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2017 BIG Ten Football Week 3

Posted on September 16, 2017. Filed under: Football, NCAA Sports, Sporting News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

BIG Ten Week 3…

September 15, 2017

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Week 3 could dictate a lot in the BIG Ten…  Big Ten went 9-4 record during Week 2 so, again, who will remain undefeated? Teams can not let opportunities slip away. Let’s recap Week 3….

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As we board the plane to head back to Illinois, the thing we remember the most from this game is PENALTIES! Whew…. Ok. USF and Illinois racked up penalties at almost an all-time record where 26 combined flags accepted. They would finish with 31 combined. USF won the game, 47-23, but that’s beside the point. If all you can remember is yellow flags in a game, there’s a problem.

The NCAA record is 42 penalties, from a 1986 game between North Carolina Central and St. Paul’s. The Division I record is 39, which has happened in four games. The FBS record is 36, from a 1986 game between San Jose State and Fresno State. The Spartans had 24 flags in that game.

For posterity, we recorded every penalty for future generations.

USF: Illegal shift.
Illinois: Substitution infraction.
USF: False start.
Illinois: Offside.
USF: Personal foul (this was the first PAT attempt).
USF: Unsportsmanlike conduct.
Illinois: Unsportsmanlike conduct (Nos. 5 and 6 offset).
Illinois: Holding.
USF: Roughing the passer (targeting to boot).
Illinois: Pass interference.
Illinois: False start (those last four were on consecutive plays).
Illinois: Offside.
USF: False start.
USF: Holding.
Illinois: False start.
USF: False start (end of first quarter).
Illinois: Clipping.
USF: Unsportsmanlike conduct.
Illinois: Pass interference.
Illinois: 12 men on the field.
USF: Face mask.
Illinois: Holding.
USF: False start.
USF: False start.
USF: Delay of game (that was actually intentional to give some more breathing room for a pooch punt).
Illinois: Pass interference (end of first half).
Illinois: False start.
Illinois: Targeting (that’s two ejections now).
USF: Holding.
Illinois: Facemask.
USF: Facemask.

Now back to the game, Quinton Flowers threw for 280 yards and four touchdowns on 15 of 25 attempts. USF topped 100 yards rushing, with USF amassing 680 yards total offense to Illinois’ 354

The Bulls (3-0) beat a Big Ten opponent for the first time on a night the university honored first responders who worked the last week to help victims of the massive storm that impacted the entire state of Florida.

Illinois (2-1) stumbled in what also was a homecoming of sorts for coach Lovie Smith, who returned to the stadium where he led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for two seasons before being fired and accepting the challenge of rebuilding the Illini.

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The visiting Huskies got on the board quick with NOT one, but two pick sixes. From this and as expected, Nebraska surged back in the second half and briefly took the lead early on in the fourth quarter but NIU answered and recaptured the lead with about nine minutes left. The Husks had no answer for NIU tailback Jordan Huff. The senior entered the game with 97 yards on the season. Against Nebraska he compiled 145 yards and a touchdown on just 16 carries.

Bright spot, Tanner Lee threw for just shy of 300 yards but also tossed three crucial interceptions. Mikale Wilson led the way on the ground with 90 yards. BIG win for the MAC as NIU got P-A-I-D! $820k victory…..

 

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Michigan’s offense has to do better as they only put up 200 yards in the first half,then went on struggle to find the end zone. Quinn Nordin was the offense with three FGs. Wolverines offense did score once thanks to a 36-yard run by Karan Higdon. It was another lackluster performance by Wilton Speight as he completed 14 of 23 passes for 169 yards and no scores. Next week, PURDUE….

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In a word, THOROUGH!!! But at least they got a check right? Rutgers paid them $350,000. One must ask yourself, “is it worth it?”

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The 2017 Boilermakers are a TOTALLY different team from a season ago. Yes, they lost a close one against Louisville to start the season, but Jeff Brohm actually has Purdue looking like a competent Big Ten team. That continued on Saturday when they went on the road and crushed an SEC opponent.

The Boilers continue to use a two-quarterback system and both David Blough and Elijah Sindelar made an impact this weekend. Blough led the way completing 22 of 28 passes for 187 yards and a score. He also added a rushing touchdown. Sindelar threw for 85 yards and a touchdown of his own. Sophomore Tario Fuller led all ball-carries with 90 yards and a touchdown.

Mizzou running back Demarea Crockett entered the game with close to 300 yards through just two games, but the Boilermaker defense made him a non-factor. Crockett rushed for just 19 yards on 10 carries. WOW!!! Guess who’s up next for the Boilermakers? Harbough and Michigan Wolverines…. We will be there LIVE!!!

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Not bad for $1.2 million payday Georgia State… Whew!

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Jeff Brohm continues to do big things for Purdue and the team believing… Penn State looks like a well-oiled machine, Wisconsin’s offense is rolling, and Iowa needs to step it up with conference play kicking off.

Next week’s schedule features Penn State traveling to Iowa, Michigan State taking on the Fighting Irish, Ohio State will take on UNLV, and Purdue hosting the Wolverines. We will be LIVE in West Lafayette for the 2pm CDT kickoff.

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2017 IHSA Week 4 Recap

Posted on September 16, 2017. Filed under: Football, Sporting News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

IHSA Week 4 Recap…

September 15, 2017

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It’s time for conference play for many… time for many to snag a BIG win in the conference, in order to set the pace, and let others know they are serious. While a few, have out-of-conference contest, to defend their school name and pride. Here’s our recap for conference play in our coverage area:

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Saturday, September 9
Rich South at Rich Central  

Thornton 56, Rich East 40

Mount Carmel 49, DePaul Prep 0
Ben Lenti contributed two TD runs for Mount Carmel (3-1).

Shepard 28, Reavis 10
This was the first win for Shepard (3-1, 1-1) over the Rams (2-2, 1-1) since 2012. Marquel Porter threw for 238 yards and two touchdowns; Chris Harrison had four catches for 114 yards.

St. Patrick 31, Marian Catholic 13
Marian (0-4, 0-2): Carlos Jones 12 carries, 127 yards, 3-yard TD run.

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Friday, September 15
Homewood-Flossmoor 48, Bolingbrook 20
Justin Hall, NIU-recruit, goes for 332 yards, 4 TDs as H-F downs Bolingbrook to lead host H-F to a 48-20 SouthWest Suburban victory before a jammed-packed crowd for homecoming. He carried the ball 19 times for 171 yards and three TDs for H-F (4-0, 2-0). He also had six catches for 161 yards and a TD.

“I’m naturally good at running back,” Hall said. “I had to wait for my turn the last two years. Senior year, I’m going to show I can play running back at any level.”

With all of that being said, believe it or not, the visiting Raiders came to play as they jumped out to a 20-13 lead at halftime, but second half adjustments were shown, with the Vikings (4-0, 2-0) putting up 35 points in the third quarter.

In the end, Vikings coach Craig Buzea referred to Hall as the “best football player in the state.”

“There may be better running backs and there may be better defensive backs, but there isn’t a better football player,” Buzea said. “His versatility is something I’ve never seen before.”

Notre Dame 34, Joliet Catholic 0

Marist 42, Marian Central 20
Marist (4-0, 2-0): Mike Markett 2 TD passes to Jadon Thompson. Charlie Laurencell 50-yard INT return for TD.

Hillcrest 21, T.F. South 0
Hillcrest (3-1, 1-1): Rocky Griffin 11-yard TD run, 18-yard TD pass to Jaylen Burns.

Tinley Park 62, T.F. North 26
Tinley (2-2, 1-1): Eli Webster 79-yard TD run.

Eisenhower 34, Oak Lawn 7
Eisenhower (4-0, 2-0): Tim Baity 154 yards rushing, 2 TDs.

Andrew 28, Bradley-Bourbonnais 25
Andrew (2-2, 1-2): Jack Condon 2 TD runs, including winner with 3:25 left. Cole Griffin 2 TD runs (72, 56 yards).

Lincoln-Way West 49, Thornridge 8
L-Way West (3-1, 2-1): Anthony Senerchia 15 of 24, 138 yards, 3 TDs. Alex Croft 2 TD receptions.

Stagg 36, Thornwood 18
Stagg (3-1, 1-1): Greg Hoard 3 TD runs (19, 37, 4).

Providence 35, St. Ignatius 6
Providence (2-2): Caden Kalinowski 2 TD passes, TD run. DeShon Gavin TD run, TD reception.

Lincoln-Way Central 42, Lockport 0
L-Way Central (4-0, 3-0): Justin Ellis TD runs of 15, 20 yards. Sam Pipiras 2 TD passes.

Montini 29, Brother Rice 28
Brother Rice (1-3): John Bean 2 TD runs, TD pass.

Lincoln-Way East 46, Sandburg 7

Crete-Monee 71, Bloom 0

Fenwick 28, Leo 0

St. Rita 24, St. Laurence 19

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2017 IHSA Week 3 Recap

Posted on September 8, 2017. Filed under: Football, Sporting News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

IHSA Week 3 Recap…

September 9, 2017

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The previous two weeks have been very compelling (Week one, Week two) and we hope Week 3 will kick off conference place with lots more glory….  here’s our recap for conference play in our coverage area:

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Bloom 28, Collins 0 
Bloom (2-1): Juan Green 2-yard TD run, 66-yard TD pass to Zion Alexander.

Curie 42, Morgan Park 18
Morgan Park (1-2): Benjamin Little 1-yard TD run. Alex Perkins 63-yard fumble return TD.

Friday, September 8

Rich Central 60, Kaneland 20
Junior Sean Tyler saw “open field and opportunity” as Rich Central defeated Kaneland 60-20. Tyler finished the contest with 4 touchdowns including two long-runs. He reminded everyone of his winning track and field ability, team won State in the 4 x 100 and 4 x 200, in this game.


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The visiting Knights (1-2) got on the board first on a short pass from Jack Douglas to Alex Moses at the 8:35 minute mark in the first quarter. On the kickoff, Tyler received the ball and darted down the field for 85-yards. Extra point failed, making the score 7-6.

The Knights scored again on the next possession with a short run by Jonathan Alstott taking the lead for the final time, as on the very next kickoff to the Olympians, junior Zachery Roebuck, caught the kickoff and return it to the endzone from 80 yards out. They tied the score at 14 on a successful 2-point conversion. Rich Central (2-1)  never looked back as on a few plays later, senior Derrick Maxwell Jr., jumped in front of a quick screen pass and returned it to the endzone. The score now was 20-14 and we were still in the first quarter and the Olympians offense hasn’t ran a single play. There first offensive play came early in the second quarter.

Later in the second, senior quarterback, Jyran Mitchell, put together the offenses first score on a well-managed drive that concluded with a 14-yard pass to Dionlashen Washington.

After intermission, the Olympians picked up where they left off and NIU-recruit Mitchell connected with Jason Johnson from 25 yards out then he showed his speed as he kept the ball and ran through the defense for a 67-yard score. On their next three possessions, it was Mr. Tyler who scored from 48 yards, 7 yards, and a video-game style run from 68.

The Knights did score on more time on a kickoff to Max Gagne.

Up next for Rich Central will be cross-town rival Rich South.

“The kids worked hard (this week),” coach Terrell Alexander shared after the game. “Next week we have work even harder as they (Rich South) is a varsity football team too.”

Richards 27, Shepard 21
Derek Flowers put on a show Friday night in the win against Shepard 27-21, a South Suburban Red contest. He finished the game with over 200 yards on the ground and four scores.

“Derek is one tough player,” Richards coach Tony Sheehan said. “We’re going to run with him. We’ve got to get down and dirty.”

Shepard was without head coach Dominic Passolano, who according to Porter, notified the staff he had a family emergency. That wasn’t the only loss the Astros suffered.

It was being reported via social media that the game became “very chippy” and two players from each team ejected.

Providence 28, St. Rita 21
Providence cools St. Rita off with a 28-21 victory in the Catholic Blue even though they let a 13-point lead slip away in the second half, but rallied to regain the lead for good on Caden Kalinowski’s 27-yard touchdown pass to De’Shon Gavin with 1:00 left in the game.

The Celtics collected over 300 yards on the ground including Gavin finishing with 114 yards on 18 carries and Magurany added 91 yards on 15 attempts.

“Jake with the power and De’Shon with the speed, that’s what we wanted to build our offense on,” Providence coach Mark Coglianese said. “The first two weeks (in losses to East St. Louis and Vianney, Mo.) we couldn’t quite get untracked. We were a little bit overmatched.”

Lemont 14, Hillcrest 7
Overtime was needed for Lemont to defeat Hillcrest 14-7 in a BIG South Suburban Blue contest.

The winning pass came from senior quarterback Mark Mathias to Matt Slee. It was a a floater to the right side of the end zone on the first play of OT.

“Oh, my gosh, that was the best feeling in the world,” Mathias said. “When he caught that ball, oh, it was the best thing ever.”

St. Laurence 27, Bishop McNamara 7
St. Laurence (2-1, 1-0): Tori Clinton TD runs of 2, 22 yards.

St. Patrick 30, Joliet Catholic 29
JCA (1-2, 0-1): Ke’Von Johnson, Aidan Tyrell 2 TD runs each.

T.F. South 49, T.F. North 6
T.F. South (3-0, 1-0): Johnt’e Crawford 3 TDs. Cameron Clayton 65-yard TD pass to Anthony Lewis.

Homewood-Flossmoor 48, Stagg 0
H-F (3-0, 1-0): Justin Hall 3 TD runs. Ryan Flournoy 2 TD receptions (40, 21 yards).

Moline 47, Rich South 20
St. Ignatius 48, DePaul 0
Oak Forest 35, Tinley Park 28
Eisenhower 44, Evergreen Park 14
Lincoln-Way East 42, Andrew 2
Thornton 7, Lockport 6
Lincoln-Way West 35, Bradley 28
Bolingbrook 52, Sandburg 7
St. Viator 51, Marian 14

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Saturday, September 9

CATHOLIC BLUE
Mount Carmel at Loyola

NON-CONFERENCE
De La Salle at Benton Harbor (MI)

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2017 BIG TEN Football Week 2

Posted on September 7, 2017. Filed under: Football, NCAA Sports, Sporting News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

BIG Ten Week 2…

September 9, 2017

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Week 2 has some big games on tap… Who will remain undefeated? Who will get that first win? Big Ten went 9-4 record during Week 2. Many teams have opportunities but let them slip away. Who were the BIG rinners…

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Jeff Brohm and the Boliermakers jumped out to a 34-7 halftime lead over the Bobcats. Purdue put up some massive numbers offensively, 558 yards, with a nice run/pass balance; 295 through the air and 263 on the ground. David Blough averaged an absurd 18 yards per attempt as the junior went 11 of 13 for 235 yards and three scores.

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Always, we mean always a good game… Picture this: it was late in the fourth quarter and things weren’t looking so hot for the Hawkeyes then Akrum Wadley scored an incredible touchdown to tie the game and sent things to overtime. Iowa State kicked a field goal but then the Hawkeyes answered with a touchdown pass to hang onto the Cy-Hawk trophy. INSTANT CLASSIC!!!!

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Wilton Speight threw for 221 and two scores, but continues to struggle with errant throws. Kekoa Crawford and Grant Perry were both on the receiving end of the touchdown strikes. Ty Isaac continues to look like the best option in the backfield, rushing for 133 yards on 20 carries.

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Another MAC opponent defeated by BIG TEN… what’s more incredible is the Spartans are 2-0… what a difference a year makes! Plus, Brian Lewerke has been showing off his legs this season, and he scored twice on Saturday; including a 61-yarder. L.J. Scott rushed for 86 yards and a score on 18 carries.

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Trace McSorley, Saquon Barkley, and Mike Gesicki led the way for the Penn State offense. McSorley ran and threw for 229 total yards with three touchdowns and an interception; Barkley ran for 88 and a score while adding another touchdown on a nifty 46-yard catch and run; and Gesicki hauled in two touchdown catches in the first quarter of play.

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Completing 21 of 25 passes for 313 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions is a hell of a game for a college quarterback, right? That was the half-time stat line for Oregon’s Justin Herbert and he’s a sophomore. WOW!

The Duck offense looked like what we’ve gotten used to seeing over the years, putting up 566 yards of total offense.

Tanner Lee wasn’t his best in Eugene. Lee completed just 19 of 41 passes for 252 yards with three touchdowns and four crucial interceptions. Tailback Tre Bryant and wideout Stanley Morgan Jr. both topped the 100-yard mark. Bryant scored once while Morgan found the end zone twice. The Huskers did rally back quite nicely after a 42-14 half-time deficit, but they fell short in the end.

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Talk about a BIG loss… Game was tied at the half at 3-3. In the first 30 minutes, the Buckeye defense held their own against a highly explosive Sooners’ offense, but halftime adjustments were made, and the Sooners came out on fire.

OU quarterback Baker Mayfield came through on the field as well as made his name more known as a Heisman candidate, he ended the game throwing for 386 yards and three touchdowns on 27-of-35 passing.

All momentum shifted in the fourth quarter, as the Sooners 17-13 lead turned into a 31-13 lead after a 10-yard touchdown pass from Mayfield to Trey Sermon, and a 3-yard rushing TD from Jordan Smallwood. Those two TDs were part of a 21-point unanswered scoring spree for Oklahoma, who entered the game ranked as the fifth best team in the country.

 

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Defensively the Illini played tough as nails Saturday night against Western Kentucky as they knocked them off. Linebacker Julian Jones returned an interception for the game’s first touchdown. The visitors could only manage 244 yards of offense on the day. On the other side of the ball, the Illini ground game held their own behind the play of Mike Epstein, who led all rushers with 111 yards on 21 carries.

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What a weekend of games for the BIG Ten! Next week’s slate brings very little excitement to the table. The Buckeyes will look to contain Army’s option attack (oof). Michigan hosts Air Force and the Nittany Lions take on mighty Georgia State. Those games should be sponsored by Red Bull.

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When is the Best Time to Contact Coaches

Posted on September 7, 2017. Filed under: AAU, Baseball, Basketball, Basketball, Boys High School Basketball, Football, Girls High School Basketball, NCAA Sports, Sporting News, Sports Business, Track and Field | Tags: , |

When is the best time to contact a college coach?

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So you want to contact a coach…. seems intimidating doesn’t it? First things that probably comes to mind is what do I say? Then you’re going to think, when is the best time to contact them.

Well, it really depends on how you are trying to contact him or her. If you are making a phone call, you should do it in the late afternoon or early evening. Coaches check their e-mail at different times, but we recommend e-mailing them in the morning; that way, they have all day to check their e-mail and see yours. If you are trying to contact a coach via social media, such as Facebook or Twitter, the best time to do that is in the late afternoon into evening hours. Now, let’s take a closer look.

 

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Calling a Coach
When you start planning to call a coach, it is extremely important you pay attention to the contact rules <LINK> for your sport; you can call a coach at any time, but they may not be able to call you back. To increase the chances they will pick up the phone, call a coach early in the evening, when they are most likely to have time to answer the phone. If they do not pick up the phone, it is extremely important that you leave a detailed message and tell them what day and time you plan on calling them back. It may be a time of the year that they are not allowed to call you back due to recruiting rules. If they know exactly when you plan on calling them, they can be prepared to take your call.

You should take steps to prepare yourself before you call a coach. Also, read these seven questions to ask when calling a coach for the first time.

E-mailing a Coach
Coaches can respond to an e-mail at any time, but it is a good practice to send your e-mails in the morning. This allows coaches all day to go through their e-mail account and respond. If they don’t respond to your e-mail after a few days, then send them a follow-up e-mail. If you still haven’t heard from them after following up, read this article for more help. You can also try these tips to get your e-mails opened.

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Using Social Media
Social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, are becoming increasingly popular in college sports. You should utilize them to get in touch with coaches. Late afternoon and early evening is a great time to contact coaches via social media. It gives them a chance to take care of their day-to-day coaching responsibilities before they start reaching out to recruits. Before contacting coaches on Facebook or Twitter, make sure you don’t have anything that would negatively affect your recruiting prospects.

NOTE: if you have a derogatory user name or wild nickname, you may want to change it before contacting a coach.

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7 Questions to Ask When Calling a College Coach for the First Time

Posted on September 7, 2017. Filed under: AAU, Baseball, Basketball, Basketball, Boys High School Basketball, Football, Girls High School Basketball, NCAA Sports, Softball, Sporting News, Sports Business, Track and Field | Tags: , |

Be prepared when calling a coach…

September 2017

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You’ve done all of your research on each program. You have the e-mail address and phone number for each coach.

Now what do you ask when you are actually talking to them? To help you prepare for calls with coaches, write out your questions ahead of time

That way you can make sure you cover all your bases and can easily take notes. The more you communicate with a coach, the easier it will be for you to figure out if you are both on the same page. Is there a connection between you and the coach? Do you feel comfortable? Is this someone you could imagine playing for? These are the type of questions you want to keep in mind as you are building that coach-recruit relationship.

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But what do you say when you are calling college coaches for the first time? Here are seven important questions to ask during the recruiting process:

What Does it Take to Earn a Scholarship With Your Program?
Knowing what it takes to earn a scholarship will help you with meeting the eligibility criteria. Many may not know it, but a major cause in not winning a scholarship is simply because people don’t meet the eligibility criteria. Did you know that missing an application deadline or not having a high enough GPA is an automatic disqualifier? There are millions of scholarships available, and you don’t have to be a rocket scientist, great writer, or have a 4.0 GPA to get one. Sometimes all it takes in meeting the eligibility criteria is being persistent.

Can I Meet With You if I Make an Unofficial Visit?
This is an important question because these visits are vital for coaches. They don’t want to burn any bridges with future recruits, so making an unofficial visit is common. Also, coaches don’t know if you’re going to blow up one day, and sometimes half the battle is getting an athlete on campus.

Where do You Typically Evaluate Your Recruits?

This is helpful so you get an idea on when or where they scout for athletes. Coaches view tapes, but they also scout talent at camps, tournaments, and showcases.

Do You Have Any Camps, Tournaments, or Showcases You Recommend I Attend?
This is the end goal when calling college coaches because your overall objective is to get evaluated. If they give you a recommendation, chances are they will be there.

How is Your Recruiting Class Looking For My Graduation Year?
This will help you evaluate your own abilities with respect to other top players in your recruiting class. There are hundreds of players who play at your level, so you have to distinguish yourself from the rest. Calling college coaches can help with this because it shows your interest in their program. Taking time out of your day to make a phone call can make a major impact.

What is the Best Way to Update You on My Progress?
Make it as convenient as possible for the coach to evaluate you. The more they start seeing you as and hearing about you, the greater your chances of being evaluated. You also want them to be updated on any special recognition, awards, etc.

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What Are Good Academic Goals for Your University?

This will help you stay on track with the university’s eligibility criteria. Coaches care about grades, so this shows that you care as well. It is also an excellent way for you to show your academic ability.

 

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Understanding the Recruiting Process

Posted on September 7, 2017. Filed under: AAU, Baseball, Basketball, Basketball, Boys High School Basketball, Football, Girls High School Basketball, NCAA Sports, Sporting News | Tags: , |

Recruiting Overview…

September 2017

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The REAL Recruiting Game

If you live for sports. You’re an all-season athlete. Your teammates are your best friends. You’re also probably psyched (and a little nervous) about that mythical college recruitment process. Whether you’re a high school freshman or a senior, this is your college recruitment need-to-know introduction.

Making it to high school isn’t just a rite of passage for students and athletes alike—it’s also the start of a four-year athletic recruitment process. Believe it or not, the best of the best in their respective sports are already being scouted as early as freshman year.

Thanks to the National College Athletic Association (NCAA) and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), recruitment is a finely tuned animal, but it can still make your head spin with all of its intricacies. So grab your cleats, mouth guard, and uniform, and let’s dive in.

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NCAA vs. NAIA
The two main associations that govern collegiate athletics determine the process that you’ll be going through. Yet, it all starts with figuring out what you’re looking for in a school and in an athletic program. Take some time and ask yourself these questions: Do I want a public or private college or university? A big or small school? Do I need an athletic scholarship? Once you start thinking about those questions, your path and the schools that best fit your personality will become much clearer.

A basic difference between the NCAA and the NAIA is that the NCAA is the larger organization of the two, with over 1,000 affiliated colleges and universities; conversely, the NAIA has close to 300 participating member colleges and universities. NCAA schools also tend to be larger, and it includes the Ivy League, whereas NAIA schools fall on the smaller side. And just because the NCAA is better known doesn’t mean you won’t get the same athletic or academic experience at an NAIA school. In fact, NAIA schools are known to be the equivalent of a NCAA Division II school.

The divisions
NCAA Division I is home to those larger public schools that normally have huge arenas and fields that you have probably seen on television before—those schools with more than 15,000 students like University of Illinois or anything SEC. This division of sport is highly competitive and recruitment is not taken lightly by any means. Even though Division I is nationally recognized, it doesn’t mean you’re going to get that starting position you’re used to playing in high school. On the upside, however, Division I schools are so large that they tend to have a lot of money tucked away for their athletes.

Division II schools are split right down the middle in the public/private arena, which is great because it allows for an array of choices. These schools, according to NCAA.org, have on average about 4,500 students. It’s a nice mix of Division I and Division III athletics, and as far as money is concerned, more often than not, an athlete can walk away with at least a partial scholarship.

Last, but not least is NCAA’s Division III, the lesser known and perhaps more overlooked of the three. One of the big differences you’ll find playing a varsity sport in this division is affiliated schools do not offer athletic scholarships. When asked why students should choose a Division III school over a Division I or Division II school, many simply say, “top 50 national liberal arts college, provide an academic experience that is unique. For the right student who wants high-end academics and an athletic experience that is highly competitive, but not a job, we can be a better fit than many scholarship schools.”

It is important to note that the NCAA divisions are merely broken down by the number of athletic teams a school has. It is not a ranking system of how “good” a school is when it comes to athletics and academics.

Hitting the books
One myth that needs debunking: if you focus on and do well in your sports, grades and academics don’t matter—professors will treat you differently and let you “slide by” in your school work. False!

At the end of the day, you might even be a recruiter’s top choice, but if you don’t get into the school through the regular application process—whether it’s because your application is incomplete or your grades weren’t good enough—you will not be playing on that school’s team any time soon.

The high school years at a glance
The NCAA has specific rules for all its sports, making it difficult to list every intricacy between each division. While you can use the following information as a general guide, you should check out the NCAA website for the particulars of what needs to be done for your sport.

During freshman year of high school, your primary focus should be your academics, followed closely by working hard athletically. Take this time to peruse the NCAA site and learn about your sport and the different divisions. While you’re doing your research, start making a list of schools that stand out to you.

When sophomore year hits, start checking your mailbox for recruitment materials (e.g., questionnaires, camp brochures, etc.) and get your cell phone out! The process really begins when you find out which schools and coaches are interested in you. In most cases, you can now start contacting coaches in any of the divisions. They are not allowed to initiate contact with you at this point, so it’s all on you. You need to let coaches know that you are interested in them.

Sophomore year also marks the start of standardized testing. Get your feet wet by taking the PSATs, which will give you an idea of how the real SAT will go and show you where you need to improve before colleges see your scores. It’s important to stay ahead of the game and make your mark early. At the end of your sophomore year before school lets out, request a copy of your transcript and school profile. Send a copy of your transcript, any test scores you have, and your profile to each school you are interested in.”

When you finally reach junior year, it’s time to start getting serious. Believe it or not, college is right around the corner! Sign up for the SAT or ACT and get a head start, so if you don’t do so well the first time around, you can take them again. Talk to your guidance counselor about where you stand in your academics; they are one of the best resources you have available to you, since the NCAA rules are so strict about communicating with coaches.

And then there’s senior year. This is when everything starts happening. Coaches can now contact you more frequently and can ask you to come to the school on official visits. This is also a time when a coach can have you come for an evaluation of your skills, which often includes practicing with the team.

As actual athletics are concerned, coaches “really want to see recruits live to evaluate…. TRUE! It is very difficult to get a feel for the speed and size of the game on film. Seeing an athlete live can range from going to an actual game, or going to a summer clinic or camp, both of which were a huge help.

Getting noticed
There are many factors involved in getting noticed by a coach, including more than just your athletic ability and academic performance. In short, make sure you represent yourself in the best possible way, especially off the field including your digital footprint (social media).

At the end of the day, a coach wants the overall player and good person that they feel like they don’t have to truly babysit on a college campus.

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The end game
Don’t get caught up in the semantics of NCAA or NAIA, or making your way onto the “best” team. You’ll find yourself stuck in the process and losing sight of what you’re really after—a school that fits you. Just remember your goals, visit schools, do your research until you find your #1 draft pick college or university, and then everything else will fall into place.

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HS Freshmen – How to be prepared to be recruited

Posted on September 7, 2017. Filed under: AAU, Baseball, Basketball, Boys High School Basketball, Football, Girls High School Basketball, Sporting News, Sports Business | Tags: |

It’s not too early too early to think about recruiting as a freshmen

September 2017

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We recently published a general overview of the recruitment process for high school athletes to college <LINK>. With the new school year upon us, we wanted to expand on that article and get a little more in depth for freshman so they would know exactly what to do and expect as you prep for your college athletic career.

As a freshman athlete, senior year seems so so far away and makes you think you have so much time to get ready to be recruited. But, one dream killer is procrastination i.e. “I’ll get to it later.” Your four years in high school will go fast, faster than you realized so take advantage of each moment and opportunity, on the field as well as off.

But if you take it year by year, you will put yourself in the best position possible to be recruited and have a leg up.

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Decisions… things to think about
One of the great things about starting to prep in your freshman year is that you have to start thinking about where you want to go. You don’t have to make those life-altering decisions right now. All you have to do is think a little personal Q&A…ask yourself:

  • “What type of school do I want to go to? Big? Small? Religious?
  • DI?
  • DII?”
  • DIII?

Get a general idea of the schools that could possibly interest you. Remember that you want a school that will provide you with a great education and an athletic opportunity which could possibly save your parents money for school. Hopefully, your school is providing you access to third-party search tools like CommonApp.

By doing this all of this now, you’re creating a list of potential schools you can see yourself at four years from now. Not only that, you’re giving your parents and guidance counselor a great direction of where to focus their energies by giving them as much info as possible for continuing the college search, setting up campus visits, and more. When the time comes to actually start applying, the list will be a lot shorter and you’ll be 100% more confident that those schools are where you want to be—and this gives you extra time to explore and add other schools, if necessary.

Research
Take your list of schools and jump onto their websites to learn more about the sport(s) you are interested in and about the sport culture in general (i.e., the team, coaches, team record, schedule, etc.). If you live around any of these schools, take some time and go watch the level of play at a match one day. Seeing what the college level is like at such an early point in the process can only make you want to learn more and be better at your sport.

Another great way to conduct research is through attending sports camps. Coaches use camps to identify potential athletes at an early age. If you can figure out what camps your favorite coaches like to attend, sign up! The more time they get to watch you play, the better they will get to know you, and the better they can imagine you on their team.

Get to know your guidance counselor
While your guidance counselor is not a recruiter, they are there to truly help guide you through this whole process; they are your best resource this early in the game (no pun intended!).

In order to become a college athlete, you need to take the appropriate high school classes and thus, get your high school diploma. Meet with your guidance counselor at some point during your freshman year and map out your next three high school years with the right classes that will keep you on track. Keeping a good relationship with your counselor will also result in a much more personal recommendation as well.

What to expect freshman year
While I can’t outline every specific recruiting rule for each division and sport (see all the individual sport/division information for the NCAA here), there are general rules that still must be followed during your freshman year.

Surprisingly, according to the NAIA Recruiting Rules, there are no restrictions for students and coaches freshman year. Specifically, their rules for coaches state: “You are permitted to contact high school students as early as you would like to in their career—freshman, sophomore, junior year—that is all perfectly permissible, and you can contact them as many times as you think is appropriate in order to recruit the student to your institution.”

The NCAA, however, is not as lax as the NAIA, as it has restrictions galore throughout the high school years. Don’t expect coaches to be calling you and making you offers right now. The most you will probably get will be some questionnaires or brochures in the mail. If you absolutely need to talk to/introduce yourself to the coach, you can call them, but they cannot return the call. It’s a little one sided at the moment, but there are rules for a reason and they need to be followed.

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I know, I know. A lot of the above doesn’t sound all that exciting. I mean, what are you doing to really get yourself recruited? You’re just starting the journey, so all you need to do this year is work on making the team, getting good grades, and start thinking about college. As you progress through each high school year, you’ll see how everything adds up.

Hey sophomores, you’re up next! Leave some questions in the comments and I’ll make sure to answer them in your next blog.

 

 

 

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2017 ASNN365 September Newsletter

Posted on September 6, 2017. Filed under: Basketball, Football, NCAA Sports, Sporting News, Sports Business | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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Everyone is back to school

September 2017

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This is also our “social media” edition to protect you on various topics and trends taking place nowadays.

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Ever wonder how did the national anthem become a hallmark of sporting events and when did athletes start using it as an opportunity for protest? Click to read about it.

SOCIAL MEDIA EDITION

*Just b/c people ask your opinion on emotional/hot topic, don’t have to answer

Even Colleges use “catfish” style tactics ~click here

Laremy Tunsil’s social media tomfoolery a reminder of the hefty price prospects can pay

NOTE: To all HS players on my TL, if ur tweeting profanity/inappropriate language (this includes retweets) ur not getting an offer from us.

Student-athletes need to pay attention to their social media footprints

NCAA outlaws a very specific type of subtweeting in recruiting

SOCIAL MEDIA: You may be trying to impress ur friends w/tweets but turning off college coaches who have power to offer u scholarships

 

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 REVISIT STORY: Donnovan Hill, the California teenager who was paralyzed playing football, story led to increased safety protections for young players after he sued a youth league

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 ICYMI: Atlanta-area high school features biggest video board in HS football….

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As school gets started remember @1001RecruitTips: #ACADEMICS: You can’t squeeze four years of requirements into 1-2 years!

#NCAABOUND Understanding the Recruiting Process

#NCAABound – HS #FRESHMEN – How to Prepare to Be Recruited RT HS Freshmen – How to be prepared to be recruited

#RecruitTips – Q: When is the best time to contact college coaches?

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2017 IHSA Football Rankings

Posted on September 5, 2017. Filed under: Football, Sporting News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Who’s top team in our coverage area?

September 2017

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As many of you know, we don’t do rankings until teams play… So after two weeks of play here are our rankings in our coverage area…

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(records and previous rankings)

1. Lincoln-Way East 2-0 (N/A)

2. Homewood-Flossmoor 2-0 (N/A)

3. Marist 2-0 (N/A)

4. Mount Carmel 2-0 (N/A)

5. St. Rita 2-0 (N/A)

6. Lincoln-way Central 2-0 (N/A)

7. Hillcrest 2-0 (N/A)

8. Bolingbrook 2-0 (N/A)

9. St. Ignatius 2-0 (N/A)

10. Thornton 2-0 (N/A)

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KEEP AN EYE ON THESE TEAMS…
TF South 2-0, Evergreen Park 2-0, Shepard 2-0, Eisenhower 2-0, Loyola 1-1, Richards 1-1, Joliet Catholic 1-1, Tinley Park 1-1, Bloom 1-1, Rich Central 1-1, Crete 1-1

 

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