Plan a challenging academic program that will meet NCAA requirements.
Maintain at least a 3.000 Grade Point Average (GPA) out of 4.000 in core courses.
Take the PSAT and PLAN Test in October of sophomore year.
Participate on high school athletic teams.
Participate in off-season programs in your sport.
Attend summer athletic camps at colleges that you might like to attend.
Keep record of your athletic achievements
Keep up your academic record.
Take ACT or SAT Prep Classes.
Take ACT or SAT Test in spring.
Develop a list of colleges with counselor for your academic match
Ask your coach for a realistic athletic evaluation – can you play sports at the collegiate level and at which level is appropriate – I, II, III.
Continually update your athletic resume with improving results.
Ask coaches for their assistance in the recruiting process.
Send letter of interest to college coaches with your athletic resume.
Organize a filing system on all colleges that respond to your inquiry.
Participate in summer programs, i.e., Federation tournaments, AAU teams, State select teams, Prairie State games and summer leagues as scouts often attend these.
Begin the checklist for Student Athletes and Parents Form.
Meet with counselor to make sure you meet current NCAA academic requirements, discuss your college choices and complete the College Athlete Profile Sheet File Form 48-H with NCAA Clearinghouse. www.ncaacleringhouse.net (Available from the counselors/deans.)
Send for and complete college applications.
Fill out transcript request forms in Student Services.
Complete Financial Aid forms early (before January).
Re-take ACT or SAT Test (if needed).
Update your resume and contact your list of college coaches.
Produce your own video, or have your coach send game films to the college coach.
Respond immediately to any college coach who shows interest in you.
Provide your coach and counselor with your list of colleges, with coach’s name, address, and phone number.
Decide whether or not to use Commercial Recruiting Services.
Wait to commit to college athletic visit invitations until you are certain of your top five schools.