Dave Morris’s career has been heavily impacted by college sports. Morris coached at four different colleges and universities before landing in his current job as a college counselor and CEO of CollegeAthleticAdvisor.com, so he’s used to helping students find the best fit for their athletic and academic goals. Here are tips from his coaching days to help you in your recruiting process.
What is the most important quality you look for in a recruit?
That they enjoy playing and are excited to continue to grow as people and athletes.
What is the best way for a recruit to get on your radar?
Reach out and express interest. [Green Mountain College] a mission driven (sustainability) institution, so if you are interested in our academic program you are automatically very much on our radar.
It’s a big world out there! Get excited about where you are playing now, and really evaluate where you will thrive at the next level as a student, an athlete, and a member of the college community.-Dave Morris
When should an athlete contact you and what is the best way?
We’re thrilled to hear from you anytime, but generally if you reach out during your junior year we can make sure to get out and watch you play, find a time to visit, etc
What are your expectations for incoming players in the classroom, in the weight room, and on the field?
We expect a true triple threat: student-athletes who excel on the field, in the classroom, and in our community. It’s our goal to help you reach your potential, so we want to make sure you’re inspired in practice and in the classroom. In terms of fitness/resistance training, we have a body weight workout program that we can supplement with various forms of resistance. How much you progress is really up to you, but the fitter you are, the happier you will be playing college sports!
What are the do’s and don’ts of being recruited?
Before a recruiting visit, prepare yourself with some questions you’d like to ask. If you count on coming up with questions on the spot, you might forget something important to you or miss an opportunity.
The big don’t is: don’t let ANYONE speak for you, even if you’re shy, here’s a great opportunity to grow a bit and speak up for yourself!
What is the best advice you can offer a recruit?
Try to enjoy the process. There aren’t that many times in life where you are courted by many suitors. See your college search is a choice between great options (hint: because it is). You can’t make a mistake, there are just different benefits to different choices!
What really jumps out to you when reviewing a recruit’s highlight tape?
I really don’t put much weight in highlight tapes. Much rather get an unedited match or half a match.
What are the main do’s and don’ts for a recruit’s highlight tape?
I’d prefer a game tape or two rather than some edited thing.
When do you recommend recruits put together and share their highlight reels? Is it best to make their highlight reel during the offseason, in the middle of season, or after each game?
Pick a couple of your team’s most competitive games, send those tapes. Don’t bother with a highlight tape. Do you want to play for a coach who got excited about you because of the soundtrack you chose?
What advice do you have for recruits who get turned down by their dream schools? What are their options if they don’t gain the recruiting attention they desire?
It’s a big world out there! Get excited about where you are playing now, and really evaluate where you will thrive at the next level as a student, an athlete, and a member of the college community. Sometimes it pays to really consider your values and what you are “dreaming” about.
It may be that you want to go to your dream school and would rather not play, but go there anyway. But if your priority is having an amazing experience as a varsity student-athlete, here’s a great chance to refine your dream and find the right fit! What a great opportunity to expand your horizons and really think about what’s important!
How big a factor is social media when recruiting players? What advice do you have for athletes regarding social media?
If you don’t want your mom and your dream employer to read it, why are you putting it on the internet?
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