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College Recruiting Topic of Slated Seminar

Dealing with the college athletic recruitment process can be an overwhelming undertaking for many student-athletes and families.

On Aug. 15, former Pittsburgh Steeler and NCSA Athletic Recruiting educational speaker Jai Hill will conduct a free seminar at Tunkhannock High School, beginning at 6 p.m.

The seminar, entitled “College Recruiting Simplified,” will offer advice and guidance on how student-athletes can maximize their chances of receiving a college scholarship.

Included in the discussion will be the NCSA’s “Five Things You Need to Know” and “Five Things You Must Do to Get Recruited.”

Some of the tips offered include:

•Develop a game plan and get evaluated. Every family needs an objective, third-party evaluation to determine the schools for which a student-athlete can realistically expect to qualify. A knowledgeable third party can help you target 100 to 200 schools based on competition level, academic fit, location and program need.

•Post your athletic and academic resume online. It’s crucial that you prepare a complete portfolio that allows coaches easy access to your current athletic and academic information.

•Create a compelling highlight/skills video. Every student-athlete needs a highlight and skills video that best conveys athletic ability to college coaches. These videos are now typically streamed online and sent to coaches and programs through email. The best videos are digitally enhanced, sequenced properly and have spot shadowing.

•Contact at least 50 to 100 athletic programs. College coaches contact thousands of student-athletes in order to satisfy their program’s need for players. Student-athletes should do the same. Contact at least 10 to 20 percent of the programs that offer your sport across all divisions.

•Remember: it’s not a four-year decision, it’s a 40-year decision. Even if you aren’t a Division I player, keep your options open. Develop a step-by-step plan to help you navigate the process.

The NCSA Athletic Recruiting Team utilizes a team of former professional athletes, coaches and broadcasters to educate athletes and parents at thousands of high schools, camps, combines and other events all year.





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