Get Recruited to Play Collegiate Athletics: Set Yourself Apart

Recruiting 101: Advice for 2013 Recruits

As class of 2012 high school recruits are opening fall practices for their respective colleges, a new class of prospects enter the recruiting ranks. This year's class of high school seniors now look to make their mark on the HS football recruiting landscape. Practices have begun for the 2012 HS football season and teams are eagerly awaiting week one matchups.

There are many recruits in the HS class of 2013 who have yet to receive a lot of recognition from college coaches and recruiters. Those looking to gain exposure have plenty options ahead of them. There are hundreds of Division 1-AA, Division II, Division III, NAIA and junior colleges that will sign thousands of class of 2013 student-athletes to collegiate rosters.

In order to guide recruits to learn how to gain notoriety, we provide advice on how student-athletes can set themselves apart from the competition. At the end of the day, sport is competition, whether it's on or off the field. Obtaining a scholarship to play collegiate sports is a luxury, and is highly competitive. Those who set themselves apart in the eyes of the coaches and recruiters are going to be playing as College Level Athletes.

Student-athletes in today's world of college sports recruiting are more accessible than ever before. If they choose, high school sports recruits can make themselves available to the general sports public via social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and most recently, Instagram.

With all of this in mind, it is important that good habits are fostered with respect to on-the-field, off-the-field, and online activities if one wishes to get recruited. Social networking sites are a great way for recruits to respectfully show their personality and represent themselves as highly-regarded members of their respective communities and potential collegiate student-athletes.

Although there are countless ways and opportunities for student-athletes to help themselves get recruited, student-athletes must first develop excellent habits in order to prevent the chance of anything negatively affecting the recruiting process.

In addition to sports, a recruit must have a strong understanding of their abilities and be firm in their beliefs. Recruits must be habitual in their approach to the classroom, homework and assignments, as well as responsibilities to family and friends.

It's through this approach that student-athletes can learn to be more responsible for the habits they develop. With the development of these habits, student-athletes will be better prepared to take on the recruiting process and reach their goal of becoming a College Level Athlete.