For high school student-athletes, the start of September means so much more than the changing colors of the leaves and the coolness of fall.
Instead, the first few days of the month are a sign of the future for many student-athletes who have put in countless hours of hard work academically and athletically since childhood.
On September 1, Division I college coaches can communicate with high school juniors via text messages, emails, phone calls and recruiting materials. In addition, coaches are permitted to return calls, emails and any questions posed in advance to student-athletes.
“It’s always exciting when a student-athlete has the opportunity to go through the recruiting process,” Geno Miller, athletic director of McCracken County High School, told The Sun. “You always tell them to enjoy it because it’s an experience that doesn’t happen to everyone.”
From baseball to fast-paced softball, potential D1 student-athletes have the opportunity to coordinate with their favorite school’s athletic director for informal visits to the college to meet with coaches, staff and potential future teammates. this moment.
For Division II, the day arrives a little earlier than for any D1 athletes. College coaches begin contacting student-athletes in June after completing their second year, providing information and preparing future athletes in their programs.
There are no restrictions for college programs that contact athletes for Division III, NAIA and NJCAA levels. While this is beneficial for young athletes pursuing a college career in one of these levels, programs typically wait until the athlete’s first year in high school to communicate.
As Miller said, the recruiting process is an experience that not all athletes will experience in high school. But, while it can seem stressful and boring at times, it is a moment in the life of a young athlete that he will cherish for the rest of his life.