(PRWEB) May 23, 2012
Premiere college athletic scholarship and recruitment information portal, AthleticScholarships.com, has just released Division I men’s cross country recruiting guidelines. The guidelines emphasize the statistics that college cross country coaches and recruiters say are typical of high level recruits.
It’s essential that athletes and their parents understand that evaluating potential recruits isn’t an exact science and Division I men’s cross country is highly competitive. The guidelines were created to help students become better prepared for the recruitment process and hopefully improve their chances of getting recruited by a Division I men’s cross country team.
Charlie Adams, an NCSA Senior Educational Speaker and recruiting expert, said, “I think what families struggle with the most is they don’t understand you need to start early. It’s like retirement. It is a process. Start early, start building relationships with college coaches.” Adams has helped his own son through the collegiate cross country recruiting process. Adams stresses that it is about more than just playing the sport. Getting cross country scholarships to pay for an education is one of the most, if not the most, crucial factor, and the school’s educational system should be highly considered when talking to colleges.
Division I Men’s Cross Country Recruiting Stats for High Level Players
High School Experience:
- Varsity Starter 4 years
- Team Captain and MVP
- Meet of Champions High Finish or Qualifier
- State Champion or High State Finisher
- All-State, All-Conference, All Region recognition/honors, etc.
- USATF Association Championships (State JO’s)
- USATF Regional Championships (Regional JO’s)
- AAU Nationals
- USATF National Junior Olympic Outdoor Cross Country Championships
- USATF National Club Cross Country Championships
AAU and USTAF Qualifications
- USATF Regional & National competition strongly preferred
- Participation in Track Club
Division I Cross Country Recruit Stats – Tier 1 Upper Level / Tier 2 Mid to Lower Level
5,000M (5k) Tier 1: Recruit – 15:00
5,000M (5k) Tier 1: Roster – 15:30
5,000M (5k) Tier 2: Recruit – 15:50
5,000M (5k) Tier 2: Roster – 16:15
10,000M Tier 1: Recruit – 31:15
10,000M Tier 1: Roster – 32:17
10,000M Tier 2: Recruit – 32:59
10,000M Tier 2: Roster – 33:51
Preferred Grades for Division I Men’s Cross Country Recruits
- 3.0 GPA
- ACT score of 24 or higher
- SAT score of 1000 out of a possible 1600
To get more recruiting stats for men’s cross country as well as women’s cross country recruiting, please visit: AthleticScholarships.com
AthleticScholarships.com is a leading provider of college athletic scholarship statistics and recruitment information. The organization helps student athletes identify opportunities and make connections with recruiters across the country by gathering stats on a wide variety of men’s and men’s sports and delivering the information in an easily searchable format that allows users to search by sport, state, division and school.