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June 15, 2010 at 11:12 AM

Former NFL player Derrick Mayes to speak about recruiting

I wanted to pass along this press release we received:

The Five Things Student Athletes Need To Know To Get Recruited

Former NFL Player Derrick Mayes Shares His Expertise of the College Recruitment Process with Student Athletes at Football University at Bonney lake High School, June 25-26

For student athletes and their families, the decision to participate in the college recruitment process can be very overwhelming. Student athletes must evaluate both their athletic and academic performance and take the necessary steps to ensure that they have a chance to pursue a collegiate athletic career. June 25-26, former NFL player and NCSA educational speaker Derrick Mayes will be in town to clear up the myths and misconceptions of the college recruitment process through the popular National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA) seminar, “College Recruiting Simplified,” at Football University at Bonney lake High School, June 25-26.

As high school student athletes step back to evaluate both their athletic and academic performance thus far, the realization that another semester has passed can be overwhelming for student athletes who hope to pursue a future in college athletics. Success in both is extremely important especially for the student athlete hoping to pursue a collegiate athletic career.

The recruitment process can be very confusing and frustrating for many students and their parents, but former NFL player and NCSA educational speaker Derrick Mayes will be in town to clear up the myths and misconceptions of the college recruitment process through the popular National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA) seminar, “College Recruiting Simplified,” at Football University at Bonney lake High School, June 25-26.

As an NCSA speaker, Derrick Mayes will be sharing the following “5 Things You Need to Know to Get Recruited” tips among many more with student athletes and their families.

1. The recruitment process does NOT begin during the athlete’s junior or senior year. The recruitment process does not begin when a student-athlete is contacted by a college coach, it can start as early as seventh or eighth grade.

2. College coaches don’t just discover talented athletes. The athlete must initiate communication and convey interest to be noticed. Even if a student-athlete is a superstar, they must be prepared to call coaches, ask the right questions and take initiative.

3. College coaches do a majority of their initial interest by looking at videos before making in-person visits to games. Student athletes cannot expect college coaches to have the means to travel to watch their games, and professional film is very important for coaches to evaluate.

4. Most opportunities to play college athletics are NOT Division I Programs. Many athletes and parents feel their only option for collegiate athletic scholarships are D1 schools, but there are over 1,800 colleges and universities that sponsor college athletes and are able to offer financial packages and most are not DI programs.

5. Student athletes and their families are ultimately responsible for connecting with college coaches. Student-athletes cannot rely on their high school coaches to connect to college coaches. Most high school coaches do not have the time or resources to make sure their athletes are recruited so it is up to the athlete and their families to reach out to the college coaches.

Bonney Lake High School is located at 10920 199th Avenue Court East, Bonney Lake, WA. For student athletes and their families who are interested in attending NCSA’s “College Recruiting Simplified” seminar, please call Tiffany Menzione at 312-624-7437 to inquire about attendance.

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