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I’m A Teacher

I’m A Teacher

I’m A Teacher

I’m a teacher of college scouts, showing them how achieve long lasting success and to make money.

My role is to work with recruiting services and college scouts.

I used to be one of you! 

In August 1989 I started my own college recruiting service from scratch.

I had nothing more than just an idea and the desire to grind-it-out every day because I loved it.

In September 2018 I ended my recruiting service after 29 amazing years.

It basically came to an end because of health reasons. 

Running a recruiting service and managing a team of scouts was more than a full-time job and I no longer had the strength to go at it every day.

There’s a negative stigma attached to recruiting services and college scouts.

The industry is constantly placed in a negative spotlight mainly by haters. 

I understand the reasons because of the bad apples associated with this industry who ruin it for all the good people.

We have to rid the industry of the bad people and support the good and the great ones in this industry.

I totally understand that recruiting services are competing for business.

Who can sign up the most student athletes.

Who can get the most student-athletes placed in college.

I get it.

It’s competition and there’s nothing wrong with that.

I’ve been in this business long enough to know there’s enough business out there for everyone to succeed to their fullest potential.

Youth sports is a gigantic industry with plenty of profit potential.

If you understand how to maximize and capitalize on these opportunities, in addition to profits, you will achieve long-lasting success.

I’ve seen the rise and the fall of many recruiting services.

I’ve often wondered what happened to them; why did they get into business in the first place and what forced them to leave?

Not understanding the basic fundamentals is what I’ve figured out to be the main culprit in the total collapse of recruiting services.

The best analogy is from an athletic perspective.

There are fundamentals in hitting a baseball, shooting a free-throw, catching a pass.

These fundamentals are critical.

The same can be said for recruiting services and college scouts without the fundamentals. Failure is a guarantee.

I’ve done it. The hundred phone calls per week.

Hundreds of follow-up phone calls to parents every month.

I’ve done it all. Long conversations with college coaches about players.

The incredible victories of signing up student-athletes, to the incredible losses and losing streaks.

I’ve done it all.

There’s not too much in this business that I have not seen, heard about, talked about, written about, or been involved in.

I want to see the industry succeed where all college scouts and recruiting services are not thought of as con artists and crooks.

It may almost be impossible to change the viewing public perception of recruiting services and the role they play in the lives of student-athletes.

No matter what I’m going to give it my best shot!

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Why Scouts Matter

Why Scouts Matter

Why Scouts Matter

They’re overlooked for a reason.

They’re underexposed for a reason.

Student-athletes have struggled with the recruiting process for a long time.

Some have ended up not going to college, others have gone to college programs beneath their athletic abilities. 

Slipping through the cracks of the process and being unrecognized by college programs is a problem.

Unfortunately, there are a few misguided high school coaches who refuse to lift a finger or offer suggestions with assisting student-athletes and parents through the challenges of the recruiting process.

We live in a world of choices and alternatives.

We can shop at any grocery store.

We can get gas anywhere.

We’re not limited to just a select few.

When it comes to the recruiting process, the old broken-down strategies would suggest that student-athletes have to deal exclusively with the high school coach.

These days, student-athletes and parents have options.

They can seek out the help of recruiting services.

No longer are they handcuffed by limited options.

The old broken-down recruiting strategies are ineffective, useless and downright idiotic.

Recruiting Services absolutely, positively matter! There is no doubt about it.

There are crushing examples where I have seen, first-hand, student-athletes who’ve missed out on going to college.

Their dreams have been crushed and shattered.

The landscape of recruiting is littered with the broken bodies of student-athletes whose lives have been forever destroyed.

When there is no athletic conclusion to a student-athlete’s life, the outcome is meaningless.

You’re thrown off course, pushed off track with no hope and no future.

You’re crushed by disappointment. This is why scouts matter.

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Motivation Is Critical

Motivation Is Critical

Motivation Is Critical

You have to keep yourself upbeat, inspired, and filled with enthusiasm in your role as a college scout. This is critical. 

You’re going to be met with various challenges, run into obstacles, and be hit by one brick wall after another.

Rejection can be crushing at times, pushing you to the limits of quitting.

You’re doing your best trying to get your message across to the parents of student-athletes, but no one is listening because they’re preoccupied with their own agenda.

I have been there personally and on the edge of giving up.

I know exactly how it feels to struggle in this business when you’re running out of motivation. 

This can be a challenging business from top to bottom. Oh, I truly get it! I really do.

Through the jungle of confusion, I found ways to motivate myself to keep going, to not give up, and to get better every single day.

Set short-term goals.

  1. Talk to three new parents daily.
  2. Sign up five new student-athletes monthly.
  3. Write four blog posts a month.
  4. Attend one high school game per week.
  5. Read motivational and inspiring books daily.

These are clearly goals, but there’s something that can keep you motivated and keep you inspired through the rough and the tough times that, no doubt, are coming your way.

Achieving short-term goals was a huge boost to my self-esteem and my confidence.

The biggest motivational boost was getting that payment from a parent. Receiving a payment was a victory and I wanted to win every single day.

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Motivate Parents To Buy!

Motivate Parents To Buy!

Motivate Parents To Buy!

They’re not Googling your name.

Your name is not on the tip of their tongues.

You’re irrelevant from their viewpoint and insignificant.

They ignore your conversation on social media with nothing more than a casual glance.

No acknowledgement or recognition of your existence.

This is how parents feel about your recruiting service and that’s just the way it is.

When you meet in public at a game, exposure event, camp, tournament or whatever it may be, the parents are cautious because they understand you’re there for their money.

They put up their guard of protection and their defense mechanism automatically to tune you out because they know what you’re after.

Reluctant parents have heard all the stories about recruiting services.

They’ve heard how bad they are and how they only want money to provide little or next to nothing in return.

The negativity on social media about recruiting services is an avalanche of hate that cannot be stopped. 

Here’s the thing: Parents will listen, to a certain degree, but you really don’t have much time to get your point across.

From the onset parents will probably not tell you “no” or become quickly disinterested in your recruiting service.  

They want to examine every possible recruiting option, they don’t want to kill it for their sons and daughters. 

They will leave no stone unturned because of the delicate nature of recruiting and how time-sensitive it truly is.

The solution.

Stop talking so much about your recruiting service and start asking questions that gets directly to the point because the clock is ticking and time is running out.

Your first, second, or maybe third question to the parents has to get them motivated to talk to.

You must create engagement and excitement.

Fill it with enthusiasm in the response to your questions or you’re going to lose.

The parents will tune you out or become disinterested, hoping you will disappear. 

You’re leading the parents down a path littered with gold towards an unbelievable surprise at the end.

The best way to do this is to ask powerful questions. If the parents do not believe you care they’re not going to care about you.

  • Ask 15 to 20 questions.
  • Have follow-up questions.
  • Be enthusiastic.
  • Motivate them to buy. 

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When Hit With Rejection

When Hit With Rejection

When Hit With Rejection

I’m not interested. No thank you. No, Leave us alone. Don’t call us we’ll call you. 

You’re going to be hit with so much rejection words you’ll begin to think it’s your first name.

Rejection hurts. It will literally feel like you’re being trampled over by a stampede of wild horses, crushing you into the ground.

You have the enthusiasm, optimism, and eagerness at the possibilities of helping student-athletes in recruiting. All of that goodwill is burned up by rejection from parents.

Remember, rejection is not personal. It’s just a form of expression from parents who don’t understand what the hell you’re talking about.

Parent:  We’re not interested.

Scout:  What exactly is it that you’re not interested in?

Parent: We’re simply just not interested at this time.

Scout:  What exactly is it that you’re not interested in. 

  • Is it the athletic profile? 
  • Is it the college list? 
  • Is it our audit? 
  • Is it my experience? 
  • Is it our website? 
  • Is there something I forgot to cover?


If the parent won’t tell you exactly why they’re not interested you must present them with a list of all the possible reasons why.

Continue to run down the list of possibilities until you find the objection the parent feels so strongly about.

Once you hit on the reason why they don’t want to move forward with you, answer the objection with a solution.

Deal with the problem and once a conclusion is reached, come in with a strong closing question.

Here’s an example:

Parent:  It’s the list of college programs. We’re not sure who gets to put this together. Do you guys have all the input and we have no say in this?

Scout:   Absolutely not. We can work on the college list together. We can come up with a strong list of college programs that I think will fit your son’s needs.

Parent:  So basically you’re telling me we can work on this list of college programs together.

Scout:   Yes, that’s exactly what I’m saying. Together we can come up with a strong list of college programs to target.

Parent:  Everything sounds great. This is something we really need.

Scout:  Outstanding! What can we do to get this process moving forward today?

Parent: We’re ready to move forward now. We can make a payment this week.

Conclusion #2: 

The parents want to do business with you. They need you, they really do, trust me. 

Why so many objections? Because you haven’t given them enough reasons to sign up with you.

Your job is to uncover the hidden objections and find out the reason why. 

Almost every parent will have some kind of an objection or reason why they don’t want to sign up with you or move forward with you.

You cannot accept any objection from a parent without first uncovering the reasons why.

If you are weak, insecure, lacking in confidence, or self-esteem you will struggle in this business guaranteed.

You must meet these objections head on without hesitation. This is how you will succeed. This is how you will win.

Rejection to the objection

  • I’m not interested.
  • No.
  • No thank you.
  • We can’t afford it.
  • We’re going to pass at this time.
  • We’ll call you back when we’re ready.
  • He’s only a junior.
  • Don’t call us, we’ll call you.
  • This is not the right time.
  • His coach is helping him.

This is just a small example of what you have to deal with.

Whatever the objection just use the same rebuttals. You don’t need to come up with 10 different rebuttals for every rejection.

For Example: “His coach is helping him.” 

Scout: I understand that and that’s great, but let me ask you this; who’s recruiting him right now? 

Have you been to any camps or tournaments?

What’s his GPA? 

At what level of college can he play?

Conclusion # 3

Whenever confronted with an objection, acknowledge it and then begin to start asking questions one after another after another.

Keep the conversation flowing. Slow the process down by continuing to ask questions.

It will keep parents off guard and out of focus on peppering you with one dumb rejection after another. 

The parents will begin to open up to you realizing they need your help and their objection was basically worthless and a waste of time.

Quoting Allen Iverson. “Practice, we’re talking about practice.”

You should practice. 

You should never go into any presentation with parents without serious roleplay.

Practice first. Whether with a spouse, significant other or whoever. Roleplay out the entire scenario from beginning to end.

Practice, practice, practice! Commit everything to memory until you are confident enough to deal directly one-on-one with parents.

Like professional athletes who practice daily to perfection, you need to do the same as well.

This I know. It’s very true that parents want your help and they need your help. 

If you position yourself correctly the parents are probably the ones who reach out to you first.

Maybe they came as a referral, maybe you met them at a high school game, club event, tournament, or a camp.

Parents of student-athletes know how extremely serious the delicate nature of recruiting is.

We all understand how time-sensitive the process is. A day lost in recruiting is a day wasted that can never be made of.

It is your job, your duty, and your responsibility to sign up parents. Get it done!

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Something About The Parents

Something About The Parents

Something About The Parents

The parents know absolutely nothing about the recruiting process.

What very little they do know they got it from another parent who also knows nothing about it.

Confusion is running rampant with the back and forth conversations with parents and college scouts.

The execution of the recruiting process is in jeopardy.

The parents absolutely do not have a clue on how to start the process, how the process should proceed or what the end results should be.

Part of the role of the college scout is to have critical conversations about recruiting.

Educate parents about the process by not over complicating it with too many facts and figures.

You don’t want parents to be confused or get frustrated because they don’t understand what the hell you’re talking about.

They will feel like you are trying to ‘get over’ on them.

The busy nature in the lives of parents is met with constant stress, anxiety, and confusion all mixed in with anxieties and doubts about the recruiting process.

Most parents would rather not have that conversation about recruiting, instead they would rather put their heads in the sand leaving all responsibilities up to the high school coach.

This scenario is reckless because many high school coaches are also clueless about the recruiting process.

Most coaches would rather not be actively involved because they would put their coaching jobs in jeopardy.

Have you ever tried to put together a 10-speed bicycle? 

You take all the parts and the pieces out of the box, laying it on the garage floor and then out pops the instructions.

You look at the instructions and they are confusing.

Do you say the hell with it and try to put the bike together the best way you can using common sense? While, along the way, you’re screwing it up and wasting valuable time.

Eventually, you become frustrated to the point of giving up and leaving all the pieces there and just walk away.

From their points of view, this is how the recruiting process looks parents of student-athletes.

The parent realizes this is a 10-speed bicycle.

It has so many parts, screws and tools that their eyes glaze over in confusion, anger is mounting, and giving up is a strong option.

At some point they may call on a family member or neighbor who has knowledge on putting together the bike.

The parent has now shifted the responsibility on the family member or neighbor who has a better understanding on how to put the bike together.

From their sarcastic point of view, this is how recruiting looks to parents. 

Their conversation is cloudy and muddled with confusion.

It can be an uphill battle at times, trying to eliminate the stress and  anxiety by not complicating the recruiting language and making it easier for them to understand it quickly in its simplest form.

If you cannot do that you will lose them.

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