In case you missed it in the rush of getting out of school for winter vacation, last week one of our athletes was featured in an article about getting scholarships to play sports in college, written by Joey Kaufman, whom you can follow on Twitter at @joeyrkaufman. Joey describes what the recruiting process is like in-depth, and you definitely shouldn’t miss what he’s discovered:
He grew anxious when his celebrated high school football career had netted but a single college scholarship offer.
On most evenings in early 2012, Chris Streveler, then a 17-year-old junior at Marian Central, followed the same seemingly endless routine. He finished working out, returned home, sat in front of his computer and logged in to his profile with the National Collegiate Scouting Association, an online recruiting network designed to connect high school athletes with college coaches across the country. Think LinkedIn for college sports.
The dual-threat quarterback, who threw and ran for 3,426 total yards and 43 touchdowns the previous fall, believed his production warranted more attention from schools.
Up to that point, Streveler’s one scholarship offer was from South Dakota State, a Football Championship Subdivision program far removed from the bright lights of the Big Ten.
With his dad’s help, Streveler purchased an NCSA membership for $800. That came with an online profile, a highlight reel and a list of his measurables: height, weight, 40-yard dash time, GPA and more. His hope was that when NCSA staffers sent his profile to prospective colleges, inte
rest would perk up.
“It’s just frustrating when you’re trying to get in contact with all these people and you’re kind of getting a lot of fluff and not anything real,” Streveler said.
Eventually, he got a nibble. Minnesota Director of Recruiting Billy Glasscock viewed his profile, and after a few emails back and forth, invited him to attend the Golden Gophers’ Junior Day, akin to an unofficial visit as the prospects must pay their way to campus.
“It probably got the ball rolling,” Streveler said.
A couple visits later, he got his second scholarship offer that June, and committed to coach Jerry Kill’s program on the spot.
“There was just a big weight lifted off my shoulders,” said Streveler, now a redshirt freshman for the Golden Gophers.
You can read the rest of Joey’s article at ChicagoFootball.com.
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This part of Joey’s article really struck me:
Streveler learned about NCSA from former Marian lineman Bryan Bulaga, who ended up going to Iowa before being drafted by the Green Bay Packers.
How responsible was NCSA for Streveler’s scholarship? He was the one who impressed Minnesota coaches, during a workout Marian and later at a one-day camp in Minnesota. But it was a foot in the door.
“In terms of getting exposure and being able to get his name out there and his film out there in front of people, it was easily one of the best investments we made in the whole process,” Erik said.
A lot of us have been in the college recruiting process before. 300+ and rising. And we want to help you–whether you play football or one of the 28 other sports for which we’ve helped athletes find scholarhips and playing opportunities–but at the end of the day, that’s all we can do. We can help.
You’re the one who impresses coaches. You’re the one who has the makings of a superstar. We’re here to give you the tools and support to become one.