How to Get Recruited To Play
College Football

2 Must-Do's in Recruiting

Start Early

Many athletes receive offers well before their senior year and in some cases as early as middle school. If you are serious about playing college sports consider starting your recruiting process right away.

Take Control

Your recruiting process is exactly that...Yours! The only person who will be affected if you play college sports or not, or earn a scholarship or not is you. Take control of your recruiting process immediately as it only happens once in your lifetime.

3 Steps to Get Recruited for Football

Step 1


Understand Your Oportunities

The first step in the recruiting process is to understand the opportunities available in your sport. Check the charts to see how many programs and scholarships are available in your sport.

Football Programs:

FBS FCS D2 D3 NAIA NJCAA CCCAA TOTAL
131 123 168 244 93 66 68

893

 

Football Scholarships:

FBS FCS D2 D3 NAIA NJCAA CCCAA
85 63 36 - 24 85 -

 

Football Programs:

FBS FCS D2 D3 NAIA NJCAA CCCAA TOTAL
131 123 168 244 93 66 68 893

Football Scholarships:

FBS FCS D2 D3 NAIA NJCAA CCCAA
85 63 36 - 24 85 -

Recruiting Timeline

Freshman


  • Start researching schools. Choose 2 or more schools per week to research
  • Start working on getting game film
  • Compile a list up to 100 schools you would consider attending
  • Start sending letters/emails to those coaches on your list
  • Communicate with coaches and start building relationships
  • Take unofficial visits and attend camps offered by schools you are interested in

Key Dates

  • Day 1 of Freshman Year: D3 and NAIA Coaches Can Start Calling
  • Anytime: Coaches can send Questionnaires, Camp Information, NCAA Materials and Nonathletic Publications
  • Anytime: You can call or email coaches

Sophomore


  • Continue to research 2 or more schools per week
  • Start to narrow down schools that are a good fit for you and make unofficial visits
  • Fill out all questionnaires sent to you and send them back
  • Create a highlight video and get an evaluation from a 3rd party scout
  • Attend camps and combines

Key Dates

  • June 15 After Sophomore Year: D2 Coaches can make unlimited phone calls, send text and send emails
  • Top Recruits will start to receive offers in summer after sophomore year
  • Anytime: You can call or email coaches

Junior


  • Continue to make unofficial visits to your narrowed down list of schools
  • Reply to every email, phone call, text and questionnaire from a college coach
  • Continue communicating with coaches. Ask questions to uncover interest from coaches
  • Create another highlight video and get an evaluation from a 3rd party scout
  • Continue attending camps and combines

Key Dates

  • September 1: First Day D1 and D1aa Coaches can send hand written letters, send texts and send emails
  • April 15th – May 31st: Spring Evaluation Period – D1 and D1aa coaches can call 1 time and can go to the high school to meet recruits face to face
  • Anytime: You can call or email coaches

Senior


  • Schedule up to 5 official visits
  • Make another highlight video
  • Continue communicating with coaches
  • Reply to every email, phone call, text and questionnaire from a college coach
  • Apply to colleges of interest
  • Sign and Live Your Dream

Key Dates

  • Anytime: You can call or email coaches
  • September 1st – D1 and D1aa coaches can start calling again. (Once per week)
  • Opening Day of Classes: You can start taking official visits
  • 1st Wednesday of February: Signing Day and start Signing Period (Lasts Until April 1st)

Step 2


Build Your Online Player ID

In today's world of recruiting, the majority of athletes are discovered online first by college coaches. Create and build your online resume to connect directly to them.

Track your playing career and get your information verified by your high school and club coaches. Show college coaches you care about playing in college by taking the time to share the full story of you.
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Step 3


Contact College Coaches

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Find the right fit colleges for you and send your online Player ID directly to the coaches at those schools. There isn't a magic camp, showcase or tournament out there that will get you recruited.

Nothing beats sending your completed, online Player ID directly to college coaches. Then when you go to a tournament or event, invite those college coaches to come see you play!
Find the right fit colleges for you and send your online Player ID directly to the coaches at those schools. There isn't a magic camp, showcase or tournament out there that will get you recruited.

Nothing beats sending your completed, online Player ID directly to college coaches. Then when you go to a tournament or event, invite those college coaches to come see you play!
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