(PRWEB) June 15, 2012
Athletic Quest, the college recruiting group comprised of a team of current and former college coaches, is offering free educational college recruiting seminars to high schools or club teams about the intricacies of college recruiting and athletic scholarships.
The process of applying for sport scholarships and the details of football recruiting, basketball recruiting, or recruiting for any sport, can be daunting. And parents and student athletes only have one shot at these opportunities in their child’s lifetime. One shot!
There are multiple benefits to listening to a free seminar offered by this group, not the least of which is learning how to obtain financial support for college — which is so critical today in light of the mounting costs of college tuition. “Our student athletes in the Athletic Quest college recruiting program are averaging well over $84,000 each in funding,” states Coach John Scott, president and CEO of Athletic Quest and a college, high school and pro coach for over two decades. “Because our company consists entirely of experienced college coaches, we know all the insider information on high school recruiting and college recruiting as well as the details of how athletic scholarships are granted.”
A number of topics are covered during these seminars, designed to educate students, parents, athletic directors and their administrative support staffs. Topics include:
The Role of Athletic Directors
High School coaches and athletic directors are typically faced with limited resources and options to help their athletes. A great example is a high school head football coach who didn’t have the time, resources or ability to help his non-NCAA Division I football athletes with football recruiting and sport scholarships, and simply didn’t have the time to help other deserving student athletes. He typically has 10 or 12 students each year who could go on and compete in college at some level, but simply weren’t going because of lack of guidance. He told the school superintendent that help was needed for these deserving non-Division I athletes and their parents, and that Athletic Quest coaches could provide valuable information to these people at a free seminar at their school.
"We’ll do everything possible to help student athletes receive every chance for legitimate options and opportunities,” comments Coach Scott, “regardless of what level of sport they’re best suited for. And we’re not just about muscle and brawn; we really drive home the importance of academics to all these students.
“The athletic directors trust us,” continues Coach Scott. “They know we’ll decide analytically who’s good enough to be playing at a college level and who’s not. This is an important qualification standard in our organization — we don’t accept every student athlete into our program. We’re truthful with everyone. There are a lot of college recruiting organizations that take money from honest families but aren’t honest about the athlete’s ability and the talent they have to go on to college sports. Simply stated, they sign up anybody, but only a small percentage of those student athletes can actually succeed in getting scholarships or getting recruited. In contrast, because of our intense evaluation process, we have a success rate of close to 100 percent.”
The Importance of Academics: Grades Count!
These free seminars are interactive, with Athletic Quest coaches asking questions of student athletes and parents, often centered around the importance of academics. “For example,” says Coach Scott, “at a seminar I’ll ask a student what their dream college is. Let’s say the answer is UCLA. I’ll then ask the student their ACT score to see if they match up with UCLA’s ACT score criteria of 26. If the student’s academic score is only 22, he or she is simply not getting into UCLA, regardless of how great an athlete they are. USC requires a 28. Duke requires a 29. Often times students and parents don’t even know enough to consider the importance of grades and academic scores when it comes to athletic scholarships and college recruiting opportunities.”
And Then Comes Athletics…
Once the academic qualification standards are addressed and met, then it’s time to talk about how to qualify the student athletically. “Let me give you an example,” states Coach Scott. “Today I talked with a dad about his son, who has papers in hand to play football at Dixie State. They were ready to sign when they got a call from Montana State (Division 1A), which is one level higher in competition than Dixie State. The Montana coach said, ‘We can put you on the scholarship list (meaning you’re not first in line) and we really like you, so we’ll pay for you to fly out here for a meeting.’ Sounds great, right?
“I showed the dad the roster list for the Montana State football team. His son is 6’2” and weighs 240 pounds. Do you know what the offense linemen measure at Montana State? They’re 6’5” and weigh in at 300 pounds. So I asked the dad, do you really think your son is going to be playing offense lineman at Montana State? I don’t think so.”
“I was honest with him about the situation and that he and his son should go to Montana State within 10 days for the meeting so they wouldn’t lose the Dixie State offer. Then I told him I’d give him a list of questions to ask of Montana’s coach so he could get legitimate answers about what was really happening. I told him that if Montana State, which has a bigger football recruiting budget than Dixie, thinks so highly of his son then why did they only call in March? Where were they in February? Where were they in December? Why did they invite you to visit in April? I know why — they didn’t get any of the guys they wanted on their football recruiting list; they all went to other colleges. His son was below the top 15 they initially selected, so now they’re calling really late in the recruiting season. Whether or not he’ll even play is another question. So my advice is to go where you’re wanted, not where you want to go.”
Get Involved — Plan a Seminar for Your School or Club
“We provide free educational seminars at our own expense as a public service,” says Coach Scott, “and we’re proud to help support these kids.” At these free college recruiting and sport scholarship seminars, the Athletic Quest coaches explain how the recruiting process works, the trends and rules changes in recruiting, and they offer suggestions to the students and parents about how to be proactive in their college recruiting and sport scholarship quests. To request a free seminar for your school or club, simply call 888.803.5157.
Take Action Now for Your Student Athlete
Athletic Quest will find the student athlete’s greatest athletic scholarship opportunities and showcase his or her skills to the coaches in charge of college recruiting. Using Athletic Quest for your college recruiting mission will insure that the student athlete will be seen and considered and at the correct levels of college competition.
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.