(PRWEB) March 11, 2012
Athletic scholarships and college recruiting play a huge role in the lives of student athletes. When beginning that pursuit, what’s the best first course of action?
“This is when a lot of parents and athletes make major mistakes,” says Coach John Scott, president and CEO of Athletic Quest as well as a two time former college coach himself. “They’ll write letters on fancy paper and send emails in search of sport scholarships and high school recruiting. Parents will often spend thousands of dollars on filming, duplication and shipping of DVDs to a number of schools. I see it all the time, and it’s a waste of time and money. Then they’ll fill out cookie-cutter college recruiting questionnaires. In reality, college coaches receive upwards of 5,000 of those letters, DVDs and questionnaires a year. And a Top 25 Division I football or basketball coach can receive up to 25,000 letters and DVDs a year. They do not have time to look at everyone’s DVD’s so they will first evaluate you from your resume or player profile within 30 to 60 seconds to see if they even want to watch a highlight tape.”
So how do you differentiate your student athlete from everybody else? College coaches will first evaluate someone on paper. You go in their “in box” or “out box” so how you present your data is not just important, it’s life or death to a college prospect.
“You need to first establish yourself on paper as a legitimate, honest college recruiting prospect,” advises Scott. “The best way to do that is to have a unique and thorough player profile that will get the attention of college coaches. On our website http://www.athleticquest.net we offer a free player profile form and a recruiting E-book with tips on college recruiting. By filling in the player profile form, it makes it easier to establish the student athlete as a legitimate college prospect a college coach will want to look at .”
Other advantages of downloading the free E-book? There are 15.2 million high school athletes in the United States. Less than 6% will go to play in college. Without a solid college recruiting game plan you will get lost in the tidal wave of potential athletes who could have and should have played college sports, but never did. This E-book will help you benefit from the collective knowledge of an entire team of college coaches and decades of college recruiting experience. Included in this E-book is information on:
- Misconceptions about college recruiting
- How to know if you’re good enough to play in college
- How to get seen by college coaches
- Choosing a college – four key areas to consider
What’s the role of Athletic Quest in college recruiting? “We’re here to help the student move from number 1,000 on the college list to somewhere in the top ten on the same list so they will get looked at immediately. Because the entire team at Athletic Quest has been or currently is a college coach, we fully understand what has to be done for college recruiting and athletic scholarships, how it needs to be done, and to make sure no pieces of the college recruiting puzzle are missing. After assessing student athletes on paper, we’ll narrow the field from tens of thousands of potential clients down to only a couple of thousand student athletes we will work with every year in a one on one setting with a college coach mentoring the family.” reports Scott.
The team of former college coaches at Athletic Quest leave no stone unturned when it comes to profiling their student athletes for football recruiting, basketball recruiting, and 43 other sports. We develop student athletes into college prospects. We help them obtain athletic scholarships and 14 other types of funding scholarships for college. “We get down to the minute detail of an athlete’s profile,” comments Coach Scott, “which is much different than cookie cutter profiles.” Specific questions help complete the profile that separates our student athletes from the masses. For example, what’s your 40-time? What’s your baseball 60-time? What’s your wing span? What’s your vertical jump? Bench press and squats? What are your statistics? Batting average? On-base percentage? Three-point percentage? Free-throw percentage? And much more by each individual sport. Depending upon your sport, what are your times? “These questions are college competition level identifiers for athletes and for college coaches,” says Scott.
“We know that all college coaches are going to look at two criteria,” continues Scott. (1) Can the student be qualified academically; what are his or her SATs and ACTs? What is the student’s GPA, which tells the coach about the level of work and work ethic. (2) Assessment of whether or not the student can compete at the correct competition level of the college team. Not everyone will be an NCAA Division I elite athlete. In fact only .08% or less than one in one hundred seniors will be.
“I can’t stress enough how important academics are in the process of college recruiting,” states Scott. “And this is a critical component of why Athletic Quest has such a great success rate. Our staff, all of our college coaches, know that academics are the front door and critical to success. We have a powerful academic study system we have built and teach as an educational program that can quickly elevate a student’s academic GPA and status.
“We also know how to streamline a student’s academic success. For instance, many kids haven’t taken SATs or ACTs before their senior year, which is a huge mistake. We recommend taking each test twice before the junior year is over. The NCAA agrees, and NCAA Division I has the toughest academic regulations of all the college' governing bodies. This is what the NCAA rules state regarding the SAT and ACT:: You may take the ACT or the SAT more than one time. If you take either test more than once, you may use your best sub-score from different tests to meet the minimum test score requirements.’”
Many parents and students simply aren’t familiar with these suggestions and requirements, as well as hundreds of other rules and priorities when striving for athletic scholarships and college recruiting. “And they mess it up,” says Scott. “It’s like running a hurdles race — you miss one hurdle and you won’t ever win.”
Athletic Quest has thousands of college recruiting success stories to share — many of them based on accelerating the academic level of student athletes. “Robert Turbin of Utah State University was pre-season Western Athletic Conference player of the year,” says Scott, “and we’re really proud of the fact that we played a big role in that achievement. When we started working with him during his junior year in high school, he wasn’t a ‘qualifier’ — his SATs and ACTs were not high enough to get him into top schools. We worked hard with him for a year to prepare him as a prospect and to prepare him academically, and then boom — he was signed for a full scholarship at Utah State University. Now he’s being looked at by NFL teams.
“We’re like doctors — we diagnose the athlete, assess the situation, and then fix any problems,” smiles Scott.
Athletic Quest can be contacted by visiting http://www.AthleticQuest.net or by calling 888-803-5157. Call Athletic Quest for a free evaluation ($50.00 value) or to visit with a college coach recruiter.