College Recruiting Tips

How can lacrosse add value to my college search?

— Anna P. from Clinton, N.C,

Value comes in many forms, Anna. Participating in athletics can help you financially with athletic grants and scholarships from Division I and Division II schools. Playing sports also can help you be considered for academic and talent grants at Division III schools.

Lacrosse can help you be admitted into a college or university you might not otherwise qualify for. Coaches can intercede with the admissions office on your behalf. This is called being a pick or a blue chip recruit, and it can be a win-win situation for you and the school.

How can I increase my chances of landing a basketball scholarship?

— Zane S. from Richmond, Va.

Good question, Zane. To increase your chances of receiving a basketball scholarship, the most important thing is to compete at the highest level on a team that trains and goes to college showcases and high-visibility tournaments. Be a starter with good stats. Play on a varsity team. Playing AAU basketball is essential.

Begin networking with college coaches as early as your freshman year so you can be identified as a “talented sophomore.” During your junior year, you can visit colleges and meet with coaches. Remember, you have to be the one to initiate contact with coaches because NCAA rules prohibit college coaches from formally recruiting you until the end of your junior year.

It is very important to have good grades, a high GPA, and good SAT and ACT scores. Be sure to network, network, network. Post game video on YouTube and include the link in your email to a college coach. Send an athletic-academic profile with a cover letter to a college coach in hard-copy form for your initial contact, and then follow up with an email that includes your updated athletic-academic profile. It works if you work it!

I’m a football kicker and would like to continue to play in college. Are there kicker camps?

— Jackson from Ashville, N.C.

Jackson, there are specialty camps for all athletes, including kickers. Some of the best Kicker Camps include Kohl’s Professional Kicking and Punting Camp, Chris Sailer Kicking Camp, One on One Kicking and Kornblue Kicking.

Another idea is to contact a local college or university and ask if you can work one-on-one with a kicker in that program.

I play soccer and want to continue to play in college but my SAT/ACT scores are low. What do you suggest?

— Joann from Myrtle Beach, S.C.

I would recommend you work with Khan Academy, which offers free online test prep. If your scores do not reach the eligibility level for NCAA or National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) level, there is always the National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA). There are junior college programs that will help bring you up to speed.

Also keep in mind that NCAA Division III programs, while they cannot offer athletic money, can be generous with academic money and grants.

Which camps can you recommend for a cross country runner?

— Will S. from Cary, N.C.

Will, there are camps where you can learn to improve your running technique and perhaps shave a few seconds off your personal best time.

Research ID clinics and camps offered at schools that interest you. ID programs provide aspiring college athletes a preview of collegiate sports in a competitive, challenging environment.

As you conduct your search, make sure the schools you are considering have the right demographics for you and can offer your desired major.

Do You Have Recruiting Questions?

PAT GRECCO is the founder and president of the College-Bound Athlete Scholarship Service. Her mission is to help locate and place student-athletes in colleges and universities where they can compete in their chosen sport while pursuing their academic goals.

If you have a question for Pat, and want to be featured in an upcoming issue of Triangle Sports, send an email to

About Pat Grecco 2 Articles
Pat Grecco is founder and president of the College Bound Athletic Scholarship Service. The service is dedicated to placing student athletes in college programs for all types of sports. She is past director of the College Bound Player Program for Long Island Junior Soccer League, former scholarship committee chairperson and was elected to the Long Island Soccer Hall of Fame in 1998 and the New York Soccer Hall of Fame in 2008. Grecco has been a contributing writer to numerous print and online publications, including Soccer Long Island magazine, Big Apple Soccer, Just Live Soccer, Southern Soccer Scene and Grecco has been a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America for more than 25 years and was nominated to receive the 2014 Charlotte Moran Volunteer of the Year Award.

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