Things that you must do if you are using this site to help with the recruiting process

Things that you must do if you are using this site to help with the recruiting processThere is no doubt that Recruiting-101 can be a great resource during the recruiting process.  While we have e-books and individualized consulting available, a number of the readers take advantage of the free side of things.  If that is the case, we do hope that you please support our advertisers here.

Regardless of your situation, I felt that there are some things that you must do in the recruiting process.  These are not things to help you get recruited.  They are things that will show your character and the type of person that you are overall.  Most pop up late in the recruiting process but if you are using this site, PLEASE do these in the end.

Update your media contacts
I have talked a great deal about making a contact on Rivals, Scout, 24/7 Sports, ESPN, and the local newspaper.  These are the people that can help get word out about your recruiting.  If you do happen to have contacts within the media, keep them updated at all times.  They helped you get there by doing articles on you throughout the process.  If you become a big time recruit, don’t turn your back on them.  This kills me every time I see it.

Send personalized contact to your media contacts
Far too many athletes send updates with no name attached.  That makes it pretty easy to figure out that you are mass sending it out.  Take five extra minutes and send it them with a personalized email.  Unless you are a top ten recruit, take the time.

Don’t stop taking calls once the recruiting process heats up
The same goes with updating your media contacts.  I can understand not talking to all media outlets when things heat up.  But if there has been one that has been with you for years, show some character by taking their calls.  It takes five to ten minutes to do the interviews so just do it.

Tell all coaches that you made a decision
This one is certainly the toughest.  If you are seriously considering five schools (and they have offered you something) and make a decision, call the four other schools and tell them. Again, this really is not a pleasant thing to do but be honest and the coaches will understand.  I talked to a Division II coach earlier this year and he said the Class of 2011 was the worst he had ever seen in terms of letting him know that they had committed elsewhere.  Again, make the call (not email or text) if they have offered you a scholarship or a walk-on spot.

Don’t think the recruiting process is over until you sign
In the perfect world, an athlete will receive a scholarship offer from his or her dream school and eventually sign with them.  But it doesn’t always work that way.  You never know what will happen in recruiting until you sign so always keep your eyes and ears open.

Those are five major things.  Again, if you are one of the 1,000s of email subscribers, please do this stuff.  I am not going to call you out on it but show some character and do these.

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