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RECRUITING101 COLLEGE RECRUITING SIMPLIFIED

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5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT RECRUITING & HOW TO TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR RECRUITING PROCESS.

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IDENTIFY. EVALUATE. ACTIVATE.

Driven by more than 130,000 annual roster requests from college coaches, at NCSA Athletic Recruiting, we Identify, Evaluate, and Activate qualified and committed student-athletes into the largest, verified network for 35,017 active college coaches and 1,968 college programs across 29 sports. We simplify the college recruiting process. We help college coaches use their time more efficiently and reach more qualified student-athletes. We provide student-athletes with access to basic and premium recruiting tools for Video, Connecting, and Coaching to accelerate their recruitment. NCAA Approved. NCSA Athletic Recruiting assists student-athletes in fulfilling their dream of participating in college athletics, maximizing financial aid, and earning a meaningful degree. Our team of more than 300 former college and professional athletes and coaches has decades of experience with the recruiting process, and has assisted more than 50,000 student-athletes to achieve nearly $4 billion in scholarship and aid since 2000. We change lives through sports.


HUDDLE UP “ You are going to go through the recruiting process one time, and the day after signing day, you don’t want to have any regrets. You have to be realistic, and you have to understand that it’s not where you go to school, but it’s what you do with that education when you get it. It’s about being a teammate, it’s about getting an education, and it’s about going off into the world with the lessons in life that you have learned regardless if your helmet is orange and blue. The most important thing that you can put on a resume that you are building to present to a college or university is character. -Bob Chmiel, Former Michigan and Notre Dame Coach


EXPERT ADVICE

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Develop your game plan and winning strategy for taking control of your recruitment.

WHEN DOES THE RECRUITING PROCESS START? RECRUITING FACTS Due to the rise in athletic scholarship need and the increase of available information for college coaches, the recruiting process is starting earlier than ever before. According the NCAA, college coaches are starting to identify 7th and 8th graders as recruits and even starting to offer scholarships to prospects before their freshman year.

80% DID YOU KNOW 80% of Division I prospects are identified by the end of their sophomore year

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EXPERT ADVICE

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Post your academic and athletic recruiting resume online in a verified recruiting network.

HOW DO I GET DISCOVERED? RECRUITING FACTS With the volume of prospects today, and recruiting regulations that limit the amount of time coaches can be on the road evaluating, college coaches rely heavily on third-party resources to build their list of student-athletes to actively recruit. Every sport has major third-party sources that collect prospect data, verify the information, and make it available for college coaches. Coaches then use this information to perform their initial search to identify student-athletes that fit the academic and athletic guidelines of their program. This is the first step college programs take to decide if they will continue to actively recruit a prospect.

8 MILLION DID YOU KNOW There are nearly 8 million high school studentathletes in the U.S., and few more than 1,900 college programs – having the skill on the field isn’t enough to get spotted by college programs.

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EXPERT ADVICE

03. HOW DO COACHES EVALUATE PROSPECTS?

Know exactly what college coaches want to see, and create a winning highlight video – review football video guidelines at: http:// www.ncsasports.org/footballvideo-guidelines

RECRUITING FACTS After making their list, college coaches need to see prospects play. Coaches do not have the time or money to evaluate all prospects in person, they rely on online video delivered through third-party networks to do the majority of their initial evaluations. This allows them to search and view videos of prospects based on specific criteria that match with their program’s needs. When posting your highlight video to get noticed, you need to do more than just put it online. Posting your video in a verified recruiting network allows coaches to follow you, track what coaches and programs are viewing your video and profile, and also alerts coaches of your interest by letting you follow specific programs.

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DID YOU KNOW The average recruiting budget is less than $2,000 to find and recruit student-athletes.

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EXPERT ADVICE

04. WHERE AM I QUALIFIED TO PLAY?

An evaluation with a recruiting expert can help you narrow your college search to schools that are likely matches based on your qualifications.

RECRUITING FACTS Have clear expectations of the college programs you qualify for based on athletic and academic performance, whether that’s DI, DII, DIII, NAIA or NJCAA. Accordingly U.S. News & World Report, more than 50% of the top 25 colleges are not FBS schools. Nothing is more important than finding the college fit that is right for you not only for athletics, but academics as well. Do your research: studentathletes serious about competing at the college-level need to research and contact

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the college athletic programs are outside of Division I (FBS).

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*DI-A: FBS | DI-AA: FCS

Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). Schools in Division I FBS (previously known as DI-A) compete in post-season bowl games, and are eligible to compete in the Bowl Championship Series. Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). Schools in Division I FCS (previously known as DI-AA) compete a 24-team post-season tournament to determine a champion.

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05. WHAT IS MY COACH’S ROLE?

EXPERT ADVICE

College coaches recruit studentathletes, not parents, or high school coaches. Student-athletes need to take control of their recruiting process and educate themselves on how to build relationships with college coaches.

RECRUITING FACTS Your coach can take care of your development on the field or on the court, but getting an athletic scholarship is your responsibility. Getting successfully recruited can be a full-time job, and your high school or club coach probably can’t dedicate the time, or have the resources that the athletic recruiting process requires. The commitment and passion college programs are looking for has to come from you.

5 DID YOU KNOW The average coach has relationships with fewer than 5 college coaches and most of them are local.

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HOW TO TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR RECRUITING PROCESS

GET IDENTIFIED Driven by the support of the collegiate coaching community, thousands of coaches rely on NCSA for updated prospects lists daily. Our lists are compiled directly from our Recruit-Match database. Prospects get identified by building a free Recruit-Match profile, which starts with completing a Recruiting Questionnaire at www.ncsasports.org/identify

GET EVALUATED Evaluation is an on-going part of the recruiting process. NCSA offers complimentary one-on-one Scout Screenings to further determine a prospects initial level of recruitment and qualifications. To find out how to schedule a priority evaluation, call 855.403.6272 today.

GET ACTIVATED After an initial evaluation with a National Scout, qualified recruits are approved for a Scouting Evaluation and free Profile Activation by an NCSA Head Scout. This evaluation with a recruiting expert will: - Help the family set clear expectations of the college program they may qualify. - Unlock the student-athletes profile, making them viewable and searchable by college coaches. - Be an opportunity to review custom recruiting game plans they qualify for, which provides access to NCSA’s best premium recruiting tools. To find out how to get activated into NCSA Athletic Recruiting’s network, go to www.ncsasports.org or call 855.403.6272 today.

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2012 COMMIT TO CORNELL UNIVERSITY My NCSA experience was definitely a helpful one. In my opinion, NCSA helped most with explaining the rules and timelines of football recruiting. I switched to football from soccer, so I really didn’t know much about the sport and the recruiting process. I signed up for NCSA around February of 2011, and immediately got to work following the set by step instructions given. I think this proactive approach is what really led to my ultimate college decision. I noticed that I was a lot further ahead in the process than a lot of other local kids who had college aspirations. NCSA always answered my questions promptly, and really taught me how to communicate with coaches. NCSA really guided me through the process, and helped me stay up to date with what I should be doing. In my opinion, the “To-Do List” was really the most important thing that helped me to be proactive in my recruitment.

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IMPORTANT DATES DAY AFTER YOU FINISH 8TH GRADE Athletes can start to receive questionnaires, camp brochures, and general university info from college coaches SEPTEMBER 1ST Juniors can begin to receive recruiting letters/emails Seniors: Once per week calls SEPTEMBER – NOVEMBER Fall Evaluation Period DECEMBER – JANUARY Contact Period 1ST WEDNESDAY OF FEBRUARY National Letter of Intent Signing Day APRIL 16 – MAY 31 Spring Evaluation Period Juniors: One call during this period JUNE College Camp Season JULY Coaches Vacation Time AUGUST Preseason Practice


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