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Videos in the Recruiting Process

The college recruiting video in an important part of the recruiting process. It's not always feasible for college coaches to see players compete in person. Even if they can they often want to get an idea of someone's technique, style of play and overall level at the outset to make sure the player is worth pursuing. Despite the importance of the video, more often than not we see videos that are ineffective and inadequate. We asked several college coaches for their insights on college recruiting videos.


Q) How important is the video in your assessment of a recruit?


Alex Wong, Bentley men and women, Division II

A video is important but not everything. I like to have it as a frame of reference. Mainly, I want to be able to see what type of technique the player has, how the player moves, how they construct points. In order for me to recruit somebody at a higher level than just offering an opportunity to try out for the team, I require seeing a video or watching the player play in person.


Adam Steinberg, Pepperdine men, Division I

I think a video can be very beneficial, especially when it is an international player or somebody that you just don't think you will be able to see in person for a variety of reasons. It is also a great introduction at the beginning of their junior year to get on our radar screen even if we will be able to watch them in person.


Jaime Kenney, Tufts men, Division III

It's not the end all, be all. I recruit from all over, and since I don't have a huge recruiting budget to support extensive travel, video is an excellent resource to identify a potential recruit. Video is an opportunity to get a sense of what a player can do. Beyond that it's not much more than simply an initial assessment. If it's someone who I am then interested in recruiting, I make every effort to see him compete in person.


Tracy Mauntler, Toledo women, Division I

I think the video is especially important for the players who are looking at schools outside of the region they live. I am able to see most of the girls who play Midwest tournaments during the summer when I do most of my recruiting. Sometimes it is harder for me to see the players that are out if the Midwest region. If I like what I see in the video, I can make them a priority to see in person.

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