College Recruiting: Begin With the End in Mind

Are you interested in playing sports in college?  Do you know what it takes to play at the next level?   There is a school out there that fits your academic, athletic, and personal needs.  You just need to find it.  Finding  the right school is no easy task but when you do it will be totally worth it. I have worked with many high school student-athletes and the college recruiting process and the one thing I tell them is to find a school where you will have the best “college experience.”  The school where academically, athletically, and personally everything just fits together like a puzzle. There is a school out there for everyone!

Selecting a college is one of the biggest decisions a teenager will make in their life.  And making the decision is one of the first steps to adulthood.  Selecting a college is more than deciding where you are going to spend the next four years of your life, it is about becoming the person you want to be after you graduate. Attending college is all about development of one’s self. And as a student-athlete you want to find a place where you will develop in the classroom, on the field, and in the community.

When GFS begins working with high school students and the recruiting process we try to get them to look at the big picture.  What does it mean to go to college and play sports?  How will this experience shape who you will become. We ask them to Begin with the End in Mind.   Dr. Stephen Covey, famous author of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was renowned for working with presidents, CEO’s, athletes, and teachers.  Stephen taught the mindset, skill set, and tool set found in the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  The 2nd habit, Begin with the End in Mind means to begin each day, task, or project with a clear vision of your desired direction and destination, and then continue by flexing your proactive muscles to make things happen. So when you begin the college recruiting process Begin with the End in Mind.  Where do you want to go?  Who do you want to be?   And how are you going to get there?

As a student-athlete who is interested in continuing their academic and athletic career at the next level you should begin the process early.  The early stages of the process allow you to figure out what you like and what you don’t like. Do you want a public or private school, big or small, city or suburbs, hot or cold weather, play or sit on the bench, etc.  There are a number of factors to consider you just have to decide which ones’s are really important to you.

GFS will help you look at the college recruiting process as a student, an athlete, and as a person.  And we ask the question where will I develop the most in those three aspects of my life?  We begin the process with you by asking you to look into your future.

What do you want to get out of your college experience. Where do you see yourself after college? Answering these questions will help you figure out how your college experience will help shape you into the person you want to be 5, 10, or 20 years down the road.

Come be a part of GFS and maximize your potential, your experiences, and your community.

The College Recruiting Playbook


In 2015, the College Recruiting Playbook was published to help educate prospective student-athletes about the college recruiting process. The College Recruiting Playbook is a student-athletes workbook to finding the right college to fit their academic, athletic, and personal needs.

Finding the right college for your student-athlete doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, with College Recruiting Playbook, you can navigate the five phases of the recruiting process with surprising ease.

1. Planncollege-recruiting-playbook-covering and Preparation

2. Communication

3. Gaining Exposure

4. Decision Making

5. Beyond the Decision

This step-by-step guide walks parents and students through everything they need to know and do in order to find the best college athletically, academically, and personally.

Discover the answers to these questions and much more

  • What does it take to play at the next level?
  • What are the academic requirements to play in college?
  • What are the differences between DI, DII, DIII, and NAIA?
  • What do college coaches look for in prospective student-athletes?
  • What are the Three Key Elements of Gaining Exposure ?
  • What is a verbal commitment? What is a National Letter of Intent?
  • What are the 50 questions every prospective student-athlete should answer before committing to a school?
  • And much more

Written especially for high school athletes, this guide is also an essential read for parents, teachers, and coaches. By utilizing the included organizer and looking at the process from more than an athlete’s point of view, you can form the best strategy for your young athlete’s near and distant future.