While serving as the Recruiting and Education Graduate Assistant at the University of Missouri Athletics Department during grad school, my main focus was making sure that all prospective student-athletes were on pace to qualify academically for both university admissions and for NCAA eligibility.
In that position, I encountered a wide variety of situations that included the need to reach out to high school counselors, high school coaches, and even the athlete and/or their parents.
The best overall advice that I can give each prospective student-athlete and his or her family is to be as proactive and informed about the recruiting process as you can be.
Here are some important tips to athletes going through the recruiting process:
- If high school athlete intends to compete at the NCAA Div. I or II level, register with the NCAA Eligibility Center by AT THE LATEST the beginning of his/her senior year in high school. Athletes can’t make an official visit to campus or receive an athletic scholarship agreement unless they are registered, and can’t compete at the NCAA Division I or II level unless they are certified as a Qualifier.
- A high school athlete should know where they are at with their core class credit count, core GPA, and ACT and/or SAT sum score for NCAA Division I and II initial eligibility standards.
- Be proactive and communicate with the school guidance counselor and/or athletic director on a routine basis with every semester grade update and new ACT test score.
Informed Athlete offers confidential personal consultations as you go through the recruiting process & start visiting schools. We’ll talk about what you should look for in a school, what questions to ask, and things to consider. Please call 913-766-1235 to set up an appointment to talk to Rick Allen.