how to use social media to get recruited

The biggest mistake that high school athletes make during the college recruiting process is not being proactive enough.

Unless you are one of the top recruits in your area, you are probably flying under the radar of most coaches. Luckily, we live in a time where it is easier than ever to get connected with people. One of the most effective recruiting tools is something that you are already using every day – social media.

Here are some tips to keep in mind if you are looking to get noticed by a college coach on social media:

• Upload your highlight tape. Every high school prospect hoping to play at the collegiate level should have a highlight tape. The best part is, you don’t need to be a video editing expert to make one. Tools like Hudl exist to help you easily put yours together. Upload your finished product on YouTube and share it on all of your social media platforms.

• Reach out on Twitter. More and more college teams, and even coaches, are starting run their own Twitter accounts. See if your dream school’s head coach is on Twitter – if they are, follow them and start a conversation. Ask a question, reply to one of their tweets, or introduce yourself and link them to your highlight tape; you never know what could happen.

Be mindful of your posts. College coaches aren’t just looking for good players, they are looking for good people. Everyone can see what you post on social media, so be cognizant of potential consequences before hitting the “publish” button. Always keep your posts positive and go out of your way to show loyalty to your team, teammates, and coaches.

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.