As important as preparing on the field is for high school student-athletes looking to play in college, it is just as important to prepare off of the field. One of the most vital areas in the recruiting space to prepare for is ensuring you have a highlight reel.
A highlight reel is crucial for an athlete looking to attack the recruiting process, because it gives the college coach something to evaluate.
It’s a great first-step and serves as an introduction. Read more below.
The highlight reel is the bait you use to get a coach to want more. If the coach likes the highlight reel, it likely means they will want to see you play in person.
Before you attend a recruiting event, you will want to supply your “target list” of 20-30 schools with a highlight reel, full game, academic information and event schedule.
An easy way to think of this: You want to give the coaches on your “target list” of schools a reason to come see you play in person. The way to do this is to have them see what kind of player you are on film.
The old Hollywood adage “Show, Don’t Tell” is directly applicable to this situation. Don’t just tell a coach about your game – SHOW them you are worth their time.
To produce a highlight reel, you will need game video. Be sure your high school games are being filmed if they are not already. If you are attending a camp, tournament or showcase, more often than not there are packages available that include game film. Be sure to get this film! It’s the source material that will ultimately be edited into your highlight reel.
College coaches have a limited amount of time on their hands – by getting them a highlight reel, you are introducing a coach to your skillset and taking an important, proactive step in your recruiting process.