How early is too early to recruit gymnasts to college? I recently met with a family that has a daughter who is on the USA Gymnastics developmental team. Their daughter is in seventh grade and is feeling pressure to figure out which college is best for her future. College gymnastics coaches have come to watch her practice and she is seeing other girls from the developmental program verbally commit and posting this on social media. If you ask any college gymnastics coach, they will tell you that they would prefer to wait till sophomore or junior year of high school…
It's the final week of the season, with just the Conference Championships remaining.  Just 38 teams remain in the running for one of 36 seeds at the Regional Meets.  An intense race is also under way for one of the Top 18 seeds, which will determine the composition of the Regional fields.
Ivy League and other select, non-athletic scholarship awarding institutions can, in many cases, offer significant assistance in Admissions and Financial Aid that can potentially lend strong support for prospective student-athletes. It is important that prospects, families and high school advisors clearly understand the role the college coach plays in this process and to make every effort to develop sincere and robust working relationships with coaches.
Two months have passed and things have shaped up for an exciting stretch run to Regionals and Nationals.  With the switch in the rankings by Regional Qualifying Score, some clear trends have emerged.   Here's a recap:
The first big weekend of the season is in the books, and what did we learn?  OU and LSU are off to a quick start in the Championship Race, and the others have a lot of work left to do to close the gap they've established.  There was a lot of great gymnastics and a lot of opportunity out there.  Here's our rewind of the weekend performances of the Preseason Top 25.
We're about to start the 2017 season, and it's time for us to release our annual Ranking of Recruiting Classes.  We wait until January to release this ranking because the recruiting calendar now extends year round, and we're seeing an increasing number of teams get mid-year additions.  And once again, we're seeing some of the negative unfortunate consequences of early recruiting:  gymnasts are not signing to their original classes, some choose not to matriculate or other life changes intrude (including, unfortunately, injury).  This year's ranking has seen all of that and more, as places shifted with each new late signing…
Teams have been hard at work all Fall, as they prepare for the upcoming season.  Many teams have held public intrasquads, while others are getting ready for public demonstrations and practice meets in early December.  Here's a collection of what some of the teams have been up to:
Check out uur gallery of 2017-2018 recruits!  These gymnasts signed in the Fall of 2016 for the start of school in the Fall of 2017. 
The college search for athletes has grown complicated and increasingly competitive, especially during the past 10 years. There are countless components that require keen attention in developing and executing a successful plan of action, and with the high stakes competition for athletic scholarships, the walk-on prospective student-athlete is opening up greater opportunity on the college recruiting front.
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