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The Pros & Cons of College Camps

It’s among the most frequently-debated topics in the world of college recruiting. Let’s start with some of your questions. What’s the big deal with summer college camps? What’s the point of going to a camp, or two, or three this summer? How do camps help me? Should I include summer camps as part of my college recruiting strategy? Will attending summer camps earn me scholarship
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Never let a 140 character tweet cost you a $140,000 scholarship

  In today’s world of college athletic recruiting, there’s no denying that social media is the ultimate “background check.” What you put out there is your brand and how you want to be perceived. College recruiters want to see what kind of person you are because they’re making a major investment in you. If you’re putting the wrong things out there, then it’s real simple…
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Are you emailing college coaches?

  If you’ve read my previous articles over the years, then you know how much I value networking and building relationships with college coaches. In fact, we discuss this on a daily basis with parents who hire us to manage their athlete’s college recruitment. The simple truth remains: only 6 out of 100 high school athletes will occupy a college roster spot. So to stand
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Where am I in the college recruitment process?

  When I ask a student-athlete about their college goals, most kids have actually given it considerable thought and can articulate them fairly well: -Play my sport at the college level. -Earn a scholarship. -Find the best fit school that allows me to pursue my degree and my sport. As you’ve heard me say before, these are very reachable goals if they’re S.M.A.R.T. (Specific. Measurable.
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The ‘D1 or Bust’ Mentality

  If you ask today’s high school athlete where s/he wants to go to college, a Who’s Who of major Division I universities might just be among their list of favorites. And there’s certainly nothing wrong with that. Let’s face it, we are inundated with “big time” colleges, so it’s only logical that our children would be enamored with the country’s elite, household-name schools. But
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How much student debt is too much?

  I’m asked at least once a week about matters related to college scholarships and/or financial aid. And while it’s seldom I recommend services/products to families in our network, I fully admit that this is an area way outside my wheelhouse. So when my good friend and colleague recently wrote an article about college debt, I knew many of you would benefit from it… which
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3 Keys to Climbing the College Recruiting Ladder (and increase your scholarship offers in the process)

  There are numerous schools of thought on how to get college coaches to show more interest in you.  After more than 20 years in collegiate athletics, I’ve heard just about everything… “All you need is a good highlight tape.” “Showcases are the key to getting exposure.”  “Go to as many college camps as you can afford.” The truth is, highlight films, showcases, and camps
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When the WRONG schools are recruiting me

  Parents and athletes often ask us about what to do when the “wrong” schools show interest. Here’s some food for thought when replying to coaches at schools that (at least for the time being) may be at the bottom of your list. First and foremost, always remember to be humble & grateful. Show respect for college coaches. After all, in many ways they collectively
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What we can take away from Super Bowl LI

  Several years ago, the Super Bowl party ended up at my house. Now we host it. Every year. It’s become a cool tradition, and regardless who’s playing, it’s always a blast with friends & family. But when the Broncos sent Peyton Manning off into the sunset toting a Lombardi Trophy, I professed, “It would be impossible to top THAT one!” Until Super Bowl LI.
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Coaches talk about recruiting [video]

  Last week we featured a piece on college coaches pulling scholarship offers [here it is again in case you missed it], and your feedback was tremendous, thank you. We truly enjoyed and appreciated your insight! Let’s face it, there’s much at stake here. Your child’s college decision impacts their entire life, not just the 4-5 years they spend on campus. And financially, for many
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