Info for Athletes
Jennifer Cottrill - Recruiting Coordinator
Our primary goal is to help any athlete in our organization explore and find the right opportunity to further their education as well as compete at the collegiate level.
Jennifer Cottrill is Legacy's Full-Time Recruiting Director
With over 15 years experience in this role and a former college volleyball player, Jen has developed relationships with hundreds of college coaches and gained knowledge of what the athletes and families need during their process.
Her goal is to educate our Legacy families on how to navigate the Recruiting process and then provide support and guidance during the process. This will eventually lead the athlete to find a great place to continue her academic and athletic career.
BUILD A TARGET LIST OF SCHOOLS
Reach: 10-15 schools that would be a reach athletically (but based on their continued improvement in the gym, might be possible)
Realistic: 20-30 schools where they are realistically tending athletically
Reserve: 5-10 schools that they are confident they can play athletically
Note: All categories should take their academic goals into consideration
5 QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER WHILE BUILDING YOUR TARGET LIST:
Athletic: What Division and/or conference are you capable of playing for? What do your current coaches think?
Academic: What schools will you qualify for with your GPA and Standardized Test Scores? Do you know what you would like to major in?
Social: How important is school size and campus life to you?
Geographical: Do you want to be close to home? What type of campus are you looking for?
Financial: Will I qualify for Athletic or Merit Scholarships?
- Cast a WIDE net of schools. Better to start with a larger list and narrow down.
- Building your target list of schools is a fluid process. You can change your list at any time!
Create an online profile, either using Sports Recruits, another Recruiting service or other online profile!
INCLUDE VIDEO ON YOUR PROFILE:
Game Highlights - clips of your best plays. Easy to make with HUDL
*We recommend this on your SR Profile
Skills Video - can be made at Legacy
Game Footage – should be one entire game of you playing. Be sure to let the coaches know which number you are and in what position you start in.
- Include your name, height, position, grad year, high school and club. Be sure to express interest in their school and volleyball program. Address the coach by name to start the email (ex. Coach Smith)
- Include a link to your profile
- Include your Tournament Schedule
- Include your Coach's Contact Info & Recruiting Coordinator Jen Cottrill's Contact Info.
- If it is after June 15th of your Sophomore year, the coach can email you directly and let you know if they are interested. This is based on your grad year, position and brief evaluation of your profile & video as well as their needs for that class.
- If it is before June 15th of your Sophomore year, the coach can not email you back. They might email your coach or RC Jen Cottrill to express "general interest". They will watch you LIVE (possibly several times) to watch your development and progress. They can send you questionnaires, camp invites or non athletic publications.
- Coaches will then EVALUATE YOU (through your HS or CLUB season or possibly at CAMP)
Athletes will need to continue to communicate with College Coaches
Our recommendation is 1x a month with updates from tournaments, high school season, summer vacations, etc...
After college coaches evaluate you and you are in their TOP group of players that they are recruiting in your position & class then they will invite you for a VISIT!
Official Visit - College can pay for transportation to and from the college for the student-athlete, lodging and three meals per day for the student-athlete and his or her parents or guardians, as well as reasonable entertainment expenses including three tickets to a home sports event.
Unofficial Visit - Athlete/Family pays for all expenses
- Coaches can begin extending verbal offers on June 15th of Sophomore Year
- Every coach & program do things differently but they should communicate the details of their offer and a timeline (if any) to make a decision
- After making a decision, be sure to contact all of the coaches/programs that were actively recruiting you to let them know of your decision BEFORE posting your commitment on Social Media!