Arizona High School Sports
Athlete's Edges says that it receives ten requests for passwords to search their database per day from schools in the U.S. and overseas. They offer representation in each division in 12 sports.
The service allows coaches to search for athletes with specific qualities -- anything from where they live, what position they play, test scores, statistics, etc.
The annual fee for the service is $25.
The sample athlete profile provided by the company provides nearly all the initial information a scout could want, including high school and club coach's names, comments, and phone numbers. The student-athlete's page is long, but some of the main points in its content are anchored with options to return to the top.
This may not be the best for the student's promotion, however. Some student athletes may not exactly be capable of saying what needs said and may need more guidance in doing so. This site also has links to the athletic pages for most of the colleges in the U.S. This is a timesaving advantage for the student athlete.
The service may be free, but they offer "extended packages" for students willing to spend money. These services allow students to become a profile plus athlete for a charge.
This service gives each college in the U.S. a password which enables them to search the database of student athletes. The site claims that no other service reaches every college.
There are no passwords or memberships required to view the student athlete profiles. The profiles, by the way, are free for the athlete to create and update. There are several other paid, premium options for those interested.
As a service to the athletes, and perhaps the coaches, the site offers a simplified view of NCAA recruiting regulations and a "recruiting timeline" of sorts for recruits.
Once one begins closer inspection, it is impossible to overlook a glaring error that the organizers of the site made. There are very bad grammar and speeling threwout the sight.
For example: "check the underline names and visit..." and "AHSS was wondering if out visitors had comments." (yes, OUT) And those other little things like asking questions without question marks and incomplete sentences. That's frustrating, isn't it.
Overall, this site is good. The misprints and poor grammar should cause student athletes to think twice about seeking representation from a company who can't represent themselves well and should make coaches wonder if the source is reliable.
The service features only high school and junior college athletes who have undergone interviews with regional scouts or through their home office. Only if the student athletes meet Recruit Athlete's academic and athletic requirements do their profiles become available to the college coaches.
The service claims that, unlike other services, none of the athletes has simply paid a fee to get space on their site -- these athletes have passed a final evaluation by their staff.
They advertise that students have unlimited access to their information via a password protected interface, and they can also route friends, family and coaches to their profiles, which are contained in the athlete's own URL address.
Due to the password protection, pure Internet surfers will see only information that is non-sensitive. College coaches and administrators will have access to test scores, grades, contact information and references from a database which searches and sorts athletes by coaching requirements.
For $29, the student is promoted with a neat and organized, albeit impersonal, webpage. The pages look as though they are easy for the coaches to find the information they need.
For coaches, they are able to enter their guidelines, (height, weight, sport, GPA, graduation date, SAT scores, etc.) and they get brief bios of athletes meeting their criteria with links to their webpages.
The service screens the athletes they serve, so the service is provided for those who meet certain requirements, not just anyone who pays money.
Recruit Zone offers print services as well, which appeals to "old school" coaches. The service is easy to navigate, however I was unable to find some information due to the fact that I did not have password access to the system.
The website appears to be legitimate, clean cut and promises a lot.
They offer teams the option of having a web site designed specifically for them. This service costs the teams $500 for set up and $100 a year for maintenance. The team website can have full schedule and roster pages in addition to a page for each player on the team.
They also offer services to individual players. These statistic and academic pages cost $19.95 for setup and the first year of maintenance.
Although they offer colleges to join the "Featured College" group, there were only four of these colleges that "regularly visit the site."
The site is slightly difficult and confusing to navigate, and the font makes for hard reading.
The sample page looks neat, clean and easy to understand.
The service uses not only the Internet, but also direct personal marketing to make sure athletes get the exposure they are paying for. Student-athletes are able to update their information free any time they wish.
The service charges a one time fee of $99 to promote an athlete's entire high school career. With this charge they offer national exposure to "every college coach in the country 24 hours a day," a complete fax log of all the schools that receive their profile and allows for free updates.
These pages are neat and well organized.
It is geared to high school and amateur athletes looking for athletic scholarships, because, it says, "too many athletes assume that colleges and coaches automatically know who they are or that a simple questionnaire from a college means that they are being recruited."
The basic package for a high school four-year profile starts at $75. Athletes who play two sports get $15 knocked off the price of a second listing. An additional service, which provides contact information, delivers the profile to 15 colleges for $30 or to 30 colleges for $55.
Student-athletes with more funds can have a website designed and maintained in their name for $289.
The service offers a free sign up of Athletic Profiles for high school athletes in all sports; a database of their personal, academic and athletic information available for scouts (the information is password-protected); a comprehensive search engine; and links to scholarship information, university home pages and sports information.
This service would serve as a positive representation for the student athlete, since their own promotional writing is clear, concise and in AP style.
It offers information regarding recruiting practices and regulations and is free to both the student-athlete and coach. They do also offer some premium paid services.