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5 different ways you may get recruited

Updated: Dec 29, 2018

Let's take a closer look at all of the ways you may get recruited by a college:

1. College coach sees you in a game and likes the way you play

This is a low percentage play if you think about the factors involved: Think about how many games you have played in high school/club ball relative to how many schools are currently recruiting you. Considering small recruiting budgets and the amount of high school players out there, this “approach” can be compared to finding a needle in a haystack.

2. You go to an individual school camp

This option will definitely give one specific program much more knowledge about you as a player... but what are the odds that: You’re good enough for this program? The college has a need for you? The odds are low UNLESS there is real dialogue and sincere interest from a college coach. This is getting tougher and tougher to decipher with the extensive e-mail lists and programs that colleges now have access to for camps.

3. You go to a multi-school camp

This gives you more opportunities than an individual school camp, however there are a few factors to consider here as well: Do the schools at the camp match the level of player you are? Is the timing right for the schools to see you and actually recruit you? There are some good camps and events out there that are trying to match uncommitted players and schools looking for those players. On the other hand, some camps have figured out that if you just slap some university logos on a flier, players will show up.

4. Personal contact/connection

This can be good and bad at the same time. Good because nothing trumps the direct path a personal connection can give the player. However, the odds that one contact knows the right coach for the right player at the right time are not very high. Some thoughts: Use the personal contact if you have to open more doors. Do not over-rely on this approach because it’s a very narrow strategy.

5. You reach out to the college directly

This is the most effective strategy because of the wide net it casts. You can reach out to a large number of schools if you have the right resume. That means an updated video along with the correct information. This may not work if you’re contacting the wrong level of school for you or reaching out at the wrong time. For many schools, this step is an introduction to you. There have been cases where a scholarship is offered right away based on the profile/video, but many times this is the step that will begin the communication process. A downside to this is e-mail fatigue and having to sift through camp e-mails. This is the best way to create a wide net (which is needed) without running all over the place.

The families that have the means and the time should make use of all five of these methods. With the proper guidance and advice in conjunction with these approaches, you can be very efficient with your time and effort in the recruiting process.

For more information about the College Athlete Advantage Recruiting Program please call Mike Orchard @ 407-489-7509 or email:

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