Five words that kill a college prospect’s chances

In this, the Golden Era of athletic recruiting, college coaches may as well be in a candy store that stocks only their favorite chocolate bar.  They’ve never had it so good.  Coaches are inundated with info from camps, clinics, combines, showcases, tournaments, emails, texts and snail mail.  It is impossible for them to cover it all and … Read more

Remarkable blocked punt receives national attention

National Scouting Report football prospect Jack Braymiller received an early birthday present last month. Braymiller, who turns 16 in late October, received the gift-wrapped present with a bow on top during Boulder (Colo.) High School’s homecoming game on Sept. 18. Playing on Boulder’s special teams, Braymiller was positioned on the left side of the line … Read more

Four forces holding back families in recruiting

Families of high school athletes wanting to take their game to the college level are in a quandary.  How do they make a dream materialize?  It’s an unenviable position. Once they make their problem public, however, all sorts of help pops up, mostly from sources which have no clue how recruiting works.  That, of course, adds … Read more

What role should parents play in college recruiting?

Your child tells you he/she wants to play college athletics. Your eyes light up and a huge smile crosses your face. You are so proud of him/her. You desperately want to help your child get recruited and perhaps receive a scholarship. You tell him/her you will do everything possible to help. In fact, you offer … Read more

College recruiting is more than a family affair

The recruiting process has become a complex process.  And it is a nagging problem for families that cannot be solved by joining a club or travel squad, making all-whatever or relying on coaches to get their athlete exposed to college coaches.  This Generation Z recruiting environment is tough and parents should prepare for it to be a long, … Read more

Education came first for former NSR scholar-athlete

The acorn didn’t drop far from the tree when it came to Ali Manns Black.  In fact, smarts run deep in the Manns family. Ali’s dad, Dan, earned his degree in Meteorology from Penn State and went on to work for the National Weather Service and later at the National Climatic Center for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association … Read more

Bullied NSR softball prospect survives and thrives

It started badly and got progressively worse. First came the verbal abuse: teasing and derogatory comments by elementary school classmates. Then came the physical abuse: stuffing into lockers and pushing down flights of stairs in middle school. Classmates even stole her clothes. She reported the bullying to administrators at her Pennsylvania middle school. But, according … Read more

PA tennis duo hopes to become next great sister act

First, we watched John and Patrick McEnroe. Now, we enjoy Venus and Serena Williams. In the future, we could see Payton and Jordan Bradley. The Bradley sisters, who recently enrolled with National Scouting Report, are ranked among the Top 10 high school tennis players in Pennsylvania. Payton, a junior, plays No. 1 singles for Downingtown … Read more

Barn tryout changes lives of softball player and family

David Payne was a logger by trade and he had carved out a nice livelihood for himself, wife Juanita and two daughters in the mountains of Western North Carolina. The first time I saw David was in 2004 and it wasn’t in the woods or at a sawmill.  We met one another at a high … Read more

Student-athletes face tougher academic standards

Lost in the din of packed stadiums and arenas coast to coast is the simple yet irrefutable fact that student-athletes must remain academically eligible to participate in college athletics.  And as time goes on and NCAA rules stiffen regarding initial eligibility for incoming freshmen as well as for athletes already enrolled, everyone finally may be … Read more

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