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The Importance of Online Presence

The Importance of Online Presence

Make sure you are following these best practices for creating an online recruiting profile that college coaches want to see.

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The process of college recruiting has undergone significant changes in the past 5-10 years, thanks to the advancements in technology. Today, college coaches can evaluate prospective student-athletes from across the country without having to leave their desks. When coaches need to learn more about a particular prospect, they turn to the internet. If an athlete cannot be found, or is missing important information about themselves, they cannot be properly evaluated. This is just one reason why having a strong online recruiting profile is so important to your recruiting process. 

SportsRecruits is your one-stop shop for managing your online presence. With SportsRecruits, you can easily add your recruiting videos, academic information, and athletic stats to your profile and keep track of who views it. This will make it easier for college coaches to discover you and for you to get recruited.

What Information Should I Have On My Recruiting Profile?

On your recruiting profile, you should be hosting all of your academic and athletic information, as well as your recruiting videos and upcoming event schedule. Think of your profile as your student-athlete resume–it must consolidate everything into one place to make it easy for a college coach to evaluate you.

Essential Information

Your athletic profile should contain all the basic information a college coach needs to recruit you. This includes:

  • Graduation Year: Knowing your graduation year helps coaches understand how you might fit into their overall recruiting strategy for your class year. A college coach also needs to know the year you are expected to graduate to determine whether you fall within a contact period. This means that during this time, you can be contacted for recruiting-like conversations.
  • Position: Your position is important because college coaches want to maintain a balanced distribution of positions on their roster. For instance, if a coach is only recruiting shooting guards in your recruiting class and you play center, it may be advantageous to focus your efforts on other programs actively looking for a player in your position. You can learn how to find which programs are actively recruiting your class year and position here.
  • Profile Picture: Coaches want to be able to put a name to a face when evaluating prospective student-athletes. Make sure you use a photo where your face is visible rather than an action shot that would not help identify you at a camp or showcase. 

Athletic Video 

College coaches cannot be everywhere. That’s why it’s important to have videos readily available and designed to catch a coach’s attention.

Coaches will use video to evaluate you further. This will help them decide whether they want to learn more about you, work with you in person, or attend one of your events. Learn how to put together a compelling recruiting video here.

With your free SportsRecruits account, you can add unlimited video. You will also have access to our Free Highlight Reel Editor tool to build videos right on the platform.

When a college coach views your video on SportsRecruits, you will be alerted in real-time.

Academic Information 

College coaches need to have easy access to your academic information, as it will help them evaluate you as a student.

  • GPA: For a coach to seriously consider you, they will need to know your GPA. If a high school student-athlete does not have the requirements for the admissions process, a coach may not be able to move forward with them. 
  • Transcript: Make sure to add your transcript for coaches to see which classes you are taking. When a college coach opens your transcript on SportsRecruits, you will alerted in real-time. 
  • Standardized Tests: If you have taken any standardized tests such as the ACT, SAT, or PSAT, it's important to include these in your academic record. 
  • Academic Achievements: Additionally, make sure to mention any notable academic achievements. For instance, if you are an honors student, taking AP courses, or have received any academic accolades, be sure to include them as well. The more information you have, the easier it is for college coaches to evaluate you! 

Athletic Information 

It’s important you have listed all of the teams you are playing for. This includes your club and high school teams. It will be important for coaches to see the level you are competing at. 

Don’t forget to include contact information for your club and high school coaches. Depending on your graduation year and the divisions you’re interested in, college coaches may not be able to communicate with you directly yet due to contact period rules. They can instead contact your coaches to gather more information about you.

It will be important for you to continue to update your athletic stats throughout the season so college coaches can see your progression. Be sure to also include your event schedules so college coaches can plan to see you play live.

I Have My Profile, What’s Next?

After you create your SportsRecruits profile, it’s time to start organizing your recruiting process. Here at SportsRecruits, we understand that the recruiting process can feel overwhelming at times.

To make sure you are staying on the right track, check out our guide about the recruiting process. These will tell you what the right next step is for you based on the time of year, your graduation year, and the sport you play.


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