beRecruited.com Establishes New Marketplace for Online College Athletic Recruiting in 2008

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Economy, technology play role in service's record growth; More than 3 million connections generated between high school athletes, college coaches

beRecruited is the predominant online recruiting network for college sports

beRecruited.com today announced its 2008 statistics, including facilitating more than 3 million connections between high school athletes and college coaches directly through the service. More than 200,000 new athletes registered with beRecruited in 2008, as well as 4,300 new college coaches. And site activity accelerated in the fourth quarter, generating more than 74,000 athlete registrations, 1,700 college coach registrations and more than 1.1 million connections in the October-December period.

What started as an idea on the Duke University campus in 2000 has become a reality as beRecruited.com firmly established itself as the primary recruiting service for high school athletes looking to play college sports. beRecruited.com, a free service, has helped to facilitate thousands of collegiate athletic scholarships for student-athletes across the nation by providing an online networking platform to connect college coaches with student-athletes.

To date, beRecruited has approximately 400,000 registered users, including more than 350,000 student-athletes, 13,500 college coaches and 11,000 high school coaches.

"beRecruited is the predominant online recruiting network for college sports," said president Jeff Cravens. "We have seen tremendous growth in 2008, averaging more than 8,200 connections every day, and adding new athletes and college coaches in record numbers. The service and technology behind our product is superior, but we've also benefited from a down economy. In tough economic times, families - and college programs -- are examining how they are spending their money. beRecruited is by far the most effective - and economical - recruiting solution available."

"beRecruited allows me to be national in my recruiting efforts, without the high costs and man power associated with traditional recruiting. I feel like beRecruited is an extension of my recruiting department and it will definitely continue to be part of our process," said Marguerite Ferrell, assistant women's soccer coach at Fairleigh Dickinson University. "And I like it because this is how these kids communicate now, through social networking platforms."

beRecruited's service offers athletes from 18 sports the ability to create profiles of athletic and academic information, including uploading stats, photos and videos. Athletes also can research collegiate institutions that provide the athletic and academic offerings they are pursuing. More than 13,500 registered college coaches can easily find athletes that fit the athletic and academic criteria for their program and connect with those athletes.

"The recruiting process is one of the most discussed and debated aspects in sports today," Cravens said. "The majority of the 7 million high school students who play sports today have collegiate aspirations and beRecruited is playing a critical role in helping kids find the right opportunities that meet their athletic and academic abilities. We're happy with our progress and we see continued growth from serving our customers with better products and services."

The company's service is free, maintaining the founders' principle of providing a free resource for athletes. For a one-time fee of $39.99 athletes can enhance their profiles by becoming a deluxe-user. beRecruited features athlete profiles from 10,000 different U.S. cities and 30 countries, more than 17,000 U.S. high schools and more than 75,000 different high school teams from across the country.

"Don't spend thousands of dollars with these other recruiting places, try beRecruited and keep your money," said track and field athlete Rueben Shanks from Warren County High School in Front Royal, VA, who committed to Union College. "At other places your doing all the work and they want a lot from you. Why not do all the work and allow a platform like beRecruited to take care of your exposure. Awesome!"

"Try every possibility. I thought that this wouldn't yield any kind of 'real' results and what do you know? Because of beRecruited.com my dream school found me (and became my dream school)," said Lena James of Grady High School in Atlanta, who committed to play soccer at Bard College.

"Join beRecruited as soon as you can," was advice given by volleyball player Skylar Key of Curry High School in Jasper, AL, who committed to Wallace State Community College. ." The earlier you have your information available, the better. I plan to use beRecruited again in 2 years when I will progress toward a 4-year college!"

beRecruited was founded in 2000 by Ryan Spoon, a collegiate swimmer for Duke University, in an effort to make the recruiting process more efficient for high school athletes and NCAA coaches. First created exclusively for NCAA swimming and diving, beRecruited now serves athletes and coaches from 18 different sports. For more information, visit beRecruited.com.

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