Originally Posted by Qryche11
I will put it this way. You get what you pay for. I mean that in actually a good way. I will explain.
You can do what these services mostly do but you will need to take a lot of time to do so. You can send video's and letters to everyone you want. Will only cost you time and postage etc.
Or you can do your research and find a service that actually does do what they promise and aren't just out to take your money. NCSA I will always support as we not only used them but know many others who used them and are playing on every level of College ball.
We used NCSA and they alone got our son out there to a lot more schools than I would have ever thought about. He had coaches from all over the country inquiring about him. He had offers to play in one of the military academies which would have paid for his entire college education but he chose not to, but the offer was there, he had coaches from NAIA schools we never thought of, can't tell you how many DIII schools and a few DII schools and two instate DI schools wanting him to come for visits. The nice thing about NCSA we found is they will go out and contact the schools at the legvel they feel he is the best fit for. Because of his size and speed etc. they felt DIII and DII and NAIA were his best fit so they targeted those schools and did all the footwork. He is playing at a school we never even thought of and would never have been contacted by if not for NCSA. That is why I say you get what you pay for.
So you have to ask yourself how much is it worth to you? We bought a package that was around $900 and that may seem like a lot but in the end it got him scholarships and grants that total $45k a year for 4 years. DIII can't offer athletic scholarships so what they did at the school he is attending was offer him academic scholarships and grants to make up, but he also needed to have the grades to be able to fit the criteria to receive those scholarships etc. So for a $900 investment it will end up paying him over $160k in education over the 4 years.
There are some agencies out there just to take your money so the best advice I can give anyone is talk to others that have used recruiting services to see if it is for you or if it is worth while etc. NCSA is anything but a scam as we are living proof they really do a great job. We got NCSA near the end of his Junior season and already had college coaches inviting him for un-official visits right after his junior season was over as soon as they received his highlight video that was made by NCSA. Money well spent because we didn't have the time or the hours to invest in getting all the stuff out to all the schools on our own.