College prospects should use these tips to boost their recruitment
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
I spotted a brilliant graphic on social media and thought it would be a great time to share it and expand on it.
If you’re a college athletic prospect and you haven’t fine tuned your social media, it’s time to dive into doing that.
Here’s a quick list of advice for making your social media work for you. After all, you should know that your name and your identity is a brand. Treat it well, promote it properly, and by all means, take it seriously.
1. On all social media accounts, identify yourself by first and last name. You want college coaches to be able to find you. Drop the nicknames and twitter handles. No coach knows who “Glizzy2002” is. If you want to go by that name for your friends, set up new social media accounts that show your real name so that coaches can find you and communicate with you.
2. Display a photo of you where coaches can see your face. It can be a head shot from a camp or combine, helmet off. The most important thing is that you want coaches to know who to look for when they come to your school or you visit their campus.
3. List your real location. You’re not from Shark City or Greenbackville. Coaches want to know where you really live. They’re assigned a recruiting territory. Playful names only confuse people when they’re looking for you. They can always give up and look for someone else.
4. Set up direct messaging. The NCAA limits the number of times a coach can contact you via telephone. Social media is the wild west by comparison. You want college coaches to DM you and you’ll want to message them back. It’s how recruiting is done these days.
5. Your bio should tell everything about you that a coach would want to know. Be sure to include your HUDL link, GPA, ACT/SAT score, Graduating Class, your high school spelled out (not AHS), names of any other teams like 7-on-7, names of any other sports or sports teams you play on, positions you play, your current (AND ACCURATE) height, weight, and any impressive combine stats or stats from a current or previous season. If Rivals or 247 has given you a star rating you can include it. Just realize that college coaches aren’t recruiting you for your star rating. They are recruiting you for the athlete you’ll be when you get to college.
6. You want to be honest. If a college coach finds out that you’re puffing your stats or measurements, it can be a quick way to be scratched off their list. They want young men who have integrity.
7. Associate your account with other reputable accounts. Connect to college coaches and other serious football connections. Your reputation will be determined by who you associate with.
8. Be careful about what you share and what you like. Posts about drugs, drinking, violence (especially against women), nudity or other destructive behavior is a sure way to get yourself dropped from a recruiting coach’s list. PARENTS: the same goes for you. College coaches are smart enough to figure out that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. If you’re irresponsible with your social media, a coach can assume that you live your life in the same way. They’ll apply that image to your son whether you agree with it or not.
9. Support your peers. You’re being a team player and a positive influence if you can show support of a fellow athlete. That can be one of your teammates, one of your rivals, or even a guy across the state. If they’re doing good things, congratulate them. You’ll want the encouragement when your accolades come, and it shows college coaches that you’re a positive role model and a potential leader.
10. Model good behavior. You’ve done all this work to look good. You want to include examples of your good academics, your good character and your leadership skills. Every day can be a job interview. You’re putting your best foot forward for the benefit of your brand, which will benefit you in a BIG way over the long term. You are in this for the pay off of a college scholarship offer, and bigger opportunities DO come to those who are patient and work hard for them.
11. Use social media to develop relationships. This is the final key. College coaches are looking for the next group of players who will be game changers in their program. There’s no shortage of athletic guys. There is a shortage of character guys. If you’re going to score touchdowns on Saturdays, that’s great. Will you also make the college program look good? Do you care enough about yourself and others around you to demand the best from yourself and in turn, your teammates? Will you lead? That’s the kind of difference maker that a college coach really wants. Communicate that to the coach and keep in touch. Hunting for a scholarship is like hunting for a job. Coaches are more likely to “hire” the guy they know and the guy who’s won their confidence.
Have you impressed college coaches with your character and academics? Are you going to work hard through thick and thin? Prove yourself every day, and you’ll get noticed. There’s a home for every high school varsity athlete who wants to play college football. You’re going to have to work and you’re going to have to put your best foot forward.
Develop good habits and winning becomes a lot easier.
– Andy Hilton