beRecruited.com Sees Record Usage Among Athletes, College Coaches for October

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Largest online athletic recruiting network generates more than 800,000 connections and registers commitments to more than 100 colleges and universities for the month.

October showed acceleration on the trending we have seen this fall, arguably the most critical time of year in the recruiting process, and clearly they are finding beRecruited.com as a valued resource in the process.

October marked a record-breaking month for beRecruited.com, the largest online recruiting network connecting high school athletes with college coaches.

The site facilitated more than 806,000 connections between athletes and coaches in October, and had users log in to the service more than 425,000 times during the month. Both of those figures are nearly 200 percent higher than October 2008. The site currently has more than 650,000 registered users, adding more than 36,000 new registered users in October.

"Our product enhancements have increased the level of usage and engagement by both athletes and college coaches," said Jeff Cravens, president of beRecruited.com. "October showed acceleration on the trending we have seen this fall, arguably the most critical time of year in the recruiting process, and clearly they are finding beRecruited.com as a valued resource in the process."

Athletes self-reported committing to more than 100 different schools in October. In the past year, beRecruited athletes have committed to more than 1,350 different colleges and universities.

"Our key success factor is playing a role in helping athletes and college coaches to collectively find the right fit - both athletically as well as academically," Cravens said. "Every kid and situation is different, but our platform is serving athletes and programs at all levels."

Several of October's committed athletes provided advice that they have shared with other beRecruited users that are still going through the recruiting process:

"I found it helpful that all of the information for each of the schools I was interested in was listed, that way it was really easy to contact coaches and let them know that I was interested in rowing at their school," said Chelsea Sawicki, a rower from Miss Porter's School (Farmington, Conn.) who will be attending Duke University.

"beRecruited was a great tool for me to get interest from schools," said Hilary Hahmann, a swimmer from Plant Senior High School (Tampa, Fla.) who indicated she will be attending the University of Alabama. " I loved a lot of the features available but especially the one that allows you to see which coaches look at your profile. This really kept me motivated and expanded my list of potential schools. I also liked the new features of being able to research colleges by state and also having the ability to invite the coaches to view your profile."

"I loved that beRecruited was able to get me started with research about different programs and schools," said Kasey Morris, a swimmer from Oscar F. Smith High School (Chesapeake, Va.) who committed to attend Princeton University. "It was easy to find schools that could be a good fit by looking at their respective divisions, if scholarships were available, location, etc."

"The entire profile was great and helped me to get accurate information about myself out to college coaches so they could get to know me," said Jared DeBrizzi, a baseball player from St. Joseph High School (Metuchen, N.J.), who committed to Kean University.

By creating a profile with beRecruited.com, high school athletes can instantly connect with registered college coaches across America. Athletes update their profiles with recent statistics, videos and photos, and college coaches can view the profiles that fit their programs and connect with the athletes. Coaches are alerted via email when an athlete fits their parameters.

The company's service is free, maintaining the founders' principle of providing a robust, cost-effective resource for athletes. For a one-time fee of $59.99 or a monthly fee of $9.99, student-athletes can enhance their profiles by becoming a deluxe-user. Founded in 2000 by Ryan Spoon, a collegiate swimmer for Duke University, it was first created exclusively for NCAA swimming and diving and now serves athletes and coaches from 18 different sports. For more information, visit http://www.berecruited.com.

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