With nearly 60,000 recruits placed since 2000, NCSA knows exactly what it takes. Here are answers to the top five questions our scouting experts receive about the football recruiting process—the five things every recruit must know.
When does the football recruiting process start?
1. The recruiting process started yesterday! Competition for football scholarships is very intense. Coaches identify talented athletes very early in their high school careers—in fact, 84% of Division I prospects are identified by the end of sophomore year. This means the advantage goes to student athletes who are active, informed and have a plan.
NCSA speaks on when the recruiting process really starts
How do I get discovered?
2. College coaches scout based on verified information from neutral, independent sources like NCSA. Play your game well and you’ll be discovered—right? Wrong. College football coaches identify prospects using online tools and databases well before they show up to scout a game in person. Occasionally someone else will catch their eye, but they are primarily there for the prospects they have already identified.
How do coaches evaluate prospects?
3. The Internet is your best recruiting tool. College coaches don’t have time to attend every high school football game. The majority of them identify top prospects by watching highlight videos that they request or receive from a trusted third party. This is what will convince a coach to come out and watch you in person.
NCSA on where coaches look to find recruits
Where am I qualified to play?
4. Less than 1% of student athletes get a full ride to a D-1 school. Roughly 80% of football scholarships are offered by schools that do not compete in NCAA Division I football, so set your expectations accordingly.
More on the schools that recruit:
Check out NCSA’s Power Rankings
Still not sure where you fit? Find your Target Schools.
Will you qualify for your top-choice school? Learn the Recruiting Guidelines
What is my coach’s role?
5. Don’t leave your future solely in the hands of your high school coach. Getting recruited is a full-time job, and your football coach has a whole team of players who will be asking for their help. One coach does not have the time, resources, or relationships to get a scholarship for each of his players.
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