Most colleges recruit with a statewide or regional emphasis, usually based on their budget or profile. Many staffs put a majority of their efforts into a 5-mile radius, instead of spending tons of extra money flying coaches around the country to recruit players from too far away, or flying prospects in on Official Visits. Traditionally great programs or those with big budgets may recruit more on a national level, having a recognizable name and strong traditions.
But, if they aren’t coming to you, that doesn’t mean that you can’t go to them. A big percentage of players who we signed over the years were players that had come to us first. Just because they’re not focusing their efforts on recruiting outside their region doesn’t mean they won’t sign players from far away, you just probably need to do the footwork first to get on their Watch List.
You should be aware of the big difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition at most schools, especially if you play a sport that doesn’t offer full scholarships.
There are 8 Ways to Get Noticed, use these ways to get on their radar!
Part of going away to college is getting a chance to live in a place different than where you from, or a place where you may have extended family you want to spend time around. To experience a different way of life, to travel East from the West coast or to move South after living in the North all of your life is a big draw for a lot of college students, athletes or not. It’s a great opportunity to experience another way of life.
Traditionally great programs or those with big budgets may recruit more on a national level, having a recognizable program and strong tradition.