If I live overseas and want to move to the US to get recruited, when should I move?

If I live overseas and want to move to the US to get recruited, when should I move?

Moving to the US is a big move, but one that can help in the process if you are sincerely interested in playing college sports. If your sport is competitive in your country, many college programs have a coach who evaluates International players and goes abroad to scout events or tournaments. Believe me, I’ve worked on staffs that have sent coaches to China, Australia, Africa and beyond to recruit and scout players.

Moving to the US won’t necessarily guarantee a scholarship offer, as there are hundreds of thousands of American high school athletes competing for the same scholarships, but it could be a great step to help you if you are willing to do the footwork to help get your name out there.

LINK: 8 Ways Players Get Noticed

Coaches are evaluating freshmen players and younger, but there isn’t necessarily a deadline on when they can offer you. Although players are committing earlier and earlier, it is still possible to get offered as a junior or senior.

LINK: What to Expect Year-to-Year: Freshman to Senior

If you feel you are talented enough, send your film and Student-Athlete Resume as a sophomore and express your interest in their program.

If possible, you can also attend a camp put on at most universities or attend third-party combines that also distribute results and measurements (and contact information) to college coaches across the US, all without moving. You can begin attending these events as freshmen or sophomores, potentially to test the waters.

By your junior year, if you haven’t seen results from those above suggestions, and are willing and able to move to the US, understand that there are 8 Ways that Players are Noticed. Use these ways to help get your name out to college coaches to make the most of your time in the US!

LINK: 10 Tips to Go From Camper to Recruit

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A.P. Bah Bioh brings over 16 seasons of experience to 1,001 Recruit Tips, having worked for some of the best recruiters in sports, including three “National Coach of the Year” winners — Urban Meyer, Frank Haith and Jim Larranaga — along with 70+ NCAA coaches while at Elon University, UNC-Chapel Hill, the University of Florida and the University of Miami. Working primarily with football and men’s basketball, Bah Bioh also spent time working with Olympic Sport coaching staffs including softball, women’s lacrosse, fencing, golf, tennis and rowing.

Bah Bioh has been part of numerous championships including the 2007 Florida Gator BCS National Championship; 2006 Florida Gator SEC Football Championship; the 2013 ACC Men’s Basketball Championship and Sweet 16 NCAA Tourney run with the Miami Hurricanes that included both tournament and regular-season ACC titles; a 2002 UNC ACC Women’s Lacrosse Championship and Final Four finish; a 2001 UNC ACC Softball championship and as a senior, was part of the 1999 Elon Football team that finished with a 9-2 record, one of the best seasons in program history.

Over the years, Bah Bioh has worked with over 30 first-round draft selections (NFL, NBA, MLB) and numerous players who went on to sign professional contracts including Tim Tebow, Cam Newton, Rex Grossman, Percy Harvin, Mike and Markuice Pouncey, Shane Larkin, Joe Haden and many more!