If you are a junior in high school, and are considering playing sports in college now is “go time”. Whether its football, track, basketball or any other sport, now is the time when the process really begins. Consider this, for those that had really good sophomore seasons, you probably started to get mail and some inquires this fall. For those of you that burst onto the scene this fall, or late summer, then the activity, engagement will start to really accelerate from Jan. 1st through until the summer months. For those of you that are still waiting to have that big breakout moment, there are still plenty you can and should be doing to position your self for the future.
In all, we believe in building a game plan for your recruitment, no matter where you are in the process. For juniors I would start with these tips:
- Make sure you have counseled with your coach, mentor or an advisor on what playing level they project you to play in at college. Remember, no diploma says NAIA or D2, just that you graduated, so be smart.
- Make sure you have a list of target schools you are interested in.
- Update contact info and film.
- Take ACT/SAT and improve your grades.
- Apply for additional scholarships and grants.
- Make list of unofficial visits.
- Make a list of camps you want to attend in the summer.
- Be at school every day.
- Train as hard as you can.
- Don’t post anything stupid on social media & update profile.
This will at least get you started in the right direction if you are a junior. For more tips, instructions and to learn how we advise the families we work with on the recruiting process, visit us at www.thebedfordagency.com or on facebook or twitter @BedfordAgency.