Parents may think it is too early for their 8th or 9th grader to start the recruiting process and use the SportsRecruits platform. However, in this day and age, the recruiting process is starting earlier and earlier across all sports. It is becoming more common for student-athletes to commit to top D1 schools in 8th and 9th grade, before they even start competing at the high school level.
While not all student-athletes are looking to go D1 and commit early, you can use the SportsRecruits platform to store information to use later on in the recruiting process. Instead of having to pull together and remember your accolades or academic information, you can update your profile along the way and all of your information will remain in one place.
Our best advice is to build out your athlete profile, add video, find schools you're interested in, and you can even start messaging them! Provided below is a brief explanation on how an 8th grader can effectively use each of these features on the platform:
Building the Athlete Profile
Your completed athlete profile provides coaches with all of the necessary information that they need to evaluate you as a student-athlete. As an 8th or 9th grader it may be hard to fill the academic section out, but fill it out to the best of your ability. Be sure to keep updating and adding information to your athlete profile! Click here for a tutorial on how to build out your athlete profile.
Building the Video Library
At first, you may not have video to upload to your profile. Add video as you get it to your video library. This way coaches can see how you progress as an athlete. Click here for a step by step explanation on how to upload a video to your video library.
Advanced Search Tool
If you aren’t sure what schools you’re interested in but know you want to play a sport in college, you need to start researching schools now. This can be a long process, but is made much easier by using our advanced school search tool. Click here for a step by step explanation on how to use the advance school search.
Using the Messaging System
The more times you actively reach out, the better chance you discover who is interested (i.e. multiple profile and/or video views, coming to watch you play live or reaching out to your club/high school coach that is listed on your profile). And, if you start early, you can narrow down your search and save yourself a lot of time in the future by focusing on schools that express interest in you (in 8th or 9th grade, coaches cannot reply to your email, but you can still tell if they’re interested by tracking which programs view your profile, or watch your video). Click here for a step by step explanation on how to use the messaging system