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Cal South E-News | May 2012 COLLEGE PLANNING

May 22, 2012


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NCSA Athletic Recruiting

4 Ways to Stand Out in the Recruiting Process

When there over 700,000 athletes playing high school soccer throughout the United States and less than 65,000 going on to compete in college, you will have to work very hard to make yourself stand out from the rest. Here are some key ways to accomplish this:

1. Be an all-around student-athlete: Coaches look for recruits that are not only great athletes, but are also strong students. Keep your GPA high and prepare as much as you can for the SAT and ACT. Get involved in extra-curricular activities and contribute to your school outside the classroom and off the field.

2. Put the work in: Most high school athletes wait for coaches to come to them and as a result, miss out on countless opportunities. Show coaches how much you want to compete at the next level; don't just tell them. Email and call coaches and make sure they know you are interested in their school.

3. Constantly work to improve: Don't settle for your current abilities. College coaches want athletes who continue to get stronger and improve. If you aren't going to college camps or challenging yourself, you will have a difficult time growing as a player.

4. Have good character: Part of the recruiting process will be coaches getting to know you. They want players on their team that are a pleasure to speak with and easy to work with. If they sense that you may give them a hard time down the line or cause trouble, they can lose interest in recruiting you.

Don't settle for being just like every other recruit a coach comes into contact with. If you want results, you must put the work in.

About NCSA:

NCSA Athletic Recruiting changes lives by building leaders through sports and connecting four key communities involved in the college athletic recruitment process: qualified high school student-athletes and their families, high school coaches and athletic directors, college coaches, and professional partners such as the NFLPA, ESPN, and more. NCSA is the leading collegiate recruiting source for more than 200,000 student-athletes and 35,000 college coaches across the country. By taking advantage of this extensive network, more than 90% of NCSA Athletic Recruiting-verified athletes go on to play at the collegiate level. In addition, NCSA educates over 4 million athletes and their parents about the recruiting process each year through educational resources on its website, www.ncsasports.org, presentations of the critically acclaimed seminar "College Recruiting Simplified," and the book from NCSA Athletic Recruiting, "Athletes Wanted."