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The College Recruiting Process for High School Athletes

The college recruiting process is one of the most exciting times in a high school athlete’s life.  It is the time when all you have done to maximize your potential as a high school athlete intersects with the search process the colleges put in place to find athletes to make their teams better.

So, how do you get noticed?  Here are a few simple steps.PS_Logo_smtrans

  1. Produce a 3 – 4 minute highlight video of your accomplishments.  This does not require expensive camera equipment to get the job done.  Our athletes have been filmed with hand held cameras, cell phones and digital cameras which also record video.  Then all you need is video editing software like Power Director.  Once you create your video, upload it to youtube.
  2. Gather all your stats into a single document.  Stats are important and they demonstrate how you perform and importantly if you have improved over time.
  3. Get letters of recommendation.  These letters should be from coaches, teachers and other leaders in your life and should not only highlight your performance but your character and how you contribute to your community.
  4. Gather all of the articles that have been written about you.  These articles can go a long way toward telling your story to a college coach.  There is nothing better than being verified by a third party.
  5. Get your transcript.  Your grades are as important as your athletic ability ~ maybe more so.  Or, at a minimum, your grades can help a coach decide to select you over your competitor – assuming your athletic skills are comparable.

Now, that you have all of this ~ what do you do?
Build your online resume.  That is right – online.  We believe that developing a paper resume is yesterday’s answer to today’s recruiting challenge.  If you are submitting a typed profile through the mail you are getting lapped by your competition.

And that is where we come in.

You can upload all of the content just mentioned into your very own website and give coaches a link to your full story – online.

Out with the old and in with the new!  Get a prospectsites.com athlete website today and learn how to market yourself to college coaches and be recruited.

Give us a call with any questions you may have.

ProspectSites.com – How to Market to College Coaches

Market to College Coaches

One of the most exciting times in a high school athlete’s life is when they begin to believe that they may be able to play college athletics.

For the most gifted athletes, college coaches will find them.  For the next tier athlete, it is likely going to be up to them to get exposure to college coaches.

I started prospectsites.com because my oldest son was a great high school catcher that wasn’t getting any exposure to colleges in the area.  As a marketing professional with over 25 years experience in marketing, I believed we could change that……..- and we did.  Here is how:

First, we set out to develop a website that would showcase his talents – personally, academically and athletically.  Here is his site:  http://michaelswigard.prospectsites.com

Secondly, the most important thing coaches want to see is live video.  Fortunately, we spent a lot of time documenting his career and so the video piece was already there.

Next, I bought software from PowerDirector (Version 10 is now available) and consolidated his videos into 2 to 3 minute segments that a potential college coach could view quickly and then see if they were interested.

Then, we uploaded his videos to his site http://michaelswigard.prospectsites.com/videos so that we would be ready for college coaches to visit his site.

Next step was to purchase an online subscription to http://www.collegiatedirectories.com.  We were able to put together a list of potential coaches including their email addresses.

With the list put together, we then developed a simple email linking them to Mike’s site and then we waited.  But, not for long!  In some cases, he was contacted the next day!  It was really an exciting time.

From there, we simply lined up the college visits, met with the administration staff, the coaching staff, met other student athletes and toured the colleges.  It was an amazing experience that we will never forget.  And, here is something you should know.  Because of Mike’s ACT score and his GPA, one of the schools offered him $11,000 in scholarship money!  All because we invested a little money in developing his site, his story and then marketed him to college coaches.

You will notice that we did this ourselves – and so can you.  The financial return on your investment by using a prospectsites.com website could be huge.  Our sites are only $5 per month.  You cannot develop a site like these for that and why would you?  We have already done the work.

Join the team and we will get started on marketing you to college coaches to answer the question of whether or not you can play at the next level.

As always, please let us know if you have any questions.

Happy New Year!