November 29, 2016 By:
Here is a great article High School Football Players need every edge when it comes to college recruiting but it might surprise you that the line your being pushed is not the truth! When your trying to be recruited into any collegiate sport you need every edge you can get to try and get a leg up. Knowing what works and what does not work is a burden in a way for me. Because the football world is a small one from the standpoint that it is a good old boy system and guys generally just do what they do and rarely see the need to comment on what is happening. Dirk Knudsen @NWprepreport on twitter

October 19, 2016 By:
You need to do your research on each and every school. There are thousands of colleges to choose from, but which should go on your college list? Use these steps to begin your college search. You have to ask yourself. Would you go to the school if you weren't playing sports?

September 10, 2016 By: Click Links for details Let's face it, competing at the college level is one of the greatest accomplishments a young athlete can achieve. It takes great athleticism, hard work and perseverance, but one of the biggest deciders of your future as a collegiate athlete is college coaches. A bad first impression on a coach could affect your future with his or her school. Coaches want to see the real you and how you carry yourself, so face-to-face meetings and things you do behind the scenes are crucial to your success. Below are a few qualities coaches look for in high school athletes. Display some of these and you'll be on the right path to playing on the big stage. Hard Work Ethic On and Off the Field "Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard." When you are being considered for a spot on a college team, you clearly have the talent to play, but coaches are not only concerned with how well you perform, they also want to see how well you prepare, how hard you train, and how you handle yourself off the field. Coaches want to see athletes who earn good grades, join clubs in school, volunteer in community service, and, most importantly, show that no matter what they do, they put 100-percent effort into it. A successful athlete who studies tape, spends hours in the weight room and works as hard as possible to perfect his or her craft has the true makings of a collegiate athlete. Good Sportsmanship "It is your response to winning and losing that makes you a winner or a loser." The characteristics of a true champion are displayed when the game is finished. Coaches not only look at your talent during the game, but also how you relate to your opponents, teammates and coaches. Throwing fits after a bad call, taunting other athletes, or rubbing in a win while a college scout is watching could ruin your shot at playing for that school. Student-athletes not only represent themselves, they represent the entire school for which they play. You should treat everyone you play for and even against with respect. A coach has no choice but to respect that. Be Goal-Oriented "Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible." Building a path to achieve your goals shows a coach you are dedicated to succeeding. Even a small goal—like stretching for 10 minutes every day after practice—is a great place to start. Make your goals are SMART goals and you'll be on your way to achieving greatness. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound. Setting a long-term goal and creating smaller goals around your big idea are great tools to use in any aspect of life. Most of the time, if you follow your own SMART goals, you will find the steps you need to take to achieve it in the time frame you set for yourself. If you find yourself talking to a college coach, one question he or she is likely to ask you is, "What are your plans for this year?" This is an open invitation to talk about your goals and display your driven mindset. Show you are organized and proactive, and they will definitely be impressed. Passion for the Game "It is not the size of an athlete but the size of their heart that matters." You can't teach heart; it takes a special kind of athlete to display true passion. Every kid wants to win a championship, but when you're willing to go the extra mile to get to where you want to be, you have true dedication. A coach can tell how passionate you are by the way you play. The emotion you carry on your shoulders says a lot about you. It shows how much you care and what you're willing to do for your team as well. If you are an athlete who loves the game you play and can't think of anything else you would rather be doing, you deserve to compete at the college level. Desire to Be the Best "A champion is someone who gets up when they can't." There comes a time in a young athlete's life when he or she knows where they are and where they want to be. Knowing you want to succeed stays with you and is your motivation for every step you take toward your goal. Desiring to be the best doesn't necessarily mean breaking world records. It means reaching your absolute highest potential. When you possess this trait, it shows a coach that you have fire in your eyes and want nothing but success. Athletes are some of the most competitive people in the world, but there is no reason why you can't compete with yourself also. Beat your best time, do one more rep, go a little farther than last time, and make yourself better today than you were yesterday. Be the best you can be and results will follow. Coaches look for more than face value, so display your desire and potential for continued growth. Impose your will to be the best, and coaches will become interested in what you have to offer.

August 27, 2016 By: Establishing and building relationships with college coaches is one of the most important aspects of the recruiting process, yet many recruits fail to grasp that this encompasses every interaction they have with a coach. Here is a list of common mistakes to avoid when cultivating relationships with your recruiting coaches, and help put you in the best position going through the recruiting process. Sending emails that are not personalized Avoid the “Dear Coach” emails. College coaches receive hundreds of emails a week, and it becomes easy to spot the ones that were copy-and-pasted. Take the two minutes to mention each coach you email by name. Specifically mention the school and add a line about how you visited the campus once or how you’ve heard wonderful things about the town or city in which the school is located. Sending emails with the wrong information It is shocking how often this occurs. There is zero chance Texas A&M is going to respond to a young athlete who emails their coaches about loving Austin. It’s going straight to the trash bin. Recruits get focused on copy-and-pasting emails to as many coaches as possible that they neglect to realize they have sent 30 different schools exactly the same email only intended for one school. Please be sure to proofread every email you send out to a college coach or staff member. While it may not seem like a big deal, it shows respect and diligence to the school and coach. Sending emails/tweets with just your highlight film link Please do not do this. The point of communicating with coaches is to show them that you have the proper oral and written skills to succeed in college, and by simply pasting your Hudl link into an email or twitter mention, you are neglecting an excellent opportunity to build the relationship with that coach. Introduction emails with your contact information and a short paragraph on your career in addition to your highlight link will be much more well-received by college coaches. Not reciprocating interest It is a big deal to be contacted by a college, regardless of division. While you may have no interest in attending a certain school, being polite and simply responding when a school reaches out to you says a lot about your character and personality. If a school happens to be contacting you and you are no longer considering them, tell them that you are flattered, but you are going to be looking elsewhere for college options. There are no guarantees when playing athletics at the highest level. You never know when an injury or a coach leaving a school or getting a new job may put you back in contact with someone from earlier in the recruiting process. Treat everyone with kindness and honesty, and you will have no issues. Persistence vs. rudeness There is a very fine line here, and it requires that recruits and their families to display a bit of empathy for the lives of college coaches, which can be hectic to say the least. Some may not have had a chance to respond to your email or phone call, and some may just be avoiding you. In general, tone and frequency can go a long way toward hearing back from a coach or school. Contacting a coach once a week while expressing an understanding of the demands of his job will be well-received, as opposed to leaving voice mails twice a day demanding to be called back. Not talking on the phone Despite the fact that it is 2016 and everyone spends hours a day on Snapchat or Instagram, the best way to communicate and develop relationships with coaches (without talking to them face-to-face) is talking to them on the phone. It is very hard for a recruiter to understand you and build a relationship with you if every communication is Twitter direct message or a text. Setting up phone calls to speak to coaches not only allows you the chance to ask questions about the school and program, but also allows that coach to see your personality and who you are as a person. Being quiet or reluctant to talk when on the phone Nothing can frustrate a recruiter or coach more than talking to a disinterested young man/woman on the phone. College coaches are extremely busy and if they take the time to call you, it is a huge indicator of their interest in you. Treat each phone call as a big deal, because it is an excellent opportunity for you to not only ask questions about the school or program, but also let the coaches get to know you outside of your sport. SEE ALSO: The Brotherhood of Football is Unbreakable These are the most common mistakes made in communicating with college recruiting coaches today, but are by no means the only ones made by young athletes. Being recruited to play college athletics is a big deal, and as long as you treat it as such and give each communication the proper respect it deserves, you can easily avoid these common pitfalls in the recruiting process. This blog was originally published on

August 27, 2016 By: What’s the rule? While there are exceptions typically tied to academics, a student who transfers from one four-year college to another is generally required to complete one full academic year of residence before being eligible to compete for the new school. How did that become a rule? The transfer residence rule is in the first NCAA manual and was originally tied with freshman ineligibility, a rule that was eliminated in 1972. Why does the NCAA care? Requiring college athletes to sit out competition for a year after transferring encourages them to make decisions motivated by academics as well as athletics. Most student-athletes who are not eligible to compete immediately benefit from a year to adjust to their new school and focus on classes. Transferring schools has a profound impact on the academic achievement of all students, not just college athletes. Will it always be a rule? Divisions I and II transfer rules and policies will be reviewed by the Division I Council and the Division II Academic Requirements Committee throughout the next year.

August 27, 2016 By: What’s the rule? The NCAA bans eight different classes of drugs, from stimulants to diuretics to street drugs. Testing takes place at NCAA championships, plus year-round on campus in Divisions I and II. The penalty for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug: one full year of lost eligibility for the first offense. All remaining eligibility is lost with a second positive test. For street drugs such as marijuana and heroin, where intervention and counseling are considered more important than penalizing the user, a student-athlete must sit out a half-season of competition. A second positive test for a street drug results in the loss of a year of eligibility and withholding from participation for 365 days from the test. How did that become a rule? The NCAA first tested for drugs in November 1986 at the Division I Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships in Tucson, Arizona. Championships testing gradually expanded to include year-round testing on Divisions I and II campuses, often as a supplement to an athletics department’s own drug-testing program. Why does the NCAA care? Through the National Center for Drug Free Sport, the NCAA tests for drugs for a number of reasons. First, drug use can threaten the goal of protecting college athletes’ health and safety, one of the tenets that led to the Association’s creation more than 100 years ago. Performance-enhancing drugs also jeopardize the integrity of the competitions themselves, allowing one athlete an unfair advantage over another. The testing program is one part of an NCAA drug-use deterrence program, which also includes an education program that teaches college athletes about both the health consequences of drugs and what happens when they break the rules. Will it always be a rule? In recent years, NCAA member committees have reconsidered the Association’s role in monitoring street drugs such as marijuana and heroin. Based on the recommendations of the NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports, which oversees the drug-testing program and is made up of physicians, a sports psychologist, athletic trainer and other experts, the three divisions recently reduced the penalty for a positive street drug test from one year of eligibility to half a season. The reason: Data showed losing a year of eligibility led many of the offending students to drop out of school. The committee continues to examine recreational drug use policies and will consider future recommendations in this area.

August 27, 2016 By: What’s the rule? In most sports in Divisions I and II, coaches can begin placing phone calls and sending correspondence, including electronic correspondence, to prospective college athletes Sept. 1 of the junior year of high school. In-person contacts can begin on a specific date in the summer between junior and senior year. There are significant exceptions in a handful of sports, such as men’s and women’s basketball and men’s ice hockey, and there are no limitations on the timing of phone calls and electronic correspondence in Division III. How did the rule come to be? NCAA members understand the need for coaches to develop relationships with prospects during the recruiting process but want to ensure recruits have a normal high school experience and fully explore their college options as students first. As a result, members elected to place restrictions on how early coaches can contact prospective student-athletes, defining such recruiting timelines for the first time in 1991. Why does the NCAA care? By limiting the amount of time that coaches can recruit, the NCAA hopes prospective college athletes can live more balanced, normal lives in high school without being continuously bombarded by recruiting pitches from colleges around the country. Will this always be a rule? The Division I Student-Athlete Experience Committee is reviewing proposals from the lacrosse community to address early recruiting issues. Committees made up of representatives from member schools regularly revisit recruiting rules to evaluate whether current rules are enforceable, relevant with current technology and in the best interests of prospects.

August 27, 2016 By: What’s the rule? Coaches in Divisions I and II cannot contact prospective student-athletes off-campus or allow a student to visit a school’s campus during the “dead period” of a recruiting calendar. Those coaches are allowed to have written or phone contact with recruits during this period, however. Division III does not have dead periods or a recruiting calendar. How did that become a rule? NCAA members try to strike a balance between unreasonable intrusions on the lives of prospective college athletes and the opportunity for coaches to develop relationships and make sound recruiting decisions. They also try to help coaches find a balance between their work and life demands. As member schools began to examine the recruiting process, they determined a dead period in the recruiting calendar was appropriate, and a variation of this rule was first adopted in 1994. Why does the NCAA care? Several sports have recruiting calendars, and each has a different dead period at a different time for a different reason; however, it generally comes down to allowing both prospects and coaches to have time away from in-person contacts. There are standard dead periods for a few days surrounding the opening of the National Letter of Intent signing periods, so coaches do not put in-person pressure on students at that time. Will the rule change? NCAA member committees regularly revisit recruiting rules to evaluate whether current rules are enforceable, relevant with current technology and in the best interests of prospective student-athletes.

August 27, 2016 By: What’s the rule? Incoming Division I college athletes must earn a 2.3 GPA in 16 core high school courses (English, math, science and social studies) in order to compete in sports their first year of college. Beginning Aug. 1, 2018, a 2.2 GPA in core classes will be required for incoming Division II student-athletes. How did that become a rule? In search of the right spot to draw the academic line, Division I administrators, student-athletes and faculty members examined the question for more than a year. They weighed many issues: Could raising the GPA requirement lead prospective college athletes to take high school more seriously and be more prepared for college? How would such a standard impact segments of society already battling limited access to higher education? The Division I Board of Directors settled on the standard because students coming into college with a high school GPA below 2.3 in specific academic courses were among the least likely to succeed academically in college. Why does the NCAA care? If student-athletes are to be students first, high school GPAs in specific academic classes are the best predictor of future academic success in college. Will it always be a rule? Academic standards for both incoming and continuing students are reviewed regularly in Divisions I and II, the only divisions that can award athletics scholarships. The 2.3 GPA is a new standard – students entering college this fall are the first to face the requirement – and the 2.2 GPA standard will be new for Division II in 2018. The divisions will review the impact of the new rule and potential unintended consequences, considering those when making future recommendations for academic standards.

August 27, 2016 By: What’s the rule? A school may apply for a waiver on behalf of a college athlete when extenuating or extraordinary circumstances are present. NCAA national office staff has authority to grant waivers using established standards and guidelines, and when schools or conferences disagree with a staff decision, they can appeal the decision to a member committee. The average time to decide a legislative relief waiver is 21 business days, but the time required varies depending on the details and complexity of each case. Urgent waivers are processed within five days. How did that become a rule? The waiver process was created in 1993 after member schools expressed a desire for more flexibility in how rules are applied. Why does the NCAA care? Sometimes, waivers just make sense. In fall 2014, Mount St. Joseph University received a waiver to move up its women’s basketball season opener so freshman Lauren Hill, who had terminal brain cancer, could compete in a college game. Just this year, the University of Kentucky received a waiver that allowed high school swimmer Madison Winstead to compete in a scrimmage before enrolling at the school so her mother, who had cancer, could see her take part in a collegiate event. But not all waiver cases are easy. Applications may be denied if they would give a school a recruiting or competitive advantage, or if the circumstances that led to the request were within the control of the school, student or coach. Often privacy laws prohibit the NCAA from making public all facts of a case, such as instances involving mental health or medical records. Will it always be a rule? As long as member schools continue to believe that not all rules can apply in every circumstance, some situations will continue to call for a waiver.

August 7, 2016 By:
One of the important steps in the college recruiting process that sometimes gets overlooked is an honest assessment of whether you actually fit on the roster at a particular school. Your assessment should be two-fold: (1) is there room for me, and (2) am I really interested in this program? Is there room for me? Before targeting a school, it’s a good idea to review the current roster to be certain there’s a spot available. Nearly every college program in the country has the current roster on the school website and most can be sorted by graduating class and/or position. A quick look at the roster should tell you if there is room. For example, if you’re a point guard and the team has 4 point guards, none of which are graduating you might want to consider another school. Am I really interested in this program? You are really the only one that can answer this question, but here are some questions to ask yourself: Do I like the coach? Does his/her coaching style match my playing style? When do I realistically have a chance to play or contribute to the team? What is the makeup of the team? Do they have good team chemistry? What does the competition of the playing schedule look like? How are athletes treated on campus by other students and professors? If applicable, will this program prepare me for a professional career in my sport? Would I pick this school if I weren’t an athlete? Take away the scholarship offer and dollar amount. Forget that the coach recruiting you makes you feel like LeBron James to sell you on their program. Pretend that you don’t know that your parents really, really want you to play for this school. Is this a program that you would want to play for if none of those things were a part of the equation? If you can’t genuinely answer yes to this question, you probably don’t fit on that roster

June 25, 2016 By: At a recent college fair, I encountered several students who decided that searching for scholarships was a complete waste of their time. I was amazed! Intrigued, I asked students why they had such a lack of enthusiasm for free college money, only to find that many had bought into those old scholarship myths that just won’t go away. Even some of the parents chimed in with excuses, which were all based on complete falsehoods. I’m not sure why these myths were first created. Maybe they were a way to dissuade students from applying for scholarships or maybe they just sounded like good excuses for slacking off. In either case, it’s time for them to vanish like old Halloween candy. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the top 10 scholarship myths that seem to be circulating these days. 1. Only Minority Students Win Scholarships FACT: This is totally untrue. I know it may seem like a disproportionate amount of programs are available for African American and Hispanic students, but Caucasian students actually win more awards. According to an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, white students receive 76 percent of institutional merit scholarships and are 40 percent more likely to win private scholarships. Athletic Scholarships2. You have to be an Honor Student or an Athlete FACT: Although there are merit-based and athletic scholarships available, there are many scholarship programs that are based on your choice of major, volunteer work, and creative abilities. You can also receive awards from employers, churches, and other organizations; having straight As or being the star quarterback is not a requirement for most scholarship programs. There's even a scholarship specifically for students who don't have a stellar grade point average - A GPA Isn't Everything Scholarship. 3. Only Low-Income Students Qualify FACT: See my comments above! Although there are some programs based on your ability to pay, there are plenty of other scholarship programs that do not even consider your family’s income. Even if you do not qualify for federal assistance (FAFSA), do not miss your opportunity to receive funding through private scholarship programs. 4. If I Win, I’ll Lose My Other Financial Aid FACT: Maybe. You typically cannot receive more financial aid than the school has estimated it will cost for you to attend, so colleges may reduce the amount of your award package to compensate for any free money you may have won. But each school has its own policy for handling outside scholarships and determining how they affect the awarding of grants, loans and institutional scholarships. For example, let’s say a college will meet your need by offering an award package that includes a $5,500 Pell Grant, a $5,000 institutional scholarship, and another $5,000 in federal student loans. If you win a $2,500 scholarship from an outside source, the college policy may require a reduction of $2,500 in your institutional scholarship award, or it may work to your advantage by requiring a $2,500 reduction in your loan amount, so you end up borrowing less to pay for school. You still receive the same amount of money ($15,500) to cover your expenses, but could walk away with less student loan debt, depending on the policy. Check with your college financial aid office to review the outside scholarship policy and get a better understanding of how your outside scholarships may affect your financial aid package. Searching for Scholarships5. Only Seniors Should Apply for Scholarships FACT: Wrong! If you have waited until your senior year of high school, you are already behind. Many scholarship providers offer awards for students as young as 13 (some even younger!), so the earlier you start your search the better. If you do win a scholarship prior to your senior year, the funds will typically be disbursed once you register for college. Taking the time to begin your search earlier can really help alleviate some of the stress you will have during your senior year. 6. I’m Too Old for Scholarships FACT: Not true! Although the majority of scholarships are targeted to high school and undergraduate students (13-22), many programs are available to non-traditional students and/or adult learners. Whether you are returning for another degree or simply starting your college journey a little late in life, there are plenty of scholarship programs for everyone! 7. Too Many People Apply FACT: This is not always the case. Here's the thing about scholarships: the less work required, the more people apply. If you simply have to complete a contact form and hit ‘submit,’ you may very well be competing with thousands of other applicants. To increase your odds of winning, look into programs with multiple essays or those with high word counts. Programs with smaller awards ($500 or less) also tend to be snubbed by students. More effort = less competition! 8. If I Have a Perfect GPA, I’ll be Offered a Full-Ride FACT: Probably not. Although there are full-ride scholarships available, there aren’t enough for every stellar student. In fact, less than 20,000 students each year (about 0.3% of those attending college) will earn a full-ride scholarship. It may seem unfair that you spent all that time studying and working for that perfect 4.0 only to find out it’s still not good enough to get a full-ride to college, but honestly, it’s not realistic for most students to expect to receive this type of scholarship. Scholarship Money9. Thousands of Scholarship Go Unclaimed FACT: Sometimes. Scholarship providers do not create programs so they can hide money from students; they want to give money away, but some scholarships do go unclaimed each year. Many of those that are unclaimed have such narrow criteria that very few students are even eligible to apply. It can be years or even decades before those awards may have an eligible applicant. In other cases, a suitable candidate may not have applied, so the provider chose not to offer the award. There have also been cases where a winner was chosen, but the student turned down the award. 10. Scholarship Aren’t Worth the Effort FACT: Crazy! If someone offered you a part-time job for $50 an hour, would you take it? Of course you would! That is how you should view applying for scholarships – as a part-time job. If you spend 20 hours searching and applying for scholarships, and win just one $1,000 scholarship, you just earned $50 an hour for your efforts. Do the math – scholarships are definitely worth your time! There really is no ‘trick’ to winning one of these ‘treats,’ you just have to put in the time and believe in yourself. Be sure to use a free online scholarship search service, such as, to help you identify the scholarships you are eligible for and then start applying. Remember, if you don’t submit any applications, you won’t have a chance to win free money for college!

June 23, 2016 By: Prospective student athletes and future college football players need to take steps to make sure college coaches are aware of who they are. Filling out college recruiting questionnaires is advantageous and in many cases will suffice as an introductory notification to the school about your interest in their program. Elite Prospect Zone is working hard to simplify the process for our student athletes. Our staff has put together a list of college football programs and links to their recruiting questionnaires.

June 22, 2016 By: By LISA HEFFERNAN and JENNIFER BREHENY WALLACE June 21, 2016 Most children who play team sports will not win a college scholarship. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t learn something from collegiate coaches who spend countless hours evaluating high school athletes on and off the field. As it turns out, the advice head coaches have for prospective recruits will help any student succeed, even those who don’t plan to play sports in college. We spoke with several college coaches from a variety of sports about the qualities they look for in a student as they try to build a successful team. Here are edited excerpts of what they had to say. Alabama Athletics Nick Saban, head football coach at the University of Alabama I tell my players to focus on what you have to do to succeed rather than the result itself. This is true if you want to climb Mount Everest, be the president of IBM or play for Alabama. I ask them: what are your goals, what do you hope to accomplish, and how is your behavior now helping you accomplish those goals? Whether we win or lose, there are technical aspects for every player, things that they did well and things that they did poorly. My focus is on improvement. One game doesn’t define success — it’s momentary. It’s about consistency and performance. I always talked to my [own] kids after their games and looked for the life lessons that came from the things they did or other things that happened in the game. [As a parent] you can have these discussions or leave it to the coach. I think sometimes you need to prepare your child to respond to adversity: If I want to play more, then I need to work harder. Everyone is not entitled to an opportunity to play. That’s not the way of the world. You have to earn your way. Think of [college] as a 40-year decision, not a four-year one. The life lessons learned at that institution will affect them forever. Washington and Lee University Gene McCabe, head coach of men’s lacrosse at Washington and Lee University We all think our kids are the greatest but what is the reality? If your child is talented and loves it, be sure to provide them with competitive opportunities to grow their game and to gain exposure but keep it in perspective. Candidly, I worry about the money that is spent today on competitive youth sports. While families do need to engage in the process and attend tournaments and showcases, they do not need to do it all the time, nor should they take out a second mortgage on the house to pay for it. I always find it interesting to get a voicemail from a parent saying that their son is so busy that he can’t call me himself. Until that kid picks up the phone, I assume they are not interested. When you see a kid who has taken ownership of the process, it tells you that, by and large, they will take ownership of other things in their lives, too. Clemson Athletics Audra Smith, head coach of women’s basketball at Clemson University The kind of athlete I’m looking for is one who can handle adversity. Today, a lot of parents walk around with a safety net so their children won’t get hurt or disappointed — but I want a tough player who understands that when I push them it’s not personal, it’s because I know they have the ability to be better. We need to help our children develop a little toughness so that when they experience toughness down the road, they don’t shut down or shatter emotionally. Parents should look for a good youth coach who demands the best of their kids but is not over the top. Find a coach who fits your child’s personality and who you feel comfortable with as a parent. So when your child says the coach is being tough, you can back up that coach and agree that maybe your child isn’t playing up to his or her potential. That’s what I tell my own daughter when she’s disappointed after a game. Parents need to uphold a coach’s authority, not undermine it. There are kids I don’t recruit because I see their social media. When I see an inappropriate [post], like provocative pictures or inappropriate language, it’s a red flag. It not only tells me about the player, it also tells me that their parents are obviously not aware of what’s going on in their teen’s world, and I don’t feel like I’m going to have that backing from a parent if I have an issue with that child. Jeremy Gunn, head coach of men’s soccer at Stanford University The biggest asset I look for on the field, past athleticism and skill, is intrinsic drive. The most successful student athletes that I have coached are the ones that, first minute or last minute, winning or losing, hot day or cold day, cup final or “easier game,” show the same type of attitude. If somebody has that drive and work ethic, they will continuously grow and develop. As a coach you are not really recruiting the student athlete for today, you are recruiting who they are going to become and who you think they can be. Everybody has moments when they’re upset and not happy with an outcome. As a parent you can either join in the complaining process or sensibly say to your kids, “What do you think you can do about it? Or what can you do next time?” When a child complains about their coach, you can either join in with the process or you can say, “Have you spoken to your coach about this?” to help guide them to take control of their situation. Being successful requires the same traits no matter what you do. If somebody is a good student, they have already shown perseverance and a desire to succeed. That means they’ve already learned certain skills that are going to make them a good athlete for us. I talk to our student athletes about Dr. Carol Dweck’s work on the growth mind-set, and explain that those are the types of people who are the foundations of our program. People who have been extremely successful have often been reinforced with the fixed idea that they are good and they are special. Then when they move up the levels, I think a great university can sometimes take a huge sledgehammer and smash their ego to smithereens. Now they are no longer top of the heap. They are no longer the superstar athlete. Based on the fixed reinforcement they’ve had their whole life, it logically follows that they are now bad and they are no good. So by educating people that it is a continuous journey, they’re able to handle the situation in a more positive manner. Gil Talbot Lisa Miller, head coach of women’s lacrosse at Harvard University We look for athletes who are also serious students, ones who are challenging themselves in the classroom by taking tough courses and doing well in them. With travel leagues, parents should ask themselves: What will my child be missing by not playing for our town’s team or for their high school? While the players on travel teams are all close in age, in high school a freshman may be playing with a senior and vice versa. Kids learn social skills when they have to play with people of different ages and levels. Upperclassmen are learning to be leaders, and freshmen are learning to be part of a team’s culture. These are skills that kids need to play at the college level and later on in the workplace. To play at an elite level, you’re going to have to play at the club level. But you don’t have to be on the road every weekend so that you’re missing family vacations, not forming friendships with the kids in the neighborhood or giving up a chance to play another sport. Ninety percent of our athletes played multiple sports in high school. Multi-sport play reduces overuse injuries and exercises different muscles — but there’s also a learning benefit. You might be the star lacrosse player but when it comes to basketball, you may be on the bench for most of the game. It’s a good learning experience for a kid to have to sit on the bench. It puts them in another person’s shoes and teaches them empathy, which will make them a better leader and teammate. Columbia Athletics / Mike McLaughlin Tracey Bartholomew, head coach of women’s soccer at Columbia University I think one of the things that kids don’t handle well is constructive criticism. They don’t know how to process it when they’re hearing things that aren’t praiseworthy all the time. You want parents to be encouraging, but also not afraid to give constructive criticism. A coachable kid who can handle constructive criticism — that goes a long way. As children get older, it’s important to teach them how to self-reflect. Instead of giving your opinion right away, ask them what they thought about the game. If they’re too hard on themselves, stop them and say, here are two or three things you did well and here’s the thing you’ll need to work on for next time. Help them learn to process it. We vet players by talking to their club coaches. I want to know: Is this the kid who after practice is by themselves, wearing their headphones, walking quickly off the field? Or is this the kid who picks up the cones and the pinnies and helps out? I want the kid who picks up the cones, who has that awareness of other people. In developing a team, I look for people who are not selfish. I honestly would take A- or B+ level talent but A+ characteristics because those people tend to rise when things get harder.

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April 22, 2016 By: You did it. You spent the last four years busting your butt in your given sport. You pushed your physical and mental boundaries and positioned yourself to be recruited by a four-year university. In fact, you impressed the coaches at your new school so much that they offered you a scholarship. You have arrived. It’s smooth sailing from here. Not really. In actuality, what you have signed up for is the closest things civilians will ever know to enlisting in the military. And don’t, for a second, think you are as tough as a soldier shipping off to basic training. You aren’t even in the same universe. The life you have been living thus far has been easy. Your mom will no longer be available to cook and do your laundry for you. You will be responsible for every aspect of your life. I’m aware you were All-Conference three years in a row and got letters from dozens of schools, inflating not only your own perception of yourself, but the perception of everyone around you. But your high school game won’t cut it here. You were the best player on your team the past few years, but that is no longer the case. Much the opposite. You Still Need to Study Being a student-athlete means you have to take classes. Twelve credit hours per quarter or semester are the minimum you need to remain eligible to play, practice, and lift weight. You can’t screw this one up. It’s the “other” reason you are here. There is no reason why you should struggle in your academics. There are academic advisors, tutors, and people falling over themselves to help you succeed in class. IF YOU MESS UP, IT’S SIMPLY BECAUSE YOU ARE LAZY. DON’T BLAME YOUR COACHES, YOUR PARENTS, YOUR GIRLFRIEND/BOYFRIEND, OR YOUR TEAMMATES. Become a Morning Person Get used to waking up before the sun rises. It’s part of the deal. Weights at 5:30am will be a normal event. Or if you attend a school like the one I work at, most of our teams practice early. Don’t worry, I can call you around 4:00am on my drive in every morning to make sure you are awake. FIND A WAY TO START LIKING THE MORNINGS, BECAUSE YOU ARE GOING TO GET TO KNOW THEM VERY WELL. AND NO SNIVELING ABOUT IT. Know You Are Not Special Whatever your story is coming in, let it go. Whether you are a super privileged kid who’s never wanted for anything in your life, or a trailer park/hood kid, you are here now. There will be people from all over the country, from every race and religion, all on your team. You will all be wearing the same workout gear and sweating and bleeding together. REMEMBER, YOU AREN’T SPECIAL. IF YOU THINK YOU ARE TOUGH, I’M SURE THERE’S A JUNIOR OR SENIOR WHO WOULD LOVE TO SET YOU STRAIGHT. Keep a Lid on Your Social Life I understand you will cut loose every now and then. I’m a realist and went to college myself. But your social life is your problem. Yes, I know it’s one of the things you are looking forward to most, but it might be the reason you get kicked out of school. The NCAA and your university drug test year round. One careless night out throwing caution to the wind could result in a positive drug test. If the NCAA tests you, you lose a year of eligibility from the moment you take that positive test, no questions asked. If the university I work for is the one testing, you have a laundry list of classes and counseling sessions you will get to add to your already packed schedule to remain in good graces. YOU NEED TO KNOW WHEN TO SAY WHEN AS IT PERTAINS TO YOUR SOCIAL LIFE. AND IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT PAIN IS TRULY ABOUT, SHOW UP TO ONE OF MY LIFTING SESSIONS STINKING OF BOOZE. Respect Your Trainers Sports medicine people are your friends. You should go out of your way to be respectful to them. You have no idea how hard they work and will never understand the level of sacrifice they’ve made in their own lives simply to be the one to run to your side when you have an injury. The hours they pull for the pay they receive aren’t even close, so don’t ever come at them like, “this is your job” or, “this is what you get paid to do.” The amount of work it takes to expedite your healing process and follow protocols dictated by doctors would make your head spin. SHOW UP TO TREATMENTS, BE ON TIME, DO YOUR REHABS, AND GREET THE SPORTS MEDICINE TEAM WITH A SMILE DAILY. THEY ARE PROBABLY THE MOST SELFLESS PEOPLE IN ANY ATHLETICS PROGRAM, SO TREAT THEM WELL. Unlearn Everything You Think You Know Whatever you have learned about weight lifting in the past has no relevance. You will start from the bottom and learn everything from the beginning. In fact, I would rather you have never lifted weights prior to showing up. You've been texting and tweeting and playing Madden for the past ten years, so you have an infinite amount of problems with your hips that you are not even aware of. I have specific things that I need to establish with you and your nervous system, which means you get to unlearn everything you have learned. I HAVE SIX MONTHS MINIMUM OF CORRECTIVES TO GET YOUR FEET, ANKLES, HIPS, AND BACKS ONLINE BEFORE YOU GET THE CHANCE TO GET “SWOLE.” Get an Alarm Clock I am a drill sergeant when it comes to time. I would rather you skip a session entirely than show up late - for any reason. Quit with the excuses. Your alarm did go off. Your car didn’t break down. You just cut it so close that you made yourself late. Now you get to explain to your teammates why they are doing 400 yards of rolling or 100 up-downs. If you need to be late, you better let me know beforehand so I don’t correct it by punishing the people you care about most. YOU ARE ONE OF OVER 500 ATHLETES I HAVE TO WORK WITH TODAY, SO YOU WILL RESPECT MY TIME. Don't Question the Coach There are fundamental expectations I have when you walk in the door. First, you will work hard every session. I spend more hours than you can count working on your program, not counting the twelve-hour days I spend in the weight room Monday through Friday (and many times, Saturday and Sunday). So the minimum I expect is your absolute best for the next sixty minutes. Second, I spent the last twenty years learning this stuff, perfecting my approach, and becoming an expert in my field. So, we will not have a discussion about programs, loads, or reasons we are doing it the way I have it set up. I don’t ask you about Kanye and Kim Kardashian, so don’t question my expertise on this. Third, I am here for the sole purpose of getting you strong and prepping your body for competition. That’s it. I have a one track mind. Do not let anything in your life get in the way of me completing my task. I AM A MAJOR PART OF YOUR EXPERIENCE, SO IT IS ON YOU TO ENSURE THAT THE JOB GETS DONE. Pros and Pipe Dreams I have a better chance of being struck by lightning than you do of making it in the NFL, NBA, or any of the other professional leagues. You couldn’t be further from that destination right now. I’m not trying to kill a dream - in fact, I’m helping you realize what it will take to fulfill that dream. The amount of work it takes to play professional sports is beyond comprehension to you right now. If you still think you have what it takes, you better get ready to work. Which leads me to the three groups professional scouts talk to when they come on campus - your coaches, the sports medicine people, and me. If you go to school where I work, it’s likely not in that order. Many teams come to me first. They aren’t going to invest millions of dollars in a person who is going to be a problem for their franchise. When I spend time with the scouts, how much you lift is something like number 25 on a list of 26 things they ask. We have the inside track on everything that is going on within athletics, so scouts will take what we say about your character, work ethic, and leadership. If you think I will lie and say you are a great worker when you are not just so you can get a chance, you have another thing coming. I will not sacrifice my integrity or my relationship with that scout and team just to do you a favor. There will be many more after you. If I burn a bridge with them by telling them how much of an angel you are and you end up being a problem, they will never trust me again. I OWE IT TO THE PEOPLE AFTER YOU TO BE BRUTALLY HONEST ABOUT YOU. SO NO FAVORS WILL BE COMING YOUR WAY IF YOU DECIDE TO BE A PROBLEM FOR ME. The Truth: We Want You to Succeed In the old days, we were worked until some kids simply never came back. I remember my legs hurting so bad after a workout that I had vomit spraying out of my nose. I can recall waking up in the end zone for a punishment run after blacking out, surprised to find myself laying in a puddle of my own urine. My first job we held double-days at the nearby military camp. Things were so hard that several guys jumped the fence in the middle of the night and walked over nine miles to the nearest town to call their parents to come get them. Times have changed, and you will never encounter anything close to this. (Probably.) Athletic programs are set up for you to succeed. Universities hire some of the brightest coaches in the world to design and run your programs. We strength coaches are the best friends you could ever ask for. We want you to become the absolute best version of yourself. If you think we like punishing groups, or that we try to make teams puke just for the fun of it, you are wrong. WE DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO GIVE YOU THE BEST CHANCE TO WIN. YOUR SUCCESSES ARE OUR SUCCESSES. THE MORE WE TRY AND WORK TOGETHER, THE BETTER IT IS FOR EVERYONE INVOLVED. Knowing all of this, are you still ready to sign that NLI? Great, I'll see you in the fall.

April 9, 2016 By:
As a prospective student athlete, you have many things to consider when being courted by a college. Among these are; -- Would I have chosen this college if not for athletics -- What if the coach who is recruiting me leaves? Would I still want to be here? -- Does the program seem to want me to succeed academically as much as they want to see my best on the field/court? -- What happens to my scholarship if I am injured and can no longer play? While none of us want to think that deeply while in the throes of being wanted, you must. This is your life. The college makes a great deal of money on the backs of DI and DII athletes and the NCAA works very hard to make sure that there is as little exploitation as possible in the system, BUT you have to take care of yourself and your future. If the coach really wants you, s/he won't dump you if you ask questions. If that happens, I would say you shouldn't go to that college anyway since you are not a person to them. When the coach tells you that s/he can get you into a school for which you are not academically qualified, it makes sense to ask the admissions office if that is really true. It also makes sense to find out what kind of academic support you will be given to bring you up to the level of the other students at that school. No one should expect that you will not have to work hard both on and off the field to get both an education and athletic plaudits. Be the best you can be in the classroom and on the field so that your future is assured once your athletic career is over!

March 30, 2016 By:
Everyday, I visit student athlete twitter pages find around 50% of them are not helping their owners out at all. I don't see a linked highlight film, where they are from or there even worse I see inappropriate content. As student athletes need to start building your brand. Just like Nike and Under Armor your name needs to mean something to those who hear it and the best way to do that is on social media. There are a lot of coaches that see players twitter feeds and how are you helping yourself if there isn't any info about you on the page or worse something damaging that could cause a coach to look past you. You need to start building that brand by using your actual name. If they don't have your name attached to the twitter account how are they going to find you? In the twitter bio section you need to add your height, weight, and other information. Add in your core GPA and SAT scores as well, this shows initiative and that you are prepared. If you played in any all-star games or earned all-county or 3 year varsity starter. You need to promote YOU! Lastly, you need to link your hudl film to the account. Twitter has a section to add a web page, you need to add a web link to your hudl film (If you do not have hudl you need to contact me immediately at so we can make a highlight film for you). In your hudl film you need to have your GPA and test scores. Your height and weight, 40 time, bench and squat. Most importantly you must have your email flash up somewhere so the coach knows how to contact you. Your hudl film should have all your top plays right upfront. Do not just go game by game. You need to put every top play you made up front and the entire film should be no more than 3 mins. If it is longer than that the coach is going to move on. If you need help setting up your hudl film please contact me Please get this done as soon as possible because the next twitter account I might come up on might be yours and if it doesn't have any information for the coaches that follow me, I will pass you by.

March 25, 2016 By: Being a student-athlete is like having a full-time job. As a company of over 400 former student and professional athletes, we believe this is true because we've all been there. What often surprises student-athletes and their families, however, is the idea that the recruiting process is like a full-time job in-and-of-itself. "So you're saying I have two full-time jobs? Really?" Well, that may be what it sounds like, but that's not exactly what we're saying. What we mean to impress on you is that your recruiting process comes in addition to your life on the field and in the classroom, and that it not only needs to be taken seriously, it requires an additional sacrifice and time commitment. It's a lot of work, and it needs a level of attention comparable to what you give your sport, your schoolwork and your social life. I can't overstate the responsibilities a student-athlete has to handle his or her recruiting "job" correctly. So I thought: What if the recruiting process were posted as job description? What would it look like? I could imagine it would look something like this. As a student-athlete going through the recruiting process, you will be responsible for taking charge of the organization, timeliness, and proactive nature of how you interact with college coaches, and you will have to do so while also playing your sport in high school, participating on your high school or club team, and keeping your other school and social commitments. You may or may not solicit help and support from your parents, teachers and high school or club coaches. Regardless, the end scholarship offer and/or commitment will be up to you to attain, and ultimately your decision. Responsibilities of a student-athlete Reach out to college coaches multiple times per week via phone calls and email. Respond to calls, texts, and emails from college coaches in a timely manner as they come in. Be aware of and stay up-to-date on all NCAA D-I, D-II, D-III, NAIA, and JUCO recruiting rules and deadlines for your sport. Create a player profile or résumé for college coaches to quickly and confidently assess your abilities. Regularly tape and update game and scrimmage footage and upload it online. Regularly send new and updated stats and honors to college coaches and post them on your profile or résumé. Visit college campuses and teams, both officially and unofficially, and come prepared with questions for current team members and coaches. Make your schoolwork and studies a top priority while simultaneously competing on your sports team and attacking your recruiting process. Constantly think about the person you want to be and how you want the world to perceive you; monitor and be responsible for the way you dress, speak, act, and post on social media. Qualifications of a student-athlete Must be a middle school or high school student-athlete Must be as committed in the classroom as you are on the field, with a GPA to prove it and/or a plan to raise your grades Must be prepared to commit a specified number of hours each week—depending on your current class, (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior)—to the recruiting process Must have proven ability to work well on a team and/or the desire to do so Must have a solid relationship with your high school or club coach, as well as possible references from teachers or other school personnel Must be serious about playing at the next level and willing to give it all you've got from here on out Must be willing to accept coaching both now and in the future Must have strong penmanship skills to one day sign a scholarship offer As you can see, it takes a lot to handle the responsibilities of a student-athlete as a recruit—and it's all on top of your regular school and other commitments. That's where we come in. Get help with your recruiting. Start a recruiting profile here! If additional services are needed see them here! Other recruiting information found here!

March 22, 2016 By:
We have designed this website so all the information you need to do your own recruiting is located in the blog area and the Self recruiting guide at no cost to you. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. Included in the blog area are non-athletic scholarship information. Just have to use your own efforts and dedication to get to the next level. If you need additional personal services please contact me at with all your information and we can schedule a call (Parents/Guardian need to be included) at no charge. We are truly here for you. There are some of the additional services we provide below. Cost is conditional. · Additional Highlight Film Help (If you don’t have Hudl we can get a highlight film done for you) · Contacting Coaches · Phone Calls to College/University Coaches · Emailing College/University Coaches · Recruiting Seminars · Personal Consulting

March 16, 2016 By: Need to find out what classes are certified by the NCAA? Use the link above. Make sure you are getting it right! If you don't have those 10 classes complete with good grades by the start of your senior year you are going to be in trouble.

March 10, 2016 By:
One of the most important part of recruiting is using your resources correctly. Use every free profile and article to your advantage. Read and learn the rules. THE INFORMATION YOU OBTAIN DOESN'T DO YOU ANY GOOD IF IT ISN'T APPLIED! If college coaches aren’t banging down your door or burning up your cell phone, you need to realize two things: (1) That’s the norm and (2) You need to use all your available resources to find a college scholarship. Surprisingly, spending a lot of money on recruiting is probably the least effective resource to use in approaching the recruiting process. You only need to spend enough money to develop a game plan, get organized and stay focused. Your three best recruiting resources are extremely accessible and don’t cost a penny! They are your high school guidance counselor, your current coach and your parents. Taking advantage of all three will go a long way toward finding a college roster spot. Your guidance counselor First things first… You have to take care of your grades and identify which colleges you qualify for academically. The more colleges you qualify for academically, the more options you have athletically. Tell your guidance counselor early that you are interested in becoming a college athlete. Put them on notice so they can be thinking about which colleges might be appropriate. He or she can also help you find colleges that fit your personality, have your major and are within your family’s budget. After you have taken the SAT and/or ACT, schedule a planning meeting with your guidance counselor to get the process started. Don’t wait until your senior year to focus on this aspect of the recruiting process. The earlier you start, the better chance you will have to find the right college. Your current coach Second things second… You need to understand that your coach’s job description doesn’t include finding you a college scholarship. Your coach should be responsible for teaching you the fundamentals of the game. This might include how to field a groundball, make a tackle or shoot a free throw. He or she should also teach you the rules of the game and how the game is played. Finally, your coach owes it to you to be objective and fair. This is really all you should expect from a coach. If your coach is willing to do more, he or she is the best place to get an honest evaluation of the kind of colleges that would be a fit for you athletically. If your coach is honest with you about where you stand (and you accept their assessment), your recruiting process is more likely to be successful. Understand that delivering an honest assessment to a player can be a difficult conversation to have at times. Consider yourself lucky if your coach cares enough to shoot you straight. Your ability to understand who you are as a player is the most important part of the recruiting process. Never take a trusted coach’s evaluation of your abilities too personally, whether good or bad. It is the nature of the business and ultimately will help guide your recruiting journey. In addition to an honest assessment of your abilities, it would be great if your current coach would take the time to help you identify appropriate colleges to pursue. That kills two birds with one stone; you know the colleges on your list are appropriate and you know your coach is comfortable contacting them on your behalf. RELATED: Check out all our great recruiting content here! If your current coach is willing to reach out to colleges on your behalf, you need to make it easy for them. Provide them with the contact information for the coaches at the colleges in which you are interested. It makes their job easier. Identifying the best-fit colleges for all their athletes and locating the contact information can be a time-consuming process. recruit2xxishgdt Your parents Last, but not least… If your parents really want to be involved, their best role is one of an administrative assistant. It is important to remember that this is your recruiting journey and you need to take ownership of your college search, but you can probably use a little help. Parents need to understand that you will be the one on the team, not them; however, just like when you were learning to drive, it is comforting to know that your parent is in the passenger’s seat. Here is a short list of administrative items parents can do to help their student-athlete with the college recruiting process:  Provide input on college budget  Help organize the process  Develop a college recruiting timeline  Proofread emails and correspondence (not to edit content, just to make suggestions)  Understand the college recruiting rules  Keep you focused on realistic colleges In short, one of the most important things a parent can provide to help their athlete in the recruiting process is to be available. Parents should be involved, but should not try to run the process. The bottom line If you really want to play at the next level, use every resource you can think of. Your guidance counselor, your coach and your parents are a great start.

March 8, 2016 By: The advantages of competing in college sports are both immediate and lifelong. Participating in college sports provides opportunities to learn, compete and succeed. Student-athletes receive top-notch academic support, quality medical care and regular access to outstanding coaching, facilities and equipment. Student-athletes as a group graduate at higher rates than their peers in the general student body and feel better prepared for life after college. Learn more about the three divisions College-bound student-athletes preparing to enroll in a Division I or Division II school need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center to ensure they have met amateurism standards and are academically prepared for college coursework. Are you ready to play college sports? Download this brochure to find out.

March 2, 2016 By:
Check out these websites to tour schools around the country without leaving your computer. They provide a ton of information and give you an idea of the feel of the campus. It is a great tool to use to further your research.

March 2, 2016 By: Recruiting Column: Your first impression USA TODAY High School Sports has a weekly column on the recruiting process. This isn’t about where just the top five-star athletes are headed but rather a guide to the process and the pitfalls for student-athletes nationwide from Fred Bastie, the owner and founder of identifies appropriate colleges for potential recruits and delivers an online DIY college planning experience for student athletes of all talent levels and ages. You don’t get a second chance at a first impression. We’ve all heard that saying before. Well, your first impression with a college coach may happen sooner than you think. In fact, it might be happening right now. College coaches generally do their homework on recruits well before they introduce themselves. Your first impression with a college coach most likely will happen before you ever meet them in person or talk with them live. For that reason, your actions and behavior in high school are critical if you expect to play in college. If you aren’t a good teammate, don’t respect your coach and aren’t a good student many college coaches will eliminate you from consideration and concentrate on the next player on their list. Here are three ways you might make a first impression before you know it. At a game or showcase event Brooks Thompson, the head basketball coach at the University of Texas at San Antonio told us a few months ago, “My coaching staff watches players from the time they step off the bus until the time they get back on the bus. We watch how they warm up, how they interact with their teammates, how they handle themselves in competition, how they win and how they lose. We evaluate the entire package; we don’t just look at the box score.” Consider yourself warned. College coaches show up at games unannounced, they watch how you react to game situations and how you interact with your teammates and coaches. Your behavior is always on display and that will only intensify if you play in college. College coaches are certainly looking at talent first, but your conduct and character are definitely factors, especially when they are trying to decide between recruits of similar abilities. You don’t have to be a boy scout or a nun, but if you don’t respect your teammates, coaches and parents then your attitude might be a problem. College coaches don’t want to be college babysitters. College coaches will check with your current coach You can bet that college coaches will check with a current coach before they spend a lot of time on any recruit. In fact, when we asked Mack Brown, the former University of Texas Head Football Coach who he trusted in recruiting, he told us: “Really we didn’t trust anyone other than our coaching staff and the player’s high school coach. Our coaching staff handled all aspects of recruiting. We didn’t rely on anyone else, but if a high school coach had any hesitation about a player, we were out!” Your relationship with your current coach is important for a number of reasons. He or she controls playing time, they can reach out to colleges on your behalf and they are likely the most reliable source to vouch for your character and abilities. Don’t ask your coach to dinner, but practice hard, be a good teammate and respect his or her authority. If you do those things, the rest will take care of itself. On social media Finally, one of the very first things college coaches do when vetting a potential player is monitor their social media. They’re hoping to not find racist, sexist, vulgar or profane posts. If they do, that recruit comes off the list. It is entirely possible that the first impression you make with a college coach will be on social media and you probably won’t even know about it. I can assure you that there are thousands of recruits who have been scratched off recruiting lists based just on their social media accounts. The best advice I can give any recruit is to think twice before you post, then think again and then don’t post anything you wouldn’t want your grandmother to read. Consistent profanity or negative posts are certainly red flags, but coaches also monitor social media for other warning signs. If it is apparent from your posts that you don’t get along with your coaches or teammates, that you dread practice or hate homework, it might be a sign for a college coach to steer away from you. Also, if a student-athlete has the time to be on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook 24/7, coaches might question a recruit’s priorities. If gaining followers, likes or re-tweets is your priority, then those habits might take away from homework, practice and just being a kid. Finally, sending a direct message on Twitter or Facebook is a way to communicate with college coaches; however, a message like “Hey coach, check out my highlight video, it’s good!” may cause more harm than good. Here’s the deal In college recruiting, and in life, your conduct has a lot to do with how successful you are. Be yourself, work hard and respect others. Those traits will go a long way to help you make a good first impression every time.

February 29, 2016 By:
Middle School To-Do list In middle school you need to lay down the foundation and good habits for high school. Once you are in high school every grade counts. Finish your homework on time and turn it in. Have projects done a head of time. Do extra credit. 6th Grade To-Do List:  Maintain a 3.5 GPA or Higher (Maintaining a high GPA allows access to more schools after high school) Need help ask the teacher or guidance counselor.  Read an Hour Everyday  Help neighbors and others (Shoveling Snow, bring in groceries, help a friend with homework, etc.)  Do chores at home (Dishes, sweep, takeout the trash, and care for siblings)  Focus on your craft. (Go to team workouts, Ask DMV Mentors for Workout facilities near you, or to give you a workout to do at home on your own)  Attend position camps to better necessary skills. 7th Grade To-Do List:  Maintain a 3.5 GPA or Higher (Maintaining a high GPA allows access to more schools after high school) Need help ask the teacher or guidance counselor.  Read an Hour Everyday  Help neighbors and others (Shoveling Snow, bring in groceries, help a friend with homework, etc.)  Do chores at home (Dishes, sweep, takeout the trash, and care for siblings) You should be doing your own laundry, making your bed, getting ready for practice and no longer having to be told everything. No more forgetting personal equipment, mouthpieces, and cleats.  Focus on your craft. (Go to team workouts, Ask DMV Mentors for Workout facilities near you, or to give you a workout to do at home on your own)  Attend position camps to better necessary skills. 8th Grade To-Do List:  Maintain a 3.5 GPA or Higher (Maintaining a high GPA allows access to more schools after high school)  Read an Hour Everyday  Help neighbors and others (Shoveling Snow, bring in groceries, help a friend with homework, etc.)  Do chores at home (Dishes, sweep, takeout the trash, laundry and care for siblings)  Focus on your craft. (Go to team workouts, Ask DMV Mentors for Workout facilities near you, or to give you a workout to do at home on your own)  Attend position camps to better necessary skills.  Between 8th grade and 9th grade you should be attending your high school workouts. Don’t miss any!

February 29, 2016 By:
Having your highlight film set up correctly is extremely important. If you don't have the right plays in the correct place of the film the coach could move on to the next player. Remember they receive hundreds of highlight films and can not sit through every second. Here are some quick tips to help you correct the most common issues with your film to take it the next level. Point yourself out on the field before the ball is snapped if possible or as soon as you get into the frame Do Not make it a long film. Keep it under 4 mins. Put all your top plays up front and make sure it is against talent. The coaches can tell if it isn't. Have a variety of different kind of plays and positions (if you play them) Cut the play off as soon as you are no longer involved. (Don't need to see the running back run for a 40 yard TD if you're a linemen) Have your contact information on the film 1) Keep it brief and put your best highlights first to capture the attention of the viewer If the recruit don’t capture the attention of the coach in the first 45 seconds, chances are your film will end up on the back burner with the majority of highlight videos. From Gunderson via Hudl: “Always put your best stuff first. Don’t save your best stuff for last. Put it up front. You may only get 30 seconds or a minute of somebody’s time and if that doesn’t impress them right away, they’re not going to turn your film back on.” 2) Variety is best A quarterback throwing 10 hitch routes, or a running back only carrying the ball outside the tackles doesn’t typically show the set of skills that college coaches are looking for. If the recruit is a running back, college coaches want to see what kind of speed the kid has, but they also want to know if he can be a physical runner between the tackles, how he blocks in pass protection, and if he can catch the ball out of the backfield. The same goes for quarterbacks – their highlight video should show them completing a variety of routes. Also, if the kid plays a number of different positions, be sure that is highlighted as well. From Gunderson: “It’s good to showcase your speed, your variety, your change of direction, all that type of stuff.” 3) Music doesn’t matter as much as you may think I would say that 98% of college coaches watch highlight videos on mute, so whether you pick the latest track from Future, or the Super Mario Brothers theme song, chances are good that college coaches aren’t going to notice. However, with that said, it probably wouldn’t be a good choice to go with a hit N.W.A song in the event that you send your video off and it gets played in front of the entire staff at full volume during a staff meeting. Gunderson also noted that you should never interrupt a play to spotlight yourself, make sure that is done at the beginning of the play to make it easier for coaches to judge overall athleticism. Choppy videos can make that task very hard. Head here to read the full piece from Hudl. After reaching out to a number of college coaches, they echoed many of the things Gunderson points out and then provided the following additional tips to go along with what Hudl and Gunderson laid out. 4) DO NOT GO GAME BY GAME More than one former college coach sent that advice in all caps, so that should be a great indicator of how important it is. Show plays that display your athletic ability first. Chronological order means nothing to coaches. A few college coaches shared with me that realistically, you’ve got 4-5 plays to make an impression with most coaches. Those will determine whether they watch more. 5) Highlight who you are on every play, and do it before the snap College coaches want to see how kids play from whistle to whistle to judge athleticism, motor, nastiness, and a variety of other factors – so make sure you highlight who you are before the snap every time. It does more harm than good to throw a highlight into a clip 15 yards down field because you end up with a pancake block in the seconds that follow (see #3 again). 6) Include your core GPA and ACT / SAT scores Whether it’s in the video intro, or the information is easily accessible on your profile, make sure that coaches know where you stand in the classroom. Because no amount of athletic ability will get you into most schools, or the NCAA Clearinghouse, if you don’t have the grades and coaches are going to want to have that information ready. If you would like DMV Recruiting to share/retweet your highlight film on our social media platform to get your views up please tag us at @coachgugs for twitter or just post in DMV Football Recruiting on Facebook. From there we will personally share them. If you require additional editing and tips please contact me at We have highly qualified Coaches that evaluate film. These coaches will look over your film and provide you with tips on how to specifically get better and will place you at the appropriate college level from NCAA D1 to if you should go to a JuCo or Prep school. This will allow you to be able to focus on what type of school you should be focusing on during your recruiting. For more information contact me at College coaches are only using your highlight film to see if they want to take the next step to evaluate you, which is game film. They will then contact your coach to gain access to an entire game where they can further the evaluation. This can make or break you. Make sure during the game film you are involved in every snap even as a linemen. If you are not the one making the play you better be the next player in on it. The coaches want to see hustle all over the place. At no point should they see you walking or watching the play happen. Some coaches if they see this once they are turned off. Hustle doesn't take talent... it takes effort.