KPB Recruiting 101

Step 4: What to Read and Research

The ‘Read This’ section of Step 4 aims to get you as prepared as possible for when the time comes for you to contact college coaches and seek exposure. Most recruits fail to understand that for most high school players, almost the entire recruiting process will be spent getting ready for the opportunity to impress coaches and not actually communicating or negotiating with them. Many recruits make the mistake of contacting college coaches and seeking exposure before they are ready. Step 4 will make sure that you don’t fall into this unfortunate group. The resources under ‘Read This’ for Step 4 will:

  • Help you understand the best timing for YOU to contact college coaches and seek exposure
  • Reinforce the importance of being patient and seeking exposure at the right time
  • Help you get everything ready for when you do contact coaches, including a skills video, transcripts, references, and more
  • Continue to point out what is important to college coaches and what they will be evaluating when they watch you play

And much more.

We’ve boiled the ‘Read This’ section down to the essentials, but Step 4 has lots of resources to read because it’s such an important and often lengthy step in the recruiting process.  Step 4 is all about getting prepared for contact with college coaches, the most important part of the recruiting process. By being thorough in Step 4, you will be prepared and ready to have successful communication with coaches, and more importantly, impress them both on and off the field when you have the opportunity.

In addition to the articles in ‘Read This’, you’ll want to start thinking about how you will contact college coaches when the time arrives. Start preparing for communication by making sure your social media accounts represent you well and you are practicing positive and confident body language. Use the search tool in the upper right corner to search more detailed questions you have. The Categories search tool in the side bar is another great way to explore Step 4 topics in depth because there are so many resources relevant to this important part of the recruiting process. This should tell you how important it is to start to lock in. If you haven’t visited the KPB blog yet, you’ll want to bookmark it and explore it regularly. This is where we share our most up-to-date advice on managing your own recruiting process.

These topics and keywords are particularly useful for Step 4: Patience, Preparation, Academics, Development, Plan, Contacting Coaches, Communication

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