Being a great wrestler is a good thing, but it’s important to understand that it’s not the only quality recruiters are looking for. Good grades, excellent test scores, and leadership qualities are all part of the picture for recruiters.
It’s important to start setting yourself up for success early in the game, not just by meeting academic and wrestling requirements, but by doing a little extra work that puts you in front of decision makers.
Creating an online profile gives you the platform to share your stats, your academic performance, contact information and a highlight video.
A recruiter’s job is far easier if they see academic achievements alongside wrestling skills and experience. Study hard, find a few non-wrestling extra-curricular activities to join and hone your leadership skills and your competitive mindset. The total package is bound to get you noticed.
Build a Realistic List of Colleges
Contacting coaches at colleges that have programs you aren’t qualified for is a waste of time. Check out the wrestling roster for each school and measure yourself academically with the other students, as well as your stats compared to those of the collegiate wrestlers. This is a great time to talk to your counselors and coaches to get an idea of what you need to look for personally to find a college that is the perfect fit for you.
Proactively reaching out to coaches will increase your chances of being noticed. Email coaches with your profile and your highlight video, along with your academic history, and don’t be afraid to reach out again as the year progresses.
Competing is more than just a chance to test your wrestling skills; every competition is another chance to get noticed by decision makers. You can improve your odds of being noticed if you’ve contacted coaches and let them know in advance that you are competing.