Your other responsibility will be to demonstrate that you can balance academics and athletics. The academic requirements for students are different at each university, but a coach needs to have a reasonable expectation that an athlete will be able to remain eligible to play. Don’t neglect your schoolwork during your early high school career.
When your junior year approaches, you can begin to put together recruiting information. A website is a simple way to put together a marketing package for your playing ability. While coaches will seek out some players, who those players are has a bit of randomness attached to it. If a collegiate coach has a successful history recruiting from a specific high school, for example, that coach will be more likely to look to that school for additional recruits. By putting together your statistics and some highlight tapes, if available, you will gain a better chance of getting coaches’ attention.
The date when schools can begin to recruit high school athletes varies with the sport. Check the NCAA guidelines for the dates for your sport. For football and other fall sports, coaches typically can begin to contact players in the summer before your senior year begins. During this time, you need to research schools. Decide whether you would like to play for a top school, which requires full-time commitment, or whether your goals and chances are more in line with smaller schools.
Begin to narrow down the schools that you think would be a good fit for you, both athletically and academically. Ask your high school coach to make a call on your behalf to the position coach at the colleges you like. Also send out the information that you gathered for marketing yourself. Some players will receive more phone calls than they can handle, but others will not gain the attention of coaches unless they make themselves known. Spend your senior year excelling at your sport while trying to convince a coach to give you a coveted athletic scholarship.