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Rising Freshman Recruiting Timeline (Checklist)

GameDay Approach.... To Getting Recruited

9th grade Timeline: Building a Foundation

Freshman year is a big transition period for student-athletes going from middle school to high school. There will be a lot of distractions, so you need to stay focused and implement the plan we have outlined below.


  • Focus on Academics right away
  • Develop strong academic habits
  • Grades must be your highest priority    
  • A couple of “C’s” on your transcript from freshman year could give your peers the advantage in obtaining your Slot. If you need help with your classes, go for extra help or tutoring
  • Learn to develop Time Management skills
  • Don't be afraid to become involved in extra-curricular activities, especially in the off season 
  • Meet with your guidance counselor and ask him/her to explain the importance of a Transcript
  • Inform your Guidance Counselor of your intentions to play sports in college
  • Have your Guidance Counselor review your current classes to ensure you’re challenged with A.P and higher level classes
  • The higher the GPA, the more options you will have as far as college acceptance 
  • Have your Guidance Counselor review your tentative list of Best-Fit colleges 
  • As a student-athlete, you may need to revise your targeted Best-Fit college list several times before it’s complete
  • Unlike most students, you’ll need to go through the college search process twice: first as a student, then as an athlete
  • Once you’ve targeted your Academic Fit schools “reach”,“middle” and “likely” , you’ll then need to cross-reference that list with your “Athletic Fit” list


  • Prepare a GameDay Student-athlete Profile that includes picture, profile, academics, awards, contacts and schedules
  • Your online Profile is your most valuable tool for organizing the details of your academic and athletic performance and communicating them to coaches
  • Frequently update your GameDay Student-Athlete Profile to reflect competition results; participation in tournament, Camps and Showcases,  current GPA. and other information coaches need to evaluate you as a student athlete
  • Keep a journal/scrapbook of all newspaper clippings, score sheets, stats and tournament records
  • Try and talk to college athletes or a former college athlete in your sport and area that can share their recruiting story with you. Go see local college games in your area, from the junior college level to the big universities
  • Freshman year should be used as a growth year to improve your skill and athletics. Have the high school coach evaluate your fundamentals. If possible try, to work with a position coach. Attend skills clinics as they become available
  • Take advantage of the daily access to school facilities; hit the weight room consistently        
  • If you are at a high school with a very good Varsity Team with a lot of depth, then your goal should be to start for the junior varsity team and strive to be captain. If your school team is mediocre, then you should look to start and play on the varsity team
  • Start building video footage of all of your games; you will use this to create a highlight video to send to schools before your sophomore year begins
  • Sign up for rising sophomores recruiting camps that are offered by your local high school athletic program
  • Only attend summer camps that enable you to improve your skills as much as possible
  • Also go online and fill out the Athletic Questionnaire on the website of your Athletic-Fit schools  
  • Sign up for outside Recruiting Camps and Showcases that are offered by college coaches
  • If your high school varsity program does not have a competitive summer team, sign up for a premier Club Team
  • Play with the best and most competitive club program as possible that is available to you. Play with the best coaches and attend the best tournaments against the best competition     
  • Most summer recruiting tournaments offer an All Star game. Strive to make the team."Your goal is to get noticed by playing hard every time you are on the field"     
  • Keep in mind that your athletic talent should not be the only factor determining where you’ll attend school; treat it instead as a tool to help you gain acceptance to the best overall college that fits your social, academic, and athletic search criteria

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