National Signing Day for football is right around the corner. The airwaves are a buzz with top recruiting class lists and school rankings.
Talent is a given in the recruiting equation. It’s the easiest factor to assess – so most recruiting methods focus on it. But don’t stop there. Your recruiting plan needs to go beyond talent assessment.
Some things to consider:
- Remember that your coaching relationship begins with your first interaction.Clearly articulate your story as a coach and the story of your program.
- Highlight what you have to offer that differentiates you from other programs.
- Be ruthless in finding out what the athlete really wants. Listen carefully – everything they say has value.Let the recruit know up front what it takes to succeed in your program.
- Treat each prospect as an individual and create your own unique relationship with them.
- Recruit the whole family not just the individual athlete. Remember, the apple doesn’t often fall far from the tree.
- Be prepared to answer all the recruit’s questions. For sample questions, check out my earlier post Recruiting – A Sweet Dream or Your biggest Nightmare? Part 2 (JULY 28, 2009)
I am working on a detailed report for coaches to take their recruiting to the next level. Stay tuned! (Pun intended).