How to get a recruit page on Rivals.com
Ever wonder how to get a Rivals.com football or basketball recruiting profile?
Getting your recruit page on Rivals.com may be as easy as doing nothing, or emailing the right person. For some, you may wonder what else you may do to make this happen, and I’ll go over that below. If you’d prefer to skip the overview, you may jump quickly to the techniques here.
The key to getting a player page on any network is to have actual recruiting news to report. If your recruiting is just getting started and there are no schools recruiting, then it’s going to be hard for an expert to justify the time to add you then. Remember, these experts have a hard enough time updating the 1000s of recruits that are being recruited. Think about the amount of data, photos, videos and updates they must produce daily in order to truly compete in this competitive industry. If you do not have any of this, it’s not that you’re not good enough, or do not deserve a page, it’s simply a prioritization that the expert has to make to keep his users, or bosses happy.
With that in mind, when you do have recruiting news it’s best to contact an expert that covers the schools interested in you, covers recruits in your state, or covers recruits in your region.
What is recruiting news? Tough call, but it would be somewhere around anything more than a generic, typed letter from a school. A phone call from a coach, a hand-written letter, a coach comes to your school and definitely if you receive an offer would qualify as recruiting news. If you have offers, it should be very easy for you to get a recruit page.
Before you contact Rivals, make sure you have the information I listed in my Get a recruit page on 247Sports ready. Once you do, use one, or more of the techniques below (Note: This is based off of my experience. A lot of variables may make things different for you):
- Juniors Questionnaire (success rate: Low): Since the first days of Rivals.com, there has been the Junior Questionnaire form. It was very helpful in the early 2000’s before social media, and the wide-spread coverage of recruiting. Nowadays, there are better methods. This is just for current juniors and gets sent to a group of experts to look over and decide what to do with them. From my experience (I worked with Cory Lovelace and Jeremy Crabtree in actually getting this form to work, and create the list it disperses to), this form isn’t very effective in getting you on Rivals, and many of the questions like, “Who are your sports heroes?” will never be read or used for anything. The form still asks for an AOL Instant Messenger name, which shows you how much care has been given to this form recently. The few lone exceptions are if you list phone calls you received in May, offers, or that you are orally committed. If you are a junior and may answer one of those three questions, fill out the basic bio information at the top until your email address field, answer those three questions I mentioned (or the ones you have information for), ignore the other questions and submit the form.
- Use the Rivals generic email (success rate: Medium): Rivals has a catch-all email address for recruiting at firstname.lastname@example.org. Emailing this address will send it to anyone pulling it at Rivals (I’m not aware of who does now), and get forwarded to the proper experts. If you have very little recruiting news, this email address will not likely get the job done.
- Reach out to a Rivals Regional Experts (success rate: Medium to High): Rivals has several regional experts that are available to add you to the database. I personally know most of them and respect the work they do. Email all the relevant information to the expert(s) in your region from the list here. If you are truly being recruited, they should get back to you within a week.
- Reach out to a National Expert (success rate: High if you have offers, Low otherwise): Eric Bossi (basketball) and Mike Farrell (football) are the national experts for Rivals.com. If you are the type of recruit with multiple Big 6 Conference offers, then you might consider reaching out to one of these. If not, stick to the regional or local experts. The national experts are responsible for not just covering, but owning the coverage of the most elite recruits. If you don’t fall into this category, then stick to another method. Bossi’s and Farrell’s contact information is on the regional page too.
- Contact a local expert (success rate: High): Rivals has several active team and High School state sites. If a school is recruiting you, or if there’s a local High School state site that covers recruiting seek out the recruiting expert by finding the site (site list), then contacting the recruiting writer for that site. Most sites have a Contact Us link under “More” in the main navigation, or are easily found on twitter.