The Recruiting Process

  • Perhaps the biggest obstacle in the college recruiting process for student-athletes and their parents is a lack of knowledge. They don’t know what to do or when to do it. Let’s face it, in today’s world of competitive athletics, the search for college athletes is starting earlier and earlier, so you better know when to start and what to do next!


    Freshman year is an ideal time to start learning about how college recruiting works. It gives you the best chance at a successful recruiting experience. The earlier you start, the more time you have to learn about all your college options, to research colleges and to plan college visits.


    Based on the above, it is a fact that identifying and securing a college scholarship really is a four-year process, and if you want to be successful you really need a recruiting timeline. Here’s a year-by-year recruiting timeline with the important steps to follow. The good thing about this article is you don’t have to read the entire thing. Skip to the year that applies to you and save it to refer to later!


    Recruiting - 9th Grade      10th Grade      11th Grade      12th Grade

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)