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Achieving Success in College Recruiting- a "How To" Series of Articles

Achieving Success in College Recruiting
Recruiting “How To” Guide Sheet #1 – Overview
Submitted by:  David Stoeckel, College Recruiting Group (Laguna Hills, CA)

Welcome to the first in a series of articles on the topic of how high school athletes can take specific proactive steps to greatly increase their opportunities for having a successful college recruiting experience. These articles are geared primarily to male and female soccer players.  However, the procedures and principles are pretty much the same for all sports, just some variations in timing, numbers, and various degrees of importance placed on height, weight, speed, strength, etc.

The statement that we frequently hear from many high school athletes is:  “Yes, I want to play soccer in college, I would like to earn an athletic scholarship and I’ve been told that my soccer skills may even help me get admitted to a highly rated academic school.  My problem is that I don’t know HOW to start the college recruiting process.  Help!”

Well, that is why we are here and the reason that we are putting together these articles for you.  For over 21 years, we have worked with individual families to help their high school athletes become successfully recruited by college coaches.  But, we can only work with a limited number of athletes on a one-on-one basis; hence, we are now publishing articles and books and producing instructional videos so that athletes can effectively guide themselves through the recruiting process.


OK, let’s get started.  First, we want to give you an Overview so that you know exactly what you will be facing in your recruiting experience.  This is what we refer to as the “Recruiting Facts and Figures” for high school soccer players.


Number of girls in your high school class (Class of 2013, 2014, etc.), throughout the country, who play soccer


Number of four-year colleges in the country that have Women’s Soccer programs (NCAA and NAIA)


Average number of players on a Women’s collegiate soccer team


Maximum number of full-ride athletic scholarships (tuition & fees, room

& board, and books) that may be given by each team

NCAA Div. I:                12

NCAA Div. II:              9.9

NCAA Div. III:                0

NAIA:                          12



Number of boys in your high school class (Class of 2013, 2014, etc.), throughout the country, who play soccer


Number of four-year colleges in the country that have Men’s Soccer programs (NCAA and NAIA)


Average number of players on a Men’s collegiate soccer team


Maximum number of full-ride athletic scholarships (tuition & fees, room

& board, and books) that may be given by each team

NCAA Div. I:               9.9

NCAA Div. II:                 9

NCAA Div. III:                0

NAIA:                          12


So, as shown in the tables above, if you are a high school junior and are not yet being recruited, it’s probably due to the simple fact that you are 1 out of 96,000 (boys) or 1 out of 86,000 (girls) in the USA who play soccer!  And, if you don’t do something to make those numbers change, you will continue to be one out of 96,000 or one out of 86,000 athletes, who are NOT being recruited, a year from now.  Getting recruited by colleges does not just happen by itself (unless, of course, you are an All County, All State, or All American level player).

YOU must be proactive and take the steps necessary to become actively recruited.  We have faced this challenge with our college-bound student-athletes many times over the past two decades.  However, by following our program, the vast majority of these athletes have successfully become recruited by multiple colleges.  They have achieved this by identifying realistic collegiate soccer programs, based on their athletic skill level, and then just simply making a proper introduction of themselves to the coaches at these institutions.

As a result, they transition from being one of 86,000 or 96,000 “unknown” high school soccer players in the country to becoming one of 200 players, or less, throughout the nation, in their graduating class, that play their position and who are now corresponding with a number of the college coaches who received their Introductory Letters.  These college recruiters are communicating with these prospective recruits on an ongoing basis and are eager to see them play.  These athletes are now being “actively recruited”.  And, by carefully following the steps that will be described in our upcoming articles, YOU may very well be another one of these Recruited Athletes.


Now that you know what you are up against, let’s look at two “Prerequisite Questions” that you must be able to answer in the affirmative to determine that YOU realistically have the potential to be recruited by a college soccer program.

Question #1  —  “Do I have the “athletic ability” to play at the college level?”

This is not a question for you or your parents to respond to, but should be answered by your high school and/or club team coach IF they have had a number of years of experience putting soccer players into the college ranks and have a good feeling for if and where (what level) you could play in college.  Please bear in mind that the college soccer games that you watch on the major TV networks involve players who are the “best of the best”.  Do NOT be intimidated by what you may see on ESPN; they are NOT your average college soccer players.

Question #2  —  “Do I have the Desire/Passion for my sport to be able to give a 110% effort, day after day,  for another four years after I graduate from high school?”

This question can only be answered by YOU, the athlete.  The issue here, of course, is that if you have been playing soccer since early childhood (i.e., kindergarten or “K-league”), you may be mentally, physically or emotionally “burnt out” and really no longer have the intense desire to play for four more years in college.  This is a factor to which you want to give serious thought BEFORE you expend a significant amount of time and effort pursuing your collegiate soccer opportunities.

IF you responded YES to the two preceding questions, then you clearly have a realistic potential to become a college athlete.  Congratulations! 

Your next step will be to actually get your recruiting activities started.  In our Recruiting “How To” Guide Sheet #2, we will discuss WHEN to start your recruiting experience, HOW to initiate the process, procedures for selection of realistic “target schools”, and other related activities.

Have any Questions?  If you have questions about any of the topics or material covered in this Guide Sheet #1, please feel free to email them to us.  Likewise, if you have any general comments about our articles or have suggestions that may make this series more informative and valuable to future college-bound student-athletes, we would welcome those messages, too.  We will then select a few questions or comments that we feel would be of general interest to the greatest number of our readers and provide answers in a future edition of our Guide Sheets.  Your messages can be emailed to

Good luck with your recruiting experience.

David Stoeckel
College Recruiting Group
Laguna Hills, CA

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