Blog Posts by Nsr Recruiting

3 Things to Consider Before Making a Verbal Commitment (Sponsored by NSR)

Verbally committing to a college or university is up for debate in its relevancy and importance. For many athletes and coaches, verbally committing means something and holds value. However, according to the NCAA: “A verbal commitment happens when a college-bound student-athlete verbally agrees to play sports for a college before he or she signs or is eligible to sign a National Letter of Intent. The commitment is not binding on the student-athlete or the school and can be made at any time.”

Major Changes Ahead for College Football Signing Day? (Sponsored by NSR)

Wednesday could mark the end of an era in college football recruiting. Dozens of Suburban One League seniors will end their recruiting journeys Wednesday by signing National Letters of Intent with NCAA schools. Cameras will be clicking at National Signing Day ceremonies all over Bucks and Montgomery counties as well as the rest of the state and country.

Three Major Benefits of Playing College Sports (Sponsored by NSR)

Most former college athletes say that being a member of a college team helped prepare them for life after college. They say there are three major benefits:

Don't Catch this Dreaded Recruiting Disease (Sponsored by NSR)

There is a very contagious disease spreading in the college recruiting world. Over the years, thousands of high school athletes have become ill with this dreaded disease. Unfortunately, in many cases, the athlete’s recruiting suffers and dies from this awful illness. It’s called D-I-itis.

WARNING: Athletes, Parents Should Not Play Waiting Game (Sponsored by NSR)

A cardinal sin made by parents of high school athletes hoping to play at the college level is presuming there is no harm in waiting to be recruited. There is glaring evidence of this each day with announcements across the country of freshman and sophomore athletes committing to colleges or coaches making scholarship offers to youngsters in eighth, ninth or 10th grade. Those news flashes are not imaginary. They are real indications to parents about the state of college recruiting today. How did that happen? Simple.

4 Things College Coaches Expect During Campus Visits (Sponsored by NSR )

Campus visits are extremely important for college prospects. Initial and subsequent casual meetings at camps, tournaments, showcases and combines are all fishing expeditions. Coaches are merely trying to get a read on prospects and their parents during these brief encounters. They’ve seen what they need to when the athlete performs. They’ve completed their pre-visit investigative work about grades and attitude. And they’ve successfully marketed and sold their product, school and program to the family.

12 Steps to Choosing the Right College Team (Sponsored by NSR)

College recruits sometimes regret their decisions because they limited their options. I’m not talking about the highest-level NCAA Division I prospects. Instead, let’s consider those prospects who are being recruited by at least a handful of college coaches. Those student-athletes must make life-altering choices, too, and their decisions can be made more confidently if they go through the following process with every interested coach.

5 Bad Habits that can turn off College Coaches (Sponsored By NSR)

The tremendous growth of club and travel events has made identifying prospects much easier for college coaches. Prospects put on display every weekend can be cherry picking for coaches roaming from tournament to showcase to combine. But there is a catch. Coaches go to events to scout athletes they already know about. Competition among college coaches always has been fierce. But the current recruiting environment allows college programs, when they see their chances improving of landing one recruit over another, to turn their heads away from other athletes who are equally qualified. It is the new nature of recruiting.

Two Major Ways to Cut the Cost of College (Sponsored by NSR)

Numbers don’t lie when it comes to paying for a college education. According to the College Board, the organization that administers the SAT, the average annual cost of a private college in America is $35,000. State-supported colleges cost an average of $10,000 per year. Regardless of which route families chooses, they still face other expenses for books, fees, travel, clothing, entertainment, etc. In short, sending a child to college is expensive. For athletes, however, there are two major ways to cut down the cost of college: great grades and athletic scholarships.

How Much Does College Cost ? (Sponsored by NSR)

During in-home meetings with potential National Scouting Report prospects and their parents, I always ask student-athletes if they know the cost of attending a four-year college or university. Their answer is almost always the same: “A lot.” I laugh. They laugh. But, in reality, it’s no laughing matter. Higher education is expensive — very expensive — for student-athletes and their parents.