While using the Advanced School Search System on SportsRecruits, you may find a program that has Roster Needs listed at the top of their page. These needs are indicated positions that a particular program is targeting within each graduation year. As a student-athlete, you may also be able to see how closely you “match” the defined requirements published by the program’s coach.
Match status on roster needs can be used to evaluate whether the program may be a good fit for you as a student-athlete, both athletically and academically. When a student-athlete matches all the criteria within a Need, they are classified by SportsRecruits as a “Full Match” for that Need, meaning they have met all the minimum requirements according to the program who published it. That student-athlete’s profile is surfaced higher in that college coach’s discovery feed, increasing the likelihood that the athlete gets viewed or evaluated by that specific program.
To understand how Match Status works, the three different levels are outlined below:
Full Match: A student-athlete is considered a full match when they meet ALL of the requirements defined in the Need. This means the student-athlete aligns with the Need on graduation year, position, and any additional criteria defined by the college coach who published the Need.
- Being a “Full Match” for a need does not imply any automatic acceptance to that school or an official spot on the program’s roster.
- Rather, a great first step is to review that program’s profile to evaluate it for a personal fit.
- If you find that this school matches your preferences, you should add that program to your Favorites List and consider messaging the college coaches at that program to introduce yourself.
Potential Match: A student-athlete is considered a potential match when they meet the graduation year and position of the Need, however, the student-athlete’s profile is missing at least one other piece of information requested by the program’s coach.
- Missing information can be anything from video to GPA. Once missing information is added to your student-athlete profile, you will have a better idea of how you match up with the roster need.
- The more information a student-athlete adds to their profile, the greater the likelihood that they become a full match with any given need. (A great place to start is by adding video, as this is a requirement on over 95% of published needs!)
- College coaches are looking for athletes who embody integrity both inside and outside of the classroom, so be sure to provide information that is accurate and truthful to the best of your abilities!
Disqualified Need: The student-athlete either does not match the positional requirement, graduation year requirement, or has an academic or athletic metric that does not exactly match the Need.
- For example, the student-athlete’s GPA is below the GPA requirement indicated in the Need, or they do not match the required graduation year or position
- Should a student-athlete come across a Program that is neither a full nor a potential match, do not get discouraged! There are hundreds of programs across the country, creating the opportunity for all student-athletes to find their next home. Keep academic and athletic information up to date and accurate on your student-athlete profile, then continue refining your parameters in the school search to discover Programs that are more realistic for you personally!
What does it mean when I’m on a program’s page and they do not have needs listed?
The Roster Needs section will only appear on a program page if the college coaches at that program have published them. If the Roster Needs section is not visible, then the college coaches at this program have not added them to the platform. However, this does not necessarily mean they are not recruiting student-athletes in upcoming class years. If you are interested in finding out if you are a potential prospect for this program, it’s worth sending the coaches a message to ask what their needs are!