Wednesday March 29 2017
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Do coaches know who you are?

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The world of college recruiting is a busy one. The internet is inundated with websites that rate prospects, feature videos and discuss recruiting. But at the end of the day, college coaches recruit athletes they know.

If you are a three-time All-State athlete and you play football or basketball, most college coaches probably know of you and your abilities and have already contacted you. If you are a good student, good athlete, and play with commitment, heart and desire--but play a "non-revenue" sport--there’s a good probability you have fallen through the cracks.

Many high school athletes fall into the latter category. You have a choice and can take one of two approaches. You can sit back and hope to be noticed or you can go after it with gusto; the same way you applied yourself when you wanted to earn a roster spot on your high school or club team.

Make sure you are noticed.

You must:

  • Mail your profile to college coaches – lots of college coaches. The NCAA states that you have approximately a 5 percent chance of playing sports in college.
  • Make sure that the information is correct, accurate and verified.
  • Put your profile on the Internet on secure site where you can be found.
  • Create a high quality, first class, professionally done highlight video.
  • Stream your video to college coaches’ desktops from a secure site.
  • Email your profile and subsequent updates to college coaches.
  • Call college coaches to determine their needs.
  • Continually, follow-up with college coaches.

Do all this quickly, efficiently and with a sense of purpose and urgency.

If this sounds like a lot of work and responsibility – it is! After all, a college education will cost between $100,000 and $250,000 and it is the most important decision in your life. Again, you have a choice – you can hope it happens... or you can make it happen.

College Prospects of America is a respected sports marketing service for high school student-athletes. For more information, call Marty Rock at 724-837-6006 or 724-433-0819, or email him at martin.rock@cpoapa.com.

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