May 27, 2016 By:
The NCAA’s three divisions were created in 1973 to align like-minded campuses in the areas of philosophy, competition and opportunity.

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?

February 4, 2016 By:
NCAA Divisions I and II schools provide more than $2.7 billion in athletics scholarships annually to more than 150,000 student-athletes. Division III schools do not offer athletics scholarships. Only about two-percent of high school athletes are awarded athletics scholarships to compete in college. Of the student-athletes participating in sports with professional leagues, very few become professional athletes. A college education is the most rewarding benefit of the student-athlete experience. Learn more about the probability of going pro Full scholarships cover tuition and fees, room, board and course-related books. Most student-athletes who receive athletics scholarships receive an amount covering a portion of these costs. Many student-athletes also benefit from academic scholarships, NCAA financial aid programs such as the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Opportunity Fund and need-based aid such as Federal Pell Grants. Division I schools may provide student-athletes with multiyear scholarships. Additionally, Division I schools may pay for student-athletes to finish their bachelor's or master's degrees after they finish playing NCAA sports. If a school plans to reduce or not renew a student-athlete’s aid, the school must notify the student-athlete in writing by July 1 and provide an opportunity to appeal. In most cases, coaches decide who receives a scholarship, the scholarship amount and whether it will be renewed. The truth is that only about 1.7% of Student Athletes get an athletic scholarship and they only average about $4,000 a year.

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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

February 17, 2016 By:
NOTES: The email is just an introduction but needs to be well written so get it proof read by someone else and listen to what they have to say. Also, you need to personalize it. Make it so you are talking to them and not a generic email that you are going to send to everyone. Not too much detail and can’t be more than a page. They need to see that you have the potential to play for them. Basic stats and major awards. Not everything. Subject Line of the email needs to have your name, position and graduating class. {Coaches Name}- {To find coaches information you have to look on the athletic site for the school and college his information from there. Make sure you save his phone number and email in your contacts on your phones so you know when his call comes across. Also, in 3 business days follow up your email with a call to the coach to personally introduce yourself. Be upbeat. Have prepared questions to ask the coach and be prepared to sell yourself My name is {Recruits Name} from {School Name} in {City, State} and I am interested in playing football at the {College/University name}. I am currently playing as a {Position(s)} where I earned {note the awards and other accolades}. As a student, {State your GPA, test scores, academic accomplishments and other achievements from school} As an athlete, {state your size, bench, squat, 40 time, and other stats that you have} {Note any all-start games played in, camps and showcases you will be attending, other awards and accolades, also note what other sports you play at the school you are attending} {This section needs to be about how you are going to benefit the school. What do you like about this college/university so you have to do your homework and research the school. Include information about the academic programs at the school.} Below I have included a link to my highlight tape and social media accounts. I would love to meet you and talk about the possibility of being a part of your team in this coming fall. If there is anything I can do to help you decide whether he might be a good fit for your program please don’t hesitate to ask. Highlight Film: {Your film shouldn’t be more than 3 mins with all the best stuff upfront.} Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: {Make sure your social media accounts are CLEAN and they will check your friend’s pages as well} Thank you very much for your time and I look forward to hearing back. Sincerely, {Name} {BEST Phone Number} {Email (Make sure your email address is your name and nothing derogatory or negative.} My coaches information: {Coaches Name} {Coaches BEST Phone Number} {Coaches BEST Email} BEFORE YOU SEND!!! Proof Read at least 3 times and have someone look over it for you. Parent, Coach, Teacher. GOOD LUCK!!!

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.

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.

February 19, 2016 By: Two months after the University of Louisiana-Lafayette convinced West Brook High School's Alfred Beverly to change his choice of school and join its football program, the phone rang in the Beverly household. The call was from ULL recruiter Jorge Munoz, who told Beverly's parents that head coach Mark Hudspeth was rescinding his offer to their son. After a losing season, the program's recruiting interests had turned to junior college transfers instead of high school players. It was the last time the Beverlys heard from anyone with the program. "It was hard to digest," Alfred Beverly said. "I had de-committed from another school to play for them and that's where I was set on playing. Having that taken away from me was just hard." Sitting in his kitchen with his mother crying softly in the background, Beverly felt betrayed by a program that had begun courting him as an underclassmen. Beverly, a 6-foot-5, 330-pound senior offensive lineman, became a victim of the ugly side of college recruiting, one that comes with false promises and fake smiles. He learned that though recruiters and coaches make the process personal to forge loyalty, it quickly becomes impersonal when they decide to sever ties. "Nothing is real until you sign that piece of paper," Beverly said. "I thought I was that guy and that they wanted me and nothing like this would ever happen. I was wrong." Playing games with players ULL recruited Beverly away from Louisiana Tech, to whom he verbally committed the summer before his senior season. After ULL reneged on its offer, Beverly was unable to re-sign with the Bulldogs because his spot had been taken. He eventually signed with Southeastern Louisiana, a Division I FCS school, on National Signing Day Feb. 3, joining teammate Christian Bluiett, who also signed with SLU. "Because the process has started so early and goes so fast, we are seeing more of this kind of thing happen," said Gerry Hamilton, a national recruiting analyst for ESPN. "But it goes both ways. The kids do it to the colleges too. When something better comes along, they'll also leave that school high and dry. It's something that is happening both ways, more and more each year." Schools' and players' dismissal of the ethical implications as academic is ironic and shortsighted, experts say. Ann Skeet, director of Leadership Ethics for the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University, said programs and people have to decide how they want to be known. "If operating ethically, with care and concern for others as part of a decision-making process, is important to the football program or the recruit, then verbal agreements should be honored," Skeet said. Shouldn't universities especially want to be regarded as ethical enterprises? Organizations of all kinds - whether universities or multinational corporations - need trust to operate, said Chris MacDonald, who teaches ethics and business decision-making at Ryerson University in Toronto, is co-editor of the Business Ethics Journal Review and writes a business ethics blog. "But universities absolutely ought to hold themselves to a higher standard. Historically, colleges and universities have been seen as having custodial obligations with regard to the young people they educate," MacDonald said. "So recruiting students isn't 'just business.' It's something more, and so breaking a scholarship promise is deeply problematic and sometimes downright predatory. "The fact that you can get away with breaking your word doesn't make it OK." Schools can pay a price ESPN's Hamilton said that schools the size of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette can avoid national media scrutiny when they pull offers, but a backlash follows from broken relationships with the high school staff and even the recruiting area. "The real price to be paid for these programs is in future recruitment," Hamilton said. For West Brook head coach Kevin Flanigan, mistreatment of his players is a "one and you're done" violation for visiting recruiters. "If a college comes in and offers you a scholarship and then rescinds that offer after you've committed, then that school will not be allowed back on the campus to talk to our football players," Flanigan said. "It's worked out OK for Alfred, but it's just bad business. It's a low character move in my opinion." ULL's treatment of Beverly might have irreversibly ended ties with Beaumont's largest high school, which will send 13 players to the college ranks next year. After realignment takes effect in the fall, West Brook will be the area's only Class 6A school. Flanigan said he called ULL's head coach for an explanation but never received one. "I told their athletic director that, as far as I'm concerned, ULL can skip right on by West Brook," Flanigan said. "I don't want to see them and they better not come to my office." West Brook's Dan Moore, a 6-5, 320-pound junior lineman, has his own offer from ULL. But the way they treated Beverly, he said, might keep him from joining the Ragin' Cajuns 2017 signing class. "It makes me think that they are not trustworthy," Moore said. "The way they went about doing things were pretty harsh." Read the complete story in the Feb. 14 print edition of the Beaumont Enterprise.

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.