During the seminar, Jenkins, who is now a national educational speaker and recruiting expert for the association, stressed five things every parent and high school athlete must know, starting with when does the recruiting journey begins?
“Starting the recruiting process your junior or senior season is a myth,” he said. “It starts the day you walk on the high school campus.”
Secondly, college coaches find prospects through third-party sources and experienced talent evaluators.
“Every single NCAA program has an active profile with NCSA,” Jenkins said. “Those coaches come to us on a weekly basis and say ‘find me a kid who is this height, this weight, this speed, has these intangible factors, playing for these clubs in this sport in this state’ and we go looking for those kids on a daily basis.”
Then Jenkins strongly emphasized the importance of using technology and posting videos, pictures and statistics online — an athletic/academic resume — so college coaches can get them from a resource like NCSA, if not elsewhere.
“Coaches are in their office looking at video, transcripts, academic and athletic information,” he said.
Jenkins also made sure those in attendance realized that less than 1 percent of high school athletes earn a Division-I scholarship and even though high school coaches have only so much influence in an athlete getting a scholarship, their attitude about a player is still important.
“You need to be building a great relationship with your high school coach because he is one of the first people college coaches are going to talk to about you,” Jenkins said. “He needs to be jumping out of his seat with excitement about your character.”