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Top Athlete Recruitment Platforms

Posted by Kevin MacCauley | Jul 31, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Recruiting top-tier athletes requires the use of one of the top-flight athlete recruitment platforms. These recruitment programs make the entire recruitment process so much easier. However, there are a lot of recruitment platforms out there - so let's take a look at some of the best ones available and the what they can offer you.


The Top Athlete Recruitment Platforms for You and Your Clients



Besides being a total game changer in the ways coaches and players review game films and share play books Hudl is an incredible recruitment tool as well! It works great for recruiters or coaches looking to fill specific needs their team may have and it works great for athletes trying to land a spot at the next level. Hudl allows users to make quality highlight videos and upload them to a personal profile for the individual player. Recruiters and coaches can search the Hudl database by position and watch video highlights and full games of players of interest. The great thing about Hudl is that the recruitment process is only a small part of their service. They have so many features to offer. Plans start as low as 800 dollars a year and get as high as 3,000 dollars a year. However, if you need more service than their top-tier plans offer, they do work with professional organizations and large college programs.

Captain U

This service works with over 100,000 high school and club teams aiming to help these kids make college teams. Captain U also works with over 5,000 college coaches and programs who are looking to build their next championship team and save time, resources and energy during the recruitment process. The Captain U database makes it easy for coaches and programs to connect with the athletes they are looking for. The database allows users to narrow down their searches based on position and location. Individual player profiles makes it easy for coaches and recruits to connect in a more comfortable way. Captain U also offers powerful analytics so you can see how well you are doing on the recruiting trail. Pricing varies based on plan, but Captain U encourages you to sign-up for free and give their service a try.


This platform is one of the more interesting services out there for recruiters. First of all, the only focus of Fieldlevel is recruitment there are no other aspects to the service offerings. Secondly, while individual players are able to create personal profiles, the main focus of Fieldlevel is connecting coaches. Their idea is that there is no one better to be talking to than an athlete's current coach. A lot of college coaches use Fieldlevel as a part of their recruitment process including programs at University of Southern California, Oregon State and Nebraska. Fieldlevel ensures that every athlete on their service is verified and evaluated by their coach, so you don't get a parent's or a service's opinion. Fieldlevel allows you to target your searches based on graduation date, position and more, and it also tells you which athletes are already interested in your program. It keeps you up-to-date with your recruits providing the latest news and profile updates. Pricing information on Fieldlevel is not immediately available, but it is free to sign-up and join the network.


Every single year over 130,000 athletes are reviewed by college coaches in the University Athlete system. This platform is not open to the public. Athletes can request a profile on UniversityAthlete.com. This is free to athletes, and highly recommended as a way to ensure that any recruiting information is accurate if an athlete wants to play at the next level. Coaches pay 49 dollars a year and then pay at each event they attend for the recruiting package that includes rosters. This platform was designed for college coaches to get the most out of recruiting. To get a profile you must request one from the site. 

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Written by Kevin MacCauley

Kevin is the CEO at Upper Hand, a sports software company aiming to simplify front and back-end office tasks, by providing cutting-edge marketing and registration tools, and business intelligence, that enable unsurpassed performance for sports businesses across the nation.