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Pac 12 Breakout Player. Jacob Alsadek.

Right guard Jacob Alsadek crashes Pac-12’s top 15 breakout players The dirty work done in the trenches by the big nasties of the offensive line is usually ignored by the media. In the rare occasion when they gain notoriety, the fame is usually reserved for the left tackles who protect a quarterback’s blindside. However, the […]

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LA Lakers. Is Jeanie Buss Really Running Things

When will Jeanie Buss start running the Laker front office? The “Showtime” Los Angeles Lakers have lost their mojo. The storied organization that has won 16 NBA titles on the broad shoulders of some of the greatest players of all time, like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson, has quickly become one of the worst teams in […]

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College Rugby

Intercollegiate rugby is the next big thing Intercollegiate rugby is not just a game played by bearded warriors with impossibly high pain thresholds. It’s now arguably America’s fastest growing sport for both men and women. Participation has been in the rise for years and there are currently 1.2 million Americans playing, including 32,000 participants at […]

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How to Know If a College Coach is Interested in You

Once you have put in the work of identifying schools and reaching out to coaches, your list of potential colleges will takes shape based on what coaches are interested in you. Not every program you contact is going to be interested in you and not all coaches’ interest is the same. It is important you know […]

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How do Division 1 Colleges Find Recruits?

Big time DI college sports are the dreams for a lot of athletes and families. It’s no secret this level of sports is big business with billions of dollars being generated through TV and commercial contracts. College coaches at this level are among the highest paid coaches in their profession and they know the life […]

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How to Negotiate a Better Athletic Scholarship Offer

The idea of getting a four year full-ride athletic scholarship is the dream for many athletes and families. As the reality of the recruiting process sets in, you realize how rare athletic scholarships are and how infrequently athletes receive full-rides. If you are fortunate enough to be offered scholarship money, you might be surprised how […]

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Do Walk-Ons Have Something to Sign on Signing Day?

The early signing period for many schools begins next week. These events are a wonderful celebration of a student athlete’s hard work and represent years of dedication on behalf of athletes and their families. One of the questions we get from a family or an athletes is, “will I have anything to sign on signing […]

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Am I Good Enough to Get a Track and Field Scholarship?

If you are trying to get a track and field scholarship you need to find a program where you can be one of the best athletes in your event and score points at the conference/national level. Many athletes or parents of athletes are looking for over all time, distance or height requirements to get a […]

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NCAA Rules Loopholes for Contacting Coaches

The NCAA rules around when and how college coaches can contact recruits are very poorly understood by the majority of new recruits and families. The biggest source of confusion is the fact NCAA rules say coaches can’t contact a recruit until Sep 1st of their Junior Year but athletes are routinely committing to and talking […]

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How Coaches Evaluate Character in the Recruiting Process

One of my favorite sports quotes comes from the legendary coach John Wooden who said “sports don’t build character, they reveal it.” Increasingly, character is becoming an important part of the recruiting process. College coaches are no longer only evaluating an athlete on their athletic and academic abilities, they are also looking to see what kind of a […]

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The Difference Between Generic and Serious Interest from a Coach

As a recruit or family it can be difficult to feel like you are making progress in recruiting when coaches send what feel like impersonal emails. People are wise enough to know, generic letters and camp invites don’t constitute serious recruiting interest. When trying to determine if a coach is interested, it is easy to […]

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What does it Mean When a Coach Says: Trying to Get You an Offer?

Some of the best advice comes from the questions others families and recruits ask. While no two recruits are the same, there are a lot of common questions and relatable situations that can be applied to your recruiting. In this post I share an excellent question about getting a scholarship offer from a coach. “I […]

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It’s Not a Coach’s Job to Give Scholarships

The topics of scholarship offers and dollar amounts are regular sources of frustration in the recruiting process. Most athletes and families over estimate how common and how big scholarship offers are and they get discouraged if a coach doesn’t make a big offer. Below I share some of the most common situations where athletes and […]

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Timeless Advice on Dealing With College Coaches

Bill Pennington is a writer for the New York Times. Back in 2008 when his children were going through the recruiting process, he wrote many excellent articles detailing the various aspects of recruiting and scholarships. One of my favorite pieces was “Recruits Clamor for More From Coaches With Less.” In it, he interviews several college […]

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Are You Good Enough to Play for the School You Want

Research doesn’t sound like something you would expect to be doing when it comes to college recruiting, but it plays a critical role in identifying the schools with the best scholarship opportunities. When looking for a scholarship, you need to find a school where you can come in and be one of the better players […]

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It Isn’t Easy to Get Recruited on Your Own

If you contact almost any company that helps athletes in the recruiting process you will hear a similar story about why they started. Usually the founder got themselves or their child recruited on their own and after realizing how difficult of a process was, decided to start a service that makes the process easier. How […]

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The Truth Behind Really Early Scholarship Offers

Every year there are stories of scholarship offers made to 7th, 8th and 9th graders. This year has been especially busy with stories showing up every few days. Recruiting companies (we are guilty of this as well) love to use this as a selling point that you must start the recruiting process early! While the […]

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Criticisms for Early Recruiting Missing the Mark

There are over 270 comments and climbing on a recent New York Times article chronicling the increased number of early commits made by college recruits. People are upset at the idea that families and recruits are being asked (some say forced) into deciding on a sport and college in the 8th and 9th grade. The […]

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I Heard Back From the Coach, Now What?

We spend a lot of time discussing how to begin the recruiting process. It can be difficult to get the attention of the coach and universities that are right for you. Whether you are emailing coaches on your own or using our online profiles to get discovered, the first step is to have 5-10 coaches […]

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How to Avoid Wasting Money on Camps

I received an e-mail from a parent asking several great questions about choosing camps for their athlete to attend. I wanted to share the questions and my answers as  blog because in my experience, many families struggle with the same problems. How do you handle the overflow of invitations to camps? Which ones should you […]

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Can You Handle What Happens at Elite Camps and Combines?

You know the expression, “Be careful what you wish for”? It applies to the elite athlete Spring/Summer camps and showcases held every year. These camps are often hyper-focused on one thing – finding the best talent and having them compete against one another.  Although some of these camps are invite only, many are open to […]

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Getting Answers to Your NCAA Questions

As an organization that helps athletes and families with the recruiting process, we get a fair share of questions about dealing with the NCAA. The most important thing to understand about the NCAA is that it is designed to serve the universities and not the general public. This means they are there to answer questions […]

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The Difference in Recruiting for a Five Star and No Star Recruit

If you are basing your expectations of the recruiting process on what you see happening to the biggest recruits in your sport, you are setting up for disappointment. The difference between a 5-star recruit and a no-star recruit is a lot more than five stars. This doesn’t mean you can’t get recruited or that you […]

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The Questions You Need Answered From Each School on Your List

There are literally hundreds of questions you could ask college coaches. The more you learn about the recruiting process and scholarships, your list of questions grow. Whether you are just getting started with recruiting or have been communicating with coaches for several months, below is a set of basic questions you need to have answers […]

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Writing a Subject Line for Your Emails to College Coaches

Before you can get a coach to read and respond to your email, you need to get them to open it. You might have a perfect personalized email with a link to your online profile and video but if your subject line looks generic or uninteresting, they might skip right over it. There is no […]

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Common Traits of Successful Recruits

For over 10 years we have been helping athletes and families find scholarship opportunities by utilizing online recruiting tools. Over that time we have spoken with all types of recruits and seen amazing results, both positive and negative. We’ve seen top DI talent end up without a team to play for and athletes get scholarships […]

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Going from Junior College, to DII Walk-On to Changing Sports and on a Scholarship

In high school, I was never a good enough athlete to catch a coach’s attention based on my athletic achievements. At the time, I thought this was because I wasn’t good enough to be a college athlete, but now realize it was because I didn’t know how the recruiting process worked. I ran cross country […]

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When It Is Okay to Ask a Coach About a Scholarship

Too many athletes I speak with and whose emails I read are asking coaches about scholarships in the first few emails or phone calls. The only thing this is going to get you, is ignored from that coach. Coaches know athletes want a scholarship, but they also know they only have a limited number to […]

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A Coach Contacted Me and Now Won’t Respond

One of the most difficult things to do is get college coaches to notice you and begin recruiting you. That’s why when you get your first letters from coaches you get so excited and you should be. But what happens often times is an athlete responds to the coaches, fills out a recruiting questionnaire and […]

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Lessons From Athletes Who Transfer Colleges

The rate of athletes transferring colleges is growing every year. I get a lot of questions from recruits and parents about what their options are and many times, athletes have no choice but to lose a year of eligibility. This article is for athletes and parents of athletes who are trying to identify the right […]

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NCAA Recruiting Calendar September 1st

September 1st and the NCAA Recruiting Calendar

September 1st is considered a big day in recruiting because it signifies important dates for when NCAA DI schools can begin contacting senior recruits. It’s important to understand what rules change September 1, but more important is understanding the NCAA Recruiting Calendar and how you can take advantage of the rules to get ahead in […]

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Some Schools Lose A Lot and That’s a Good Thing For You

It happens every year where athletes who aren’t particularly great at their sport basically walk into a scholarship opportunity or makes a team at a school. You are spending hours every week on your recruiting and it seems like you are getting nowhere. Why is it so easy for these athletes? The answer is, some […]

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Insider Secrets to Finding Scholarships and Opportunities at the College Level

This article describes specific situations that happen in the recruiting process where you as a recruit have an advantage. These are situations where the athletes I have worked with have taken the opportunity to get scholarships or roster spots at their dream schools. When a New Coach Comes In When a program brings in a […]

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What to write in an email to a college coach

The Mistake 90% of Athletes Make When Emailing College Coaches

One of the dirty little secrets about recruiting is that it is easier than it has ever been for college coaches to find recruits. What hasn’t changed, is that they don’t have the time to sift through all of these recruits in order to find the few that are actually right for their school. This […]

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How to Graduate Early from High School

For a long time, the NCAA was mostly concerned with athletes graduating late from high school. Athletes who were short on their core courses or just wanted another year to develop physically would be held back or attend a year or two of prep school. And during those extra years, athletes might load up on […]

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The Unwritten Code of the College Walk-On

Every college program tries to recruit the best athletes they can and offers them great scholarships to choose their school over another. What almost never get’s talked about, is that while a college team might be driven by a coach and the star players, it runs on the unheralded walk-on. The majority of college athletes […]

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What Your Local College Recruiting Story Isn’t Telling You

All across the country newspapers publish stories about the local star athletes who are getting recruited by the top college coaches. These are great stories meant to fill communities in on what’s happening with their top local prep athletes. Unfortunately, these are also the stories that many parents and athletes use are their bases for […]

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How Do I Get College Coaches to Watch Me Play?

More than any other single event in the recruiting process, athletes and parents equate seeing scouts and coaches at your games as the sign that you are being seriously recruited. It is certainly true that if a school is going to send staff to come watch you play you are on their radar. What most […]

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5 Most Common Questions From National Signing Day

Signing Day is one of the busiest days for our websites. We get hundreds of calls, emails, and questions on social media. We do our best to answer everything we can, but we don’t always get to everyone. Because there are many people with the same questions, below are the 5 most popular questions from […]

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What the New NCAA Rules Mean For You

The NCAA passed proposed rule changes on January 19th. The new rules will take effect starting August 1st of this year. I am not going to cover all 26 proposed rules but instead focus on the rules that are going to impact your recruiting the most. Welcome to the Wild West of Recruiting The goal […]

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Do You Make These Recruiting Mistakes in the College Recruiting Process?

The college recruiting process can confuse athletes and lead them to commit many recruiting mistakes. Below is a collection of resources we have shared with athletes over the last year that will help you avoid making the recruiting mistakes that often plague athletes and complicate their college recruiting process. Creating and Sharing a Bad Recruiting […]

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How to Understand NCAA Basketball Recruiting and Maximize Your Scholarship Opportunities

The NCAA recruiting process for basketball is different than any other sport, so basketball players that want to find a scholarship opportunity must learn when coaches can scout and evaluate them. Men’s Basketball Recruiting: the Recruiting Period and the Evaluation Period A recruiting period is a time during the school year defined by the NCAA […]

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Lacrosse Contact Period: How Prospects can Become College Lacrosse Recruits

What is a Contact Period? First, let’s start by defining a contact period: A contact period is a set time determined by the NCAA when coaches can contact athletes. It isn’t the only time an athlete and a coach can speak with each other, but there are less restrictions on communication. Coaches are allowed face-to-face contact […]

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Recruiting Profile

Are You Ready to Learn About Recruiting Profiles?

Understanding Recruiting Profiles A recruiting profile can be your link to communicating with college coaches. This is where you can tell college coaches all about yourself both academically and athletically. As a potential recruit, it’s your job to make your recruitment happen. Below you will learn how recruiting profiles are used and how they benefit […]

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Winter Break Recruiting Checklist:Improve Your College Recruiting with this Helpful Guide

For student-athletes, winter vacation brings a much-needed break in school and gives athletes time to evaluate where they stand in regard to finding an athletic scholarship, and what they can do to correct their course, or to increase their chances. Things You Can Do During Winter Break to Get Recruited: Freshman Research Schools: You are […]

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College Soccer Showcases: Where to Find Them and Why They Are Beneficial to Your Recruitment

Soccer Showcases are intended to help boost a player’s recruitment. Showcases give recruits time to play and be evaluated by college coaches. Keep in mind that earning a spot on a college team takes a lot of work; attending one showcase will not be your golden ticket to landing on a college team, but it […]

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Most Top Football Recruits are Already Verbally Committed

Last week we discussed the CIF football playoffs and the recruiting mistakes athletes commit when waiting until late in their career to start thinking about recruiting. Now we shift the focus to several athletes on the teams playing for state championships to learn where they are in the recruiting process, and what that means for […]

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How to Get a Cross Country Scholarship

The quiet period for NCAA cross country begins Monday, December 10, and with the exception of a brief dead period from December 16-21, runs until January 2, 2013. Athletes must know what the NCAA recruiting calendar looks like for their sport so they can plan out different phases of their personal recruiting process, and cross […]

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Swimming in College: The Fastest Way to Contact College Coaches

College Swimming Up and coming swimmers and divers might be under the impression that if you post good times and scores, then you will have no problems getting college swimming and diving coaches attention.  This will always be true for top recruits, but if you aren’t, then you need to go about your recruitment a little […]

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CIF Football Playoffs: How to Steer Clear of These Big Recruiting Mistakes

It’s the time of year when high school football championships, like our local CIF football playoffs, take place. So many potential recruits across the country have worked so hard for this- the opportunity to play on a big stage where college coaches are going to discover them. That’s no different here in California, where the […]

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Why You Need Good Questions to Ask a College Coach on Recruiting

Too often we see athletes take the wrong approach to contacting a college coach. If you plan on becoming a serious candidate for an athletic scholarship, then when you contact a college coach you must have good questions to ask them on recruiting. Picking The Right Questions to Ask a College Coach Will Help Show […]

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Are You Ready to Play Basketball in College?

Balancing the Basketball Season and Your Basketball Recruitment Just because it’s time to get serious on the court you don’t have to halt all your recruitment progress during the season. Basketball recruitment is fierce and you are going to be up against major competition, which is why you need to have a solid game plan. […]

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Becoming informed one each of your target schools will help get coaches to notice you

How to Get Noticed by College Coaches and Scouts

So you’ve read some of our previous articles about the importance of researching colleges and contacting coaches at those schools, and now you are ready to get your name out there to coaches. But, simply sending a plain, generic email out to coaches won’t get you recruited. You want to know how to get college coaches and scouts […]

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3 Expert Tips to Help You Find the Best Wrestling College

High school wrestlers dream of one day competing at the college level, but just like anything else it takes hard work and dedication to find a college to wrestle for. Wrestlers are among the hardest training athletes, so don’t let all that time spent sweating through grueling practices to make weight go to waste by […]

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How to Get Better at Basketball and Improve Your Recruiting With iHoops

iHoops.com is a website that every basketball player, parent of a player, or coach should visit if they want to improve their skills and knowledge of the game of basketball. iHoops is a joint venture between the NCAA and the NBA created to increase the quality of youth basketball. They aim to improve the education […]

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5 Lessons for Recruits From the Minnesota Gopher's AJ Barker Fiasco

How to Avoid Making the Same Mistakes as AJ Barker

Junior walk-on AJ Barker, the Minnesota Gophers’ leading receiver, abruptly quit the team this past Sunday, November 18th. His reason for leaving stemmed from a dispute between Barker, head coach Jerry Kill, and the athletic training staff. Barker injured his ankle October 27th while scoring a touchdown vs. Purdue. The trainers and coaches felt that […]

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Gymnastics Recruitng Period

Recent News about the Gymnastics Recruiting Period

Paving the way to be a successful gymnastic recruit is going to take plenty of skill and a lot of motivation. There are many avenues you can take in your recruitment, but ultimately, if you plan on earning a gymnastics scholarship then you need to know and understand the requirements surrounding college gymnastics recruiting. College Gymnastics […]

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The Dead Period and What It Means for Your Recruiting

The NCAA Dead Period The dead period may sound like a time when an athlete can’t do anything to help their recruiting, but really the NCAA dead period rules just prohibits face-to-face contact between coaches and athletes. During the dead period, athletes cannot meet with a coach anywhere, including on campus or at their high […]

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Stay Ahead of the Trend in Soccer Recruiting

Stay Ahead of the Trend in Soccer Recruiting

On Thursday November 15, 2012, the NCAA tournament to crown the division I men’s soccer champion gets underway. Many familiar teams will enter the tournament with aspirations of taking the crown, but a new trend in recruiting has altered the landscape of the top NCAA contenders: international student athletes are getting recruited more, and they […]

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Don’t Miss College Application Deadlines

Don’t Miss College Application Deadlines

High School Senior Student-athletes Have a Busy Year Ahead We know senioritis is quite contagious. It makes you want to kick-back and relax during your last year of high school, but if you are a student-athlete there really is no time to waste until a college acceptance letter is in your hands with the words: “YOU HAVE […]

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A Championship Contender Built Different Than the Rest

How Junior College Can Improve Your Chances of Getting a Scholarship

In the 11th week of the college football season, Kansas State sits at number two in the BCS standings. No one predicted that in the fourth week of BCS polling that Kansas State, who began the season ranked number 22 in the AP Poll, would play defending-champs Alabama for a national title if the season […]

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Why You Should Find the Right AAU or Travel Basketball Team

Why You Should Find the Right AAU or Travel Basketball Team

Need a Reason to Find a Club Basketball Team? Take it from Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant, Josh Smith, Dajuan Wagner, J.R. Smith, Tim Thomas and Anthony Davis– all professional players who grew up playing on an Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball team. Playing for an AAU team provides one of the best advantages for young basketball […]

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What You Should Do After the Early Signing Period

What You Should Do After the Early Signing Period

Our first article about the early signing period talks about the benefits of signing an NLI and how athletes can receive an early scholarship offer. Now, our focus shifts to an analysis of what happens after the early signing period and what this time means for other student-athletes that did not sign an NLI. Now the Dust […]

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Academic Eligibility: Athletes Need to Counsel Themselves

The story of Corynne Notz and Calhan High school is a cautionary tale for every prospective student-athlete. Corynne was all set to play her freshman year at Colorado Christian University when the university discovered that two of her courses were not approved by the NCAA. That resulted in Corynne not being certified as a qualifier, […]

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Want to Sign a National Letter of Intent During the Early Signing Period?

Want to Sign a National Letter of Intent During the Early Signing Period?

Every athlete that receives a scholarship to an NCAA division I school or a division II school must sign a National Letter of Intent (NLI). From November 14, 2012 through November 21, 2012, athletes in sports other than football, field hockey, soccer, track and field, cross country, and men’s water polo can sign an NLI […]

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AAU and Club Volleyball Teams Help You Get a Scholarship: Tryouts Start in November

AAU and Club Volleyball Teams Help You Get a Scholarship: Tryouts Start in November

One avenue an athlete can take as they decide to proceed in competing in their sport throughout high school and during college is to play on a competitive volleyball club team. This type of competition not only helps athletes develop their skills, it also helps them to realize if they want to continue competing in […]

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You Can Get Money to Play Sports at a Division III College

You Can Get Money to Play Sports at a Division III College

Sometimes athletes must dig deep to find a playing opportunity. Less than two percent of high school athletes end up playing at a NCAA Division I school or a Division II school. That leaves 98 percent of athletes to either give up on their dream of continuing their athletic career or to compete at an […]

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This is How to Start Getting Recruited

This is How to Start Getting Recruited

Athletes, you are one of a kind; you are dedicated, you are hard-working and you are competitive. You understand that if you want something bad enough you have to work hard to achieve it- which is exactly what you should do when it comes to your recruitment. Be ready to take on your recruitment just […]

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How to Jump-start Your College Recruiting if You Hit a Roadblock

How to Jump-start Your College Recruiting if You Hit a Roadblock

Did you get off to a good start in your college recruiting, but have since hit a road block? Maybe you received some initial interest from coaches, played at a few camps, and even registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center; but now, the trail has gone cold. Don’t declare your college opportunities dead just yet. There are […]

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International Students: Look at Junior College for Opportunities in the United States

International Students: Look at Junior College for Opportunities in the United States

No matter what country an athlete comes from, international students who want to play at a college in the United States face a task that can feel intimidating. For international athletes, simply getting a coach’s attention tends to require more effort than it would from an equally-skilled American student-athlete. That shouldn’t stop an international looking for […]

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Start Your College Recruiting

4 Ways To Make Your College Recruitment Happen

You can think there is going to be an easy way to get college scouts to see you, but if you realize early that there isn’t a magic button you will be better prepared. So stop searching the internet hoping to find a way to get coaches and scouts attention, when you’ve done nothing to spike their interest in […]

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Don't Let Injuries Stop Your College Recruiting

Don’t Let Injuries Stop Your College Recruiting

There are many obstacles on the path of college recruiting. Injuries are one of the first that come to mind, and not many people have been bitten by the injury bug quite like soccer player and Delran, Pennsylvania senior John Verzi. In his first three years of high school Verzi has had six surgeries on […]

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Emailing Coaches: This is How You Get a Coach to Respond to Emails

Emailing Coaches: This is How You Get a Coach to Respond to Emails

If you’ve started your athletic career without worrying about how to continue playing sports in college then you may have already dug yourself into a deep hole. This is the mentality high school athletes need to shake from their system if they plan to make it as a college athlete. Junior and senior year is […]

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Five Ways to Tell You Are Getting Recruited By a College Coach

Five Ways to Tell If You Are Getting Recruited By a College Coach

At Athnet, we constantly talk to high school athletes and their families about college recruiting. They always want to know if coach has serious interest in them and what things will tell them they are being recruited. The way a coach responds and acts to these five interactions will help you determine how seriously a […]

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It Doesn't Always Happen This Way: A Top Football Player's Great Transfer Experiance

It Doesn’t Always Happen This Way: A Top Football Player’s Great Transfer Experience

We have talked in the past about how the transfer process doesn’t always go smoothly for athletes and about how it’s much more complicatedthan athletes expect. But sometimes athletes graduate from college with a degree prior to using all of their eligibility. Some athletes in this situation need to transfer to another school to earn a graduate […]

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Preparing for Official Visits

Preparing for Official Visits

Now that most senior prospects have started their final year of high school, official visits to college campuses are in full swing. Official visits are often the final piece of the puzzle in the recruiting process for prospects. When a coach brings an athlete in on an official visit, they are often beginning to invest […]

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Having the Right Expectations for Your Child Will Lead to More Scholarship Opportunities

Having The Right Expectations for Your Child Will Lead to More Scholarship Opportunities

The breakdown in recruiting often happens when players and parents expectations are too high. At times, it turns into a case where parents push their child toward a university too competitive for them, in hopes of earning an athletic scholarship; which then leads to frustration when those top colleges don’t reciprocate the same interest. The Results […]

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One of the Fastest Ways to Lose a Scholarship Offer

One of the Fastest Ways to Lose a Scholarship Offer

An angry mother recently wrote a letter to administrators at Texas Tech University complaining that her son was mistreated by former head coach Billy Gillispie. The mother accused Gillispie of berating her son during a camp for high school athletes last summer for overthrowing a pass to another player. Other (college) athletes have complained to the […]

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Top College Coaches and Tips on College Recruiting

Top College Coaches and Tips on College Recruiting

Potential college recruits shouldn’t look at recruiting as something that they can put in a little effort a couple of times a year and still expect to receive the scholarship offer of their dreams. It’s something that no matter what time of the year it is, you are always doing a little bit of work […]

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Can You Handle the Life of a College Athlete?

Can You Handle the Life of a College Athlete?

No one can prepare you to play college sports. With that said, will you be ready to become a college athlete knowing your college experience will be unlike that of the rest of the student-body population? It’s Important For Potential College Recruits to Get a Sense of College Living Before Heading off to School The […]

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One Recruit's Incredible Feat Matched By Another Recruit

One Recruit’s Incredible Feat Matched By Another Recruit

College recruiting is simple, right? Play well in your sport and coaches and scouts from all the top schools will find you; all you have to do is pick the best offer and sign on the dotted line. Think again. No matter how good of an athlete you are, there’s someone else out there just […]

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A Look at Today's College Recruiting Landscape

A Look at Today’s College Recruiting Landscape

An article written by Charlie Adams for the NCSA Blog describes the changes in college athletic recruiting he has seen in the last 30 years. 30 years ago, recruiting wasn’t quite the fast-paced environment like it does today. You didn’t see 8th graders being offered verbal commitments, and there wasn’t nearly as much media coverage […]

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Avoid Losing Eligibility Due to Delayed Enrollment

Avoid Losing Eligibility Due to Delayed Enrollment

Cases where an athlete loses a season of eligibility because he or she delayed enrollment in college are normally pretty shocking. The athlete often has no idea that he or she risked eligibility by not starting college. The athlete might have not had any options at the time to start college when they graduated from […]

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The Ultimate Goal: Going Pro

The Ultimate Goal: Going Pro

Turning pro is a dream for athletes who have worked their butt off their entire life and sacrificed so much for their sport. It’s an honor to be considered one of the elite considering the amount of high school athletes who actually become professional athletes is somewhere in the .11% range. Here is what NCAA […]

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Four Things You Must Know Before You Transfer

Four Things You Must Know Before You Transfer

High school athletes who want to get recruited sometimes jump on the first offer or opportunity they come across, but hidden complexities in the NCAA transfer process make it more difficult to transfer than most athletes expect. Nerman Delic, a defensive tackle at Kentucky, illustrates why the transfer process requires thought before action. Delic recently […]

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The Recruiting Advantage Every Athlete Should Use

The Recruiting Advantage Every Athlete Should Use

Potential college recruits are constantly looking for an advantage over other athletes. Well, exploring local colleges and universities is an obvious advantage that athletes often overlook. Coaches’ recruiting budgets don’t allow them to get out on the road as much as most people expect, leading them to recruit local athletes quite often. Learn how to […]

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Understanding the NCAA's Changes to Academic Standards for International Students

Understanding the NCAA’s Changes to Academic Standards for International Students

The Bible for international prospects who want to play college athletics in Division I or Division II is the NCAA Guide to International Academic Standards for Athletics Eligibility. In the guide are the rules the NCAA uses to translate international academic systems to the NCAA initial eligibility guidelines that are based on the American school […]

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Don't Underestimate the Pressure of College Sports

Don’t Underestimate the Pressure of College Sports

Did you know there are over 3 million athletes competing in high school sports? When you compare that to the nearly 200,000 NCAA athletes competing, you may think your chances of playing at the college level are slim. If you are looking only at the numbers, then yes, your chances are slim. But if you […]

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Set You Expectations Early: Not All Recruits Get to Play

Set Your Expectations Early: Not All Recruits Get to Play

Lane Kiffen said something that we wish all recruits (football players especially) could hear: “If you really study the country, you’re probably going to find maybe 5 impact true freshman around the country that truly impact their team. Your Marquis Lee’s, DeAnthony Thomas’, your Sammy Watkins’, those types of guys, yet there are 35 five-star […]

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When It Comes to Recruiting, Think Outside the Box

When It Comes to Recruiting, Think Outside the Box

If you are a serious recruit, then you need to read this and learn why in today’s highly competitive world of college sports you need to stand out if you want a scholarship. Potential recruits need to quickly learn all they can about the recruitment process so they can devise a strategic recruitment plan. If […]

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Univerisity of Oregon Raises the Bar With its New 'Quack Cave'

University of Oregon Raises the Bar With its New ‘Quack Cave’

Most college sports fans are familiar with the University of Oregon’s close relationship with Nike and the benefits that come with their relationship. The Ducks typically bring out trendy new jerseys each season, and the Casanova Center is a state of the art training facility funded by Nike co-founder Phil Knight. Well, Oregon recently unveiled […]

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How is Your Recruiting Going to Change September 1st?

On September 1st the NCAA opens the doors on college recruiting for upper classman. For all Junior’s that is the date D1 and D2 coaches can officially begin to send emails, letters and accept your social media request. For senior football players coaches will be allowed to start calling once per week starting Saturday. This […]

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Understanding Initial Eligibility Waivers

Understanding Initial Eligibility Waivers

When Washington State announced that Que Johnson had been ruled a partial qualifier by the NCAA, it lead to a bit of confusion. Partial qualifiers have not existed in Division I since August 2005, when a set of new initial eligibility standards became effective. Partial qualifiers will return as “academic redshirts” in 2016, but for […]

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Georgia Coach Mark Richt Shows Junior College Can Get You Recruited

Georgia Coach Mark Richt Shows Junior College Can Get You Recruited

Junior college can help athletes in all sports get a little more experience prior to attending a four-year school. For some athletes in certain sports, like football and to some extent basketball, junior college can be a necessary stepping stone to playing in the NCAA. Some Coaches Really Like Junior College Athletes Georgia football coach […]

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Strategies to Help Get Early Scholarship Offers

Strategies to Help You Get Early Scholarship Offers

In the majority of our blogs we highlight how top recruits go through a slightly different process than the rest of potential college prospects. We want recruits of all abilities to learn the ins and outs of college recruiting, and the best  way we can show you this is by telling you what you see […]

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College Coaches Use Social Media for Recruiting

College Coaches Use Social Media for Recruiting

Social media, and mostly Twitter, has entrenched itself in the college recruiting world, and it’s only going to continue to dig in deeper. Social media allows information to travel at basically instantaneous speed, which makes it the perfect vehicle for coaches to learn more about recruits, and vice-versa. We love to talk about social media at Athnet. […]

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Rodney Purvis non qualifier

Conferences, Not NCAA, Keep Nonqualifiers Out of School

One of the most stressful times for a college athlete is waiting for their initial eligibility status to clear. The NCAA Eligibility Center certifies athletes as qualifiers or non-qualifiers, and so they hold many of the cards for athletes waiting to be cleared. Delays; going back and forth between the Eligibility Center, high school, prospect […]

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Make Sure You Know The New NCAA Eligibility Standards

In just a few weeks, a brand new group of high school students will start both their athletic and academic careers. Because of the way a bunch of rules in Division I combine together, the start of high school is extremely important. Once a student starts the ninth grade, they have 10 years and must […]

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Seven Strategies College Coaches Use to Find Players

Seven Strategies College Coaches Use to Find Players

One of the most common questions we answer for potential student-athletes is “How will coaches find me?” This sounds like it should be a straight forward answer, but unfortunately it is not. It is our job to explain to recruits that there is no set formula college coaches use to find you. College recruits and […]

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Tips For Potential College Walk-ons

Tips For Potential College Walk-ons

A great question was posted on one of our favorite recruiting blogs, Coach Thurmond’s College Golf Recruiting Blog. A recruit asked him, “For the Walk-On Tryout in September, do I just show up and play, or is there a registration process?” Not all Athletes are Scholarship Athletes We have discussed walking-on as a topic before, […]

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The Top Recruits Have What Most Recruits Don't

The Top Recruits Have What Most Recruits Don’t

Student-athletes need to realize when it comes to their recruitment the more they do to get their name out to coaches the better their chances of being offered a spot on a college team. It is extremely important for potential recruits to realize their  skill level and to understand where they stand on the playing […]

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Should You Play For a Coach Who Commits Violations?

Should You Play For a Coach Who Commits Violations?

While it might seem like every coach in college athletics is committing serious recruiting violations, that is not the case. The overwhelming majority of prospects, even in the revenue sports like football and basketball, will not be offered money, gifts, or services to enroll at a certain school. Even if it is common among top […]

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Las Vegas Recruiting Showcase: What Athletes Can Learn

Las Vegas Recruiting Showcase: What Athletes Can Learn

If you want to get recruited by college coaches, attending summer camps and showcases is a must. We’ve talked about it before, but taking the right steps before you attend camps and showcases can make all the difference between getting a scholarship and not getting a scholarship. Collin Host, a senior set to graduate in […]

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A Plyometric Training Regimen to Fuel Your College Recruiting

A Plyometric Training Regimen to Fuel Your College Recruiting

  Sport Plyometric Programming Physiologically, plyometric jumping exercises put a very high demand on the tendons , muscles, and neuromuscular system of the hip, knee and ankle joints. The learning and perfection of jumping skills must be technically correct and specific to the athlete’s age, sport and physical development. Restricted use of the exercises in […]

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Lacrosse Proves to Help One Football Recruit Get Better

Lacrosse Proves to Help One Football Recruit Get Better

Serious athletes take all aspects of their training into consideration; they are always looking for ways to improve and be the best. You may think that because you are a two-sport athlete that you are doing all the work you need because you are always working out, getting stronger and training. No doubt, being a […]

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Learn More About a Potential School With This Information

Learn More About a Potential School With This Information

We talk about what to look for in a school in terms of athletics quite often, but athletes sometimes overlook the academic aspect of the recruiting process, even though academics and athletics are equally important. Here are some things to look at when researching the academic side of college opportunities. Admission Requirements Academics play a larger […]

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What an Early Scholarship Offer Really Means

What an Early Scholarship Offer Really Means

Getting offered a scholarship is one of the most exciting moments for a high school athlete. It means the validation of years of effort, it can be the start of an exciting, if confusing, journey through the recruiting process, and a relief for many athletes and families. When that offer comes as an eighth grader […]

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Lessons From a Top 30 Basketball Recruit

Lessons From a Top 30 Basketball Recruit

When most athletes think about preparing for their college recruitment, they picture themselves working harder in the gym or maybe attending showcases and combines so they can have the opportunity to play in front of college coaches and increase their exposure. Many athletes don’t choose to think about helping their recruitment by putting in more […]

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What Happens to Athletes When a School Cuts a Sport?

What Happens to Athletes When a School Cuts a Sport?

The University of Maryland recently announced that they will cut seven sports teams from competition for the 2012-2013 school year. In the past, we have written about how funding for college sports may have a different impact on your recruiting, but this story goes even deeper to highlight the issues around money behind college sports. […]

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Schools Use Flexible Scholarship Limits to Get More Athletes Aid

Schools Use Flexible Scholarship Limits to Get More Athletes Aid

When choosing a school, whether or not the university can offer a scholarship and how big that scholarship might be are critical questions for prospects. Once a prospect starts being offered athletic scholarships, the ability of a school to offer a scholarship is often the first requirement for the prospect to consider that school. Walk-on […]

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Don't Lose Eligibility Because of Travel Team Associations

Don’t Lose Eligibility Because of Travel Team Associations

The NCAA has focused on limiting the influence coaches at top AAU basketball teams have in the college recruiting process in recent years, and they are continuing to crack down on the issue due to athlete eligibility issues. Playing on a club or AAU team is a key part of the recruiting process; they allow […]

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Simple Steps to Make College Recruiting Easier for You

Simple Steps to Make College Recruiting Easier for You

When you hear the word character brought up in the recruitment process, you probably don’t think much of it. Most recruits believe they are just fine in the character department and would rather dedicate their time to playing and getting their name out there. They don’t understand that having good character traits will help them […]

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Steve Spurrier Shows How to Take the Right Approach to Recruiting Camps

Spurrier said they had over 400 kids come to a one-day camp at SC today from places as far as FL and NJ. — Kristi Dosh (@SportsBizMiss) July 17, 2012 2012 marks Steve Spurrier’s 20th appearance at SEC Media Day. Spurrier’s first appearance came in 1985, almost a full decade before the birth of most […]

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How to Get a Medical Redshirt

How to Get a Medical Redshirt

Injuries are a fact of life in sports, but in college they carry extra weight. Serious injuries cause athletes to lose some of the precious time they have competing in college athletics. Time marches on, whether it’s the four seasons an athlete can play, the five-year clock in Division I, or the 10-semester/15-quarter rule in […]

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What Separates the Top Athletes in Recruiting?

What Separates the Top Athletes in Recruiting?

Competition is the very nature of athletics, so if you go into the recruiting process thinking “I’ll find a scholarship easily, without much work,” you are already starting off with a major disadvantage. You will have to work hard to get in touch with coaches, market your skills and abilities, and ultimately get a coach […]

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Reclassifying High School Graduation

Reclassifying 101: Important Info to Consider Before Reclassifying

A lot of things can change during a prospect’s recruitment, but for a long time one of the givens was the year an athlete would finish high school and start college. The occasional recruit would have academic issues and need to go to prep school. A few football players every year would graduate and enroll […]

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Choose the Right College by Visiting Colleges

Learn How to Choose the Right College for You

Knowing which college campus is a good fit for you is a major part of the recruiting process. You never know how much you will like a college until you have seen it first.  We often hear from recruits who have changed their mind about a college they had no plans of attending just because […]

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From Unknown to NCAA to NBA: Lessons from Anthony Davis

From Unknown to NCAA to NBA: Lessons from Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis has enjoyed quite the ride over the last few years- going from being literally unknown in high school, to an NCAA Champion, to the #1 overall pick in the NBA Draft. The key breakthrough for Davis came when he tried out for former NFL player Tai Streets’ AAU basketball team, Meanstreets. At the […]

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Quick Tips to Expand College Recruiting

3 Quick Tips to Help You Expand Your College Recruiting

We have said it a million times, but the college recruiting process can confuse athletes who are otherwise qualified to continue to play sports and receive a college education. You may have a basic understanding of what you need to do to get recruited, but you can’t quite get over the hump and attract the […]

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NCAA Rules Limit Scholarship Package Deal

NCAA Rules Limit Scholarship Package Deals

The story of Robert Nkemdiche’s recruitment began with his commitment to Clemson and has now centered around the number of friends and teammates Clemson has offered scholarships to in order to secure and keep Nkemdiche’s commitment. It has lead to broader questions about whether package deals should be allowed by the NCAA and whether coaches […]

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Saving Money on NCAA Eligibility Center

Save Money by Beating the Eligibility Center Fee Increase

Starting on September 1, 2012, the fees for registering with the Eligibility Center will increase. Domestic prospects will pay $70 (up $5) while international prospects will see a bigger increase, from $95 to $120. This has prospects wondering whether they should register right away. The increase is small, especially for domestic prospects, but every little […]

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College Decisions Open Mind

Increase Your College Scholarships Opportunities

If you think being prepared for your recruitment means picking out 1-5 college teams that you are only familiar with because you watch them on TV, then you have already limited your college bound opportunities. Communicating with recruits is what we do; there are many times when answering recruiting questions that we hear how student […]

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The New NCAA Rule Changes May Affect You

Starting on June 15, 2012, the NCAA made significant rule changes for both Men’s Division I Basketball and all Division II sports. Coaches are now allowed to make unlimited calls and send unlimited text messages to recruits following June 15th of their sophomore year in high school. Coaches in all Division II sports are also […]

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What Coaches Can’t Do In the Admissions Process

Recruiting is most often associated with college athletics, but recruiting is an activity performed all over a college campus. Schools are trying to attract superstar professors. Journals are fighting to grab the best articles. And labs are working to get research projects and grants. The All-around Competition  is More Challenging Economic pressures have made the competition for […]

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Factors Coaches Consider When Making Scholarship Decisions

Coaches are the people who determine which athletes get scholarships at the college level, not athletic directors, the admissions offices, or the NCAA or NAIA Eligibility Centers. High school athletes who want to continue their careers at the collegiate level already know they want a scholarship, but do they truly know what factors go into […]

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5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Changing Teams

As an athlete you get used to training, practicing, school, and homework all jam-packed into your schedule. You understand there is more to sports than showing up for practice, especially since you want to take your competitiveness to the next level. You put everything you have into your team and understand what’s needed to get […]

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Recovering From a Bad Class

The NCAA’s intitial eligibility requirements are all about making sure high school students make steady progress through a basic education that should prepare them for college. For most prospects, getting eligible is a simple task: take four core courses every year, get good grades, take the SAT and/or ACT a couple of times and graduate […]

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Get a Football Scholarship- Snoop Doggy-Style

Many of you may have heard that the UCLA Bruins signed P. Diddy’s son, Justin Combs, to a football scholarship for the 2012-2013 season. Well, the Bruins have continued down the hip-hop road by offering Snoop Dogg’s son Cordell Broadus a full-ride (perhaps trying to spark a friendly inter-squad east coast-west coast rivalry?). There is […]

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Using APR as a Prospect, Part 2

Once you have an understanding about how the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate, or APR is calculated, you can better understand what an APR score is when you dig into it, and what it tells you about the past and present situation at a school. Figuring out the APR Situation Start by looking up a school’s multi-year […]

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Looking for a Scholarship? Start Here!

Before you do anything in recruiting, you will need to evaluate and research the schools that you are interested in attending. This does not just mean put together a quick list of the top ranked schools because you like their mascots- it means truly learn what institutions offer you the best opportunities. First Look at […]

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Using APR as a Prospect, Part 1 of 2

One of the major successes of the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate, or APR, has been just how much the APR is talked about. Coaches obsess over it, fans follow it, and current student-athletes can be affected by it. Less discussed is how the APR affects recruits. Luckily, prospects are in a great position to do something […]

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The Nuts and Bolts of the NCAA Eligibility Center Process

The NCAA has done a fairly good job of getting the word out about what the requirements are to be an academic qualifier. Less well known is the process prospects must go through to get that designation and their amateur certification from the NCAA Eligibility Center. 1. Register with the Eligibility Center This might seem self-explanatory, […]

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Pre-Plyometric Evaluation and Training for Women

There is a high occurrence of ACL injuries among female athletes in American sports. Even with the benefits of various training programs their injuries are prevalent and frequent. Most of these injuries are sustained without the incidence of contact, occurring when the athlete is landing from a jump, decelerating, or pivoting on one foot while running. […]

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#21 Recruiting Corner: Starbucks Giftcards, Creating an Account on the Coaches’ Contact Database, & an Interview with Social Media Guru Kevin DeShazo

Do you have questions about the recruiting process you would like us to answer on the recruiting corner? You can contact us on Twitter, Facebook or leave your questions in the comments at the bottom of the page! Joshua: Hey, guys. Back for another week, it’s the Recruiting Corner. Joshua Zimmerman here. As I introduced […]

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Coaches Coming To Your Games

The Secret To Getting Scouts and Coaches to Watch You

Athletes ask us all the time, “How can I get college scouts to come my games.” Our response to this usually goes something like this: “Have you asked any scouts or college coaches to attend your games?” Most athletes were not even aware or even considered picking up the phone or sending over a quick […]

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Transferring Colleges: It’s Harder Than You Think

Athletes come to us all the time with the idea that they can transfer between NCAA Division I or II schools without any problem; they don’t realize that coaches at these levels hold all the power, and can decide whether or not an athlete can transfer. That’s why athletes must spend time early in their […]

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Beau Hossler Amateur Status

Beau Hossler and Lessons About Your NCAA Amateur Status

The NCAA has strict guidelines defining an athlete’s amateur status. If an athlete violates any of them, they are in jeopardy of becoming ineligible to compete at the NCAA level. 17-year-old amateur Beau Hossler’s competition in the 2012 US Open at Olympic Club gives us a great case study on the fine line between amateurs […]

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#20 Recruiting Corner: Starbucks gift cards and Interview with Coach Matt Sonnichsen

[powerpress] Joshua: Joshua Zimmerman here bringing you another round of “The Recruiting Corner” guys. Thanks for tuning in and I hope this past week has been great. Listen, a couple housecleaning issues before I go into this week’s episode. All right. Last week we spoke about a $5 Starbucks gift card. Judy introduced it, said […]

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4 Ways Parents Can Help Their Child Get Recruited

There is a lot to know about the recruiting process. Student -athletes already have a lot on their plate; once recruiting is factored in, look out! As the athletes’ number one supporter, it’s important for you to be there for them. To streamline your efforts here is a quick four step guide to taking part […]

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It’s Science… Athletes Are Smarter

Everyone has heard the phrase “dumb jock” used in reference to athletes’ performance in the classroom, but is the stereotype really true? Not according to the Los Angeles Unified School District. The LAUSD recently conducted a study that shows athletes are quite the opposite of “dumb jocks.” In fact, athletes had higher grade point averages […]

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The Dos and Don’ts of College Recruiting

Finding a college to continue your academic and athletic career is a challenging task. It is definitely not something that should be taken lightly because your choice in a college will affect you for the rest of your life. Here is a breakdown of some of the dos and don’ts in college recruiting. The Dos […]

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#19 Recruiting Corner: We’re Back! Why Don’t You Like Us?!!? Facebook, Twitter, & Starbucks?

  Joshua: Hey guys. Welcome back. The Recruiting Corner is here. I know you’ve missed us. We’ve missed you. I want to introduce somebody new. This is Judy. Judy works here in the office, and she does a lot for us. So she’s going to start joining us on The Recruiting Corner, as are a […]

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MLB and NCAA Discussing Scholarship Deal

The NCAA is discussing a partnership with Major League Baseball (MLB). The partnership would help bring more money to NCAA baseball programs in the form of scholarships. There is still a lot to be discussed and worked out, and this partnership may still be a year or two away from actually happening, but it’s something […]

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Understanding NCAA Eligibility Center Information

College eligibility requirements are one of the most complex areas of the recruiting process, especially for athletes who do not take the traditional route of getting recruited during high school. Making the decision to participate in college sports can be complicated. For athletes who are unsure if they have what it takes to participate at […]

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A Quick Guide to Evaluating Sports Camps

One of the most common questions we get here is, “How do I figure out which camps I should go to?” There is no quick answer to this question because it really depends on what kind of camp someone is looking for. Here, we give you some instructions on how to select the best camp […]

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Are You Better off Playing One or More Sports? (Part 2)

Part 1 of this series discusses the information high school athletes should consider before giving up playing multiple sports to focus on one sport. What outside factors are playing into this shift? Should athletes take injury into account when considering opportunities for their sport? You need to consider two things when determining how injuries will affect […]

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The Best Ways to Keep Your Scholarship Options Open

Once you are engrossed in the recruiting process, you may feel pulled in several directions. College coaches will tell them everything they want to hear; their goal is to have those targeted student athletes commit and sign with their school. Of course, this is the best-case scenario. For others, the recruiting process is likely less […]

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5 Tips to Finding the Best College Coach For You

Communicate with a College Coach Early and Often As an athlete you know what type of coaching you like and what type of coaching you don’t. Get a jump on finding the right college opportunity by talking with the coach early and often. Too many recruits assume they would like to play for a certain […]

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Are You Better Off Playing One or More Sports? (Part 1)

Many high school students are shifting from being multiple-sport athletes to single-sport athletes. But are athletes making these decisions based on the right information? What are the driving factors behind the movement? Most importantly, are athletes’ best interests kept in mind? The Right Factors to Consider Are you playing a sport because it makes you […]

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The Scholarship Game: Do You Know How to Play?

Many athletes understand the challenges of the recruiting process but still plan on waiting for offers from the top schools. To highlight the challenges of going from being recruited to signing an offer, we want to take a look at the numbers around Mississippi’s 2013 football recruiting class. Head coach Hugh Freeze has offered 246 […]

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Secrets to Finding Colleges that Offer Scholarships in Your Sport

Researching colleges is an essential part of the recruiting process—it will help you find all the information about the things a college has to offer, including academics, majors, athletic programs, and financial aid opportunities. There Are No Shortcuts If you are looking to find the easy way to get an athletic scholarship, you need to […]

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4 Tips to Becoming a College Tight End Recruit

The tight end position can be of extreme value or limited importance, depending on the type of offense your coach has implemented. Professional teams such as the New England Patriots and the Peyton Manning- era Indianapolis colts made the tight end position vital to their success as Super Bowl champions. Following in the NFL’s footsteps, […]

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Get Inside Info From Potential Teammates by Using Social Media

You will never get a full appreciation for a program just by talking to a coach, but you can learn how to use social media outlets to connect with athletes at the programs you will potentially play for. Athletes can give you a candid evaluation of a college and the athletic team because they have […]

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How to Prepare for a Verbal Scholarship Offer

Verbal commitments are increasing in popularity for the NCAA Division I and Division II colleges, and athletes need to understand their implications. Verbal commitments are a nonbinding scholarship deal between an athlete and a coach. Coaches sometimes tend to pressure athletes into giving a verbal agreement; if it isn’t binding, why do they want a […]

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In Shape For College

Don’t Sit The Bench Your Freshman Year

Ninety-nine percent of high school athletes are not physically or mentally ready to play sports at the college level when they arrive on campus. As a former SEC strength coach, I have seen it all when it comes to college freshmen: overweight, underweight, overall weakness, flexibility issues, muscle imbalance issues, coordination issues, balance issues, and the […]

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Choosing A College

Choosing A Division Level and Other Reader Questions

We got another great reader e-mail the other day, and we thought we would share some of the questions and answers that came about from the e-mail. Don’t forget that we are available by phone, e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter for you to ask us any college recruiting questions you may have. We Have Been Invited to […]

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Why Travel Teams Are Essential for Athletic Scholarships

High school is the time in an athlete’s career when they are supposed to develop as a player and to grow as a competitor; from here, athletes will learn if they want to continue to play at the college level or not. For most athletes, the route to college sports competition begins as a little […]

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When Should You Start The College Recruiting Process?

One of the most popular questions we get at Athnet is “When should I start the recruiting process?” The answer is: usually a lot earlier than you think. Too often athletes wait until their senior year or even halfway through their senior year to start the recruiting process. This is too late. Yes, you may be able […]

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The Top 5 Terms You Need to Know About the NCAA Recruiting Calendar

The NCAA publishes recruiting calendars each year to help athletes and coaches understand when different periods of the recruiting process occur. As a recruit, you must understand how the recruiting calendar for your sport will dictate your interactions with coaches. There are five key periods to identify when looking at your recruiting calendar. However, don’t […]

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Creating a College List

The First 3 Steps To Recruiting If You Haven’t Started Yet

Taking the first step and actually starting your college recruitment is definitely the hardest part of the process. The majority of student athletes are not sure where to begin, so they put off understanding the process and never fully pursue the goal because they think they will never make it. Don’t wait around to get […]

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Late Enrollment To College

Seniors, Here Are 375 Universities Still Looking For Students

It’s the time of the year when the dust is starting to settle, and many high school athletes are realizing that they do not have a school to play for next year. In the past, we have discussed options for seniors such as walking on to a school, taking a year of postgraduate studies, and […]

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Walking On

If You Have To Play in College Be Ready To Walk-On

High school students looking for the opportunity to continue their athletic and academic career should consider their options to walk-on to a program. We have discussed options for seniors such as postgraduate studies and junior college, but walking on to a program gives athletes the opportunity to try out for a school that they are […]

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College Recruiting Traps

3 Dangerous College Recruiting Traps

Getting recruited to play college sports is easier said than done. Many high school athletes do not realize the amount of work that goes into the recruiting process, until they find themselves somewhere in the middle of it. Because there is so much to learn about getting recruited, it’s easy to be led astray. Most […]

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College Coaching Change

Protect Yourself From College Coaching Changes

College coaches are a huge part of the recruiting process. They spend time, sometimes years, communicating with athletes and enticing them to play for their school. Athletes sometimes choose one school over another because of the relationship they have with a coach; an NCAA survey found that 41 percent of NCAA Division I football players […]

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Good Not Good Enough

Being Good at Your Sport Is Not Enough

We come across too many athletes that think if they just concentrate on their sport and are really good, they will find an athletic scholarship. Maybe it is due to the growing popularity of college football recruiting. With things like ESPN’s NEXT, national TV coverage on football’s initial signing day, and the popularity of top […]

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#18 Recruiting Corner: Andrew Luck, Contacting College Coaches & NCAA Eligibility Center

[powerpress] If you have any questions for next weeks recruiting corner, leave them in the comments below or connect with us on Twitter, Facebook or Google+. Joshua: All right guys. After a long break we are back with The Recruiting Corner. As you see a new face here. This is Ashley Lawrence. She is our […]

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4 Things You Must Know Before Starting Your Recruiting Process

College recruiting can be an intense process. Many student-athletes don’t realize the time and effort they will have to put into the process before seeing the results they want. Some still believe that coaches will find them and don’t do anything to increase their chances of gaining exposure. The truth is that recruiting is work, […]

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Staying Organized in College Recruiting

Don’t Lose Your Scholarship in The Recruiting Shuffle

As a potential college recruit, you must proactively call and e-mail college coaches to get recruited. Making the initial contact with coaches is one of the most important steps of the recruiting process, but if you are unable to stay organized throughout, your efforts may go to waste. Sending your resume to coaches and getting an e-mail […]

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YouTube Channel College Recruiting

Get Recruited with a YouTube Channel

Using video to gain exposure is a key part of the recruiting process; it helps coaches to see your skill set and to determine if you are a good fit for their program. Coaches will want to see you play live in most recruiting scenarios. Providing them with great video will help you get to […]

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4 Things You Need to Know About NAIA Eligibility

What is the NAIA Eligibility Center? Before a student-athlete will be able to participate in collegiate sports at the NAIA level they will first need to visit the NAIA clearinghouse website and submit their personal information, GPA, test scores, high school transcripts and sports teams’ information. 1. How it Works The NAIA Eligibility Center could […]

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How to Get Recruited Using Your Highlight Video

Once you have created a good recruiting highlight video, you must learn how to effectively use it to get yourself recruited. Coaches will want to know your stats, grades, and information on the teams you play on; but this all leads to coaches wanting to see you play live. Your highlight video will be the […]

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College Volleyball Recruiting

Volleyball Recruiting Advice From The ESPN Player of the Year

Women’s volleyball is one of the most popular sports in middle school and high school. In fact, volleyball beat out baseball to rank second in team sports participation in the United States (2011). That means there is high competition among high school volleyball players who want to get recruited to play in college. There are […]

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Athletic Scholarship

You Can’t Just Wait For A Scholarship After High School

NCAA eligibility is a complex subject, and most athletes do not realize they start losing eligibility just one year after they graduate high school. Make sure you fully understand the rules for your sport before you decide to delay your college enrollment. How Much Eligibility Do I Start With? You get five years to compete […]

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5 Steps to Becoming a Recruitable Defensive Lineman

Dominant defenses are usually led by dominant defensive lines. Let’s reflect on this year’s Super Bowl-winning New York Giants and their tenacious pass rush led by Justin Tuck. It was Tuck and his team of “Giants” that struck fear into the normally ice-cold Tom Brady, causing a safety on the first play of the Patriots’ […]

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5 Things Each Year to Get Recruited

Ninth Grade This is your first year of high school- your time to jump in and get your feet wet. This will mark the beginning of documenting your athleticism and academics to later show to college coaches. Keep track of your highs: your high scores/ stats, your high tournament placements, and your high grades. These […]

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Best Time To Contact College Coaches

The Best Time to Contact Coaches

So you want to contact a coach, but you need to know the best time to contact them. Well, it really depends on how you are trying to contact him or her. If you are making a phone call, you should do it in the late afternoon or early evening. Coaches check their e-mail at […]

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Multi Year Scholarships

Multiyear Scholarships: Why it May Affect You Differently Than You Think

When athletes think about the possibility of a multi-year scholarship, they typically think about the safety of not needing their scholarship renewed annually. However, the new ruling may affect athletes in a more negative way than many of them think. A Brief Background of the New Ruling The decision to allow NCAA Division I schools […]

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#17 Recruiting Corner: Walking on at Ohio State, NCAA slowing change, Benefits of D2, Neon Deion

[powerpress] Be sure to ask us questions about the recruiting process in the comments below. Joshua: All right, guys. Back for one more Recruiting Corner in our Monterey office. Joshua Zimmerman. David Frank, how are things going? David: It’s good. Final stages of packing, living out of a suitcase in my own house, sleeping in a sleeping […]

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Junior College

Junior College Could Be a Great Option for High School Seniors

If you are a high school senior and you don’t know where you want to go to college—or you haven’t found an opportunity yet—attending junior college may be your best option. Similar to taking a postgraduate year, junior college gives students a chance to continue to build their athletic and academic profile before attending a […]

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Year of Private School

College Recruiting Options for High School Seniors

Are you a student-athlete that wants a chance to continue your career at the college level, but haven’t found an opportunity yet? Or, perhaps you want to develop more either athletically or academically before going to college. A post-graduate year of study and athletic competition may be for you. What is a Post-Graduate Student? Post-graduate […]

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5 Things Recruits Need to Know When Preparing for NCAA College Eligibility

Representing over 1,000 colleges and universities, the NCAA was founded to protect student athletes competing at the college level. NCAA rules and guidelines are set to make sure that all athletes are competing on level ground. Who Needs to be NCAA Eligible? Recruits that are in conversations with division I and division II athletic programs need to be […]

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Recruiting Tips for a Potential College Wide Receiver

Every great quarterback has had one or multiple great receivers to build a career with. It’s like having spaghetti and meatballs or peanut butter and jelly—one doesn’t really make sense without the other; they just work well as a team. Becoming a wide receiver college prospect means understanding your role in the offense. Know Your […]

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#16 Recruiting Corner: Access to Our College Coaches Database

[powerpress]  Here is the link to get access to our college coaches database. Create your account and get started with searching for schools. Be sure to ask us questions about the recruiting process in the comments below. Joshua: And we’re back. It’s The Recruiting Corner. Joshua Zimmerman. David Frank. Hope you guys are all doing well. How are you […]

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How Athletic Department Revenue Impacts Your Recruiting

Tune in during college football’s Bowl Season or during March Madness and you are almost guaranteed to hear a discussion about athletes potentially being paid for their efforts on the court or on the field. Those statements fail to address the fact that there are more than 600 colleges that compete at the NCAA Division […]

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One of the Best NCAA Resources Gone Again

Families and athletes have always struggled to get answers to their eligibility questions from the NCAA. Despite the 500,000 pieces of mail and 180,000 phone calls a year to the NCAA Eligibility Center, many families are in the dark about NCAA rules and regulations. In 2009, John Infante (then a compliance officer at Loyola Marymount) […]

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Athletic Scholarships Law

New Laws to Help You Understand Athletic Scholarships

Athletic scholarships are not fully understood by the majority of athletes and families. We spend most of our time helping you understand what it takes to get a scholarship and flourish in the recruiting process. However, just because you know how to get a scholarship and you might be fortunate enough to be receiving one […]

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#15 Recruiting Corner: How to Find Scholarships, Multi-year Scholarships and Social Media in Recruiting

[powerpress] You can leave questions in the comments below. Joshua: Hey guys, welcome back. You know what time it is. We’re back with another Recruiting Corner. Joshua Zimmerman, David Frank. David: Hey guys, how’s it going? Just a quick reminder, subscribe to our YouTube channel, get this sent to you every week once we’ve got […]

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Searching for the Right College

Finding the Right College Program

Now that you are ready to take your athletic and academic venture to the next level, you need to start your search for the right college and division levels. Are You Sure that You Want to Play College Sports? If you have no clue on where to look, then you will have an even harder time […]

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Athletic Scholarships

The Secret Weapon for Getting an Athletic Scholarship

I get hundreds of e-mails a week, and the majority of them are asking, “How can I get an athletic scholarship?” I am happy to answer these e-mails and give my advice on what these athletes or parents can do, but I know 95 percent of the people I respond to do nothing with the […]

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College Recruiting Resume

How To Use Your College Sports Resume to Get Recruited

So Your Resume is Done and You Know Where You Want to Send it, What Should You Do Now? The first thing you should do is make sure your e-mail address is appropriate to send to college coaches. How to Set Up an E-mail Account for College Recruiting Once you have a dedicated recruiting e-mail […]

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#14 Recruiting Corner: High School Live-Streams, Letters to Coaches, & Jr. College

  If you have any questions leave them in the comments below. Joshua: All right. It’s time for another round of The Recruiting Corner. Joshua Zimmerman and David Frank as always. What’s going on? David: Not too much, guys. I want to get started. Ask you to subscribe to our YouTube channel. That way you […]

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4 Ways To Become a Better College Running Back Recruit

Traditionally, college football coaches recruited the prototypical pro-style every down running back as a featured weapon of their offense. With the advent of the spread offense in college football schemes, recruiting for smaller- shiftier backs has become more popular. Ideally, your ability to be recruited as a running back is going to come down to […]

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College Recruiting After High School

How to Get Recruited If You Have Graduated High School

If you are a high school graduate, then this article is for you. After reading this, you will have an understanding of what you will have to do in order to compete at the college level. It May Not be too Late High school graduates can still be considered eligible for college competition, unless they […]

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International Student Athlete Foreign GPA Calculator

The NCAA is placing an increasing value on academic standards for student athletes. One of the most confusing eligibility issues for prospective international student athletes is figuring out if they have a good enough GPA to satisfy the core course requirements. The NCAA uses a sliding scale to determine athletic eligibility. The sliding scale correlates […]

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College Football Recruiting Resume

How to Write a College Recruiting Resume for Football

Football coaches are among the hardest coaches to get in contact with in the United States because of the sport’s popularity. Putting together all of your pertinent information, coupled with being persistent and proactive, will help you find the best collegiate playing opportunity. Putting a Link to Your Online Highlight Video in Your Resume Will […]

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College Diving Recruiting with Dr. Ron O’Brien

We had the chance to interview Dr. Ron O’Brien, one of the biggest names in US diving. He shaped the direction of US diving as the former national technical director and high performance director of US diving. Dr. O’Brien’s athletes have won over 196 medals in the Olympics, world, national, NCAA, and Big Ten Conference […]

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Gambling College Sports

Gambling on March Madness: Is it Worth the Risk?

Wagering on college sports is not a new concept, but there has been an exponential growth in the number of sports-betting cases being seen by the NCAA. Student athletes see betting on sports an opportunity to earn some extra money, especially if they are struggling with finances and paying for school. However, making sports wagers […]

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#13 Recruiting Corner: 7-on-7 Football Recruiting and Character in Recruiting

[powerpress] Do you have questions you want us to answer on the recruiting corner? Leave them in the comments below. Joshua: Hey guys, welcome back, another of The Recruiting Corner here. Joshua Zimmerman, David Frank, as always, bringing you the latest and greatest in recruiting news. What’s new? David: Oh, not too much. Glad you […]

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College Football Kickers and Punters

How to Become a College Kicker

Kickers and Punters are no longer forgotten aspects of a football team. Although they may not receive as much recognition as the quarterback, often times the outcome of a game relies heavily or directly on their leg. If you’re not a believer, take into consideration Louisiana State University punter Brad Wing whose leg helped propel […]

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International College Tennis Player

How International Athletes Get Recruited to Play College Tennis

NCAA Tennis Recruiting Increase your tennis recruiting chances by stepping up and starting your own team research. Don’t get complacent and wait for college coaches to find you; start sending out e-mails and connecting with them on social media sites. Make your name noticed. The NCAA programs want to make their teams the best; the […]

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ESPN Twitter Handles College Athletes

ESPN Shows College Basketball Players Twitter Names During TV Coverage

Twitter and other social media sites are becoming ingrained in the media and advertising associated with college sports. In a giant leap forward with this integration, ESPN has recently posted the Twitter account names of the basketball players of the game they were covering. I first read the story over on Fieldhouse Media, a company […]

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How To Choose A University

Why do You Want to Play College Sports

Playing your sport in college will be some of the best years of your life. It will set you up for success and forge incredible friendships. Unfortunately, too many athletes want to go to college for the wrong reasons and end up missing out on college sports altogether. If these three reasons are why you want […]

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Cross Country Scholarships by the Numbers

There are more opportunities to run cross country at the college level than almost any other college sport. With so many programs, finding an opportunity to run in college and earn a scholarship comes down to looking at schools you did not initially consider. Use our graphic as a guide for finding programs different programs. […]

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Offensive Lineman

4 Tips to Becoming a Better Offensive Lineman

If you’re an offensive lineman or if you dream to become one, “BIG” is your lifestyle; and if it’s not, it should be.  Offensive linemen are normally the largest bodies on the field at any given point.  It’s their job to protect the team’s most important offensive weapon, the quarterback, and to create holes to […]

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#12 Recruiting Corner: HS vs. Club Sports, Recruiting Strategies, Unofficial Visits, Duel-Sport Athletes

[powerpress] Do you have questions you want answered? Leave them in the comments below.   Joshua: Hey guys, welcome back. You know what time it is. Another round of The Recruiting Corner. Joshua Zimmerman welcoming back David Frank how are things going? David: Good. Good to be back missed out last week, so happy to […]

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How Difficult Recruiting Is For Coaches

Why College Coaches Will Not Find You

The biggest misunderstanding I see when meeting with recruits about the recruiting process is that they think, “If I am good enough, coaches will find me.” This is almost never the case, and I am going to explain three very significant reasons why. 1.     Recruiting Budgets for 95 Percent of College Programs don’t Allow […]

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NCAA Guide to the College Bound Student Athlete

What You Need to Know About NCAA Recruiting Guidelines

Entering into the unknown workings of the recruiting process sounds complicated, but it does not have to be. Understanding NCAA recruiting guidelines and knowing where to locate the most reputable resources will give student athletes the knowledge needed to be successful during their recruitment. NCAA rules for athletes are in place to make the recruiting process fair […]

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Emailing College Coaches

What to Do When Coaches Don’t Respond to Your Email

I get this question all of the time, “I am e-mailing coaches, but they aren’t responding! What do I do next?” This can be frustrating as an athlete, but you have to understand these critical things. Coaches’ e-mail boxes are extremely busy—They get e-mails from their universities, current athletes, their coaching staff, media outlets, and hundreds […]

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College Basketball Resume

Get Coaches to Recruit You With Your Basketball Resume

College basketball is an extremely popular sport in the United States. This makes it hard to reach coaches and find scholarships. Get an edge by proactively sending your resume out to coaches early in your high school career. Here is how you write a resume if you are a basketball player. Lead off your basketball […]

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This Will Never Happen to You in College Recruiting

If you believe what you see on major recruiting websites and on TV, you are never going to get recruited. Media companies like ESPN and Rivals make recruiting sound easy. The latest big story to come out is just full of useless information for 99 percent of recruits. We break down what it means for the […]

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#11 Recruiting Corner: Restricting Transfers, Recruiting as a Spectacle?, Are Today’s Parents Too Involved?

[powerpress] Do you have questions? Leave them in the comments below or find us on Facebook or Twitter. Josh: Hey guys, we are now in the third week of February. Welcome back to another round of the Recruiting Corner. Welcoming to the recruiting panel Andrew Bruno, how are you doing? Andrew: Hey Josh, I’m excited […]

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4 Tips from a College Linebacker Prospect

When I started playing football, I knew that I wanted to be a leader. I wanted my teammates to respect and to listen to me, and I wanted my coaches to lean on me but I knew I was never going to be a quarterback. I knew I loved to be physical, to hit and […]

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College Soccer Scholarships by the Numbers

The recruiting process for college soccer is going to be experiencing significant changes as the elite club teams seek to identify the top recruits as freshman in high school. This means it will be even more critical that you contact coaches on your own. If you are not contacting coaches before they can contact you, […]

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Don’t Miss Out on a Scholarship Because of Your Resume

Coaches are receiving thousands of e-mails a year from recruits looking for the opportunity to play at their school. The majority of e-mails coaches receive they do not respond to because athletes don’t take the time to write a proper e-mail. One of the biggest mistakes athletes make is not including their contact information. There is […]

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When is the Right Time to Talk About an Athletic Scholarship With a Coach?

As the signing period for 2012 continues, we are getting the question, when is the right time to discuss scholarship with coaches? Below is a three-point checklist for recruits who want to discuss scholarships with coaches but don’t want to offend them by looking like all they care about is money. Reader question: “I have received offers […]

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#10 Recruiting Corner: Walking-on at a University and Multi-year Scholarships

[powerpress] Do you have a question you want answered? Ask your question in the comments below. Joshua: And we’re back for another round of The Recruiting Corner, bringing you the latest breaking news in college recruiting. David, what is on our schedule today? David: Lots of things going on. We go back to multi-year scholarships. NCAA […]

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You Want to Play Quarterback in College (part 2)

In the first part of this series, I discussed the intangibles of being a successful quarterback and college football recruit. This follow-up will go beyond intangible traits discussing the physical traits a college quarterback recruit should possess. Build Your Body If genetics were the coach, then work ethic would be the quarterback; you cannot win a championship […]

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College Volleyball Scholarships by the Numbers

Volleyball is one of the best athletic scholarship opportunities for women athletes. If you are seeking a college to play for, it is up to you to reach out to coaches and find the programs that are the right fit for you. The majority of the college volleyball coaches rely on athletes to contact them […]

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4 Steps for Getting a College Tennis Scholarship

In the past few weeks there has been an increase of articles and stories written regarding the lack of American tennis players represented at recent grand slam tournaments. Unfortunate as it is to not see Roddick or one of the Williams sisters reach top spots, it does not mean that tennis is phasing out here […]

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Quarterback College Football

You Want to Play Quarterback in College (part 1)

It’s no secret what a quarterback means to a college football team. It goes without saying that the quarterback is the most important person on the football field at any given time. If you are unsure of this, please look to the recent 2011 demise of the Peyton Manning–less Indianapolis Colts. Without a quarterback that understands […]

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College Track and Field Scholarships by the Numbers

Track and Field should be straight forward when it comes to college recruiting and getting an athletic scholarship. Either you are fast enough, jump high enough or throw far enough. However, every year thousands of recruits miss out on scholarship opportunities because they do not know where to look. Check out our newest graphic and […]

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US soccer academy map

Playing College Soccer Just Got Easier / Harder

The US Soccer Development Academy has instituted a new 10 month long season for their elite Development Academy Club Season. This new schedule will take effect for the 2012/13 season and will impact college soccer recruiting immediately. If you want to play at the NCAA D1 level, it almost forces you to play for a […]

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How to Write a Resume to Play College Volleyball

College volleyball coaches do not have large recruiting budgets to scour the country looking for potential recruits; therefore, athletes looking for a volleyball scholarship must proactively reach out to coaches. When contacting coaches, your e-mail will be one of thousands they receive, and it is easy for them to ignore if it doesn’t have what […]

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College Baseball Scholarship by the Numbers

Continuing with our series of scholarships by the numbers here is our graphic on baseball. College baseball is different from most other college sports because college coaches and professional teams are recruiting high school athlete’s at the same time. It is not uncommon for the major baseball powerhouse schools to lose a star recruit who […]

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#9 Recruiting Corner: Grey Shirting and Gauging a Coaches Interest

[powerpress] Do you have questions you want answered on the recruiting corner? Leave them in the comments below. Joshua: Hey, guys. Another round of The Recruiting Corner coming at you. Joshua Zimmerman, David Frank. How’s it going David? David: Going really well. Joshua: Fantastic. David: Lots of great news coming this week. We’ll be covering […]

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College Basketball Scholarships by the Numbers

Next in our series of infographics is Basketball Scholarships by the Numbers. Here, you can see the number of scholarships offered at each division level, how many programs there are and in what regions programs are in. If you are interested in playing college basketball and finding a basketball scholarship, it is crucial you familiarize yourself how many scholarship there are and where they are available. There […]

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Ross Mauermann

How to Get Yourself Recruited: The Ross Mauermann Story

Many recruits have expectations about the recruiting process that just don’t match reality. Recruiting is nothing like it was even a few years ago. If you are getting your advice from someone who isn’t staying up to date on the changing trends, you could be getting incorrect advice. In no particular order, here are some of […]

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NCAA College Recruiting Resources

The NCAA Censors the Best Recruiting Advice for Athletes and Families

The NCAA and NAIA have specific rules regarding how and when coaches can begin actively recruiting players. Coaches at the NCAA D1 level cannot begin recruiting/contacting players until the summer before their senior year. Coaches at the NCAA D2 level have to wait until the summer before an athlete’s junior year (this rule just changed; it […]

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(Defensive Positions) How Big Do You Need To Be To Play College Football?

This is the follow up graphic from yesterday with the average, maximum and minimum size of college football players for defensive positions. Consistently, the D1-A players are an inch or two taller and 10-15 lbs heavier. Also, when looking at these numbers keep in mind these are all college players, and the weights you see […]

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(Offensive Positions) How Big Do You Need To Be To Play College Football?

With over 1.1 million high school football players at the high school level and only 80,000 college football players, not every high school football player with get to fulfill their dream of playing college football on a scholarship. If you turn on the TV to watch the upcoming NFL combine, or read over the measurements […]

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Contacting College Coaches

Find the Contact Information For College Coaches

Most NCAA and NAIA colleges and universities make coaches’ contact information available online. They are located in several different places and can sometimes be challenging to find. Start by Searching for the School on Google Start with a Google search. Most of the time, you can find coaches’ contact information available on a school’s athletic website. Type […]

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#8 Recruiting Corner: Do High School Sports Matter Anymore?

[powerpress] Do you have questions you want answered on the Recruiting Corner? Ask them in the comments below. Joshua: Hey guys, welcome back to another round of The Recruiting Corner. Joshua Zimmerman, David Frank, as always. How are things going? David: Going well, loving it. Obviously, if you don’t know, signing day was this week, […]

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College Tennis Scholarships by the Numbers

Finding the opportunity to play college tennis and get a tennis scholarship, like most college athletics, is an extremely competitive process. It is an international competition and preparing early for your recruitment will no doubt give you the advantage needed to be successful. If you have the passion, dedication and drive to play tennis at […]

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Athnet Softball

Get Recruited to Play College Softball

You must be active and contact college softball coaches if you want to find a scholarship to compete at the NCAA or NAIA level as a softball player. Softball programs have small recruiting budgets, meaning coaches cannot afford to go out and find athletes. The softball recruiting process relies on athletes who take the initiative […]

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University of Washington Blogging to an NCAA Championship

I spend a lot of time discussing social media and its impacts on college recruiting. Social media is redefining the way colleges recruit. Unfortunately, it seems like 99 percent of social media and recruiting stories focus on the negative effects. I wanted to change things up and highlight a coach and a program that I […]

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#7 Recruiting Corner: Universities Monitoring Facebook, NCAA DII Changes

In this weeks recruiting corner we cover new NCAA D2 recruiting rules, Georgia Tech pulling a scholarship offer from a 11 month commit, twitter impacting the recruiting process for Shaq Thompson and Kyle Kalis and answer our facebook question of the week. [powerpress] Do you have questions you want answered on next weeks recruiting corner? […]

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Soccer Recruiting Resume

5 Steps to a Killer Soccer Recruiting Resume

Soccer recruiting starts earlier than almost any other college sport, making it imperative for athletes to start reaching out to coaches at a young age. Building a great soccer resume will help you introduce yourself to college coaches and help you get a leg up on the competition. Here are five tips in creating a […]

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College Baseball Recruiting Resume

4 and 1/2 Tips for an Excellent Baseball Recruiting Resume

Baseball coaches are continually seeking athletes that are a good fit for their teams. Contrary to popular belief, the recruiting process for baseball does not begin because athletes are found via scouts, athletes are found because they took the initiative to reach out to coaches themselves over e-mail and/or phone. If you are serious about […]

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Shaq Thompson Twitter

Should Twitter be Influencing College Recruits Decisions?

This year we are beginning to see the impact of Twitter on college recruiting like never before. One of the more disturbing trends is the influence of the Twittersphere on the decisions that recruits make when selecting a university. One Athlete’s Followers on Twitter Changed His Decision Back in early January, Shaq Thompson, one of the nation’s […]

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Get The Grades Recruited

Contacting College Coaches: Add Academic Information to Your Resume

Knowing what academic information you want to include on your resume is a big part of creating a resume that coaches like to read. Many athletes believe that just because they are good at their sport, their academic profile does not matter. This is not true. The NCAA is more focused than ever on increasing […]

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Social Media Watching You

Villanova Athletic Department Forces Athletes to be “Friends”

I first read the story on Flotrack that Villanova University has asked student athletes to “friend” a program called Varsity Monitor so they can monitor the athlete’s social media accounts. As you can imagine, this has sparked some very impassioned comments on the Flotrack website. Athletes are understandably unwilling to just friend a program so their […]

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Emailing College Coaches

Email College Coaches:Get Your E-mails Opened!

It Starts with a Great Subject Line You will want to take some time to put together a great e-mail subject (e-mail title). If this is your first time attempting to contact a coach, your subject could determine whether or not he or she will open your e-mail at all. Presenting your best skills and attributes in a […]

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Junior Gnonkonde Lose Scholarship

Georgia Tech Pulls Scholarship from 3-Star Recruit Over Test Scores

In a story broke by jacketsonline.com, Georgia Tech pulled their scholarship offer from a 3-star defensive end football recruit, Junior Gnonkonde. This is huge news because Junior committed to Georgia Tech more than a year ago and has not been talking to any other schools for more than eleven months. The coaching staff at Georgia […]

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#6 Recruiting Corner: Landon Collins, Gunner Kiel, Recruiting Mom’s

On this weeks recruiting corner we cover some of the biggest news in the world of college recruiting. Athnet VP David Frank makes his first appearance on the Recruiting Corner and joins your usual host Joshua Zimmerman. Our topics include: • The NCAA is pushing for $2,000 increase on top of full-ride scholarships. The Universities voted almost unanimously […]

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Football Recruit Loses Scholarship to Michigan Because of Twitter

The story broke that Yuri Wright, one of the top cornerback recruits in the country, was expelled from his high school, Don Bosco Prep (a private Catholic school in New Jersey), and lost his scholarship to Michigan because of what he was saying on Twitter. Kevin DeShazo wrote a very good article about whether Michigan […]

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NCAA Penalties

NCAA Stiffens Penalties for Violations: Student Athletes Take Notice

News is still coming from the very productive NCAA Convention last week. The NCAA has moved forward with a rule that is going to make the penalties for violations significantly worse. The CBS article uses the USC recruiting violations as an example of how the new stiffer penalties would affect a program. To me, there […]

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College Recruiting Resume Introduction

How to Write an Introduction to Your Resume

The first step you should take in the college recruiting process is to put together your sporting achievements in a resume you can e-mail to college coaches. In this blog, we cover how to write a really great introduction to your resume. The Next Step is Following up With More Personalization and Doing Some Research […]

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NCAA Recruiting Rules Changed

Big Changes Coming in College Recruiting from the NCAA

There was a lot that happened at this year’s meeting of the NCAA DI Board of Directors. It’s no secret that the NCAA president, Mark Emmert, is pushing hard for reform within the NCAA. Two of the most controversial pieces of legislation are an additional $2,000 per year on top of full-ride athletic scholarships and allowing athletes […]

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Urban Meyer Best Recruiter

College Football Recruiting: Want to Get Recruited by the Best?

In a great article by David Fox of Rivals.com, Fox explains how the success of Urban Meyer is built on a relentless drive to be the best recruiter in the country. Meyer is known for being maniacal and willing to outwork anyone on the recruiting trail to get the best athletes he can. If you […]

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#5 Recruiting Corner: National Signing Day

[powerpress] It’s January of 2012 which means recruiting has intensified tenfold for all of the sports in college. What does this mean for you? This means that NOW is the time to get recruited, not sit on your couch and wait for something to happen. Coaches right now are scouring the country looking to lock […]

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Cam Newton NCAA Rule

NCAA Rules Changes: Perspective on Cam Newton Rule

The NCAA recently passed new regulations broadening their definition of what an agent is. This was made to close the loophole that allowed Cecil Newton, Cam Newton’s father, to solicit money (six figures in total) in exchange for his son playing football for the Mississippi State University. The NCAA determined Cam Newton knew nothing of […]

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College Coaches Social Media

College Coaches Explain What Social Media Is To Them

There are Three Categories of Coaches in This Video The first, they are admittedly naive about social media and, for one reason or another, unwilling to even take the time to learn what it is (Jim Boeheim). Second, they are aware but frightened of social media to the point they try and control it; and third, they […]

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Cody Paul College Football

Cody Paul: College Football Recruiting the Hard Way

Do You Know Who Cody Paul Is? If you like watching football highlight tapes on YouTube, then you should know Cody Paul. His highlight video from 2007 in Pop Warner football has almost 9 million views. If anyone was going to be next for being a major college football running back, surely he was. If […]

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Tips for Creating a Great Recruiting Video

A good recruiting video can make a huge difference in your chances of getting an athletic scholarship. In many cases, your highlight video is your greatest shot to get the attention of a coach. Coaches look for specific things in video, and there are steps you can take to make your sure your video doesn’t get thrown in […]

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Brad Wing

Football Camps: If You Want to Play in College You Have to Go!

I just finished reading an excellent article by Andy Staples about the two players from Australia playing in the upcoming national championship game on January 9 (Brad Wing and Jesse Williams). As college football coaches look for the edge in recruiting, they are beginning to recruit more and more from outside of the US. Did […]

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#4 Recruiting Corner: Financing College as an College Athlete

On this week’s episode we cover a very important topic, the financial obligations of making your college decisions. These decisions are very important because for every dollar you take you out from the bank to either completely pay for or supplement a scholarship you were awarded you must pay back the dollar plus some interest. If […]

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The 6 Biggest College Recruiting Decisions to Make Your Senior Year

In the sports recruiting process, senior year is a big year. It comes with all sorts of deadlines, dates to remember, and a huge decision come spring. But before you make the final decision on what college you’ll be attending, there are several little but significant choices you must make in order to get you there. As […]

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Senior Year College Recruiting

The 7 Most Important Senior Year College Recruiting Deadlines

In the recruiting process, senior year is crucial. By senior year, your athlete should already be well into the recruiting process, having contacted coaches and developed those relationships. High school athletes heading into their senior year should have a list of schools that they have researched and coaches they are speaking with, because they will […]

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Don’t Let the College Recruiting Process Take Over

The college recruiting process is complicated and can be overwhelming for many families. There are schools to research, coaches to contact, profiles to be built, videos to be edited, and much more. And this is on top of your student athlete’s schedule and responsibilities. To be successful in athletic recruiting, you need to be organized and have […]

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Official Visits For Athletes

Official Visit: Make Sure it’s Your Athlete’s, Not Yours

As a parent, it is easy to get caught up in the recruiting process with your athlete. Choosing the right college is a huge decision for your athlete and your family, and visiting schools is an important part of that process. When your athlete is invited to make an official visit to a school, you want to make […]

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#3 Recruiting Corner: The GPA in College Recruiting

It is your responsibility and your responsibility alone to meet the NCAA academic eligibility requirements. One of the most critical components to your eligibility is your GPA. In this weeks Recruiting Corner we cover what the GPA is and how it will impact your college recruiting. [powerpress] GPA stands for Grade Point Average, most high […]

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Should I Take the SAT, ACT, or Both?

All high school students looking to apply to college need to take either the SAT or the ACT. Most colleges and universities accept both for admissions, so how do you know which one to take? One idea would be to take the PSAT and the PLAN, both of which are predictive tests for the SAT exam and ACT […]

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College Recruiting Parents Role

4 Signs You’re an “I” College Recruiting Parent

Parents of high school athletes have a lot to be proud of. Their kids are juggling going to class and studying, as well as dedicating themselves to being part of a sports team. It’s easy for parents to get really involved in the sports and teams that their kids participate in; that’s great! But when […]

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5 Ways to Save Big on Recruiting Videos

  Recruiting videos are an essential component to any good athlete’s portfolio. Many college coaches don’t have the time or budget to travel and watch high school athletes at their games. So having a professional highlight video online is the best way to get a college coach to see you play. Coaches need to evaluate your abilities […]

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NCAA Eligibility Center

Registering for the NCAA Eligibility Center: Don’t Jump the Gun

It is likely that as a high school student athlete or parent, you have been told once or twice that you need to register with the NCAA Clearinghouse in order to compete in college sports. This is fantastic advice as long as it is given under the correct circumstances; unfortunately for many, it is not. Before going […]

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Parents’ Role on an Unofficial Visit

Researching a university is difficult; researching colleges for your child may prove to be even more difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. The key is to make sure you are guiding your child and being a supportive parent during this crucial step in your child’s life. As a parent, you should be encouraging yet unbiased […]

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#2 Recruiting Corner: The College Recruiting Process

This week on “The Recruiting Corner” we wanted to highlight the overall recruiting process by explaining that you or someone you know has likely been through this process before. If you haven’t gotten started with the recruiting process here are some great articles on getting the basics down. Setting up your recruiting email and writing […]

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Character In College Recruiting

College Recruiting: Why Character Means More Than a 40 Yard Dash

High school athletes are led to believe that their stats and athletic achievements are the only things that college coaches look for when recruiting athletes. They couldn’t be more wrong. In addition to athletics, coaches also want to see a dedicated student and, most importantly, strong character. Students who successfully participate in sports are usually well-rounded individuals. […]

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Make Sure You Can Get into Your Dream School

Having a dream school and team to play for is great, but unless you know what it is going to take to get into your dream school, you are never going to get there. Getting a High Grade Point Average (GPA) Makes the Whole Process Easier The minimum GPA needed to be eligible by the […]

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#1 Recruiting Corner: Character in college recruiting

Welcome to The Recruiting Corner, our weekly web series aimed at keeping you in the front seat of your recruiting! You can watch all of our videos over on our Athnet You Tube channel. Subscribe to us on You Tube and get automatic updates every time we post new recruiting advice! [powerpress] We are to […]

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College Sports For Your Child

Are College Sports a Reality For Your Athlete?

Give Them the Choice to Play in College As a parent, you want the best for your child. Most parents with young athletes hope to see their child go on to play college sports one day. Once your child is in high school and continues to show an avid interest in playing sports, it’s a […]

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International Student Athletes

Getting Recruited as an International Student Athlete

One of the most common recruiting questions is, can I get recruited as an international athlete? The answer is yes. Coaches offer scholarships to international athletes quite often. But what do you have to do to get recruited as an international student athlete? You must be diligent and proactive in contacting coaches. Coaches will not discover you […]

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NCAA Rules: Contacting College Coaches

We have had some good conversations over on the Athnet Facebook page about when an athlete is allowed to contact college coaches, so we thought to expand our answers here. We scoured the NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA rule books to come up with a comprehensive list of when you can expect coaches to be calling […]

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Academic Eligibility Study Habits

NCAA Academic Eligibility: Make Academics a Habit Before High School

Parents of athletes are always hearing about how important grades and grade point average are when their child plans to attend college. And it’s true; academics are the most important part of a high school student’s profile. Just as important, parents should be involved in their school curriculum and know what is expected of them. […]

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How to Work with Your Child’s Coach

High school coaches work hard to see that their athletes succeed, both in the game and in life. They encourage growth and development as a player, as a student, and as a member of the community. Hence, it’s really important to use your coach as a resource when you start the recruiting process. Don’t Rely […]

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How to Pick the Right Athletic Scholarship Opportunity

The key to having a successful recruiting process is to be organized and to have a plan. The fundamentals of any good college recruiting experience are to have a list of schools you are interested in. This list of schools should start with approximately 30–50 schools and be divided into two categories: (1) your dream […]

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Start College Recruiting Early

5 Reasons to Start College Recruiting Earlier Than You Think

The college recruiting process should begin much earlier than most families are aware of. It seems as though the recruits that coaches are looking at are getting younger and younger. In order for you not to lose any ground in your recruiting process, make sure you are familiar with everything you need to know for your […]

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4 College Recruiting Considerations When Choosing a High School

Did you know that finding the right high school for your kid is just as important as finding the right college? The high school that your student ends up attending can have a direct impact on their ability to get admitted and succeed in college. There are several things to consider when looking into high […]

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2 Ways to Lose Your Athletic Scholarship as a Freshman or Sophomore

If you are looking for an athletic scholarship to pay for college you have to maintain your academic eligibility. The process of becoming academically eligible starts as early as freshman year of high school. While you won’t need to register for the NCAA Eligibility Center until your junior year, the classes that a high school […]

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Full Ride Scholarships

5 Facts About Full-Ride Scholarships

One of the biggest draws to being a college athlete is the promise of an athletic scholarship. Whether it is a football scholarship, basketball scholarship, baseball scholarship, or volleyball scholarship, getting your education paid for by being an athlete is a great opportunity. Scholarships should be seen as a means to acquire a university education, […]

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Head Count Sports Equivalency Sports

Head Count Sports vs. Equivalency Sports: Which One do you Play?

The availability of athletic scholarships in college may have a lot to do with which sport you play. The NCAA puts their sanctioned sports into two categories: head-count sports and equivalency sports. Head-Count Sports Scholarships within head-count sports are restricted by a set number, and they are all full scholarships. Hence, if a sport offers […]

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Facebook and Twitter

Facebook, Twitter, and Athletic Scholarships: 5 Things to Check

If you are a varsity high school athlete with aspirations of playing your sport at the collegiate level and your performance in high school was noteworthy enough to attract college scouts, you need to prepare for the recruitment process. It is an exciting, heady experience that is designed to sell you on attending a specific […]

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Applications and Admissions Process

The College Application and Admissions Process: What You Need to Know

Start the Summer Before Your Senior Year The process of selecting schools to apply to, getting the application packets, writing the essays, and sending them off can be very time-consuming. Starting your senior year is full of all sorts of excitement, and before you know it, deadlines for applications are looming. Do yourself a favor […]

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10 Questions To Ask

Unofficial Visit: Your 10 Point Checklist

1. On Your Unofficial Visit, You Need to Establish What the Academic and Athletic Requirements are Whether it might be a certain grade point average, involvement in different athletic programs while you were in high school, elite athletic status, recommendations from coaches, or past game footage, you will want to find out the exact details […]

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5-Point College Recruiting Checklist for High School Seniors

As a high school senior, you should be in your final steps of the recruiting process. If you aren’t actively talking with coaches, it is critical you get started contacting coaches right away. For recruits who have been talking with coaches, it can be a very nerve wracking time. By double-checking the five points below […]

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Cover Letter to College Coaches

4 Must-Have’s in a Cover Letter to a College Coach

Every College Coach is Now Recruiting Online in One Form or Another One of the best ways to introduce yourself to coaches and initiate the recruiting process is with a well-written email containing your cover letter and athletic and academic resume. Here are some tips for writing a quality cover letter for coaches. Be Concise […]

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NCAA Communication Rules

8 Most Important NCAA College Recruiting Rules

There are rules covering just about every action that happens in the recruiting process and it can be over whelming trying to know what applies to you. One area that has many athletes and families confused is regarding the rules around communicating with college coaches. The information below is designed to help you understand the […]

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The Real Value of an Athletic Scholarship [Infographic]

There has been a lot of debate about whether athletes on full-scholarships should get more money when they are on scholarship or even just get paid. While it looks like this won’t be happening this year it is important to remember how much a scholarship will be worth to an athlete over their lifetime as well as how […]

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Get Prepared for College Recruiting Phone Calls

To get prepared for recruiting calls several steps can be taken to ensure a positive, productive, and perhaps, most importantly, legal experience. Coaches won’t be able to start calling until late in your Junior year or summer before your Senior year. If you haven’t been already calling them, then you need to get ready to make […]

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Emailing College Coaches

8 Ways to Use Email in the College Recruiting Process

You reach out to coaches before they can contact you. Recruiting starts in the eighth and ninth grades, but coaches can’t actively send you recruiting material before your junior year. That means ambitious recruits are getting a head start by actively emailing coaches to get  a jump on the recruiting process. Contact Other Coaches and Staff E-mail […]

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7 Questions to Ask When Calling a College Coach for the First Time

Are You Ready to Start Calling College Coaches? You’ve done all of your research on each program. You have the e-mail address and phone number for each coach. Now what do you ask when you are actually talking to them? To help you prepare for calls with coaches, write out your questions ahead of time […]

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Negotiating for an Athletic Scholarship

Getting an athletic scholarship can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your sporting career. But not all scholarships are full-rides. Often times, you are left to find an amount that is best for you and the program you are considering. It is alright to try and get more money with your scholarship but make sure […]

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5 Common Myths About an Athletic Scholarship

Myth: Athletic Scholarships Are All Full-Ride Scholarships Most athletes and their families assume that the athletic scholarships available for college are all full-ride scholarships. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Full scholarships are only available in head count sports. In the NCAA, the head count sports for men are football (DI-A only) and basketball (DI). For women, the head count sports […]

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How Academics Can Help You Earn a Better Athletic Scholarship

The competition for athletic scholarships is sky high. There are thousands of high school athletes who are looking for an opportunity to play sports at the college level, which makes finding an athletic scholarship very difficult. It All Starts in the Classroom Coaches are looking for not only stellar athletes, but also dedicated students. College coaches are not […]

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5 Lies Recruits Tell During the College Recruiting Process

Too many times recruits and families think of it as a game where you try to manipulate offers and opportunities to get the best offers. The most successful recruiting processes are ones in which both the coaches and the recruits win. We’ve heard all sorts of bad advice about how to get the best offer, […]

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The GAME Guide to College Recruiting

The college recruiting process is a stressful, exciting, disappointing, and fulfilling process all at the same time. If you want to be recruited to play sports in college, it’s no surprise that you need game. But not just the “dribble past you, make a cut to the corner, and sink a three-pointer with my eyes […]

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College Football Scholarships By The Numbers

College football scholarships can be a great way to earn money for college, but they aren’t the only source of financial aid. Check out our award winning graphic below and learn more about where the real scholarship opportunities are.   Football Scholarships Aren’t the Only Way to Get Money For College Football scholarships are seen […]

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10 Things to do on Your Official Visit

Going on an official visit is a great opportunity to see a school, meet the team, and get a sense of what going to that school might be like. It’s important you get to see not only the athletic facilities but also what life is like for a student. Here are some tips for making […]

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Social Media Changing Recruiting

3 Ways to Use Social Media in the College Recruiting Process

Social media is changing the way we communicate and it is having a major impact on the college recruiting process. Whether you like it or not coaches and universities are looking at your social media accounts such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for information and to make decisions on whether or not to recruit you […]

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50 Reasons to Contact College Coaches

Being proactive in the recruiting process is a must. Coaches are trying to evaluate hundreds of athletes each year, and the easier you make it for them to recruit you, the better your chances getting a scholarship will be. If you can’t think of a reason to update a coach, check out the list below. […]

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How to Set Up an Email Account for College Recruiting

College coaches today are using e-mail as their primary recruiting tool for establishing contact with recruits. If you are a dedicated high school athlete who wants to be considered a viable candidate in the competitive world of college recruiting, it is critical that you approach e-mail communications in a professional, efficient manner. After all, even […]

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Writing an Athletic and Academic Resume College Coaches Want to See

High school athletes who want to play in college and find an athletic scholarship must take the extra step of submitting resumes to college coaches. It is your responsibility to get recruited and if you aren’t already talking with coaches you need to create a resume and contact them yourself. Use these tips to make […]

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Contact Period

4 Biggest Myths About The Recruiting Contact Period

I can only speak with coaches during the contact period You are allowed to speak with a coach almost anytime as long as you initiate the conversation. This means you can call and visit a coach on their campus even during your freshman year and they can talk with you about playing for them. You […]

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College Athlete Earnings Over Lifetime

College Athletes Earn $1 Million More Over Their Lifetime

There has been a lot of talk about how full-ride scholarships are not covering the full costs of tuition. There are two sides to the argument. One side thinks full-scholarship athletes should get more money to offset the costs of attending school and others say that the current full-ride scholarships are more than adequate. There […]

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