College Athletic Recruiting Process: How it Works (2023)

Steps of Athletic Recruiting ProcessAthletic Recruiting RequirementsWhat Do College Coaches Look For?When Do Colleges Stop Athletic Recruiting?FAQs: Athletic Recruiting

College Athletic Recruiting Process: How it Works (1)

Reviewed by:

Mary Banks

Former Admissions Committee Member, Columbia University

Reviewed: 5/4/22

Are you looking to jumpstart your athletic college career? This article will discuss the ins and outs of collegiate athletic recruiting, admission requirements, the general timeline for recruitment, and some FAQs to get you on the right track.

As you go through high school, you’ll probably have a general idea of what you’d like to pursue in college. If you’re a high performing-athlete going through this process, you might be considering a career in college athletics–but how, and where do you start?

This article will discuss everything you need to know about the athletic recruiting process to help you prepare for your career as a college athlete.

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Steps of Athletic Recruiting Process

You might be wondering when the right time is to start thinking about collegiate athletic recruitment. As per the NCSA, starting the recruitment process as early as possible in your high school career will best set you up for success.

While some prospective athletes are sure about their college path from the start, it’s okay to make this decision and start the athletic recruitment process as a junior or a sophomore. Just remember that if you start later, you’ll likely have to put in more work and have to settle with playing for a lower division.

One way to understand the collegiate athletic recruiting process is through the recruiting funnel. It outlines the basic steps of the athletic recruiting process from the coach’s perspective.

College Athletic Recruiting Process: How it Works (2)

With this in mind, we will go over each stage of the process in more depth to help you better understand how they affect you as a prospective athletic recruit.

Step 1: Prospective Athletes Enter the Funnel

At the very beginning of the recruitment process, college coaches will typically consider thousands of prospective athletes from various avenues such as media sites, third-party recruitment, recommendations, emails, and extracurricular camps and showcases.

Approximately 800 to 8,000 prospective recruits might be considered for the next stage, depending on the size of the program.

Step 2: Coaches Begin Initial Evaluations

With the initial evaluation, college coaches identify recruits that meet basic requirements. They evaluate prospects through their recruitment profile and select candidates based on criteria such as weight, height, position, extracurriculars, and academic performance, among others.

Step 3: Correspondence is Sent Out to Potential Fits

At this stage, coaches will begin sending letters, questionnaires, and camp invites to prospective athletes. You will likely be contacted in the form of a request to complete a recruitment questionnaire, camp invitation, or a letter of general interest. You may get one or more of these, depending on the program.

The list is then skimmed down to about 500 to 3,000 prospective athletes, depending on the size of each program.

Step 4: Evaluations Continue With a Smaller Class

Once you’ve completed the initial correspondence, college coaches narrow down the application pool and conduct a thorough athletic, academic, and character evaluation.

During this process, coaches reach out to you, your high school coaches, and any other recommendations. At times, they may also travel to see you compete or extend invitations to specialized camps to see how you’re able to perform.

At this stage, coaches aim to narrow down the list of recruits to 20 to 300. This number is dependent on the sport and division level of each program.

Step 5: Coaches Extend Offers to Recruits

If you’ve reached this stage of the recruitment process, you are likely to receive a few offers. At this point, college coaches expect to lock down commitments with athletic recruits.

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For larger programs and divisions, you may be one out of a list of up to 200 to 300 potential athletes. Coaches will first send out offers from the top of the list and work their way down until the roster is filled.

Step 6: Signing Athletes

The final step in this process is for coaches to sign athletes and ensure they meet the academic requirements of the program.

As per the NCSA, the timeline for the recruitment process is as follows:

  • The athlete makes a verbal commitment
  • The coach provides an official written offer to the athlete
  • The athlete signs the offer
  • The athlete must continue to meet requirements for admission to the specified program (this will include the completion of core courses and meeting the GPA standards)

Athletic Recruiting Eligibility

Now that we have gone over the athletic recruitment process, we will go over some requirements that are crucial to being considered as an athletic recruit. We will discuss what is necessary to be an ideal candidate, from early recruitment to being signed as a college athlete.

Generally speaking, there are three primary collegiate athletic associations you can consider:

  • National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
  • National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)
  • National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA)

We will be going over the different requirements for eligibility for each.


The NCAA is the largest collegiate athletic association in North America, recruiting for Division 1 (D1), Division 2 (D2), and Division 3 (D3) schools. The NCAA’s primary focus is recruitment for D1 and D2 schools, considered the most competitive factions of collegiate sports.

If you’re looking to apply for D1 and D2 schools, you’ll start by creating a certification account that allows the NCAA to assess your eligibility for these programs. The NCAA bases eligibility on the following components:

  • Core Course Requirements: The NCAA requires that you pass 16 high school courses, which include a certain number of classes in English, science, mathematics, and social sciences.
  • GPA: Your eligibility will also be assessed based on your GPA for the core courses mentioned above. D1 schools require a minimum of 2.3 on a 4.0 GPA scale, while D2 schools require at least a 2.0 GPA.
  • ACT or SAT Scores: In addition to your core course GPA, the NCAA will also factor in your ACT or SAT scores. The NCAA will determine your eligibility on a sliding scale relative to your core course GPA.
  • NCAA Sliding Scale: The NCAA will use a combination of your GPA and your ACT or SAT scores. If you have a lower GPA, you may still be eligible for each program, depending on whether your SAT or ACT scores make the cut for your respective division.

With this said, the NCAA offers resources for prospective recruits to self-assess their academic eligibility before applying.

On the other hand, recruitment for D3 schools with the NCAA does not require the same eligibility verification. This means that you won’t have to create a certification account with the NCAA; they will not be assessing your eligibility based on your academic performance.


Unlike the NCAA, meeting the eligibility requirements for NAIA D1 and D2 schools is not as rigorous. To qualify for NAIA schools, you must be a high school graduate in good standing. In brief, to be eligible for admission as an athlete at an NAIA school, you simply need to meet the admission requirements for your school of choice.

Additionally, NAIA requires prospective recruits to meet at least two of the following:

  • A minimum score of 18 on the ACT or 860 on the SAT for critical reading and math sections.
  • A GPA of at least 2.0 upon application.
  • Graduate in the top 50% of your class.


To be eligible for the NJCAA, you must have a high school diploma. Students who have not graduated from a standard high school can also be eligible, given that they are able to complete their GED or any state-approved high school equivalency test.

Typically, students who do not meet the eligibility requirements for NCAA or NAIA recruitment start off in the NJCAA. Student-athletes who have aspirations to compete for NCAA or NAIA can meet their eligibility requirements after two years of competing for the NJCAA.

What Do College Coaches Look For?

Depending on the school, division, and sport you apply for, coaches look for specific attributes during recruitment for collegiate athletics. With this said, we will go over five general characteristics that coaches seek in their recruits.

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The most evident trait college coaches look for would be your athletic ability. Given that you’ll be playing in a highly competitive environment, coaches need to ensure that you’re able to keep up physically with the current players on their roster.

As you choose which route to take when applying for collegiate athletics, make sure that you’re honestly able to assess your physical capability. This will help you find the right program based on what you can do.


In addition to your physical conditioning and athletic ability, coaches also look for mental resilience when they recruit for college sports. If you’re a high school athlete, you likely know how significant mental strength is for your sport.

College coaches want to know that a single mistake or a bad game won’t get to you. As an athlete in a highly competitive program, you’ll want to keep pushing forward and finding ways to get past mental blocks that prevent you from performing at your best.

Academic Performance

Aside from the obvious academic requirements for associations like NCAA and NAIA, coaches look for a certain level of academic achievement in their recruits. Academic success, especially as an athlete, often presents a window to your drive for achievement and work ethic.

Additionally, student-athletes with a high GPA and SAT or ACT scores are more likely to keep up with the college requirements to stay in their athletic programs. This gives your coach more assurance that they won’t be losing a star played based on poor academic performance.


One of the most important things that college coaches consider is your attitude and ability to receive and apply feedback. This is crucial to securing a role as a college athlete. It determines how well you’re able to play with a team and dictates your potential as a recruit.

Coaches often look for prospects who can let go of their ego and actively want to do better. This means that the ideal candidate in terms of coachability is someone who can gracefully and humbly receive feedback. You will need to keep an open mind in terms of their performance and game strategy.

The best part of being coachable is that it’s something you can develop, so if it’s something you find challenging, know that coachability comes with practice and persistence.


The last thing to consider as a potential recruit is how you present yourself on and off the field. According to the NCSA State of Recruiting Report, 35% of college coaches ranked character as the most important in the recruiting process.

Coaches want to make sure that their athletes can manage themselves and their behavior. During their initial evaluation, coaches will often talk to your peers, coaches, and references about the kind of person you are. Your character is essential to coaches as it reflects your team and college.

When Do Colleges Stop Athletic Recruiting?

The short answer to this question is that colleges stop athletic recruitment in senior year; however, there is more to it. The general timeline for recruitment will depend on the sport and division you apply for. Below, we will go over the general timeline and what to expect for each division.

Division 1

D1 recruitment comes in two parts. Depending on the sport you play, recruitment may start and end earlier. For instance, high-caliber sports (Elite Division 1) such as football, basketball, and baseball begin scouting and recruitment in your sophomore year up to the end of junior year. For any open spots, coaches will typically wait until senior year to fill them.

For the rest of D1, coaches usually begin recruitment shortly after, making offers at the end of junior year through to your senior year. If you haven’t received an invite by your senior year, it may be best to start looking into D2 schools.

Division 2

D2 recruitment follows the timeline of general D1 recruitment. Typically, coaches will begin to show serious interest in prospective student-athletes in their junior year, with some receiving offers before the start of their senior year.

With this said, most coaches are inclined to wait until senior year. They will often wait until senior year game film becomes available to see how well you’re able to perform.

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Division 3

Recruitment for D3 schools is much more flexible as each school sets its own timeline. This means that if you’re applying to be a D3 athlete, you’ll have more time to secure a spot. D3 recruitment is often based on senior year game film and can make offers as late as the end of your senior year.

As the recruitment timeline for each division differs slightly, the same can be said for both team and individual sports. Generally, it is good to know that recruitment for team sports often begins and ends earlier than individual sports.

FAQs: Athletic Recruiting

Now that we have gone over the athletic recruiting process, we’ll cover some FAQs that might answer any other lingering questions you might have

1. When Does Athletic Recruitment Begin?

Athletic recruitment can start as early as your coaches recognize you as a stellar athlete. College coaches can show their interest and begin evaluating prospective recruits well before high school. However, from a legal standpoint, coaches can only make offers to student-athletes after September 1st of their junior year.

Some exceptions are Elite D1 sports like football, basketball, and baseball. Coaches recruiting for these sports can make offers earlier in high school.

2. When Should I Start Thinking About Athletic Recruitment?

It is best to start thinking about your athletic career as early as possible. This can be as early as your first year of high school. The earlier you start working towards your goal to become a college athlete, the more time you’ll have to prepare and train to be a competitive candidate for higher divisions.

If you’re unsure about which path to take, you can wait until the beginning of recruitment (junior year, for the most part). However, it is important to remember that waiting longer might limit the likelihood of competing in higher divisions.

3. What Should I Look For When Choosing the Right School?

While you’re aiming to go to a school with a stellar athletic program, it’s also important to consider aspects aside from your athletic program. You can ask yourself questions about what matters to you in your college career and what your school can bring to the table.

If community is very important for you, or if it has a great program for your subject of focus, then it can be worth considering. It’s also most important that you pick a school that meets your athletic skills or needs, whether that is a D1, D2, or D3 school. It’s essential that you apply wisely to increase your chances of getting recruited.

4. I Haven’t Heard Back. What Do I Do?

If you’re heading towards the end of the collegiate athletic recruitment period and haven’t heard back, it could be due to a number of reasons. One big reason applicants don’t hear back is that they’ve targeted schools that may not be the best fit.

An important thing to consider when you start applying is whether you’re a realistic candidate for a specific program. If you’re finding this challenging, you can always ask your high school coaches or guidance counselors for help. They’ll be able to inform you about your options and find the best program for you.

Final Thoughts

Working towards being a college athlete can be challenging. It tests your mental and physical strength, character, and work ethic as a high school student. Remaining passionate and focused on your goals will keep you on the right track.

With this said, there are many factors to consider as you think about a potential career as a college athlete. This article aims to provide some guidance throughout this process, leaving you less guesswork for the journey ahead.

Best of Luck!


College Athletic Recruiting Process: How it Works? ›

Gather a list of prospective athletes. Send out recruiting letters, questionnaires, and camp invites. Conduct evaluations. Extend verbal offers and scholarships.

How does the recruiting process work for college sports? ›

Recruiting happens when a college employee or representative invites a high school student-athlete to play sports for their college. Recruiting can occur in many ways, such as face-to-face contact, phone calls or text messaging, through mailed or emailed material or through social media.

When can college coaches make you an offer? ›

A college coach cannot offer a verbal commitment or scholarship offer before September 1st of the athlete's junior year of high school. There are some caveats to this date depending upon the sport, such as football, men's/women's basketball and baseball, but this is the general rule.

Does NCSA actually help you get recruited? ›

NCSA has proudly helped over 250,000 student-athletes find their right college fit. In 2022 alone, we helped over 29,000 student-athletes commit to a college. We help find opportunities at schools that many students and families would not have even thought to look at.

How many official visits do recruits get? ›

Recruits will be limited to one official visit per school, unless there is a coaching change. Official visits allow schools to pay for transportation, a two-night stay, meals and "reasonable entertainment" for an athlete and up to two family members.

What is the hardest sport to get recruited for college? ›

Most Competitive Sports for Recruitment
  • Football. This is the most popular sport in the country, and the most difficult to get recruited for. ...
  • Baseball/Softball. America's pastime shares much the same fate as football, but both genders can participate in this one. ...
  • Men's Wrestling. ...
  • Track and Field. ...
  • Fencing. ...
  • Women's Crew.
Nov 4, 2022

Can you get d1 offers as a freshman? ›

For most Division I and Division II sports, coaches can start proactively reaching out to recruits June 15 after sophomore year or September 1 of junior year. However, many coaches—think: Division I and some top-tier DII schools—will make scholarship offers to athletes as young as 7th and 8th grade.

How do you know if a coach is going to offer you? ›

Phone calls or texts.

If you're fielding calls or texts from a coach, chances are you're relatively high up on their list of recruits. While a coach's contact info, like office phone, are usually available online, giving a recruit their personal cell or email can mean they're treating you as a prospective recruit.

Do college coaches come to signing day? ›

The student-athlete's parent or legal guardian must also sign the document; college coaches cannot be present during the signing. Remember, while many student-athletes sign on National Signing Day, many others receive and sign an NLI after the first signing date.

How do you know if a college coach is interested in you? ›

Four Ways to Tell If a Coach Is Recruiting You
  • No contact: You're not on the coach's radar yet. ...
  • Recruiting questionnaires or generic mail: You're in a large pool of recruits. ...
  • Camp or showcase invites: You may be on the coach's list of recruits. ...
  • Emails or social media DMs: You're likely on the coach's list of recruits.
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Do coaches look at NCSA? ›

NCSA Recruiting Profile

NCSA provides a free recruiting profile to all of our members. More than 35,000 college coaches actively search NCSA profiles every year looking for athletes to fill their open roster spots.

Do colleges look at NCSA? ›

In short, Yes! Throughout our 20-year history, we've consistently improved the college coach experience so they can now easily and efficiently identify, evaluate, and recruit athletes.

Does NCSA require money? ›

4. How much does this service cost? With NCSA, you can set up a free online profile whenever you wish. We conduct scouting interviews between student athletes and their families at no cost.

Do parents go on recruiting visits? ›

As the parent of a high school athlete being recruited, you are probably wondering if you can go on an official visit with your child. Parents are absolutely allowed to accompany a high school athlete on an official visit. An official visit is defined by the NCAA as a visit sponsored by the college or university.

How long do recruits sleep? ›

Sleep During Training

U.S. Military Academy cadets sleep fewer than five hours during the week and are woken up several times during the night for training. Even on the weekends, when they're encouraged to sleep more, they still get fewer than seven hours. Those in Ranger School only get around three hours per night.

Do parents go on unofficial visits? ›

Parents often play a significant role during the decision process once student-athletes receive a scholarship offer. Attending an unofficial visit with your student-athlete allows you to see the campus and get a feel for the culture yourself.

What is the easiest sport to get a D1 scholarship? ›

Easiest Men's Scholarships to Earn
  • Lacrosse: 12.6% chance of earning a scholarship. ...
  • Ice Hockey: 12.1% chance of earning a scholarship. ...
  • Baseball: 11.5% chance of earning a scholarship. ...
  • Football: 7.1% chance of earning a scholarship. ...
  • Swimming: 7.0% chance of earning a scholarship.
Nov 10, 2021

What sports look best on college applications? ›

Athletic Participation

Playing team sports, such as football or basketball, also lets colleges know that you've been able to function as part of a team. Athletic participation generally takes up quite a bit of time and requires significant effort to develop skills.

What is the hardest sport to go D1? ›

The hardest major sport to play in college? For boys, it's wrestling (2.7 percent), then volleyball (3.3 percent) and basketball (3.5 percent). For girls, it's a tie between volleyball (3.9 percent) and basketball (3.9 percent). And that's for Divisions I-III.

What is the lowest GPA to go D1? ›

The minimum GPA you can have to be considered an early academic qualifier for D1 is a 2.3 GPA and a 980 SAT combined score or 75 ACT sum score. You will need a 2.2 GPA and a 900 SAT combined score or 68 ACT sum score to be eligible at the Division II level.

How do I get my child noticed by college recruiters? ›

As a parent, there are five important ways that you can help your child best position themselves to get on the radar by college coaches.
  1. Create a database of coach contacts. ...
  2. Register for NCAA Clearinghouse. ...
  3. Don't Get Too Involved.

Can you ask a coach for an offer? ›

A: Sure, in fact you should ask if you have a scholarship offer and are considering committing to them. You should ask coaches what their specific plan is for your development. And remember – competition is not a bad thing, especially if you want to win games and play for a successful team.

Do coaches offer on official visits? ›

Depending on the sport and division level, athletes can begin taking official visits junior year. A coach may extend an official visit offer to recruits during a phone call, email, text or direct message. Once a coach invites you, grab your family schedule and work out a weekend to take the trip.

Do college coaches make offers over the phone? ›

A college coach can offer a potential student athlete in many ways, such as, in person, in an email, or over the phone.

What do you say when a coach makes you an offer? ›

When a coach gives an offer, make sure you thank them for the opportunity, and let them know you are interested in their program. It's perfectly acceptable to tell the coach that you need some time to think it over, and ask them when they need your response.

Do walk ons get a Signing Day? ›

Technically, preferred walk-ons don't have anything to sign on Signing Day, as they aren't receiving an athletic scholarship. However, walk-ons are an essential part of a successful team, and college coaches want to celebrate their signing, as well.

How do you get a college coach to offer you? ›

4 steps to contacting college coaches
  1. Send an introductory email.
  2. Follow-up with a phone call.
  3. Respond to any recruiting letters.
  4. Keep in touch with coaches.

What day can college coaches contact you? ›

One of the most common questions families ask is when college coaches can start contacting their athletes. For most sports, coaches can begin reaching out to athletes starting June 15 after sophomore year or September 1 of their junior year of high school.

Is it good if a college coach texts you? ›

If you're receiving text messages from college coaches, it probably means you are on well-established on their recruiting list! Texting college coaches is more casual than talking on the phone or sending an email. But believe it or not, texting etiquette is a thing.

How do you know if a college is looking at you? ›

How to Know If a College Coach is Interested in You
  • No Contact Means No Interest. ...
  • If a Coach Gives You Their Personal Contact Info, That is a Great Sign. ...
  • Personal Letters or Emails Saying “We Know Who You Are” ...
  • Impersonal Letters Inviting You to Camps or to Fill Out a Recruiting Questionnaire.
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Do college coaches talk to each other about recruiting? ›

Long story short, there are strong relationships among coaches, and they will speak with each other about anything from the weather to a potential recruit that may be a great fit at a different school.

Do coaches actually look at recruiting questionnaires? ›

If a college coach sends you a recruiting questionnaire, that's a good sign. It usually means that a college coach wants to get you on their recruiting radar. However, you'll want to temper your expectations. It doesn't mean that a college coach is recruiting you.

Do college coaches look at Instagram? ›

Many coaches do searches on all recruits now to get insight into the character of recruits.” “Yes, we do look through social media sites when we recruit athletes. We Google them and try and find out what we can.” Think before you post, don't be too emotional and bold.

What questions do NCSA recruiters ask? ›

During this 15-minute call, they will ask a few basic questions to make sure that your athlete is ready to start the recruiting process, such as: How serious are you about wanting to compete in college sports? What is your sport and your position? How many years of varsity or club experience do you have?

How many college coaches use NCSA? ›

NCSA is the largest college athletic recruiting platform, with over 35,000 college coaches using NCSA to find athletes across 35 sports. For over 20 years, NCSA College Recruiting has offered recruiting advice and college coach connections to high school student-athletes around the world.

What makes a 5 star recruit? ›

5-star recruits start training early on, they can handle the pressure, they study the game, and they work so hard that there is no doubt in their mind that they are the best on the field. Combine hard work with talent, and that's the formula for success as a 5-star recruit.

Is it too late to get recruited senior year? ›

The answer is no, it is not too late to get recruited senior year. It may seem that all players get recruited before their last year of high school, but this is not the case and there is certainly opportunity for you to still be recruited as an upperclassmen.

Can you quit NCSA? ›

To effectuate the Opt-Out, the student-athlete can send an email with the subject line “NCSA Email Opt-Out” to The Opt-Out request will be effectuated within five (5) days of receipt.

When should I start NCSA? ›

Any student-athlete 13 years or older can fill out a free NCSA profile. A profile is like an online athletic resume that college coaches can view as they search for potential recruits. If your child has already started a profile after attending an event, camp or combine, that's great. You're ahead of the game.

Does NCSA give scholarships? ›

No matter where you're at in the process, our website has resources, tools and information you can use to your advantage. We want to help you get recruited and improve your chances of receiving a full ride scholarship. Learn more about what NCSA can do for you (and create your free profile) to begin.

Can parents reach out to college coaches? ›

Parents can talk to coaches throughout the recruiting process–but they should also know when to speak up, and when to let their child lead the way.

Is it OK for parents to reach out to college coaches? ›

Yes, parents should absolutely talk to college coaches. The real question is, when is an appropriate time for you to introduce yourself? After competitions or during unofficial and official visits are great opportunities for parents to speak with coaches.

What do you wear to a college recruiting visit? ›

You want to look neat and clean throughout your entire trip. For men, bring a collared shirt with nice jeans or khakis. For women, skirt, dress, nice slacks or jeans are acceptable. Avoid wearing sweatshirts, sweatpants, hats, flip flops and ripped jeans.

What time do recruits go to bed? ›

In all the branches' basic training programs, bedtime is usually 2100, or 9 p.m., except during times of special events, such as night exercises. In basic training, lights out means go to sleep.

Do recruits cry in boot camp? ›

Crying during USMC boot camp is not uncommon and may occur due to the stress of training. However, recruits are expected to quickly regain composure and continue with their training, as showing prolonged emotional vulnerability may result in disciplinary action or dismissal from the program.

How much sleep do you get a night at boot camp? ›

Sleeping arrangements during Basic Training may differ depending on where you're at. Generally, you'll either bunk in a bay containing about 40 people or in a small room with three to six others. You can expect to get between seven and eight hours of sleep.

How many official visits do you get? ›

Recruits will be limited to one official visit per school, unless there is a coaching change. Official visits allow schools to pay for transportation, a two-night stay, meals and "reasonable entertainment" for an athlete and up to two family members.

What should parents wear to a college visit? ›

For parents, you are not required to dress professionally – meaning you are not obligated to wear a suit and tie or a business suit or business dress. You do not want to stand out in the middle of the crowd and have all the attention around you.

Is it easier to get into college as a recruited athlete? ›

While being a recruited athlete can be a “hook” in the selective admissions process, it doesn't guarantee admission. Colleges will still look at your GPA, test scores, and more in order to determine academic eligibility and if you meet the academic standards of the school. Don't slack off in the classroom!

How do you know if you are a recruited athlete? ›

Signs you ARE being recruited include:
  • When a college coach calls you at home. It is a good sign with a college coach calls you directly at home. ...
  • When a college coach comes to your home field to watch you play. ...
  • When a college coach invites you on an Official Visit.

What happens when you verbally commit to a college? ›

While an NLI is a binding contract between the recruit and the college or university, a verbal commitment is a non-binding agreement between coach and player. Since it is non-binding, a verbal commitment can be broken or taken back at any time by either the coach or the player.

What is the easiest sport to get recruited for? ›

Lacrosse. This is the easiest sport to get an athletic scholarship. Lacrosse is popular mostly in America, so it has almost no international competition. Based on data, about 110,000 players were involved in lacrosse in high school and more than 14,000 in college.

Do preferred walk ons get admissions help? ›

Preferred walk-ons arrive at college with a roster spot guaranteed. They get help with admissions. Aid does depend on the sport. They can be cut at any time in camp.

What sports look good on a college application? ›

Athletic Participation

Playing team sports, such as football or basketball, also lets colleges know that you've been able to function as part of a team. Athletic participation generally takes up quite a bit of time and requires significant effort to develop skills.


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