South Carolina Volleyball Star Commits to Clemson

Seldom does a day go by that someone does not ask a National Scouting Report scout what it takes to be an NCAA Division I prospect.  The next time somebody poses that question to me, I will simply say: Go watch Lexie Dorminy, who recently committed to play volleyball for Clemson University. Over the years … Read more

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Prevent your young athlete from becoming a falling Leaf

While listening to ESPN, I was entranced by an interview with former NFL No. 1 draft pick Ryan Leaf, whose travails have been well documented since his fall from grace with the San Diego Chargers nearly two decades ago. A recovering Vicodin addict, Leaf, 38, talked about how he started to spiral out of control … Read more

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How to appear on a college recruiting list

In a recent story about the demise of a powerful Pennsylvania American Legion baseball program that 20 years ago won the American Legion World Series, a prominent coach said: “These college scouts, if you’re going to be good, they’ll find you. It doesn’t matter where you play.” The coach was arguing that American Legion baseball … Read more

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New area director pounds the pavement in NE Florida

The story is both familiar and unique: a lifetime of involvement with athletics turns into a passion fulfilled through helping youngsters realize their dreams of becoming college student-athletes. Joe Pound is the Northeast Florida area director for National Scouting Report. A former college baseball player at the University of North Florida, Pound played for legendary coach … Read more

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Multi-sport Philly standout faces tough decision

Tanner Long faces a dilemma most high school athletes would love to have. Long, a 2018 National Scouting Report football prospect, must decide which sport — football or lacrosse — to play in college. Yes, he’s that talented – make that multi-talented. A 6-foot-2, 210-pound sophomore at Germantown Academy, a member of the prestigious Inter-Ac … Read more

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Missouri softball prospect head and shoulders above most freshmen

It takes a special athlete to impress National Scouting Report scouts. Like college coaches, they must weed out lots of pretenders and wannabe prospects to find the ones who really have all the tools to be legitimate college recruits. Jason Marcum is an NSR scout who works throughout Missouri.  He has more than a few softball … Read more

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Teen cell phone use while driving a deadly issue

Sad, isn’t it? Every year we hear about high school students killed in automobile accidents. Many, it seems, occur this time of year. Cell phone usage has become a major reason for these accidents. Teens are distracted by reading or writing texts or conversing on their cell phones while driving or as a passenger.  While there … Read more

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Is teamwork taught or does it come naturally?

Question: Is teamwork a natural gift or a learned skill? I was taught by my two older brothers what teamwork means and how to be a good team player. They pounded its importance into me at a young age. Even in business I refuse to throw a team member under the bus when things get rough. When … Read more

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Georgia outfielder no run-of-the-mill softball prospect

How many freshmen do you know who start on high school varsity softball teams?  Not many. How many start on one of their state’s premier teams? Even fewer. Well, meet Maura Grace Dickens. Mike Ewing is not your run-of-the-mill softball scout. Before being named national baseball director for National Scouting Report, Ewing cut his teeth as … Read more

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Good option for bad standardized test-takers

Good news for high school student-athletes who bombed out on the college entrance exams or are scared to death to take them. While attending a two-day college fair this week, I discovered more and more colleges and universities – including some of the most prestigious private schools in the country – have become test-optional. Hundreds … Read more

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