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I got an offer from a Division I-AA (FCS) football program. What does that mean financially so early?

Posted by | July 22, 2014 | Comment

I got an offer from a Division I-AA (FCS) football program. What does that mean financially?Many of the top Division I-AA (FCS) football programs use their camp like BCS schools across the country.  They try to bring in as many top rated recruits as possible, and if they see one that stands out, most are not afraid to extend a scholarship offer.

The problem with receiving this scholarship offer is the fact that at the Division I-AA (FCS) level, the scholarship amounts vary.  In the majority of cases, they are not going to extend a full ride so it is likely o be a percentage.  But what does that mean to you financially for paying for college?  And what if you want to accept it? …CONTINUE READING =>



Ten things you can do to help yourself during the football recruiting process

Posted by | July 21, 2014 | Comment

Ten things to differentiate yourself during the football recruiting processInstead of focusing on the negative in this article, I decided to write about ten things to positively differentiate yourself in the football recruiting process.  Many of these apply to other sports but a few are football specific.  They are in no particular order but should be areas to consider when going through the recruiting process.

1.) Excel at camps and combines
A fantastic time for athletes to play their best is at camps and combines (By this I mean major camps and combines, no small ones where few people are there).  Your performance will no doubt help you in the eyes of college coaches.  So if you have an injury, suck it up because this is a vital time during the football recruiting process.

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Which specific college coach should I send my recruiting profile to?

Posted by | July 20, 2014 | Comment

What college coach should I send my recruiting profile to?For those that have read The Five Steps to a College Scholarship, it is obvious how important is for an athlete to market themselves.  As I have said over and over again, unless you are a top 100 talent in the country, you will likely need to do some work to really put yourself in front of college coaches.  And once they are aware of you, that is when you can get the ball rolling.

If you do go through the first two steps of that article, then you will move onto marketing yourself (Or your child) to the college coaches.  But many wonder which coach should I be sending that information to?  Because there is no clear cut question, I am going to take a look at the both football recruiting and basketball recruiting when trying to answer this question.

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How much do college coaches factor in the record of my team during the athletic recruiting process?

Posted by | July 19, 2014 | Comment

How much do college coaches factor in the record of my team during the athletic recruiting process?The goal of any coach at any level is to win games.  No matter how much they want to develop the athletes and help them grow as people, the bottom line is that they have to win.  This doesn’t matter if it is junior high to the major colleges.  There is at least some pressure on every coach to win ball games.

But for recruits throughout the country, not everyone of them is on a winning team.  The football recruit or basketball recruit may be the only one at their school that takes the sport serious and that hurts the team in the long run.  So in the minds of college coaches, how much does the record of the team really matter when they are in the recruiting process?

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What are the benefits of being listed in the Rivals, Scout, or ESPN football or basketball databases?

Posted by | July 18, 2014 | Comment

What are the benefits of being listed in the Rivals, Scout, or ESPN football or basketball databases?Over the past few weeks, I have talked about what steps you need to take to get listed by Rivals.com, 247Sports.com, Scout.com, the ESPN Scouts Inc (Click each of the links for the previous articles).  And while I talked about the important of why you need to be listed, I don’t feel that I really broke it down as to the importance of each.

The first reason and it is rather obvious is exposure.  While college coaches won’t offer a scholarship to an athletic recruit based on a great profile with a sharp picture on one of these sites, getting your name out there is essential in the recruiting process.  These sites are frequently used by college coaches so there is no reason not to try and get listed in each of the three.

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How do I get a Football/Basketball Recruiting Profile on ESPN Scouts Inc./RecruitingNation.com as well as my highlight video added to my profile?

Posted by | July 17, 2014 | Comment

Marketing scholarship offers during the athletic recruiting processWhen looking at Rivals.com, Scout.com, and 247Sports.com, it was a breeze finding contact information and the email addresses needed to contact recruiting experts and get yourself listed in their database of top players. But it was definitely a challenge to find much at ESPN. It may be because they want to keep the database limited or that they just don’t have enough staff at this point to really cover high school athletics.

Anyways, I have done what I could to find as much contact information as I can to submit more information about yourself to ESPN. The good news is that it does seem that they watch a substantial amount of tape and grade the players out. While some are more accurate than others, this is at least a step in the right direction for their coverage. For those curious, click here to see how they grade out prospective recruits. Here is also where to search the database to see if you are listed

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

Posted by | July 16, 2014 | Comment

Advice for football players this fallAs one of the larger websites that cover prep athletics, Scout.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.

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 Scout.com Recruiting Profile?

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

Posted by | July 15, 2014 | 1 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 video added to my profile?

Posted by | July 14, 2014 | 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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What do I need to do to get college coaches to watch my recruiting highlight video?

Posted by | July 13, 2014 | Comment

How do I get college coaches to watch my recruiting highlight video?I have 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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