Pathway2USA

Getting recruited to play at the college level does not just happen to you. Chances are, no matter how elite of a student-athlete you may be, you won’t just magically get discovered. The recruiting process requires diligence and persistence, and still there are no guarantees. There are over 5,000 colleges and universities in the United States, each with its own unique set of entrance requirements. Numerous factors come into play when attempting to hone in on the most suitable universities for you. 

Pathway2USA is a bespoke service started by TFA which will take these factors into account and take a comprehensive look at the student-athlete, including his or her athletic ability, talent and skill level, along with the academic profile, and then and will filter through the more than 5,000 schools based on the information provided. We will develop the most suitable college/university matches so the player can connect with college coaches in the U.S.A. and find their best path to college football.

In most cases, it is recommended to start the process before the athletes’ junior year. If you plan to play at the college level, the sooner you start, the better your chances will be. However, if you have waited or are a late bloomer, you can still do it, but more work will be involved as it is crunch time, and rosters are filling quickly. The bottom line is it is never too early to inform yourself about the recruiting process.

Create the student-athlete profile/CV- In order to get the most exposure to college coaches and to provide them the information they need, building a profile is imperative, as coaches are actively filling out their rosters. The profile will include the basic physical features, academic information, GPA, SAT/ACT scores and highlight video provided by the student-athlete. Highlight video allows coaches to get a better understanding of your athleticism and skill.

  • Use the match making system to generate a list of approximately 50 suitable universities
  • Personalized coach to coach email correspondence on behalf of student-athlete to the matching school coaching team
  • Will attach student-athlete CV and highlight video
  • Provide personal recommendation from your coach
  • Provide follow-up as necessary and respond to all correspondence
  • Keep the student-athlete informed and updated about the progress

Contact Coach Ali at ali@tfauae.com

Useful Tips

Choosing and researching the right schools is a highly important part of the US university process, but having an application plan is also extremely important

Preparedness:

Once you have narrowed down your college list, it is important to be aware of what you will be required to submit to each school. Below is a general list

  • Your school transcripts (you will need your Grade Point Average cumulative for all years of high school- have your counseling office help with this)
  • Your standardized test scores (make sure the SAT or ACT is taken no later than the beginning of December prior to University application in order for the results to get back on time. And it is a smart idea to allow yourself a few tries, so the earlier the better).
  • A personal statement and other required essays.
  • Letters of recommendation.
College Application Deadlines:

Most regular decision college application deadlines or January 1, though some are mid to late December of the senior year.

A Holistic Approach:

The most important factors college admissions officers look at are your grades and your SAT or ACT scores, but the admissions to universities also look heavily at your extracurricular activities, service and leadership experience. Building a personal profile should begin three years prior to graduating high school. Summers are a great time to engage in activities that help build a strong personal profile.