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The Difference Between Verified and Unverified Information

College coaches evaluate recruits based on athletic and academic ability as well as personality and character. That much we all know. But, what you may not realize is that coaches are looking for verified statistics and information. You can send a coach your statistics, measurables and GPA or SAT/ACT scores, but he’s not going to know if those numbers are accurate, as they are not coming directly from the source. This is an example of unverified information.

Verified athletes, on the other hand, have a third party confirm the information is correct. For example, when a recruit gets their height and weight taken at a showcase or camp, that information is third-party verified. College coaches are much more likely to look at verified athletes and recruit them over unverified athletes.

How to get verified

There are several ways to get verified, but here are the top two ways.

  • Camps and combines offer a variety of tests in which student-athletes can get accurate stats on their measurables that they want to report to college coaches. Coaches trust that the professionals who run camps and combines for high school athletes are reporting precise and accurate numbers.
  • Join an online network that verifies your information. NCSA Next College Student Athlete verifies every member who joins the network and college coaches use them as a trusted source.

College coaches trust sites like NCSA because they know athletes can’t embellish stats in order to make themselves look more appealing to coaches. It’s very frustrating for college coaches to start heavily recruiting a student-athlete only to find out later that the reported stats were incorrect once they obtain the student’s official transcript or meet with them in person and realize that they aren’t 6’2’’. Verified information saves college coaches that headache.

If you want to get verified by NCSA and start getting recruited by college coaches, start your NCSA profile or call 866-495-7727.

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Aaron Sorenson