New Recruiting Rule Stifles Early Recruiting – and it’s about time.

  In case you haven’t heard yet, the NCAA just approved monumental recruiting legislation. For prospective student-athletes, it’s a game changer. Effective for the 2018 school year, all college recruiting contact begins September 1 of the Prospective Student-Athlete’s (PSA) junior year in high school. Most…

12 Ways for College-Bound Athletes to Create Awareness

                        Recently I wrote about The Athletic Recruiting Funnel as a way to help bring simplicity and clarity to an often-misunderstood process. If you (parents, athletes & coaches) can start to see the flow…

No offers yet? Now is NOT the Time to Give Up

  It’s easy to lose hope when coaches aren’t beating down your door. It’s normal to doubt yourself when nobody seems to want you. But you’ve worked your entire life in pursuit of a dream. So when you’re in the thick of the college recruitment…

Why having an Athletic Recruiting Strategy is more critical for today’s student-athlete than ever before

  If you’ve read my past articles, or if you have visited with me at some point over the past 15+ years, then you know how frequently I refer to the college athletic recruitment experience as a major project. Anything that requires hundreds of hours,…

How do I actually know my student-athlete is being recruited?

  When it comes to being recruited by college coaches, ongoing activity really tells the story. And it’s quite transparent, too. When you’re on coaches’ radars, you know it. And when you aren’t, then it’s equally clear. That said, most parents of college-bound athletes are…

Never let a 140 character tweet cost you a $140,000 scholarship

  In today’s world of college athletic recruiting, there’s no denying that social media is the ultimate “background check.” What you put out there is your brand and how you want to be perceived. College recruiters want to see what kind of person you are…

Are you emailing college coaches?

  If you’ve read my previous articles over the years, then you know how much I value networking and building relationships with college coaches. In fact, we discuss this on a daily basis with parents who hire us to manage their athlete’s college recruitment. The…

Where am I in the college recruitment process?

  When I ask a student-athlete about their college goals, most kids have actually given it considerable thought and can articulate them fairly well: -Play my sport at the college level. -Earn a scholarship. -Find the best fit school that allows me to pursue my…

The 'D1 or Bust' Mentality

  If you ask today’s high school athlete where s/he wants to go to college, a Who’s Who of major Division I universities might just be among their list of favorites. And there’s certainly nothing wrong with that. Let’s face it, we are inundated with…

When the WRONG schools are recruiting me

When the WRONG schools are recruiting me

  Parents and athletes often ask us about what to do when the “wrong” schools show interest. Here’s some food for thought when replying to coaches at schools that (at least for the time being) may be at the bottom of your list. First and…