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College Recruiting

College Recruiting

One of the most important decision a student athlete has to make is what they will do post graduation. Student athletes that have the ability and desire to further there education and participate in college sports need to know what it takes to achieve that goal. There are several hundred schools at six different levels that offer some type of scholarship. It is important that the student athlete and parent or guardian understand the recruiting process.

To receive a scholarship a player must meet the initial eligibility requirements. NCAA Division I, Division II, and NAIA have different sets of eligibility requirements. The NCAA computes a core GPA from 16 classes that are different from the regular high school GPA.:

  • 4 credits in English
  • 3 credits in Math (Algebra I or Higher)
  • 2 credits in Natural or Physical Science (Biology I or higher)
  • 2 credits in Social Studies
  • 1 additional credit from English, Math, or Science
  • 4 additional credits from any area listed above.

A student begins taking core classes his/her freshmen year and should begin to track their progress. You cannot wait until the fall semester of their senior year to check their NCAA core GPA. All college prospects will take the ACT/SAT in the fall of their junior year. Student athletes that  regularly meet about the initial eligibility requirements have a better chance at a scholarship.

A very big part of small college recruiting (Division II, III, and NAIA) is the financial aid process. This is started by filling out the FAFSA form. This can be a confusing and frustrating process. A school counselor can explain this process to the student athlete and their parents and walk them through each stage to make sure they get their papers in by the deadlines. Prospective student athletes  and their parents should meet with their coach on an individual basis to help them understand the whole recruiting process before it begins. Each situation is different and each family has different expectations. With realistic goals and everyone on the same page working together, the recruiting process can be a great experience for everyone and can continue a great tradition for their high school program

Do the Following:

1.       Take SAT or ACT

2.       Turn score reports into your coach

3.       Sign Transcript release form with counseling office

4.       Register with NCAA Eligibility center

5.       Submit FAFSA form based on W-2 form and or financial information – in many cases D2, D3 and NAIA schools will not offer a package until this is complete.

6. Continue to do well in school ( academics, behavior, attendance ) All of these can jeopardize your       future with a school or program  


ACT Test

SAT Test

NCAA Clearinghouse

NCAA Freshmen Eligibility Standards and Sliding Scale

FAFSA Federal Student Financial Aid

Prospective recruiting Questions

Free Recruiting Webinar



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