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How to Make a Good First Impression with College Scouts

[fa icon=”calendar”] Feb 9, 2016 4:37:51 PM / by

Christopher Prudente

1. Be Pro-ACTIVE

Just like on the playing field, you have to always be aggressive. Getting in front of college scouts does happen for every athlete, sometimes you will need to be the one to reach out and set up a time to meet. Separating yourself is all about hustle, on and off the field. Don’t be afraid to be the one to reach out and take the initiative. There is some great advice here!

Proactive is the key to making a good first impression with college scouts

2. Get Your Uniform on Point

You do NOT need to be in a suit to make a good impression with college scouts! What you do need is to look like you are a put-together individual. Make sure to wear clothing that you feel presents your best self. Everyone has different styles and I can’t pretend to be a fashion expert. What I can tell you is that it’s better to be slightly over-dressed then under-dressed.

Oufits like this make a good first impression with college scouts

3. Visualize/Prepare for Success

You should be preparing all throughout high school to become a college athlete. By the end of this meeting, this college scout should know that you are ready for the next step in your academic and athletic career. Before the meeting, prep the points that you want to make sure you cover in the meeting. Outline questions you have and practice your 30 second pitch about yourself as a student and athlete in the mirror. Having this mini-speech ready to go will show you can prepare and communicate effectively.

Practicing his first impression with a college scout

4. Are you Vocal?!

We hear you on the playing field, let’s translate that! It may be easy, especially when talking with adults to allow them to dominate the conversation. They will probably come with plenty of questions for you. Make sure that you answer these questions directly, succiently, and while making eye contact with them. Lastly, do not be afraid to steer the conversation. Holding your own in this context is an opportunity to show you are mature and can handle yourself in unsure situations.

Getting loud can make a good first impression with college scouts


There are other things to be considering as you get to this stage. Make sure that you are only meeting with schools that you feel would be a good fit for you. Know yourself and where you are academically and athletically so that you can reach out to the right schools. Look for more to come from 47Hundred about how to make a good first impression with college scouts.



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Christopher Prudente

Written by Christopher Prudente

Chris is one of the co-founders of 47Hudred, a student athlete mentoring program in Boston. He worked as a high school teacher and basketball coach for a few years in Massachusetts. He is committed to mentoring student athletes and getting high-needs students into after school mentoring programs.