How high school students can get recruited by colleges

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In terms of athletes, I like to group them into 2 categories. One are the athletes, the top tier athletes that are going to recruited pretty much no matter what they do. So the coaches are going to come after them because they’re nationally ranked, they’re seen in tournaments, and basically everything is handled from the coaches perspective, a student doesn't need to do much, but that doesn't encompass the majority of students. The majority of students that who play in college aren't that top tiered. So it’s the responsibility of the parents and the students to go find the schools and find the coaches. So I typically advice to first look at the type of school that you want to go to and then see if those schools have the sports that you want. Now that doesn't always work for everybody, but if you do that, then you can identify, say, 6-15 schools and you can go on any school’s website and look up the coaches information and email that coach and say, “Here’s my statistics, here’s some resume’ that shows the types of things that I've been in high school or my club team, would you be interested? And what do you want to see from me?" Some coaches will want you to come to campus and practice, some coaches will want you to send film on your playing abilities, some will want you to go to a showcase where baseball players, for example, will go to one showcase where there’s a bunch of games being played and coaches from all over the country come see the players during that time. But reaching out to the coaches, being proactive in asking, will get the process started.
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Danny Ruderman is a nationally recognized college counselor whose mission is to help as many families as possible navigate the admissions process.  

The Fontana High School and Stanford grad is the author of The Ultimate College Acceptance System and creator of college counseling programs used by school districts across the U.S. and Fortune 500 companies. He is known for his huge forehead and helping students get into schools that really match their interests. His newest book, Top 100 Answers to Your College Admissions Questions will be released in March 2013.

Danny graduated with Honors from Stanford University and holds a BA in Human Biology with an emphasis in Education. He was named a Merit Teacher for his work at Campbell Hall School in Los Angeles and worked as an educational therapist for K&M Associates in Los Angeles. He is also a member of the Western Association of College Admissions Counselors (WACAC). He has been featured on NPR’s Marketplace, Fox News, The Los Angeles Times, Between the Lines on PBS, College Bound Magazine, The Bill Handel Show, and Powernomics. Danny is also a regular contributor to Money 101 on KFWB in Los Angeles.

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