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How do I get a Football/Basketball Recruiting Profile on 247Sports.com as well as my highlight tape added to my profile?

Posted by | July 7, 2015 | Comment

Intangibles during the athletic recruiting process24/7 Sports is the newest of the four sites we are profiling but has worked hard to put themselves on the map with the likes of Scout.com, Rivals.com, and ESPN. The good news is that since the site has been around the least, they have made finding contact information much easier.

Let me mention that before you try this, I would recommend having some solid stats and Division I interest to back up your claim of how good of a player you are. Chances are that if you should be listed in that database, then you definitely should have at least a minor amount of interest from schools at the Division I level.

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How do I get a Football/Basketball Recruiting Profile on Rivals.com as well as my highlight tape added to my profile?

Posted by | July 6, 2015 | Comment

My son outplayed a Division I football recruit.  Where are his scholarship offers?As the largest website that covers prep athletics, Rivals.com has a database that includes some of the best athletes throughout the country in a number of different sports. And while it is not the only site doing this, college coaches do look at the database and may use it to find names to add to their prospective recruiting list. Having video under your profile also allows coaches to see highlights quickly and early on.

While it is not a make or break in the recruiting process, it is a nice addition to your recruiting resume to have your profile in that top prospect database. At the very least, it is not going to hurt anything if you submit proper information and keep them updated. But the question is how do you get a Rivals.com Recruiting Profile?

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Watch my tape NOW! How do I get college coaches to watch my recruiting highlight video?

Posted by | July 5, 2015 | Comment

How do I get college coaches to watch my recruiting highlight video?I wrote yesterday about how you should not waste your time “cold sending” recruiting highlight tapes to college coaches.  That is something I doubt I will ever change my stance on.  But it also had a number of users asking about what they need to do to get their highlight videos in front of college coaches and be able to be seen.  In order to get that dream scholarship, these coaches need to see your highlights and your ability on the tape.

So in order to help recruited athletes get this tape in front of college coaches, I have come up with a few suggestions that could help move the process along.  For this, there is no magic formula because it depends a great deal on if your recruiting profile would be impressive enough for college coaches to want to learn more about you.  In some cases they will and others they won’t.  But anyways, here are a few ways to give your highlights the best opportunity to be seen by the eyes of college coaches.

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The five different types of parents in the athletic recruiting process. Which one are you?

Posted by | July 4, 2015 | Comment

The five different types of parents in the athletic recruiting processOver the past decade, I have interviewed thousands of athletes and spoken to hundreds of parents during that time as well.  I believe this interaction gives me an excellent feel for what is going on during the football recruiting process and basketball recruiting process.  You hear from them first hand what they feel about recruiting and which schools might offer when.

And while most athletes for the most part are similar, what always stands out to me is parents.  There are parents who are happy to see their kid get any attention and others who I believe may be completely crazy.  With that in mind, I have decided to put together five different types of parents that I have encountered during the athletic recruiting process.  Most of those families reading will be lumped somewhere into one or two of the categories.

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The Athletic Recruiting Process is a long journey for families and you better buckle up for the ride

Posted by | July 3, 2015 | Comment

The Athletic Recruiting Process is a long journey for familiesOne of the most stressful times in the lives of parents and their children is if they go through the athletic recruiting process.  It doesn’t matter if you are a Division I recruit or someone hoping to play sports at the NAIA level, it is tough weighing out the benefits of all the schools involved.  Not only are sports important, academics is what should make or break the decision.

I feel strongly that everyone who is going through this process should be humble the entire time.  What I mean by that is that it is a journey and during that time, you need to do what you can to learn as much as possible.  The more you learn, the better chance that you have of knowing what is going on and helping your child during such a stressful time.

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The athlete’s mindset following a football recruiting camp and how everyone feels that they dominated

Posted by | July 2, 2015 | Comment

The athlete's mindset following a football recruiting campOver the past decade, I have spoken with hundreds of high school athletes and written thousands of articles on these standouts.  The subject of the interviews usually depends on the time of year.  If I was speaking with a football recruit now for an interview, what I would be asking him about is college football camps.

I would assume that anyone who wants to be recruited at all will attend camps.  Even the athletes who are already committed likely camp at the school they picked.  But one interesting thing regarding these camps is that regardless of the athlete and the camp they attended, each one of them is confident about their performance at the camp.

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Would college coaches check the profiles on Twitter/Facebook of potential athletic recruits?

Posted by | July 1, 2015 | Comment

Location and the importance of it during the athletic recruiting processOne of the things that I have said when talking about the recruiting process is that it should be taken very seriously and considered almost as an early job interview.  For both, you need to stay extremely professional and impress either your future employers or future coaches.  Your resume or highlight video must wow them enough for them to offer you the job or the scholarship.

And something that prospective employers have been doing in recent years is looking up the names of their possible employees.  They check Google, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and anything else they can to come up with any dirt.  If they find photos of someone who gets drunk frequently, they may pass.  I feel strongly that college coaches would do the same during the recruiting process as well.

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When can Division II schools recruit me for athletics? Why do I not have more attention?

Posted by | June 30, 2015 | Comment

When can Division II schools recruit me for athletics?As I have mentioned here in just about every article written, it is essential in the recruiting process to consider all of your options.  And while you may have grown up with Division I eyes, it may be time to consider other options.  They may essentially be back up options but the most important thing is that there are other possibilities to consider if your dream school does not work out.

So with that in mind, a great option to consider is looking at Division II schools.  While the schools are normally much smaller than Division I programs, that doesn’t mean athletics at these programs are played at a much lower level.  Many Division I athletes actually end up transferring to Division II schools.  If you are curious when these schools can recruit you, we have a few thoughts on the recruiting rules for Division II schools.

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Doing the extra work to be a Division I athletic recruit and it will take effort and work

Posted by | June 29, 2015 | Comment

Doing the extra work to be a Division I athletic recruitGoing back in time to a place that seems like twenty years ago, I can freely admit I had little idea of the recruiting process.  I rarely got off the bench in basketball as a junior and still had thoughts that there was potential for me to play at the Division I level.  While size was on my side, coordination and skill definitely were not.  And neither was a realistic evaluation of my skill level.

And as I have talked about before, I ended up playing at the Division III level and had a solid career.  But that was after putting in what extra work before my senior year.  If I had worked harder in the weight room, done extra basketball workouts, ran, and put in that extra work, who knows what level I would have ended up at.  And that shows this extra work is a necessity for a number of athletes throughout the country trying to live their dream and play Division I athletics.

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Changing high schools and how it could factor into the overall athletic recruiting process with letters, game tapes, and recruiting

Posted by | June 28, 2015 | Comment

Changing high schools and how it could factor into the overall athletic recruiting process with letters, recruiting, and game tapesTeenagers change high schools all the time in every part of the country.  It is something that basically happens everyday because of a job change by the parents.  And while most schools won’t raise a fuss about a choir member making the move to another school, the transfer of big name high school athletes always seems to find a way into the newspaper or message boards.

So what happens if you are that high school athlete who decides that changing schools will help you with the overall recruiting process?  It may help you in the future but there is no doubt that the key here is figuring out what to do regarding recruiting letters, getting full game tapes for your highlight video, and not burning bridges so that your former high school coach doesn’t talk negatively about you.

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