Begin to compile a list of possible colleges to consider after consulting with your varsity coach and with the counseling office. Complete the NCAA Clearinghouse registration.
Fill out the online questionnaire for prospective athletes that nearly every college has on its website. Ask your coaches to follow up with the college coaches after you've sent in your questionnaire. Send your personal profile and game tape to the coaches. Consult with the Notre Dame Academy Athletic Department and Counselers for advice on what to send.
Ask your ND Academy coach to follow up with the college coaches you are reaching out to so they can share information about you with them. Take advantage of any Junior Days you are invited to (where college coaches bring their junior recruits on campus to learn about the school and program). You must be invited by the college coach to attend their Junior Day – it is not something you invite yourself to.
Late in the school year, contact the coaches of schools you're interested in with updates on grades and sports accomplishments, summer schedules, etc.
Participate in your sport and maximize your exposure. Attend camps where you have the best possibility to increase your skills and to be seen by those coaches from colleges in which you are interested.
Have copies of your transcript, SAT/ACT scores, and senior class schedule available to send to coaches, particularly those you intend to visit.
Tentatively plan “unofficial visits” to your top schools during the late spring and summer. Be proactive — if you are very interested in a particular school, make sure they know it. You should also begin to plan official visits for your senior year: you are allowed 5 official visits (paid for by the college).