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.
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.
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!