So, you're trying to play esports at the college level but don't know where to start? I've been through the recruiting process myself, and I'm here to offer a quick guide to the collegiate esports recruiting process. Hopefully, by following my guide, you'll find yourself signing to a college and joining the growing ranks of collegiate esports! (P.S., Louisburg College is a great place to start).
STEP 1:Pick one to two games that you're great at. The biggest thing with recruiting is that the schools have to know what your primary game is. If they are giving you
a scholarship, they need to know what game its for and why. This is also important for schools to know because some schools only compete in certain games. In my experience with recruiting most schools say that you're allowed a primary game, which for me is Call of Duty, and then a secondary game, which in my case is Apex Legends. So, make sure you give great thought into what game you want to play because for the duration of that academic year you will be practicing and competing in that game daily. On the flip side, coaches also like to know that you're a team player and willing to try something new, whether it be a different role in-game, or an entirely new game. Never miss an opportunity to play!
Make sure you have Discord on your phone if you don't already!
Discord is the biggest way of communication between college esports coaches, players, esports
teams and even full leagues. Most coaches call me directly from discord when we meet to talk
Create an account with all the recruiting services you can find.
Here is a list to get you started:
Our Recommendation: Stay Plugged In
Why: The team at Stay plugged In help connect you with college coaches and do the recruiting
for you. The great thing about this is it's totally free. They will Literally put you in discord chats
with college head coaches that have reviewed your profile already and want to
make an offer. Therefore you're only getting in contact with coaches that want to offer you
scholarship money. Stay Plugged In also does gaming combines in which college coaches are
watching live. In my experience with this service, I've received scholarship offers from Clark
University, Ottawa University, Adrian College, Mars Hill University, and Missouri Baptist
University among over 20 other schools in only one month of recruiting.
Be patient, connect with coaches and be honest about what you want in a school.
You're going to get connected with different coaches around the U.S., so make sure
you keep your options open and commit to the school that checks all your boxes (major, housing,
games, facility). Just because a coach is recruiting you doesn't mean you have to commit, and
applying to schools does not bind you to any team until you sign a letter of intent to that
institution. I've had to tell many schools that I'm no longer interested, and I've also told schools
I'm interested but still weighing options. It's all part of the process and they won't be mad at you.
Take visits as well, many schools on the D1-2 and NAIA level will actually offer to do an
official visit and even help pay for your travel and stay just depending on the program. I actually
have a program that wanted to fly in to sign me in person.
Good luck on your recruiting journey and welcome to the collegiate sports family! I hope you find the school that fits your needs There are only about 40,000 college esports athletes, a
small but growing number and we are slowly taking over the college scene. Again,
good luck and see you in the arena!