Prospectsites.com Announces New Sports Highlight Video Division

We are announcing the opening of our newest division – ProspectReels.com.  Prospectreels.com will focus solely on producing sports highlight videos for high school athletes who want to showcase their skills to college coaches.

As our business has continued to grow, we felt the time was right to create a new brand which works hand in hand with Prospectsites.com and extend the reach of both entities.

Of course, we strongly believe that both a professional website and professionally produced sports highlight videos will increase the chances for high school athletes to get on the radar of college coaches, secure a college recruiting visit and potentially earn a college scholarship.  With these two services, we are bringing unbeatable value to families to help them answer the question of whether or not their athlete can play at the next level.

Visit prospectreels.com today and let’s get started!

 

Another Success Story! High School Athlete Websites

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We just received this email from one of our high school athletes who found success using our athlete profile websites.

Hi my name is Evan Stronach from North Bay, Ontario, Canada.

Using Prospectsites.com gave College coaches a central place where they could go see videos, stats, and all about myself as a player and as a person. It is easy to keep updated and very effective when it comes to sending emails to coaches. I emailed and talked to an uncountable number of coaches looking for the right school and am very close to securing my post secondary school for the next four years. Prospectsites.com helped me get to where I am today and I suggest all athletes, wanting to play College sports, use it to fulfill their dreams as I have done.

Thank you Prospectsites.com!

Zach Kendall signs letter of intent to pitch for BGSU

By David Fong
Regional Sports Editor

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

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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.

College Scholarship – ProspectSites.com on the Radio!

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.

 

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Scholarship Money for A Division III Athlete

Division III Scholarships

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They have some great content on their site and I asked them if we could repost and they said yes!  Here is a great article:

Yes you did read that right— as an athlete you can make money at NCAA Division III colleges and universities.  I know what you are thinking- this is not what I have been saying in all of my previous posts.  Division III schools don’t give athletic scholarships out right?  That is still true.

Many Division III colleges do give money to student athletes.  They do it the same way they offer money to ALL of their students, athletes and non-athletes included, through a student’s academic achievement and academic scholarships.

While many colleges and universities will base their financial aid strictly on a needs basis, others will give students academic scholarships based on their previous academic achievement.  This can include some combination of their GPA, high school rank and/or standardized test score (SAT/ACT).  This can amount to SIGNIFICANT money!

Below I looked at three NCAA Division III soccer institutions (Whitworth, Otterbein and Messiah), and the various criteria they use to calculate academic scholarships that students can receive.  For these institutions, these are four year, guaranteed academic scholarships provided you remain in good academic standing.  And if you stop playing soccer, that’s OK, the scholarship won’t go away— this is Division III.

This info came right from their websites, so you can do the same yourself!

Messiah- Grantham, PA- www.messiah.edu

SAT score(2 tests) Class Rank Award Est Tuition + R & B % of Tuition + R & B
1000 Top 70% $8500 32,000 26.6%
1250 70 $9500 32000 29.7%
1448 70 $10500 32000 32.8%

Otterbein- Westerville, OH- www.otterbein.edu

SAT score(2 tests) Weighted GPA + Class Rank Award Est Tuition + R & B % of Tuition + R & B
1030 3.15Top 40% $10000 36300 27.5%
1070 3.5Top 25% $11000 36300 30.6%
1150 3.75Top 15% $12000 36300 33.0%
1260 4.0Top 5% $13000 36300 35.8%

Whitworth- Spokane, WA- www.whitworth.edu

SAT score (3 tests) HS GPA Award Est Tuition + R & B % of Tuition + R & B
1720 3.5 $9000 38654 23.3%
1800 3.6 $11000 38654 28.4%
1870 3.75 $14000 38654 36.2%
2020 3.75 $16000 38654 41.4%

As you can see, there is some significant money available.  It goes without saying, but the stronger you are academically, the more money you will receive.  In the case of Whitworth, approximately 41.4% of your education will be paid.  For the best of the best, schools will offer complete scholarships and pay for everything—these are usually limited to only a few individual students for a given class.

The point is that you want to make sure that you take care of the academic side of the house and not just focus on athletics.  If you look at Whitworth, if you can bring your SAT score up 80 points (over 3 tests) and your GPA up 0.1 points, it is worth $2,000. Or $8,000 over four years!

Now normally we don’t talk Division I and II, but I do want to take a minute to discuss how your grades and test scores affect there too.  If you are trying to get into Penn or Princeton, you are definitely going to need strong academics.  But how do strong academics make you more attractive to those coaches?  Basically the same way.

Many of those schools follow similar formulas for academic scholarships (provided they offer them), so if you are a student athlete and you can get an academic scholarship for 30-40% of the cost of tuition, room and board, then that coach only has to use 60-70% of an athletic scholarship for you.  They can take the rest of that money and give it to another student athlete.

For example, NCAA Division II Philadelphia University (Tuition + R & B = $36,950), offers academic scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $13,000 (www.philau.edu).  If right off the bat you are getting $13,000 in academic money, then the soccer coach only has to work with a student athlete to make up $26,950—if they offer a half-scholarship at $18,000— the student athlete is left with coming up with $8,950 per year which is a much more manageable number.

The bottom line—academics pay off!  Compare what you are paying for soccer registration fees, tourney fees, travel, hotels, etc. to what you might be spending on academic or SAT tutors. It might make sense to skip a tourney and go to an SAT prep class.