Join the Club: High School High­lights Aren’t the Only Way to Get Recruited

As proven by one team in Flori­da, club high­lights can be the key to get­ting on col­lege radars.

Join the Club: High School High­lights Aren’t the Only Way to Get Recruited

As proven by one team in Flori­da, club high­lights can be the key to get­ting on col­lege radars.

Fol­low­ing her junior sea­son, Stephanie Paul was fight­ing to get noticed. Her high school, the Com­mu­ni­ty School of Naples, got lit­tle atten­tion and severe­ly lim­it­ed her exposure. 

Paul joined the Flori­da Future in hopes of chang­ing that. After one ster­ling per­for­mance in a high-pro­file tour­na­ment, Future coach Michael Gius­to found his cell phone ring­ing inces­sant­ly. Coach­es from dozens of Divi­sion I col­leges had caught wind of Paul’s show­ing and want­ed to see more.

Paul end­ed up com­mit­ting to Geor­gia, where she start­ed 13 games as a fresh­man this season.

Hudl and Flori­da Future is what put her on the map,” Gius­to said. Nobody was going to see her at com­mu­ni­ty school. They had no freak­ing clue who she was. Hudl played a key role in that.”

Paul is just one of many Future play­ers that used their club high­lights to catch the eyes of col­lege recruiters. The team recent­ly had play­ers sign with Stet­son, Fur­man and Mass­a­chu­setts, and anoth­er has drawn inter­est from Connecticut.

Giusto’s daugh­ter, Mya, is among those who have ben­e­fit­ed. The point guard picked up her first col­lege offer in sev­enth grade and has only seen her pro­file grow since.

Going into high school they have such an advan­tage, just through their net­work alone,” Gius­to said. With the Hudl high­lights we put out on social media, (Mya) has kids from all over the coun­try net­work­ing with her. It’s amaz­ing. Hudl was the vehi­cle we used to build her brand and get her name out there. I put some high­lights togeth­er and peo­ple went nuts. It caught fire.”

The high­lights are great for attract­ing the big fish, but Gius­to said they’re par­tic­u­lar­ly impact­ful for small­er schools. Many Divi­sion II, Divi­sion III and NAIA schools don’t have the mon­ey to trav­el all over the coun­try and watch club tour­na­ments. But if those coach­es catch a high­light video, they might be intrigued enough to dig deeper.

If you think about DII, DIII, NAIA coach­es, they don’t have the bud­gets that these Divi­sion I coach­es have,” Gius­to said. They rely on us trav­el coach­es or par­ents to send them the film. If I don’t send them game film, they don’t get to see them play.”

The high­lights also helped Gius­to grow the Future’s brand. The program’s web­site fea­tures high­light videos of sev­er­al play­ers, and by shar­ing them out on social media, Gius­to was able to estab­lish a strong local following. 

But that’s not as impor­tant to Gius­to as get­ting his play­ers noticed, and Hudl’s high­lights have helped him do that. Though Gius­to no longer coach­es with the Future, he’s seen the pow­er high­lights can have in get­ting a play­er noticed.

Coach­es can’t always get in the car or get on a plane and get to your games phys­i­cal­ly,” Gius­to said. It’s an oppor­tu­ni­ty for us to show them. The high­lights are a great way to get their atten­tion through social media. The girls do a great job of pro­mot­ing themselves.”

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