By David Fong
TROY – If Zach Kendall hopes to feast on college hitters next year, he’s first going to have to do a little feasting, period.
“I’m eating a ton,” said Kendall, a senior pitcher for the Troy High School baseball team who officially signed his national letter of intent to pitch at Bowling Green State University Friday during a ceremony at the school. He’ll pitch for the Trojans this spring before leaving for Bowling Green in the fall of
2014. “I’m eating double lunches every day. I’m eating every chance I get.”
Even though he currently packs only 142 pounds on his 6-foot-2 frame, Kendall already has developed into one of the top pitchers in the Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division. Last spring for the Trojans, he appeared in 11 games, going 6-4 with one save. His record, however, belies his true dominance. In just 59.2 innings of work, Kendall recorded 69 strikeouts, tops in the GWOC North, and finished with a 2.35 earned run average, third in the GWOC North.
“Without a doubt, he’s got all the tools to pitch at the Division I level right now,” Troy coach Ty Welker said. “He’s got a lot of natural talent. He’s just got to grow. He’s got to get bigger. His talent has never been in question. He’s a kid who has always put in the work. He’s a great kid. For him to have this opportunity is a real credit to him and his parents.”
Even with his slight frame, Kendall has a fastball that already has been clocked at 85 miles per hour. Troy High School pitching coach said if Kendall can pack on another 30 or 40 pounds, his fastball could easily get into the 90s – and that should make a huge difference at the next level.
“He’s just starting to scratch the surface of what he can do,” Murray said. “He’s playing at about 150 now and already throwing in the mid-80s. He’s already got pretty good stuff. Now he just needs to fill out.”
Murray, of all people, should know. When he graduated from Troy High School in 1991 and signed with the University of Michigan, he weighed just 160 pounds. He was able to put on 30 pounds in college and was eventually drafted by the San Diego Padres and was a Major League Baseball pitcher for five years.
“I was able to add about 7 miles per hour just by gaining weight and getting older and stronger,” Murray said. “And all he’ll do in college is focus on pitching. They’ll have him lifting and running and pitching. That’s going to be his whole life.”
Up until now, baseball has been his whole life. Kendall said he’s dreamed of becoming a college pitcher since he was 5 years old.
“This is all I’ve ever wanted to do,” he said. “This has always been dream. All I’ve wanted to do since I was a little kid.”
Still, though, Kendall said he didn’t know for sure if that dream would ever come true until this past summer, when he started hearing from college coaches. Wright State was the first program to call him, but certainly not the last.
“It was a shock,” Kendall said of his first call from a college coach. “I really didn’t know how to handle it. It’s hard to explain.”
The offers would continue to roll in through the summer as Kendall pitched for the Raptors Elite Baseball Club. In addition to Wright State and Bowling Green, Kendall also was hearing from Akron, Indiana and Morehead State. In the end, though, Kendall felt as though BGSU would be the best fit for him.
“I loved the campus and the coaches,” he said. “I really enjoyed my official visit. I enjoyed being around all the players. I can’t wait to get on campus.”
First stop? The dining hall.
I just received a note this morning from Hailey’s father saying that she just committed to play Soccer for the University of Illinois-Springfield! That is such great news and feels great – not only for them – but we feel good because we had a part in that success as her father mentions below:
“John was always there to help when I (needed help) uploading a photo or new stats. And I know that several coaches looked at my daughter’s site. Bottom line: my daughter is now going to play college soccer.”
That is what this is all about. For $4.95 per month, Hailey and her Father:
1 – Built their online profile
2 – Uploaded all content and wrote her story
3 – Developed and uploaded their own videos
4 – Marketed themselves to college coaches
5 – Hailey learned how to market herself – a life valuable life skill
All told, they spent less than $100 and now are realizing a dream of playing at the next level. Prospectsites.com saved them hundreds of dollars versus other online profile services. That’s why we do this. That’s why you can do this.
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The College Recruiting Process
We just received an enrollment from a football player in Anderson, South Carolina about the college recruiting process. What came along with the enrollment is what I thought I would share as to the value of a Prospectsites.com website. Here is what his father had to say.
“We have reviewed other recruiting programs through (College Recruiting Service Name Omitted) and discovered them through Alexander attending a VTO football combine. And went through a lengthy interview with (College Recruiting Service Name Omitted) about Alexander. At the very end we were advised program levels and pricing. Your website was found by myself looking for a way to start Alexanders recruiting process and seemed a economical way to start that foundation.”
This note is why we started Prospectsites.com. You don’t need to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars hiring someone to “coach” you through the college recruiting process. We will show you how and give you the tools you need for right around $100.
Join us as we open the eyes of prospects across America and now the world! You can do this. We are in this together.
Here is a link to a radio interview we did with Al Woods of Woods Recruiting on the college recruiting process. This is an in-depth radio interview which walks the listener through all of the information you will need to land a college scholarship.
The Athlete Profile
A question that I get frequently is “how long does it take to put together an athlete profile”? The answer is less than 48 hours. How? Read on…..
The internet takes the traditional paper athlete profile and makes it obsolete. In the past, you had to find someone to help you with your profile. That process could take weeks while you gather up your information, send it to a company who helps you put it together and then work back and forth until it is ready. Then, several more weeks as you send out letters and DVDs to coaches and then “wait and hope” to hear from them.
Today, you can go online (we believe prospectsites.com is a great place to go!), create an online athlete profile and then complete your own website and have it ready to be marketed within 48 hours.
All you need to do is have your information ready including your stats, your GPA, a list of references, news stories, photos and youtube videos and you can have a fully completed profile that a college coach can see and make the decision to add you to their recruiting efforts instantly.
And, we can prove it. Join prospectsites.com and see how fast you can be live and ready to be recruited by college coaches. Money back guarantee if we do not deliver!
I had a great talk yesterday with the mother of a basketball player in Jacksonville, Florida who is considering our services for college recruiting. We talked about the recruiting process and how confusing it can be. When I explained to her how easy and inexpensive it was, she was excited and surprised how easy and affordable it can be to have a prospectsites.com athlete profile website and market her son. It also reminded me that now would be a good time to write a quick article on how inexpensive recruiting can be if you do it right.
- We have the most complete and high quality profile online. Don’t take our word for it, visit our articles page and see what our clients have to say!
- Just $9.95 to set up and $4.95 per month.
- One year cost is under $70
Access to College Coaches
- We recommend using collegiatedirectories.com.
- Includes access to the email addresses for colleges and college coaches.
- Annual cost is $29.95
Your Athlete Profile Video
- We offer this service, you can do it yourself or there are other companies online that can help
- Costs range from $100 – 150 (from us) depending on how much time it takes us to find the clips. It is much less expensive if you provide us with several clips and let us edit the video to the most important plays to ensure that coaches will watch the video
So, total cost, including the video can be as low as $200! And, imagine the return on your investment if the recruiting process results in just $1000 in scholarship money or how far your investment goes if you receive $10,000 or more!
We invite you to compare what we offer to anybody out there. I think you will find it hard to find a better value.
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The Athlete Profile
Preparing to be recruited by college coaches is a very important task. It is extremely important to you include enough information for a college coach to become interested and then ask you to take the next step – a college visit.
So, we will talk about what you need to include in your athlete profile in this article.
- Profile picture
- Telephone number
- High School
- Class Rank
Include any other activities that you are participating in including:
- Student Government
- National Honor Society
- Your Church
- Other Community Involvement
I highly recommend that you write a brief but informational life story about yourself. The story should be about you as an athlete, a student and an individual. Write what sets you apart in all three areas. Write confidently but not selfishly. Remember, you are a team player but it is important to tell the story of how hard you have worked and applied yourself
Include multiple pictures of yourself in action and making great plays. Find those photos that show off your physical abilities
This is hugely important – maybe the most important thing when it comes to recruiting. Put together a 3 – 4 minute video of your accomplishments athletically so a coach can see you at “game speed.” We can help you or there are many other options. Or, you can do it yourself. We have a whole article dedicated to the subject by clicking here:
Also a big deal. Get your references lined up and committed to help you. And, make sure these are people who are going to be recognized by a college coach. Your high school coaches, teachers, summer coaches, etc. are excellent references to pull together. Of course, if you know an alumni from the school you are interested, another great source of support.
Make it easy for coaches to get in touch with you. We have a contact page on our websites which make it very easy for a coach to get in touch.
As always, we are here to help. Take a tour of some of our athlete profiles so you can see some of the great work our prospects have done to showcase themselves.
Call on us anytime. Have a great balance of the summer!
When we first starting thinking about college recruiting for my oldest son, one of the options was the traditional athlete profile. This was essentially a one page resume that had his photo, accomplishments both on and off the field, community, etc. A great idea.
So, we thought about it and we asked more questions. And, what we found was surprising.
- Athlete profiles cost a lot of money. We heard of prices ranging from $1oo to $300 and more.
- The profile is just the beginning of your expense. Once you have your profile, the next thing you need is a DVD of your accomplishments on the field. Add another $200 to 300. That is just to produce the video and does not include the expense of making copies for the numerous letters that you would need to send out. Add at least another $100
- Cost to mail the DVD’s and your athlete profile can reach $1 to $2 for each mailing. If you market yourself to 100 schools that is another $100 to 200.
So, all told we could easily rack up nearly $1000 in expenses to market to college coaches.
That was enough for us to pursue another path – the online athlete profile. We built a website for my son, included all of the traditional information and made our own videos and placed them on the site by linking to youtube.
The cost to do this is $5 per month through http://www.prospectsites.com. That’s right, we took my son’s website, made it better and are now offering this service to all high school athletes, any sport, for just $5 per month.
We will show you where to find all of the college coaches online for $30 per year.
So, the new total to market yourself to college coaches is under $100 versus $1000 for a traditional athlete profile.
Give our service a try. If you are not completely satisfied, we will give you your money back – no questions asked. Visit http://www.prospectsites.com today. Learn why more and more athletes are choosing prospectsites.com to market themselves to college coaches with our online athlete profile.
I have written on college recruitingc before but thought it would be a good idea to do it again. One of the questions I get often is when to start preparing your athlete for college recruiting. My answer is the sooner the better. Not that you are necessarily going to send their athlete profile to college coaches when they are in seventh grade, but you should start documenting their career through photos, videos, news stories, etc. right now. Then, when they reach high school, you can begin the marketing process and get your athlete noticed!
We have designed our online athlete profile to be very user friendly and affordable – just $5 per month. This is just about what you would pay to host a website and we include a professionally designed website for that low price. You will be able to keep track of stats, upload pictures, upload videos from youtube and much much more.
Set yourself apart from the crowd with a professionally designed athlete profile website from prospectsites.com!
A Breakthrough in College Recruiting
We just completed testing on our new All Sport website and are launching it today. We have incorporated all of the style and color options into one site and are giving control to the user to select any theme and color option with the click of a mouse.
And, at the request of our customers, we designed functionality into the site which will give the user the ability to create their own stats and categories. This gives them full control over which stats they want to highlight to college coaches.
These new enhancements allow for the multi-sport athlete to showcase all of their accomplishments on one site versus maintaining several sites.
Take a tour of the new site at http://sporttheme2.prospectsites.com
We are very excited to bring this to our current athletes and look forward to bringing more athletes into the ProspectSites.com family.