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What Can You Learn from the Class of 2019 Signees List?

Pay close attention to class rank and scoring differential

The Junior Golf Scoreboard does an excellent job maintaining an online list of all college golf signees from the current academic year. With the new National Letter of Intent signing dates now in effect, schools have the ability to sign recruits anytime between November 14th and August 1st of next year. As this process unfolds for the class of 2019, future-year recruits (class of 2020 and beyond) should follow the signees list on a regular basis to learn more about the recruiting process.

As schools report their signees to the Junior Golf Scoreboard, an updated online roster will include the player’s name along with the school he/she signed with, as well as the recruit’s national class rank and scoring differential at the time of signing. This key information will serve to assist future recruits as they work to determine which golf programs match up with their skill level. While this method may not lead to an exact match, it does provide insight into what class rank and scoring differential range a recruit needs in order to successfully target certain golf programs.

I often hear junior golf families, who are participating in the recruiting process, trying to compare a college player’s tournament scores with a junior golfer’s tournament scores. There is a flaw to this method. To better understand, consider the academic admissions process for prospective college students. High school grades and standardized test scores are used to determine which students are admissible at certain schools. The academic performance of the current college students at those schools is irrelevant. Instead, high school students should research the average GPA and SAT (or ACT) data that previous applicants attained to gain entry into the schools they’re targeting. This apples-to-apples comparison also works when considering a player’s potential golf fit at one or more colleges. What was the college player’s class rank and scoring differential in junior golf at the time he/she signed the National Letter of Intent? Knowing these answers will provide insight into what prerequisites a junior golfer needs to achieve to ultimately receive the college offer he/she is looking for.

College golf recruiting is not a scientific process; however, parents and junior golfers can use objective academic and golf data to track how players and coaches ultimately pair up in college. This data will result in a more efficient process for junior golf families as they target potential “best fit” schools and golf programs. Create a matrix using all available information that illustrates both the academic and golf prerequisites for the colleges you’re targeting. Your efforts throughout the college placement process will be more focused, likely producing a better college outcome.

Play well!

Coach Brooks
Red Numbers Golf®


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Finding the Right School - Your "Best Fit"

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    When Should Junior Golfers Begin Visiting and Researching Colleges?
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    Are Unofficial Visits to College Campuses Necessary?
    Should Junior Golfers Attend Collegiate Tournaments?
    Just How Big is College Golf?
    What questions should I ask a college coach during a campus visit?
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Playing in College

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    What does it mean to Redshirt?
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Playing Junior Golf

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    Is playing a practice round important?
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    You Have Completed the College Placement Process—Now What?
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Promoting Yourself – Being Visible

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Recruiting & Scholarships

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    How Do the NCAA’s Recent Rules Changes Affect You?
    Is the College Recruiting Process Putting Too Much Pressure on You?
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    What is the Purpose of the NCAA Eligibility Center?
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    What Should I Do if I Didn’t Sign a National Letter of Intent in the Early Signing Period?
    What Questions Should I Be Prepared to Answer During a Campus Visit?
    What Are the Most Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Scholarships?
    How do I know if a School is Really Interested in Recruiting Me?
    How do Players Verbally Commit to Schools so Early in the Process?
    As a Rising Senior Is It Too Late To Be Recruited?
    What is a Parent's Role in the Recruiting Process?
    When Should Junior Golfers Sign the NLI?
    What is a Full Scholarship?