I won't sell anything to student-athletes, but I will answer your question. Just recognize that it is difficult for a student-athlete (and many parents) to see the cost/benefit relationship, because our services start at "expensive." If someone recognizes that they are going to college to get an education, not to PLAY SPORTS, but it would be great if we could help them find a school which, in addition to the great education, can provide an opportunity to...a) be part of a team for 4 more years, b) play (not sit), and c) get compensated in the form of a partial or full academic or athletic scholarship, well then, the investment could very well be justified. It was for the 26 seniors who graduated in 2002, and you can't argue with our results.
We have 3 programs - $1195, $1495 and $2495, and they are flat fees (payable in total or financed), meaning that an underclassmen signing up as a sophomore would get "promoted" for 3 years, whereas someone joining at the start of their senior season gets promoted for less than 1 year at the same cost. Seniors who contact me after November of their senior year can take advantage of the less expensive "BLITZ" program described in the Attention - Overlooked Seniors thread on this forum.
We put together profiles (including coach evaluations), a personal website ($2495 package only) and edited video (no edited video for the $1195 package), and distribute it 4 different ways to college coaches...
1) On-line (www.nsr-inc.com,
click on Student Athletes, then Male vs Female, then sport, etc.)
2) Via email. We send a sport-specific "database" every month to hundreds of college coaches in that sport.
3) Via hard copy. Our enrolled prospects choose either 20 or 50 colleges (depending on program) each year for us to send a color copy of their profile to.
4) Via CD. Twice each year (April and October), we burn info for all prospects in a given sport (including video, for the $2495 package) onto a CD and send the sport-specific CD to the sport-specific coach in every college in the country.
I educate families on the recruiting process in the hopes that kids with ability (and grades) will not just sit back and "hope" that they get recruited. The people who I want as clients are those who understand they should do something about it, but don't have the time or simply aren't interested in doing it themselves. While all of our kids get offers, recognize that some of those are DIII only, meaning academic money, but at least the coach wants them. For many, that is most important, because they just want to play 4 more years, so it is worthwhile investing in NSR to help find a DIII school where that can happen.
The biggest problems are those kids (and parents) who don't realize how tough college competition is, and expect DIs to be all over them. I try to manage their expectations and position them appropriately to college coaches. Other scouting services have not taken the same approach. They simply go for the sale, and they hurt the credibility of all scouting services by doing so. (I am currently helping 4 kids - free - who have paid another scouting service, but have received little in return and certainly not what was "sold" to them).
There is obviously more to our services than what is described here, but this post is already too lengthy. Parents of interested student-athletes wanting more information should contact me off-line.