Being an athletic trainer for some odd years I can tell you that getting recruited to a college is an achievement that some can only dream of. But as long as you understand the ways to better promote yourself as an athlete, it can maximize your potential of getting recruited to the college of your dreams.
Starting off to be recruited you must show proficiency in a sport. Regardless of what it is Basketball, Soccer, Baseball, or even Football, you have to show you are at least somewhat a decent player. You must understand a college coach’s mind, and know that he has potentially hundreds or even thousands of people that he can recruit, but which ones out of those thousands can provide the best dynamics and zeal to the team. If you are bad at a sport why would the coach even think of recruiting you? You are providing a loss to yourself and the team because you cannot play at the same level as them. So understand how well you play your sport before you go out to a college coach or recruiter.
The second most major step to being recruited is making a highlight video to send to a coach or recruiter. A highlight video should be a short and condensed video that is no more than five minutes, highlighting or displaying your best plays or moves. Remember to only provide your best moves because a 5 minute video of just you doing nothing but absolutely dribbling a soccer ball for no apparent reason will make a coach or recruiter shy away and not take you seriously. Make sure that you send this video to multiple coaches as to maximize your potential of being recruited.
The last major step of being recruited is communication. Communicate with coaches and let them know that you are interested in being on their team. Use the internet to find out their work numbers and leave messages. Email them, or find out if they have summer camps or showcases that they attend or host, and ask your parents for permission to go to these events. At these events remember if you can to bring your highlight video and tell them to watch it if they have time. Always remember when speaking to a recruiter or coach to be as polite as possible, it will send a good message to them that you are not only a good athlete but a good person with a nice attitude, which is what coaches love.
In conclusion, being recruited is not a hard process as long as you have the skill, and are willing to put in the time and effort to calling the coach, making a highlight video, and attending camps and showcases to show off your skills.