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College Planning and Recruiting

 

College Planning


MSD Brace Advisor

Eunice Ramirez

Brace Advisor

Phone: 754-322-2150

10 Things Families Should Know about the SAT and ACT

  1. Neither the SAT nor the ACT is “easier” or “harder" than the other, but different types of students usually do MUCH better on one than they do on the other.
 
  2. Take both tests as early as possible, to find the right “FIT” and to give you as much time for tutoring and additional exams. 
 
  3. Choose the test you scored the highest on and then work to improve that score.
 
  4. After you choose the “right” test, you must plan to take it multiple times. For football recruits you should have multiple scores by October of your senior year. 
 
  5. Combining scores - If you have a really high Math score on Test 1 and high Reading score on Test 2 you can combine those scores.
 
  6. Generally speaking if you are:
    1. Strong Math / Weak Reading = ACT
    2. Strong Reading / Weak Math = SAT
 
  7. Scoring Differences
    1. ACT has no penalty for wrong answers, so don’t leave any questions blank.
    2. SAT has a ¼ point deduction for all wrong answers, so a “rule of thumb” is if you can narrow answers to a 50/50 choice – pick one.  If you have no clue = skip it
 
  8. Colleges will accept either the ACT or the SAT – They are more concerned with high scores!
 
  9. ACT has a Science section, which really is more about using charts and graphs properly (so don’t’ stress) – SAT does not.
 
  10. SAT has a stronger emphasis on vocabulary.

Recruiting

It's every high school football player’s dream that someday all those strength and conditioning sessions, summer camps, practices ,scrimmages and Friday night games might translate into a chance to play sports on the collegiate level.


But with less than 10 percent of all high school athletes playing their given sport at an NCAA-member institution, and just a third of those receiving an athletic scholarship, it's crucial that players and parents learn all they can about this confusing, difficult and oftentimes frustrating process known as recruiting.

No matter what any one person or organization claims, nobody can guarantee you or your child an athletic scholarship. The Coaches will do everything possible to get your son recognized but they need your help! It starts with you and your son. Don't wait start immediately when your son enters the football program as a Freshman. Understanding the process and steps required early will assist you in getting to the next level. The following recruiting information can help you take control of the recruiting process and ultimately make an athlete's dream come true.

 

NCAA Brochures

The following is NCAA information that can be saved or printed. These brochures can assist you and your student athlete in understanding the process and preparing for the next level.

RECRUITING 101

  • Be realistic about your child’s athletic (and academic) capabilities.  Do they have the size, speed and agility to compete at the next level.  Are they really a D-1 prospect or would they have a greater chance of success in a smaller program.   Research the size, speed and attributes of position players at the schools you desire to play for and compare to your player.
  • Get on video.  Create a video highlight package on Hudl, placing the most impressive plays up front.  Coaches and their assistants who review highlight videos need to see the best plays first to want to see more.
  • Clean up your Social Media, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.  Recruiters WILL look at your accounts and make judgments based on what they see.
  • Be proactive!  The best player in the state will not receive an offer if no one knows about him.  Identify the position coaches and recruiters at the schools you are considering and reach out to them via phone, Facebook, Twitter, etc.  The player should reach out, ask questions and follow up on all contacts.
  • Consult with Coach May.  The Douglas Coaching staff is available to help.  However, the staff will be honest and realistic with all college recruiters that contact them.
  • Camps.  Investigate fully any off-season camp to which you are invited
  • Many camps and combines are money-making enterprises for coaches and schools.  Beware of “special invitations” and other marketing angles.
  • Identify the camps where your desired colleges will attend
  • Introduce yourself to the coaches from your desired colleges upon arrival

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