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“Empowering The High School Student Athlete”

Got what it takes? March 24, 2009

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Playing sports in college is one level of competition. Landing  sports scholarships is in a whole other league.

Athletic awards are made through colleges and applying for one is like marketing yourself as the lead role for a film.

If you are interested in winning an athletic scholarship go to theNCAA website  and read up on their regulations and policies. You’ll need to apply with NCAA Eligibility Center.

According to the NCAA, athletic scholarships for undergraduate student-athletes at Division I and Division II schools are partially funded through the NCAA membership revenue distribution. These scholarships are awarded directly by each college and not the NCAA. About $1 billion in athletic scholarships are awarded each year and over 126,000 student-athletes receive either a partial or full athletic scholarship. Division III schools offer only academic scholarships and not offer athletic scholarships.

If you enroll in a Division I college before August 1, 2009, and want to participate in athletics or receive an athletics scholarship during your first year, you have to graduate from high school and complete these 14 core courses:  

  • 4 years of English
  • 2 years of math (algebra 1 or higher)
  •  2 years of natural or physical science (including one year of lab science if offered by your high school)
  • 1 extra year of English, math or natural or physical science
  •  2 years of social science
  •  3 years of extra core courses (from any category above, or foreign language, nondoctrinal religion or philosophy)

You’ll also need to earn a minimum required grade-point average in your core courses and get a combined SAT or ACT sum score that matches your core course grade-point average on the test score sliding scale.

You’ll also want to contact the financial aid office of the school you hope to attend. They should have lots of information about available awards.

Make yourself known to coaches. While the actual athletic scholarship is awarded through the college’s financial aid office, it’s the coaches who decide who get the cash. You can go visit the coaches if that’s possible or send them a video of you playing sports, and doing drills, along with a personalized letter.

So you’ve definitely got your work cut out for you if you want to compete for athletic scholarships. But you already like competition, don’t you?

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As one of the larger websites that cover preps, has a database that includes some of the best athletes throughout the country in a number of different sports.  And while it is not the only site doing this, college coaches do look at the database and may use it to find names to add to their prospective recruiting list.

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


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

The first place I would recommend is find a contact page for the staff of their national recruiting site.  That is usually the first and best way to find someone who has access to adding and updating players in the database.  When doing this, you will need to be patient because these analysts do get a lot of similar requests from other athletes.  And if you wait a week and don’t hear back/are not listed in the database, then it is time to move on to someone else.

If you have the Division I attention and the stats, you might as well keep emailing them until someone responds to you.  Again, there is no reason not to get listed in this database because it will help you with colleges and potential articles from in the future.



Scout Media Email Phone
Scott Kennedy, Director of Scouting 404-421-5883

National Football Recruiting Email Phone
Allen Wallace, National Editor 949-376-2900

Southeast Football Recruiting Email Phone
Burke Hayes, Regional Manager 770-324-9162
Andrew Bone, Asst. Regional Manager 256-490-2436
Mike Bakas, Florida 386-795-1852
Sonny Shipp, Louisiana 225-936-0538
Yancy Porter, Mississippi 662-236-5055
Steve Robertson, Mississippi 225-803-7197

Southwest Football Recruiting Email Phone
Allen Zepeda, Texas 713-201-1349
Jason Jewell, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico 602-361-6345

East Football Recruiting Email Phone
Bob Lichtenfels, Regional Manager 724-840-3985
Matt Alkire, Recruiting Analyst 610-812-8329

Midwest Football Recruiting Email Phone
Bob Lichtenfels, Regional Manager 724-840-3985
Allen Trieu, Recruiting Analyst 616-566-7088
Matt Alkire, Recruiting Analyst 610-812-8329

Midland Football Recruiting
Baron Flenory, Regional Manager 724-469-0831
Andrew Bone, Kansas, Nebraska 256-490-2436

West Football Recruiting Email Phone
Brandon Huffman, Regional Manager 253-266-1024
Chris Fetters, Northwest 206-618-6246
Johnny Curren, West Coast Video

Junior-College Football Recruiting Email Phone
Kevin Lustgarten, National Editor 425-637-1518

Are you a basketball player interested in getting added to the database as well?  Click here for the bio page or contact one of these four experts:

National Recruiting Director
Dave Telep –

Recruiting Analyst 
Evan Daniels –

West Coast 
Greg Hicks –

East Coast 
Mike Sullivan –

One last final note.  Please do not contact multiple people on this list asking them to add you.  Find one that would be considered in your area and write an email introducing yourself.  You may also want to include your recruiting profile as well.


College Recruiting Nights March 3, 2009

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College Recruiting Nights



ALL coaches stressed the importance of solid academic achievement. There are so many top players that will never get admitted to these colleges because of poor grades. For example, during Jake Reed’s Blue Chip Camp, coaches were given their packet that also included player’s academic achievement. So often coaches would see a great player, turn to see the grades and realize this player had no shot of attending their college.

Coach McCabe stressed how strong grades make the process so much easier… coaches aren’t going to be scrambling and pleading with their admissions people if you don’t have the grades.


The Recruiting Timetable

All coaches addressed their timetable for solidifying their recruiting classes. For the D1 coaches, Fried, Berger and Petro, this process has been accelerated over the last 2-3 years. Petro shared that he has juniors right now committing and that he’ll probably have the 2010 recruiting class wrapped up by spring. For the D3 coaches, McCabe and Bliss, their timetable is pushed back a bit. Right now both coaches are solidifying their 2009 recruits. McCabe told us that he’s looking at juniors but will start to recruit them come springtime. Check out Coach Fried’s thoughts on the timetable by clicking on The drop down menu for “Choosing a Playlist” and selecting “Recruiting Timetable”


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Freshman Start Your College Search NOW !! February 24, 2009


Freshman Start Your College Search NOW !! HS Freshem Students can visit as many colleges as they wish without breaking any NCAA rules.Another reason you should plan early.

GET YOUR NAME OUT THERE. Use the recruiting websites,beRecruited,PrepChamps and MaxPreps are some very good ones.


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6 Common Recruiting Mistakes February 23, 2009

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Earning an athletic scholarship is not an exact science. Therefore, there are common mistakes that are made by many prospective athletes. Avoid these pitfalls and you will increase your chances of earning an athletic scholarship to the school of your dreams.

1) Taking the recruiting process for granted

One of the most common pitfalls is taking the process for granted because you think that schools are going to aggressively recruit you. Many athletes receive letters from schools, but that doesn’t mean that they are recruiting you. You need to follow up with these coaches and express a mutual interest. Only a select few athletes actually get personal visits from coaches. It is simply too expensive and time consuming for coaches in most sports. Don’t take anything for granted and market yourself aggressively.

2) Underestimating your chances of getting an athletic scholarship

You don’t need to be the best athlete on your team or in your league in order to earn an athletic scholarship. Of course, you need to be skilled at your sport, but not necessarily the star. Many athletes don’t even attempt to get a scholarship, despite thousands of scholarships being at their fingertips. Talk to your coach to assess your chances and get some advice on how to proceed with the recruiting process. Register with beRecruited, and get your name out there to hundreds of prospective coaches in your sport.

3) Making poor decisions off the field

You can severely damage your chances of earning an athletic scholarship by getting trouble with the law and abusing drugs and alcohol. Although everybody makes mistakes when they are young, these decisions reflect your true character to a prospective school. If you don’t exercise discipline and good decision-making off the field, you probably aren’t going to on the field. Drugs and alcohol also dramatically affect the body’s recovery time and double the chances of injury.

4) Letting your grades slip

As any coach will tell you, schools are looking for a complete package in their recruits. Of course they want excellent athletes, but they also desire recruits that perform in the classroom. Do not assume that your athletic prowess trumps your academics. Do your best in the classroom until you graduate.

5) Getting bad advice

You will find that everyone has advice for you during your recruiting process. Some of it will be good advice, but not all of it. Consider your sources carefully, and be sure to evaluate their expertise before following their advice.

6) Over/under reliance on your coach

Your coach is one of your biggest assets in the college recruiting process. Often times, coaches have connections that can help you in your search. Experienced coaches are also good judges of talent and may be able to give you an idea of your level of competition. Don’t forget to use them as a resource. However, don’t assume that they know everything, or that they will do anything for you. You need to ask for their help, and you will need to follow up with them. Remember that they have a lot going on in their lives besides you. Few coaches will aggressively market you to colleges. Consider your coach as being a crucial part of your recruiting process, but not your only resource.


Your High School Years

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Here are some suggestions on what you need to do during your HS years

Freshman Year

Your High School tenure starts with the 9th grade. I cannot stress enough the importance of starting your freshman year working toward good grades, which also includes developing good study habits and disciplining yourself to complete and turn your homework in on time. Not only is a student-athlete’s future eligibility at risk, but you will find a larger base of colleges interested in you with a higher GPA. I have talked with too many junior and senior High School athletes who wish they had the opportunity to go back and redo the 9th grade with the same focus and understanding that they now have.

Make a personal commitment to your sport. Practice basic skills and set an off-season conditioning program. Most coaches are very happy to guide and direct you in setting up personal goals to work on during your off-season.

Look for opportunities to play outside of your high school program. Again, talk to your coach. He or she may be able to steer you toward clubs, AAU teams, traveling teams, or other opportunities to play and improve your sport. 

Sophomore Year

Sophomore Year Your sophomore year is the time to get serious if you are interested in competing in college and in getting a sports scholarship. Learning about recruiting and the rules around sports scholarships now will put you ahead of the game when it counts. You can start working on raising your visibility as well as learning about colleges and their sports programs.

Sophomore year is also about development. This means both developing your sport skills as well as working on your leadership abilities. You will be a more valuable recruit if you have built a reputation for teamwork, sportsmanship and maturity. Establishing that reputation is a long process and it requires consistency. It is important to have fun and keep a sense of humor, but even more important to be fair, honest and mature. College coaches need motivated athletes who contribute to team unity and stay clear of trouble.

Junior Year

No year is more important to recruiting success than your junior year. Most people know about recruiting as a senior activity, but it is likely to be the accomplishments of your junior year that get you recruiting calls. The earlier that you get onto the coaches’ radar screens, the better your chances of having a successful recruiting season your senior year. Do not sit back and wait for lightning to strike.


You can boost your visibility to coaches by making phone calls, visiting schools and meeting coaches. You might think that it is the coach’s job to meet you. However, there are various NCAA rules that prevent coaches from reaching out until late in your junior year. Learn about the rules and learn how you can use those rules to get a head start on recruiting. You can contact the coaches and you can meet with them and show your interest as long as you follow the rules

For NCAA Division I sports other than football, you can receive one phone call in March of your junior year. In football you may receive one phone call in May of your junior year. With a few exceptions, active recruiting in most sports starts July 1, following your junior year. In Division II, coaches can start making recruiting calls on June 15th of your junior year.

Senior Year

You have many things to juggle at once. Time is in short supply. You need to continue to make sure that you are eligible by filling any holes in your transcript. Your sport skills should show continuing development. You may be receiving calls and you may get a request for a home visit by the coach. How should you handle a home visit? You may be fortunate enough to get an early scholarship offer. Is this offer the best you will get? Will you have to make a commitment before the signing period? What if the offer is good but you do not think that the school is right for you? What should you do and who should you see on an official recruiting visitYour High SchoolY


A closer look at the small and LARGE print of recruiting letters February 2, 2009

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Tate Forcier
Tate Forcier

 Repost of Andy Staple’s article, Andy is a writer at SI


Tate Forcier was training at Marv Marinovich’s Orange County, Calif., facility early this year when his cell phone rang. Forcier’s father was on the line, and he had good news. Stanford had offered the Scripps Ranch (San Diego) quarterback a scholarship. But Forcier, one of the top quarterback prospects in the class of 2009, didn’t celebrate immediately. After watching the recruitment of older brothers Jason (who began at Michigan and transferred to Stanford) and Chris (UCLA), Forcier understood the process better than most. He wanted to see that offer in writing. Not long after, an envelope arrived at Forcier’s home. Inside was a four-paragraph letter from Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh offering a full scholarship. “It kind of didn’t hit me until I actually received the letter in the mail,” Forcier said. “When you get that first offer, it’s one of the best feelings. You know you have a place. You’re set. You’re not worrying, ‘Am I going to get recruited?'” Forcier has since received 29 more offers, and as the written offers have arrived, Forcier and his family have scanned them and posted them on the brothers’ Web site. As of Tuesday morning, the Forciers had posted 21 offer letters on the site, and those letters offer a fascinating glimpse into a key moment in the recruiting process that is often talked about but rarely examined. Thanks to Forcier, we know that Harbaugh believes Stanford represents “the greatest combination of academic and athletic excellence in existence.” We know LSU has yet to order new letterhead since winning the 2007 BCS title. We know that Oklahoma State coach Mike “I’m a man!” Gundy writes the same way he talks — with ALL CAPITAL LETTERS. Forcier has offers from schools in all six BCS conferences, so the letters posted on his site offer an excellent cross-section of big-time programs. And like Gundy’s all-caps missive, each says a lot about the coach and the program he represents. Claims All the letters offer to provide tuition, room, board and books, but of the 21 letters Forcier has posted, Harbaugh’s offers the most hyperbole. The second paragraph opens with, “As both the top academic institution in the world, and the home of the top collegiate athletic program in the world…” Penn State, which, like Stanford, has an excellent record for graduating players, also emphasized academics in its offer. In a letter from the desk of Joseph V. Paterno, Forcier is reminded that the Nittany Lions have “maintained a commitment to achievement in the classroom and on the field with unyielding fervor.” Meanwhile, Washington coach Ty Willingham hints in his offer letter to Forcier that in previous years, the program may not have stressed the non-football aspects of the college experience. “The beliefs of the football program are aligning more with the mission of the University than at any time in the history of this great institution,” Willingham wrote in a letter dated Feb. 19, a few weeks after The Seattle Times published a scathing series examining the behavior of Washington’s 2000 Pac-10 title team coached by Rick Neuheisel. Willingham also seems to consider Forcier a savior of sorts. “With your greatness, we know that the Husky football program will return to being the best in the country,” Willingham wrote. “The impact that you have will be immediate and tremendous.