As coaches, there is nothing worse than seeing one of the recruits misbehaving on a campus visit. It’s an absolute privilege to be on campus visiting with the program, and you should act as such. The last thing you should do is display rude behavior like not paying attention while someone is talking, or acting immaturely around coaches or program/university staff. I will share a few things I tell our guys when they’re preparing to take a visit:
- Dress properly. Don’t show up looking like you just rolled out of bed.
- Introduce yourself to the coaches. Of course, the one recruiting you is probably someone you’ve met face to face before, but the others haven’t gotten a chance to meet you yet. Smile, make good eye contact and give a firm handshake.
- Give the speaker your undivided attention. Whether it’s the head coach, assistant coach, athletic trainer, or compliance director; give that person your eyes and ears.
- STAY OFF THE CELL PHONE! This ties into #1, but I still felt it was necessary to discuss separately. If someone is speaking to you, don’t have your face buried in your smartphone screen. Outside of grabbing some pictures of the visit, the phone should stay in the pocket.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Make sure to do some research on the school beforehand so you have questions to ask while you’re there. Not only is it good to gather these answers, but it shows a level of maturity to the coaches.