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Recruiting Timeline

To maximize your chances of getting recruited to play in college, check out our in-depth college recruiting resources. While the process should be driven by the individual athlete, Wake FC staff and directors are here to provide you with the support and assistance you need to reach your goals. See our college recruiting timeline below for a breakdown of the process throughout your high school years. 

Additionally, if you want to compete in NCAA sports at a Division I, II or III school, you need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center to make sure you stay on track to meet initial-eligibility standards.


Check our Eligibility page for more information





Freshman (9th Grade)

  • Become familiar with the NCAA DI, DII, DIII, NAIA and JUCO academic requirements
  • Meet with your high school guidance counselor to set up a four-year academic plan
  • Start an academic path that will satisfy NCAA Rules and Guidelines
  • Set short and long-term academic goals with your family
  • Set short and long-term soccer goals with your family and/or coach
  • Understand your academic path to schedule AP classes for junior and senior years
  • Participate in community service and school activities (student government, math club, etc.)
  • Research colleges/universities you would like to attend (coaches, websites, talk with family members and friends, college guides and publications).
  • Showcase yourself and gain experience playing in showcase events
  • Attend local college games at any division to better understand level and atmosphere
  • Strive for good grades to start your high school academic year
  • Check in with College Recruiting Coordinator/Director
  • Create a SportsRecruits profile


Sophomore (10th Grade)

  • Continue to focus on your academic path
  • Meet with high school counselor to review and revise your academic plan
  • Make sure your class schedule satisfies the NCAA core course requirements
  • Review your grades and academic goals with your family
  • Understand the path to schedule AP classes for junior and senior years
  • Register for the PSAT
  • Identify 15+ schools of interest and categorize schools on:
    >  5-10 Dream schools (schools you want to or think you can play at) 
    >  5-10 Safety schools (schools on your radar but not a dream school)
    >  5-10 Other schools (schools you have little or no information about)
  • Research the schools on your interest list in the following areas:
    >  Academically - Major and Degree
    >  Athletically - Level
    >  Geographically - Location of school and surrounding areas)
    >  Socially – Student population, rural area, etc
    >  Financially - Financial aid concerns
  • Correspond with college coaches via email with your cover letter, resume, academic achievements, highlight video and your team’s upcoming tournament/showcase plans
  • If you are playing near a school that you are interested in, email them:
    >  a few weeks out
    >  the week of the game or event
    >  a few days before the game or event
  • Before participating at tournaments and showcases, email all of your schools. (This should be done all the way up until you commit)
  • Meet with your coach/director to review the school you're interested in attending 
  • Visit college campuses
  • Take admissions tour
  • Visit the athletic/soccer facilities
  • Schedule a meeting with a member of the coaching staff
  • Unofficial visits
    >  Unlimited number
    >  Organized at the request of the college coach
  • Research and attend college summer soccer camps
  • Small elite or ID camps if available
  • You will get a number of inquiries about camps from schools that may appear like recruiting letters. 
  • Soccer research: look at the past two years' recruiting classes for those schools and current players in your position
  • Fill out the recruiting questionnaire on the school’s websites
  • Go watch your schools of interest play games
  • End of Sophomore year, register online with the NCAA Eligibility Center https://cbts.egain.cloud/kb/ncaahelp/home
  • Check in with College Recruiting Coordinator/Director
  • Update your SportsRecruits profile


Junior (11th Grade)

  • You may receive direct contact from college coaches on June 15th prior to entering your junior year
  • Complete the NCAA Eligibility Center application (Choose Division carefully as you have to pay for separate ones)
  • Meet with high school counselor to review and revise your academic plan
  • Make sure your class schedule satisfies the NCAA core course requirements
  • Challenge yourself academically
  • If possible, take AP and Honors classes
  • Narrow your college list to approximately 10-15 schools
  • Understand each school's admittance requirements (ACT/SAT, GPA, etc...)
  • Verify SAT and ACT registration deadlines -- we recommend to take one of the tests multiple times
  • Take SAT or ACT
  • Have scores sent to NCAA Eligibility Center and schools on your list
  • Attend financial aid workshops/obtain financial aid form (FAFSA) www.fafsa.ed.gov
  • Review college applications for admittance with family and guidance counselor
  • Start requesting letters of recommendation for college applications
  • Visit college campuses
  • Try and visit during the week when class is in session to get a good feel of what the campus looks like during class time
  • Update the college coaches on your soccer and academic achievements and tournament/showcases your team will be attending
  • Reply to all emails/phone calls from college coaches, keep lines of communication open
  • If you don't have an interest in a particular school, politely let the coach know
  • Meet with your Coach/Director to review and revise your college list
  • Club coach should provide you with a realistic evaluation for what schools on your list make sense from a soccer standpoint
  • Schedule unofficial visits with schools that have shown interest
  • Continue to participate in showcase events with your team
  • Attend ID camps for the schools still on your list
  • Demand excellence in the classroom
  • GPA and Class Rank potentially play a role in admissions and financial aid
  • Check in with College Recruiting Coordinator/Director
  • Update your SportsRecruits profile


Senior (12th Grade)

  • Narrow your school list to approximately five schools
  • Finalize any applications
  • Complete applications in the fall of senior year
  • Allow time to edit and finalize essays and collect letters of recommendations
  • Recommended that your teacher or parents review the essays for proofing
  • Meet all application/scholarship/financial aid/housing deadlines
  • Submit your FAFSA application
  • Meet with high school counselor to review and revise your academic plan
  • Make sure your class schedule satisfies the NCAA core course requirements
  • Send official high school transcripts to NCAA Eligibility Center (mid-year and final) and to schools that received applications
  • Official Visits
    >  Schedule official visits with schools that have expressed interest
    >  If possible, visit during the season when the school plays a home match
  • Check in with College Recruiting Coordinator/Director
  • Update your SportsRecruits profile
  • Follow up on all emails, letters, texts messages and phone calls from college coaches
  • Take SAT or ACT again if needed
  • Meet with your Coach/Director to discuss your final list of schools
  • Sign NLI (National Letter of Intent)

Contact Info

Questions?
Contact Recruiting Directors

Tristan Wierbonski
[email protected]


Dustin Fonder
[email protected]

Contact Us

Wake FC

P.O. Box 1211 
Holly Springs, North Carolina 27540

Phone: 919-249-5119
Email: [email protected]

Wake FC

P.O. Box 1211 
Holly Springs, North Carolina 27540

Phone: 919-249-5119
Email: [email protected]
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