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If you are a high school student who wishes to compete at the collegiate level, it is imperative that you make the most out of the recruiting process. You only get one opportunity to get recruited, and many students watch their dreams slip away because they were not proactive.

According to Wayne Mazzoni, NCAA coach and recruiting expert, the biggest mistake that high school students make is taking a passive approach to recruiting. Many students are under the false perception that coaches will swarm to them based on their talent level, but this is often not the case.

Many colleges lack the time, money, and resources to conduct a nation-wide search for prospects, and as a result, talented players may fly under the radar. The best advice that Wayne offers high school students is to be proactive, and treat the recruiting process like a job search.

Here are a few tips from Insports Centers to help your chances at getting recruited:

• Begin compiling a list of prospective schools as early as your sophomore year. Schools should be judged by academics, athletics, and personal preferences such as size and proximity to home.

• By the time your junior year rolls around, you should have a firm idea of your top schools. This is the perfect time to begin reaching out to the coaches at these schools. This not only shows that you are interested in playing for their team, it gives them time to work you into their recruiting plans.

• Social media is your friend. Make a highlight tape and upload it to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. Twitter can also be a valuable tool for reaching out to college coaches directly. Be mindful of what you publish on social media – you don’t want a questionable post raising character concerns.

• Don’t underestimate the importance of academics. You are a student-athlete; student coming first. Every year, great players miss out on scholarship opportunities because they did not meet the NCAA’s GPA requirements. A strong academic record can only help your chances at getting recruited.

Looking for more ways to get noticed by colleges? Athletes in the Fairfield County, Connecticut area can check out a list of upcoming collegiate showcases at Insports. Every season, we host clinics and combines for a variety of sports to help athletes just like you get recruited by some of the area’s top colleges. Visit our website for more information, or give us a call at (203) 268-1214.