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Bob Putnam, Rodney Page, Kelly Parsons

Eassa to prep athletes: Be your own 'recruiting service'



Without hesitation, founder Dan Eassa says the biggest misconception existing among high school athletes and parents is that "everyone gets a scholarship."

In accordance with that statement, he has some strong feelings about those services -- namely, recruiting services and combines that charge a fee -- that tell kids what they wish to hear.

Eassa, who has made a cottage industry of educating kids and parents about the recruiting process, insists there's nothing a recruiting service can do for a prospect that the prospect can't do for themselves.

"You ask these people, 'Why do you go to these combines?' They say, 'To try to get our name out there.' What the heck are you doing to get your name out there?" said Eassa, a former local TV sports producer and anchor.

"Going to a combine and just throwing rice against the wall and hoping something sticks? Take that time, get a highlight tape on YouTube, get that link, put a player profile together, e-mail the colleges and do 10 a night. In a month you've got 300 colleges blanketed. That's getting your name out there.

"Going to some arbitrary field that somebody's charging you 90 or 100 bucks to run around and do a 40-yard dash and see how many times you can bench press 185 pounds, in my opinion isn't getting your name out there."

[Last modified: Monday, January 14, 2013 4:47pm]


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