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Finding Your College Match

Our staff is made up of former college student-athletes and former professional athletes who have been through the recruitment process in multiple sports. With over 130 years of combine experience we've seen it all.

Based on our experience and years of research working closely with some of our nation's top college sports programs we have developed the following 8 Step Process to assist parents in finding the right college match for their student-athlete:

8 Step College Matching Process

Step 1. Game Film Assessment
The most common mistake is made when prospects send out "BAD FILM" to coaches. Unless you have played the game at the college or professional level, it can be difficult to understand what college coaches are looking for on film. NCP provides a full evaluation, along with Player Development Plan. 

Step 2. Player Development Plan
The Player Development Plan based on your strengths and weaknesses. The key to a successful recruiting experience is being realistic. You have to know who you are and where you stand among the thousands of prospects nationwide before you can improve and compete for scholarships.

Step 3. College Matching
National College Preps will take the information received from your athletic evaluation, and put together a list of colleges that match your athletic profile. This initial listing of schools will serve as a basis to increase or narrow your search.

Step 4. Understanding NCAA Policies

Any student-athlete who is serious about playing at the next level must create a Certification Account to make official visits to Divisions I and Division II schools or to sign a National Letter of Intent (NLI). Sometimes the process can be confusing but we are here to help.

Step 5. Recruitment Education
Through our online recruitment seminars. You will gain a much greater understanding of the recruitment process, who is involved, timelines, and considerations. You must understand the process before you can begin to plan your recruitment effectively.

Step 6. Social Media
We will conduct a social media audit and educate your student-athlete to understand how social media is used by colleges and universities in recruiting.

Step 7. Contacting Colleges
The College Search involves a continuous effort to contact college coaches and provide your updated information and evaluations. College coaches are interested in how you progress. So we want to make sure that you stay on their radar and that you are continuing to increase your coaching contacts.

National College Preps will contact up to 5 schools from your NCP college list. You can login to your recruitment profile page to view updated information regarding the college contacts made on your behalf. This will allow you to continue following up with the college programs who are interested.

Step 8. College Selection
The process is long and sometimes the final selection can be a hard choice to make. Our staff members are here to assist with weighing your options and determining your best choices. Ultimately the decision is yours, but you will find comfort in knowing that we are here to help.

Recruitment Website (Add-on)
As an NCP member you are provided with a Recruitment Webpage for as long as you are an active with the service. Your Recruitment Webpage is the primary tool you will use to send validated information and player stats to college coaches. College coaches are looking for more detailed information that can be validated by a trusted third party. National College Preps is a trusted third party resources as an NCAA approved scouting service for Division-I college coaches.

Get Started Now!

The most common mistake parents make is to waiting until their child is in high school before they take the recruiting process seriously. The hard fact is that the longer you wait, the less scholarships are available to you. Colleges are offering scholarships or holding slots for offers at an earlier age. You will want your child to be prepared and properly positioned for offers as early as possible. 

No scouting service or recruitment service can guarantee you a scholarship offer, only college coaches can do that. So beware of services who call or approach you with the guarantee of college scholarships for signing up with their program. Our goal is to guide our parents and student-athletes through the process by showing them how to take control of their recruitment by maximizing their time, money invested in camps, and opportunities.