More National Scouting Report prospects than ever are signing with NCAA D-I schools.
This is not an anomaly. It is happening over and again, coast to coast.
NSR scouts in every region of America are reporting that kids they work with are being recruited by and committing to D-I programs, and then signing Division I letters of intent on signing dates. And those numbers are growing at a rapid pace.
The growing trend is so impressive that in our 37th year of working with D-I college coaches National Scouting Report has been feverishly adding scouts to keep up with the demand of prospects wanting NSR to connect them to the very top competitive level of college athletics. The word has spread and families want NSR to evaluate their athlete.
Since NSR scouts are on the ground actually scouting prospects, we have to do the job the old-fashioned, right way – one prospect at a time. In order for any prospect to be a D-I athlete, they must possess D-I ability and skill sets. NSR scouts help identify that talent.
Each new NSR scout goes through intense classroom training followed by personalized in the field training, including their industry-leading Training Camp, before being released to go completely solo. Once given the reins, NSR scouts have the ability to spot legitimate college talent, evaluate them in person and, upon enrollment with NSR, help their prospects to navigate the complicated recruiting process as their own scout. A large percentage of NSR scouts possess collegiate playing experience, professional playing experience, collegiate coaching experience or they possess high school and club/travel coaching experience.
Prospects and their parents wanting NSR to be the conduit connecting them to colleges and universities is one reason so many D-I caliber prep athletes are gravitating toward NSR.
The other reason? An increasing number of D-I college coaches are seeing firsthand and appreciating the number of top-notch prospects being enrolled by NSR and responding by aggressively recruiting them.
To coaches, choosing to access NSR’s innovative Evolution application, a groundbreaking prospect-identification system, and also being able to talk directly to a prospect’s scout is parallel to scouting a high school game where they might see one or two prospects compared to going to a high-end tournament where they can see multitudes of really good kids who can play. Their time, energy and money are far better utilized going where they know a lot of talent will be readily available and that is NSR.
NSR’s president Rusty Rigney said recently, “It is really quite amazing what has been happening all across the nation. We are scouting really good prospects that are asking us to work with them to get the inside track with coaches. Make no mistake, it is a movement we can live with. More importantly, we know that we have a solemn responsibility to these kids and their parents to first put them in the position to be recognized and then to be there for them when they face the next step.”
More good news. College coaches in a variety of sports are jumping on board and lining up to evaluate NSR-represented kids.
Just in the past 18 months, NSR kids have committed or signed with schools spanning the SEC. Auburn, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Georgia, Ole Miss, Missouri and Alabama programs have signed or received commitments from our prospects.
Coaches from the ACC like Duke, Florida State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech and North Carolina State, Wake Forest, Syracuse and North Carolina have signed NSR prospects over the past three signing periods. The same goes for Big Ten, Pac 12, Big 8 and nearly every mid-major conference school.
The most important thing to remember is that only 1% of high school athletes will play at the D1 level. Athletes and parents must understand where their skill sets really fit. NSR maintains solid relationships with college coaches in all divisions and at all levels. These relationships are the reasons for NSR athletes receiving deserved attention.
At the national conventions we attend, NCAA D-I schools, as well as D-II, D-III and NAIA schools are indicating they have tired of getting info from open-enrollment scouting services. NSR evaluates and qualifies each prospect prior to agreeing to work with the athlete.
College coaches know that NSR kids are different. He or she has been scouted and interviewed. Their grades and stats have been verified. Their character is beyond reproach. These criteria have all become vital to coaches – things an online form cannot dig into and confirm.
College coaches know that NSR is the real thing. NSR can be trusted to offer truly pre-qualified prospects that can contend for a roster position.
Call the NSR scout near you today. See if you have what it takes to be a college athlete.
Note: This New Year’s Eve three former NSR prospects will be on the field for the University of Alabama in the first round of the college football playoffs in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome. Just thought we would mention it.