What do coaches want to see out of prospects on Junior Days?

What do coaches want to see out of prospects on Junior Days?

Junior Days are the unofficial kickoff for coaches to turn their focus on the next group of players who they’re going to actively recruit. Recruiting is a two-way street so as coaches are evaluating you, they also want you to get to know them and their program better. They want to show you their facilities, their campus, their resources and they want to get to know you better, and give you a chance to get to know the coaches a little better, face-to-face. You’ll likely watch a practice, get a facility tour, meet staff that works around the team on a daily basis and have a meal (that you’ll need to pay for).

Some staffs are inviting hundreds of players, where others may be more selective, depending on the time of year and how long the staff has been at the university or within the region. Some staffs want to invite tons of players while others will want to have more one-on-one time with their top prospects and will make their Unofficial Visits more selective.

Coaches are getting a chance to see you in person and size you up, as scouting reports, questionnaires and prep coach recommendations are not always accurate. They want to get a feel for you personally, your family and to gauge your interest in their program. Just be yourself, ask questions if you have them and try to envision being there as a student and as a player. Does it feel like a “fit?”

LINK: Campus Visits – Questions to Ask

LINK: What to Expect on Official/Unofficial Visits

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