Emailing Coaches, Twitter, and Grades

Part 5 of 5

Twitter & Recruiting

Twitter is often used by college coaches to communicate with athletes and evaluate an already discovered recruit's character. 

Much like college camps, athletes can be found on Twitter but it is not normally how the process works.
Once discovering a potential recruit, college coaches will use Twitter to check in on them, see if that recruit has other offers, and how that recruit represents himself on a public platform.
If a college coach is following you, that means they are probably evaluating you!
We get the question a lot, from athletes in our program should you send a message to a coach following you? And you definitely can. Introduce yourself and say something personal about how you like the program.

Athletes & Parents at AthleticOutlook have 24/7 support for any and all questions

Every football athlete should have a Twitter account.
There are really only two ways to best sell yourself on Twitter.
First, always share if you receive an offer. This can put a fire under other schools potentially thinking about offering you.
Second is having a pinned tweet designed for college coaches to easily view your highlight tape.

Grades

Too often, athletes focus more of their attention on the field than in the classroom. When college coaches are evaluating high school football players they need two things: a highlight tape and a transcript. They won’t look at one without seeing the other. Do not underestimate the importance of grades during the recruiting process.
We have surveyed hundreds of college coaches to understand how grades impact recruitment. Of the coaches we surveyed, 85% told us they are less likely to recruit an athlete with a low GPA even if they can get them admitted.
Your grades will also determine what kind of financial package you could receive. Most D1 schools offer full athletic scholarships to most of their athletes, however, the vast majority of college football players receive either partial or no athletic based aid.
Of the non-D1 schools surveyed, 83% indicated that players with a good GPA will pay less for their education compared to those with a lower GPA.
It literally pays to be a great student!
Majority of D2/NAIA schools say that a good GPA will result in a reduced college bill. This is because D2 and NAIA schools find ways to combine partial athletic scholarships with partial academic scholarships for a full aid package.
Furthermore, D3 does not offer any athletic scholarships, so the financial aid package will be based solely on a combination of academic scholarships and financial need. The better your grades are, the less you will pay for school.
If an athlete falls below these minimum standards, no school can recruit the athlete, no matter how talented he is. Generally speaking that is about a 2.2 GPA. Some universities have stricter guidelines if they are a particularly rigorous academic institution.
You can visit the NCAA website for more information on this.

Personal Outreach to College Programs Via Email

We want to make it incredibly clear prior to this section that personal outreach to programs has a very low success rate. Especially for D1 & D2 programs.
As we laid out in the previous sections, coaches have an incredibly efficient way to identify potential recruits. This, on top of the fact that these coaches receive thousands of emails and messages a week, means your emails will largely go unopened.
Even though there is a low open and success rate we will teach you the best way to do so.

How to do Personal Outreach to Coaches

This applies to athletes in the recruiting process only! As covered in this series that is athletes who are on varsity. Do not email coaches as a younger athlete. Focus on improving. 

  • 1

    Understand your Division Range

    In order to strategically email coaches you must understand your level of play. Make sure the source that helps you understand your level of play has looked at a wide range of film and not simply your highlight tape. As covered in our previous lesson, we provide this within our program at AthleticOutlook.

  • 2

    Create an Outreach List Based on Your Location & Division Range

    College programs recruit closer to their location. If you are located in California, identify the California schools that fit your athletic ability. Your outreach list should be around 15 schools. Create this on your own! There is a 25% turnover rate among college coaches and outside services struggle to keep up to date information on all schools nation wide. 

  • 4

    Fill Out your Outreach List Recruiting Questionnaires on Their Website

    Each school has a recruiting questionnaire on their website. Fill out the schools questionnaires that you have identified on your outreach list! 

  • 3

    Identify the Position Coach that Matches your Position and the Coach Responsible for your Area's Recruiting

    This information is almost always on the schools website!

  • 4

    Send a Personal Email from the Athlete to the Identified Coaches

    Do not use another service. The most likely chance to have an email opened from a coach is if the athlete sends it himself and it is personal. 

  • 5

    Send the Email 3+ Times 

    Don't feel bad for sending it multiple times. The goal is to have the coach open the email. He gets so many emails he may have missed it. Use a unique subject line!

Do not use an outside agency or recruiting service to email coaches. 

Coaches hate when it is not a personal email from the Athlete himself. The email should have no branding from some service on it.
Also, these services struggle to keep up with the 25% turnover rate among college coaches. It shouldn't take more then 15 mins to look up college coaches contact information on your own and ensure it is correct!