Honors College Theses

Publication Date



Sport Management (B.S.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Christina Gipson


The collegiate athletic recruitment process is the pathway for some student-athletes to continue to play sports in college. The purpose of the recruitment process to play college athletics is to establish academic success and create connections with the recruiting coaches and staff. A major benefit that college athletics can provide is scholarships to student-athletes so that they can continue their education. The purpose of this study was to conduct a systematic review of current literature to connect studies of the collegiate athletic recruiting process. In this study, a systematic review was conducted using academic research centered on high school athletes and their knowledge of the recruiting process. The study was conducted using an integrative approach to systematic review to determine what is currently known about the recruitment process among high school athletes. The data collection process is ongoing and will be completed in March of 2023.

Thesis Summary

For this thesis, a systematic review was conducted researching literature about high school athlete's knowledge of the recruitment process. The recruitment process includes all the communication between the athletes and the college coaches of their sport and eligibility requirements set by the NCAA. This review found studies that connected elements of the recruitment process to determine how aware high school athletes are of this process.