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We at Sportsforce would like to congratulate Tyler Kleva on his commitment to Trine University. Here is Tyler’s recruiting story and interview after his commitment. Good luck as a Thunder!

Tyler Kleva

1. Share your recruiting story and status.

The recruiting process was long and a little stressful. SportForce was instrumental in guiding me through the process.  Once the initial campaign was put into action, I started receiving email replies from college coaches immediately. I received many emails from different schools, most of them inviting me to camps or their showcases. It was tough to decide which camps to attend and which camps were just moneymakers for the baseball programs. It wasn’t possible to attend them all, so I just decided to attend the ones that were near home or the schools I was really interested in attending. When I first started this process, I really had no idea what to expect and was just hoping to find the right fit to continue my education and athletic career. The process ended when I committed to Trine University on February 16, 2017.

2. What school are you going to, and why did you choose them?

I am going to Trine University in Angola, IN, because it best fits my criteria of location, size, academics and baseball. I feel it is the best fit for me. The baseball coach played a roll in my decision as well.  He came to watch me play several times, called to check on me, and basically showed a genuine interest in me.  I could tell he was recruiting me for baseball, but more importantly, he was recruiting me as a person. We developed a very good relationship during this process and this was a big part of my decision to attend Trine University.

3. How did SportsForce help in the process?

SportsForce helped me with this process in many ways: from initial contact, through my commitment, SportsForce was sitting alongside guiding me through every step.  The online tutorials were helpful with shooting video and developing the recruiting profile. Helping us contact college coaches was key for the initial communication process, then it was up to me to follow up with the schools that expressed interest in me. SportsForce has developed the system for student-athlete recruitment; one just needs to follow the system for success.

4. What advice would you give to other players and parents with the recruiting process (ex. start early, get a highlight video)?

I recommend to future clients of SportsForce, to start the process early in their freshman, sophomore or junior year of high school.  For some, the process can start early, at least identifying some schools of interest. I would also recommend staying calm throughout the process and having realistic expectations.  Not every athlete is DI caliber. Find a school that best fits your needs and then worry about the athletic portion. The recruitment process is a marathon, not a sprint.  Enjoy the process, visit schools, communicate with the coaches and find what is best for you – don’t worry about what offers teammates may be getting or what they are doing.  Do what’s best for you!

5. How excited are you on your future in college?

I am very excited to be continuing both my athletic and academic career at Trine University. It’s been a goal of mine for several years to play baseball in college. I am very relieved that I have found a school that fits my needs for a college. I very much look forward to beginning the next charter in my life and the next 4 years at Trine University.

6. Would you recommend SportsForce to any other student-athletes? Why?
I would recommend SportsForce to everyone wanting to play a sport in college. It’s a very easy process that gets you maximum exposure easily and quickly. Consider SportsForce your first ever-personal manager. They will assist you in every step of the process, from creation of a profile, your recruiting video, email and phone help…. Everything is included to make the recruiting process enjoyable.  I couldn’t imagine trying to do this all on my own.  I owe a lot to SportsForce for achieving my goal of playing college baseball.

Over the last five years SportsForce has helped over 1,000 student-athletes and families successfully navigate the college recruiting and athletic scholarship process while saving families on average $50,000 in college expenses.

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We would like to congratulate Kyle Joye on his commitment to Chapman University! Here is Kyle’s recruiting story and interview after his commitment. Good luck as a Panther!

Kyle Joye
1. Share your recruiting story and status.

Johnny Cash once sang “I’ve been everywhere man!”…and that sums up my path to recruitment.  The process is brutal and at the same time clarifying.  The game is hard enough, but if you truly love the game and have the passion to play at the next level and beyond, you have to run the gauntlet of showcases, and prospect camps, and scouting events.  The stress and pressure and adversity encountered in that process is character building and character revealing.  If you can emerge from the other end of that cycle…sane…and with game…it’s all good!  I committed over the holidays…can’t wait!

2. What school are you going to, and why did you choose them?

I am committed to Chapman University.  I chose Chapman because it was a great fit for me.  Great academics, highly ranked business school…winning program with great coaches who I like and who like me…chance to play early, to win, to contribute…great guys on the team!

3. How did SportsForce help in the process? 

SportsForce was critically important in the recruiting process.  They were honest, accessible, and represented me to the fullest extent.  Always there for timely advice.  Knowledgeable.  Truly cared about me.

4. What advice would you give to other players and parents with the recruiting process? 

Get independent, qualified, connected, experienced help!  SportsForce.  Any parent that tries to take this process on by themselves is doing a disservice to their son or daughter…you cannot honestly appraise your kid or represent them without inherent bias, therefore you will project them falsely and set them up for failure!  Hand this process off to the pro’s…they will land where they should land and they will be better for it.  Don’t bite at every invite…focus on a handful of schools that are academically realistic and baseball realistic.

5.How excited are you on your future in college?

Psyched to win the World Series…repeatedly!

6.How much money do you anticipate your family saving in college expenses because of you being recruited?

$100K

7. Would you recommend SportsForce to any other student-athletes? Why?  

Whole heartedly.  Complete package.  Highly connected.  Honest.  Respected.  Great cadence of communication and web presence.  Have your son or daughter’s best interest at heart!

Over the last five years SportsForce has helped over 1,000 student-athletes and families successfully navigate the college recruiting and athletic scholarship process while saving families on average $50,000 in college expenses.

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We would like to congratulate Garrett Hastings on his commitment to the University of Kentucky! Here is Garrett’s recruiting story and intervew after his commitment. Good luck as a Wildcat!

Garrett Hastings

1. Share your recruiting story and status.
It’s a long patient process, I learned a lot of how coaches think and what they are looking for. Even the small things matter because you never know when you have the opportunity to make an impression.

2. What school are you going to, and why did you choose them?

University of Kentucky, SEC Baseball & Education

3. How did SportsForce help in the process?

Education, more specifically Ryan Thompson. He took the time and made the efforts to walk us thru the process of recruiting and outlined ways that helped me stand out to schools. He taught me about the mental and physical ways that I needed to continue to improve.

4.What advice would you give to other players and parents with the recruiting process?

Start earlier than you think, developing a plan of a group of target schools. Try to get on their radar, then keep them updated on your accomplishments and upcoming tournaments. Use your own language and talk to them straight the coaches seem to appreciate that. You definitely want to provide a highlight video long enough to outline/show your strengths and update it over time.

5. How excited are you on your future in college?

Very excited, the opportunities for me are endless.

6. How much money do you anticipate your family saving in college expenses because of you being recruited?

I will save some money, but travel baseball is expensive so not sure if my parents saved 🙂

7. Would you recommend SportsForce to any other student-athletes? Why?

I would, they have an understanding of the process, templates and the data to develop communication for schools across the country and all athletic and educational levels. But be prepared as a family to make an effort to work together and research.

Over the last five years SportsForce has helped over 1,000 student-athletes and families successfully navigate the college recruiting and athletic scholarship process while saving families on average $50,000 in college expenses.

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We would like to congratulate Jacob Benson on his commitment to the University of La Verne! Here are Jacob’s recruiting story and interview after his commitment. Good luck as a Leopard!

Jacob Benson

1. Please share your recruiting story and status.

The recruiting process for me was about as lengthy as gets. There were a lot of ups and downs along the way, some days had me feeling doubtful and stressed out while others left me feeling like I could do no wrong. Overall, I am very satisfied with the way things worked out. I committed to La Verne in the middle of July going into my freshman year of college and I couldn’t be happier about it.

2. What school are you going to, and why did you choose them?

I chose the University of La Verne because I felt that it suited me academically and athletically. It’s a pretty tough school to get into, and I really enjoy the fact that they have small class sizes. As for baseball, they have a really good history of winning and the coaches and facilities are one of a kind.

3. How did SportsForce help in the process?

Sportsforce really helped in the process of organizing emails and helping me give a clear path of what schools were a good fit. Along with this, they did what I needed the most, which was getting me exposed to many schools through tournaments and showcases.

4. What advice would you give to other players and parents with the recruiting process?

I would tell parents and their players to not rush the recruiting process. It’s good to be able to have a lot of options in front of you, and if you commit too early, you might be missing out on a better offer you could have had in the future. There were a lot of factors that went into choosing a school for me, so I would recommend not being too anxious to commit after receiving that first offer. Enjoy the ride, it’s a once in a lifetime experience!

5. How excited are you for your future in college?

I’m beyond excited to get going, I always loved watching the pace and intensity of a college baseball game, and I can’t wait to finally be a part of that.

6. How much money do you anticipate your family saving in college expenses because of you being recruited?

I would say my family is going to save around $70,000 due to me being an athlete. If you can manage to keep good grades in high school, it really opens up a lot of opportunities to get into prestigious schools and earn more scholarships to go along with it.

7. Would you recommend SportsForce to any other student-athletes? Why?

I would absolutely recommend Sportsforce for any high school athlete looking to play in college. I truly believe they’ve created a reliable and efficient formula to get kids recognized and exposed to whatever school they desire. I cannot thank them enough for all they have done for me!

 

Over the last five years, SportsForce has helped over 1,000 student-athletes and families successfully navigate the college recruiting and athletic scholarship process while saving families on average $50,000 in college expenses.

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We would like to congratulate James Percival on his commitment to Hill College! Here are James’ recruiting story and interview after his commitment. Good luck as a Rebel!

James Percival

1. Share your recruiting story and status

My recruiting story is probably very different when compared to the norm.  Being from Australia, not too many people have the opportunity to play college baseball and this story somewhat exemplifies the “different path” that many Australians have to take to progress in the baseball world.  My process began around February/March 2016 and I had officially signed in June 2016.  Obviously, the process was fast-tracked in order to ensure that I would be attending college in the fall of 2016.  SportsForce were very diligent in creating a process that would allow me to realize my dream. They were very hands-on via Skype calls and constant messaging which allowed both parties to bounce information of each other in order to expedite the process.  All in all, the process was very full, a bit of a blur, and somewhat disjointed but at the end of the day, I will be leaving to pursue a dream next month.

2. What school are you going to, and why did you choose them?

I have committed to Hill College in Texas.  I ultimately chose this school because I felt as though it was the right fit for me.  Knowing that there would be fellow Australians attending my school certainly aided in my choice.  I also felt that Texas has a climate which is similar to that of Australia’s and this will certainly help me feel comfortable in my new home.  Another reason for choosing this college was knowing that there have been Australians, both past, and present, who have been in the program which testified that the program was excellent and that I would certainly enjoy my experiences playing in another country.

3. How did SportsForce help in the process?

SportsForce were very helpful in the process. They put in a lot of hard work and many hours into helping me make this commitment. SportsForce were involved the whole way from the initial emails to finalizing my highlight video and player profile. Their network of knowing and speaking to coaches all over the country allowed me to ultimately achieve the best deal for me and my family.

4. What advice would you give to other players and parents with the recruiting process?

I would say that it is never too late to begin the recruiting process and that if this is something you are serious about, then there are no boundaries. Obviously starting the process much earlier than I did would’ve made the whole timeline a lot easier, but in saying that, anything can result from whenever you begin.  Also, having a very good quality highlight video is crucial.  This is the main way that a coach can form an opinion on you and what you can bring to their team.  Diversifying your footage from both offensive and defensive aspects is also key.

5. How excited are you for your future in college?

I am very excited to be beginning my college career next month.  It was only a few months ago when I was wondering if it was all too hard and that I should just begin university in Australia. Now, I have my short-term future settled and not everyone has the opportunity to move to a foreign country, study whilst there, and have the opportunity to play a sport which they thoroughly enjoy. I can’t wait to get over there and see what the future holds for me.

6. How much money do you anticipate your family saving in college expenses because of you being recruited?

Based on my scholarship, I am expecting my family to save around $20 000 – $30 000.  Having to pay this out of our own pockets wouldn’t have been an option ad saving this amount of money has allowed me to have one of the great life experiences.

7. Would you recommend SportsForce to any other student-athletes?

I certainly would recommend SportsForce to others based on the positive outcomes that have resulted for me.  I only heard about SportsForce through a fellow teammate and they raved about this company, and so do I.  Their vast networking potential and skills in creating highlight videos, etc. have allowed me the opportunity to travel to the USA and play college baseball. I’ve already told many Australian baseballers who are aspiring to play college baseball about SportsForce and I will continue to do so.

 

Over the last five years, SportsForce has helped over 1,000 student-athletes and families successfully navigate the college recruiting and athletic scholarship process while saving families on average $50,000 in college expenses.

 

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We would like to congratulate Matt Stearns on his commitment to California State University, Dominguez Hills! Here are Matt’s recruiting story and interview after his commitment. Good luck as a Toro!

Matt Stearns commitment

1. Share your recruiting story and status

A few weeks ago. The process was exciting. I had the opportunity to choose from three schools.

2. What school are you going to, and why did you choose them?

I chose Cal State Dominguez Hills. The fit was the best for me and my family. The coaching staff is really great there and I get to stay in SoCal playing baseball.

3. How did SportsForce help in the process?

Ryan and Darrell were super helpful and the insight they gave us was invaluable. Sportsforce helped us get noticed by a lot of schools. Ryan advised us on which showcases and tournaments I should attend to maximize being seen by the schools I was interested in.

4. What advice would you give to other players and parents with the recruiting process?

Start early, find the schools that will be the best fit for you and your family.

5. How excited are you for your future in college?

I am super excited about taking my game to the next level and playing College Baseball.

6. How much money do you anticipate your family saving in college expenses because of you being recruited?

I believe it will be close to $50,000

7. Would you recommend SportsForce to any other student-athletes? Why?

I would recommend Sportsforce to help others with the recruiting process. I learned a lot from Sportsforce on how to communicate with coaches and find the best fit for me.

Over the last five years, SportsForce has helped over 1,000 student-athletes and families successfully navigate the college recruiting and athletic scholarship process while saving families on average $50,000 in college expenses.

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We would like to congratulate Jake Fosgett on his commitment to Concordia University of Nebraska! Here are Jake’s recruiting story and interview after his commitment. Good luck as a Bulldog!

Jake Concordia Commit Pic

1. Share your recruiting story and status

My college recruiting process began a little later than what probably would have been ideal.  I began after the summer of my sophomore year in high school, following a solid season of pitching for San Dieguito Academy.  The only time I really showcased myself was when I participated in tournaments trying to get some exposure from college scouts/coaches.  During my junior year in high school, I teamed up with SportsForce to get actual advice from people with actual experience in the field of recruiting.  I was given LOTS of help from the SportsForce guys.  I got some recruiting knowledge such as: what questions to ask coaches, how to contact those coaches, and how to effectively proceed through the recruiting process.  Helpful tips for my pitching form were even given in areas that needed to be improved upon.  All this eventually led me to perform in a Prospect camp that put me in contact with my future coach at Concordia.  He was impressed at how well I performed on and off the field, including grades, and showed a strong interest in me for his team.  I committed in October of 2015, three months after coming in contact with the coach at my school.

2. What school are you going to, and why did you choose them?

I am going to Concordia University of Nebraska. The two main reasons I chose the school would have to be the baseball coach there and the strong education that I am anxious to receive in my major of Computer Sciences.

3. How did SportsForce help in the process?

As I said before, SportsForce gave me an abundant wealth of advice that helped me converse and contact college scouts and coaches.

4. What advice would you give to other players and parents with the recruiting process?

I’d say that one very important thing would be to start as early as you can.  The first big step you should take is during your freshman and sophomore year. If you’re starting a little later, as I did, don’t panic!  However, you will need to give more dedication to participating in tournaments, camps, and showcases in a shorter amount of time.

5. How excited are you for your future in college?

I’m very excited for college. Obviously, I’m quite nervous for it, but feel I made a great decision going to Concordia where there are some really cool baseball guys that will be my future teammates.

6. How much money do you anticipate your family saving in college expenses because of you being recruited? 

I currently have a $17,000 scholarship to go to Concordia, which is half the Out-of-State cost. For four years, that is $68,000 in savings for college.

7. Would you recommend SportsForce to any other student-athletes? Why?

I would recommend SportsForce to anybody willing to put in all the necessary effort for college and baseball, and then some. If you’re going to be a student athlete with SportsForce, then grades, baseball, and family are going to need to become your top priorities to succeed in the recruiting process.

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We would like to congratulate Tyler Hazlett on his commitment to Hawaii Pacific University! Here are Tyler’s recruiting story and interview after his commitment.  Good luck as a Shark!

Tyler HPU Commit Pic

1. Share your recruiting story and status

I play for a small Division 5 high school team in Temple City, California. I began participating in baseball showcases in December of my junior year. While attending a baseball camp at USC, I met the General Manager for Trosky Baseball and later that year was asked to play for the Trosky 18U team the next summer. Playing for Trosky was the best experience of my high school career and consistently put me in front of dozens of college coaches. We quickly realized that even starting the recruiting process as a junior we were somewhat behind. Some of my Trosky teammates were committing as sophomores and juniors. We felt behind in the process from the beginning. My coaches and I knew I would play somewhere but we didn’t know where. I didn’t commit until the middle of my senior year.

2. What school are you going to, and why did you choose them?

I committed to attend play baseball for Hawaii Pacific University in February of my senior year. I was being watched by many colleges and actively recruited by a handful. I visited the campuses and met with the coaching staff of the schools that were actively recruiting me. This was a very important experience and all I can say is I just knew that HPU was the right college for me. I considered the education, campus, location, team, coaching staff and the opportunity to make an immediate impact. The home field is not the best and the campus is not very traditional, but it all feels right to me. I met several families from Hawaii while playing for Trosky and the love and kindness they showed me and my family also influenced my decision.

3. How did SportsForce help in the process?

My mom heard a presentation from SportsForce at a college showcase and told my dad we needed to look into their service. We set up a phone call with Andrew (Beinbrink, CEO/Co-Founder of SportsForce) and he gave us some valuable advice about the recruiting process and what was required to be marketable. We decided to sign up because it seemed like Andrew really understood the process and we felt like we were already behind. My dad tells his friends that the recruiting process is another full-time job. My initial list had 50 possible schools from NCAA Division I to Division III. In baseball, there are only so many coaches and even fewer opportunities for them to see you play. Communicating to coaches when and where they can see you is the most important piece of the puzzle. SportsForce helped us email every single coach on the college staff on my target list before every game or tournament. SportsForce also helped us determine if a coach was really interested in me or just marketing their program. An invitation to a camp is not the same as a phone call or text message from a coach.

4. What advice would you give to other players and parents with the recruiting process?

The process is different for every single person, start early but don’t be discouraged if you do start late. It’s hard to believe early means freshman year or earlier for some, but that’s what it means in baseball. A highlight video is a must and has to be short and focused, but playing or showcasing in front of coaches is most important. Be flexible, schools I thought I wanted to attend didn’t feel right when I actually visited the campus.

Grades are also extremely important. A GPA of 3.5 and above puts you in a different category for coaches and impacts the amount of academic money a college can offer you. A coach has a lot more flexibility when he can rely on your academic achievement. My offer was stacked with an academic scholarship and an athletic scholarship.

The process is not easy! Responding to emails from coaches can take hours after a game or tournament. You need to be organized and I relied on my parents a lot. My dad had his friends call me as mock college coaches so I would be prepared when the phone calls came. Research the schools you are interested in and be able to talk about yourself and what you like and don’t like about a school. Be honest with the coach and yourself and make sure it feels right to you.

5. How excited are you for your future in college?

I am extremely happy with my choice and look forward to a great college experience. I love the campus, the coaches, the people and the food. And hey, the location is Hawaii.

6. How much money do you anticipate your family saving in college expenses because of you being recruited? 

My offer is for $18,000 a year, so we will save $72,000 over the four years.

7. Would you recommend SportsForce to any other student-athletes? Why?

I play for Trosky Mizuno and we play and travel a lot in the summer. My Dad said we would not have been able to manage the email communication without SportsForce. SportsForce started out sending over two hundred emails at a time for me when we started. Darrell (Mazon, Co-Director of Client Team at SportsForce) kept me on task and made sure I got my emails to coaches in time so they would be able to schedule a time to see me at games and tournaments. When communication and offers started coming in, Andrew was there to provide advice. One of the best parts was that I was able to see which coaches watched my video and which coaches opened my emails.

Over the last five years, SportsForce has helped over 1,000 student-athletes and families successfully navigate the college recruiting and athletic scholarship process while saving families on average $50,000 in college expenses.

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A lot of the questions we receive here at SportsForce Recruiting have to do with athletic scholarships.  As you are probably finding out the hard way, the college recruiting process can be very difficult and confusing. A lot of the confusion comes from athletic scholarships and what is actually available for student-athletes in their perspective sports.

Many families are very stressed over finding athletic scholarships! To help families alleviate the stress, and have a better understanding about athletic scholarships, we have created our Athletic Scholarships Available Guide.

Over the next couple of weeks we are going to take a closer look at specific sports and breakdown what scholarships are actually available and the competition for these scholarships.

We’re going to start off by taking an in-depth look at College Baseball Recruiting.

While there are a decent amount of baseball scholarship opportunities available at the NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA levels, there is also an abundance of talented high school baseball players competing for all of these different scholarship opportunities.

Below is a chart that shows all of the schools that offer baseball and the baseball scholarships that are available at each level:

Division

Schools Offering Baseball

# of Scholarships per School

Total Scholarships Available

1

298

11.7

3451.5

2

259

9

2331

NAIA

212

12

2544

NJCAA

511

24 *

12264 *

Totals

1280

Varies

20590.5 *

 *Number of scholarships varies

 *** Division 3 schools don’t offer athletic scholarships ***

 

Baseball Participation by the Numbers:

  • 473,500 baseball players at the high school level
  • 10,400 go on to play DI baseball (About 2% of all HS players)
  • 20,200 go on to play DII or DIII baseball (About 4% of all HS players)
  • 6,300 go on to play NAIA baseball (About 1% of all HS players)
  • 15,300 go on to play at Junior College (About 3% of all HS players)

In summary, only about 11% of all high school baseball players actually end up playing some level of college baseball.

So, not only is the recruiting and athletic-scholarship process confusing, but it is also super competitive!  That is why it is very important for you to understand where you stand in the college recruiting process and what schools you should be realistically going after when you are creating your college target list.

A few tips for maximizing your scholarship opportunities:

  • Scholarships aren’t based solely on talent
  • Schools also make their “target list” and look for athletes that will be a good fit
  • Many schools are looking for athletes that have a good academic standing
  • “Full Ride” scholarships are VERY RARE – partial scholarships are more likely
  • There are many more opportunities outside the top Division I schools
  • If you are looking to walk on, there are still scholarship opportunities available
  • BE OPEN to all levels of competition to maximize your opportunities

Remember, even though the recruiting and scholarship process is difficult and confusing, it doesn’t mean you have to go through it alone!  We are here to help provide you with expert guidance and the tips and tools necessary to maximize your opportunities.

 

Over the last five years SportsForce Recruiting has helped over 1,000 student-athletes and families successfully navigate the college recruiting and athletic scholarship process while saving families on average $50,000 in college expenses.

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Matt Lingerfelt

1. Why did you decide to sign with Tennessee Wesleyan College?

 I decided to choose Tennessee Wesleyan College because they are my hometown college. I grew up 5 minutes from the college.  They also have an amazing winning tradition. Winning their first NAIA world series this year.

 2. Describe the excitement you feel about becoming a college student-athlete?

 Being a college student-athlete has been a dream of mine. I’ve worked hard in and out in the classroom to get here.

 3. What advice would you give to other athletes looking to get recruited?

 I would say work as hard as you can every day and never give up on your dream. Never let someone tell you that you can’t.

 4. Who has been the biggest influence in your sports career and why?

 Oh, most defiantly my dad.  He coached me and taught me everything he knew and has taken me to more games than I can count. He has pushed me and I thank him daily. I wouldn’t be the man I am today without him.

 5. What would you like to accomplish during college sports career?

I would like to have a healthy 4 years and hopefully fulfill my childhood dream of playing pro ball.

 

Over the last five years, SportsForce Recruiting has helped over 1,000 student-athletes and families successfully navigate the college recruiting and athletic scholarship process while saving families on average $50,000 in college expenses.

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