continue doing research about what athletic level you need to be at in order to play at certain schools 

  • Continue doing research about which schools offer athletic scholarships or financial aide 

  • Continue to work diligently off the court/field on physical fitness, diet, sleep, and understanding how your schedule affects your athletic performance 

  • Research where athletes who you competed against went to school so that you can gauge the talent level at those schools 

  • Research each schools environment, asking yourself “Would I want to be at this school if I were not an athlete?” 

  • Follow up with coaches to make sure they have received your letter 

  • Take the SAT and/or ACT tests, sending the coaches an updated letter with your scores 

  • Try to determine your market value

Summer

Summer Going Into Senior Year

  • Set up 5 official visits for senior year 

  • Speak with current and former athletes at the schools you are interested in 

  • Find out which schools accommodate your long-term goals, including playing professionally 

  • Find out what college coaches would like you to be doing during your senior year, both on and off the field/court, in order to be best prepared for college

Two Men Shaking Hands

Senior Year

  • Take your 5 official visits 

  • Speak with coaches about where they see you playing if you were to attend their school 

  • Speak with coaches about scholarship availabilities and amount 

  • Speak with coaches about the importance of academics within their program 

  • Speak with coaches about what the practice schedule is like for the team 

  • Speak with your family about which school best suits your personality 

  • Speak with your family about which team's coach and players best suit your personality 

  • Combining all of the aforementioned elements, choose a school which you believe will provide the best experience for you academically, socially, and athletically.