These days, high school student-athletes have more recruiting technology at their disposal than ever before. From social media to recruiting services, there are a number of ways to get your name out there and put your best foot forward. Here at Signing Day Sports, we want to make sure you’re taking advantage of all the resources available to you.
There are a lot of different technologies available to help high school football players get recruited by colleges. By utilizing these resources, you can significantly increase your chances of landing that dream scholarship.
Today, on The Wire, readers can educate themselves on the most common recruiting technologies. How can they help you on your journey to get recruited? How exactly should recruits use these resources?
Signing Day Sports’ App
An application such as Signing Day Sports is beneficial to an athlete and a coach for a number of reasons. A one-stop-shop for all things recruiting, SDS is improving the outdated style of recruiting.
Now, coaches have easier access to recruits, and are able to quickly evaluate a player’s fit without leaving their couch. On the flip side, athletes who may have felt like they weren’t receiving adequate recruiting attention, are able to get their essential data in the hands of college coaches.
The application’s database holds thousands of recruits’ pertinent recruiting information in individual player profiles. These profiles can be shared and are accessed by college coaches in order to gauge whether or not each athlete would be a fit for their program.
The player profiles include:
- Basic info (heigh, weight, position, GPA, etc.)
- Video-verified measurables
- Video of position-specific drills that coaches evaluate
- Mock interviews designed to showcase recruits’ character
This information is vital for a college coach to feel confident in recruiting a student-athlete.
As well, the aforementioned technologies can work alongside the Signing Day Sports’ platform. In the SDS player profile, there is a section where athletes are encouraged to upload their Hudl highlights. Then, instead of using Twitter to merely Tweet a link to their Hudl, recruits can post their entire player profile.
Hudl is one of the most prominent recruiting technologies for a reason. It can be extremely beneficial for student-athletes to use it and learn the ins and outs of the platform.
Hudl is a recruiting technology that allows athletes to create highlight reels and showcase their talent to coaches and recruiters quickly. It streamlined a process that used to be much more tedious and involved for all parties.
In addition, the platform provides valuable information about college programs, so athletes can research schools and make informed decisions about their future. By utilizing Hudl, high school football student-athletes can take control of their recruiting process and put themselves in a better position to achieve their goal of playing college football.
Hudl’s user interface makes creating your highlight video easy for anybody to do. Essentially, Hudl will upload your team’s game film to their platform, and then it becomes the responsibility of each player to cut through the game and choose specific plays that showcase who they are as a player.
Some athletes do this after every game. Others do it after their season ends. It all depends on how much time and effort you put in, and how proactive you want to be in giving college coaches what they need.
Simply put, Hudl is, and will continue to be a driving force in college recruiting technology. Get familiar with the service as early as you can, because if you want to be recruited, you’ll need an account.
Yet another familiar technology is the microblogging website, Twitter. Famously used by anybody with stakes in collegiate recruiting, the website/app has become commonplace for communication and player-marketing.
While the site doesn’t necessarily need an explanation, it is important for recruits to spend time curating their accounts and learning how to properly utilize the platform.
First, make sure your profile is set to public. This way, anyone can see your tweets and you won’t have to worry about connecting with coaches one by one. It’s also important to ensure that your direct messages are open to receive any communication from non-followers. This is a common way for coaches or recruiters to reach out.
Second, start following college coaches who are recruiting in your area. Many of them post updates about their recruiting process and where they’re looking for players. By following them, you’ll be able to see their tweets and reply to them directly.
Also, and this should go without saying, Tweet out your highlights! Coaches want to see what you can do on the field, so make sure to post your best plays. And you can do this in combination with Hudl.
Other Recruiting Technology
There are many other services out there that aid in the recruiting process in one way or another.
247Sports is a service that analyzes student-athletes and grants them rankings. While the service is primarily intended for usage by college programs in order to more efficiently recruit, student-athletes should still be aware of them.
Similar companies such as Rivals or ESPN also have similar services where they rank high school athletes on varying factors. All of these companies combined together come up with an aggregate, composite ranking of athletes that is referenced throughout the collegiate athletic industry.
Not to be forgotten; email. While it may now be an afterthought, emailing is still often used as a primary form of communication by coaches and recruiters. It could never hurt to reach out to coaches, position coaches, GA, recruiting coordinators, or anybody in a program who may have a hand in getting you a scholarship.
Maybe this feels like common sense to you. If it does, you’re on the right track.
High school student-athletes, their parents, and anybody else who has a vested interest in seeing someone obtain a NLI need to be in-tune with the technology of today.
Athletes and coaches are using these products because they work – they’re efficient. If you haven’t already, make sure to optimize your accounts. Don’t fall behind, because no one’s going to wait for you.
It’s important to be proactive in order to be recruited. By using these technologies, student-athletes can grant themselves opportunities that might have slipped through the cracks otherwise.