The Recruiting Process Present Day
By Ashley Wheeler
Looking back at least a decade, collegiate coaches were recognizing and analyzing top recruits throughout the country during these potential student-athletes’ sophomore year of high school. When their junior year rolled around, campus tours would take place followed by attending the team’s camp in hopes of finding the best environment academically, athletically and socially. Determining where student-athletes are going to spend their next four to five years continuing their education and athletic career is an important one, and it’s crucial to understand how the recruiting process has evolved to the present day.
With that being said, the recruiting process has advanced drastically. Many top Division I universities are assessing 8th graders competing on the best courts at AAU and USAV Nationals more frequently. In an article posted on prepvolleyball.com, Briana Schunzel highlights, “Freshmen in high school are now being evaluated the way juniors used to be. And, some Power Five and mid-major programs have already completed their 2019 and 2020 recruiting classes.”
This updated timeline has not only affected the Division I programs, but also Division II, III, NAIA and NJCAA.
It is imperative to be aware of and educated on how college coaches are approaching the recruiting process because waiting too long could cost you a potential scholarship or even spot on the roster. With the recruiting process taking place earlier and earlier, we are here to help you make the most of your individual recruiting journey and help you find the best fit for your collegiate experience!
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