College Recruiting 101

Understand the Entire Recruiting Process

When to Start

For most players, the best time to start CaptainU recruiting is sophomore or junior year.

Marketing Yourself

A dynamic, multidimensional marketing approach will make you a strong candidate.

Organizing Your Process

Being well-organized simplifies the college recruiting process and makes you more effective.

Building Your College List

To be successful during the recruiting process, you must carefully hand-select colleges that are right for you.

Academic Eligibility

The NCAA bases academic eligibility on your high school coursework, grades and standardized test scores.

Talking to Coaches

Communicate with a coach at least once a month to strengthen your cause and develop your relationship.

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Campus Visits

A campus visit is an essential component of determining which college is right for you.

Making Videos

A highlight video is a great way to distinguish yoursefl and convince a coach to come see you play.


Unless you’re one of the top athletes in the country, don’t expect a team to give you a full athletic scholarship.

For more information and education about the recruiting process, tips and more, check out the CaptainU Blog.