Another great guest blog post from our friends over at NCSA Athletic Recruiting!
The following is a post by Chris Burget, a head scout at NCSA Athletic Recruiting, who regularly contributes to the NCSA blog, as well as to his own at CoachChris99.com. Chris played football at the University of Arizona, where he received a full scholarship. You can find Chris on Twitter @Coach_Chris99, and you can talk to Chris and other football scouts about your football recruiting process and how you can maximize your chances of getting a football scholarship.
Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook are invaluable online tools, as they allow coaches to link to the power of prospective college athletes’ social media profiles, helping these student athletes to share their recruiting profiles, videos, and stats. Recently I put up a Twitter poll asking student-athletes, among all of their accounts, what kind of social media tool did they most prefer to use in order to connect with college coaches?
Over 2,100 votes came in and, overwhelmingly, Twitter was the main tool that responding athletes used to increase their exposure to college coaches.
Twitter Is A Great Social Media Tool To Connect With College Coaches
It’s not surprising that Twitter ranks so well, especially when you consider the amount of tweets that go out daily on Twitter and the ease for prospective college athletes of targeting their videos to colleges and coaches. Every day, I meet with student-athletes and their families and at some point I ask which social media platforms they currently use. Most athletes tell me that they’re on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter – and all of them want to know how to increase their chances of connecting with college coaches.
As a Head Scout with NCSA, I have the opportunity to guide these teens, helping them to navigate the competitive recruiting process. The number one thing I tell them is that you need to have an online presence in order to connect with college coaches. Here at NCSA, we have more than 35,000 active college coaches who use our database of the very best student athletes in the country! As a verified third party, we help to match student athletes with colleges and coaches. Still, to successfully connect with coaches, student athletes also have a role in promoting themselves on social media.
Remember: Only 1% of student athletes earn a Division I full ride. Furthermore, more than 94% of the college athletic programs are outside of Division I. This being the case, you need to get out in front of coaches and promote yourself — especially if you haven’t seen that team playing on TV, or making national headlines. Who knows? That coach might just be at the school that is the perfect fit for you academically, socially and athletically.
If you’re interested in playing sports at the next level, regardless of whether you’re just starting high school or are finishing up your final season, there are certain steps that you should take in order to increase your exposure and put yourself in the best possible position to obtain a scholarship. Don’t wait until it’s too late. The best way to get started is with a recruiting profile. And, of course, remember to take full advantage of your social media presence while connecting with coaches and colleges – it’s a great way to increase your exposure to coaches and to give yourself a boost during the recruiting process!