In How to Get Recruited: Part I we talked about researching the schools that interest you and how to craft your initial email to the coach. If things work out as planned, within a few days you might see something like this in your inbox:
Dear Mike –
Thanks for your email. Congratulations on a very successful high school career so far. I was glad to hear you’re interested in Northern State U. I would be interested to talk with you and see any game footage that you may have. Per NCAA rules I can’t call you until after July 1st, but you can call me anytime you’d like. Please fax a copy of your transcripts and test scores and also fill out our online recruiting questionnaire. Thanks and I hope to hear from you soon.
Northern State University
The first door is now open and you have established a dialogue with the coach, congratulations! If you haven’t already put up some game footage on YouTube or Vimeo, get to work! You don’t need a professional service to do this. Here are a few tips on making a recruiting video. The actual video editing is pretty easy to do with a program like Windows MovieMaker. Remember, it doesn’t have to be fancy. it just has to be clear. Upload the clips to YouTube and I’d recommend setting the privacy settings so that only users with the link can view the video.
If the coach requests it, go ahead and fill out the recruiting questionnaire. Personally, I don’t think recruiting questionnaires are the greatest tool, but he asked you to do it so go ahead and show him you can follow directions.
Now let’s craft your return email to the coach.
Dear Coach Kindle –
Thank you for your reply. I filled out the recruiting questionnaire as you requested and here is a link to some of my game footage from this season:
I’ll fax over the transcripts that you requested and will follow up with a phone call. Is there any time or day when it’s best to reach you?
Washington High School, Class of 2014
You hit ‘send’ and fax the transcripts and scores, and you wait. Maybe you wait for a few days and you don’t hear anything. You start to worry a little that maybe the email didn’t go through. You can log on to your YouTube account go the the ‘Analytics” link and see – yep, somebody in Minnesota (the location of fictional Northern State U) watched your video 3 times! At least you know you’ve made contact.
Eventually you get a brief email from the coach:
Mike- thanks for the video. Call me when you have a chance – between 7 and 8pm is usually a good time.
Things are moving along – the good news is, the Coach wants you to call. The bad news? Coach wants you to call.
Relax, it’s not that bad. I’m running long here so I’ll go into “making the call” next time.
A member of the College Confidential community (a terrific resource, if you haven’t checked it yet) summed up the essence of recruiting perfectly:
Recruited = passion + skill + exposure + persistence + luck.