If you are a class of 2026 high school student-athlete, June 15th marks a very exciting day in your recruiting process. This date allows most NCAA Division I college coaches and all Division II college coaches to engage in recruiting discussions with student-athletes entering their Junior Year. 

The sports that are affected at the Division I level by June 15th are all NCAA sports EXCEPT:

  • Men’s Ice Hockey
  • Women’s Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Men’s Lacrosse
  • Women’s Lacrosse

This means college coaches can call, text, or email you directly regarding your recruiting process once June 15th arrives. As exciting as this time can be, many student-athletes tell us that they are unsure of what they should be doing on their end in the days leading up to June 15th. Here are 3 tips you should be taking in preparation for this important date on the recruiting calendar.

3 Steps to be Taking Before June 15th

  1. Have as much information filled out on your SportsRecruits profile as possible. College coaches are using SportsRecruits to find and evaluate student-athletes further. The more information you have, the better. Start with the “Essentials” section to move in the right direction. This includes your grad year, position, contact information, and more!
  2. Having video accessible to college coaches on your SportsRecruits profile is crucial for college coaches who want to evaluate you. Video is the most requested piece of information from college coaches. You can have anything from highlight reels, skills videos, or raw footage. With your account, you can upload an unlimited amount of video. Remember, athletes with videos on their profile are 11x more likely to receive views from college coaches.
  3. Communicating with college coaches is the only way for them to discover who you are and why you are interested in their program. Do not feel that you have to wait until after June 15th to start contacting college coaches. Being proactive and consistent in your outreach is the best way to draw attention to your profile. We suggest sending a message a few days before June 15th, letting them know you are excited to continue communicating and learn more about their program.

Best of luck as you prepare for this date, and make sure to register for our upcoming webinar detailing the importance of June 15th!

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Mike Babich is a Senior Recruiting Analyst at SportsRecruits. Mike has experience in collegiate athletics as a former football student-athlete at Mount Ida College, as well as a Graduate Assistant and Assistant Football Coach at Long Island University. He also served in the role of an Admissions Counselor for two years at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, New York. He has a passion for helping student-athletes better navigate and understand the recruiting process.