One morning during my Junior season I woke up the #2 Kicker in the Country, only to drop to #6 after having issues with academics shortly after. The fact that I was rated nationally was awesome, but the fact that they rated me as a kicker, even thou I never came off the field really confused me. If I could go back I would have played another position, due to the fact that I had a true passion for the game. Players that have a true passion for the game of football should not be kicking, they should be leading their teams on offense and/or defense. Later down the road that began to happen again, as I turned down Division one football because of my passion to play the game of football and not end up a Kicker. So let's be very clear on one thing, It was never my dream to kick in the NFL. I was plastered with "Your father kicked in the NFL, it will be the easiest path". Those people sure knew what they were talking about huh? I look back at nearly every coach around me growing up and have concluded that New Jersey does not even have a right to have youth sports. If you know me I do not judge, but go flip on the TV show "The Jersey Shore" and the attitudes reflected are some of the worst in the world. This matriculated down from the parents who think they are mobsters from Philly and that lifestyle is the only way to get ahead. But enough of the Jersey bashing because there are some good people still breathing the toxic air of "The Armpit of America". Basketball was my first love and I found no matter what ball I picked up, I excelled. I am not a fan of classifying athletes at such a young age for the simple fact that everyone evolves at a different rate and things can change quickly through these pivotal years of mental/physical growth. I have seen guys who were not recruited at all and their information goes out and all of the sudden they are a Division one prospect. So you missed that classification huh? I can compare athletes for days that are highly ranked and show you at least three players who are just as good or better, but what would that prove to us besides knowing the system is rigged, from TOP to Bottom.
How did they rig it? Whose They?
When people see a way to capitalize off a situation in order to turn a profit, they 99% of the time jeopardize the integrity of whatever they are trying to capitalize on. So for instance, most of you who do not get on the major web sites fall victim to companies like NCSA, who are contracted with every extremely small school in America. Who will have to stumble upon your profile of now hundreds of thousands of kids. They pay companies like NCSA because they are struggling to get kids to go to their institutions in general and 99% of the time you will hear from a lot of admissions offices to fill out a application. Since I started the "Pipeline Program" I have really been studying the so-called competition and they truly are part of the biggest scam going in the world today. I wrote two articles awhile back on how they are getting over on parents and athletes nationally. So why didn't you make Rivals.com's or Scout.Com's nationally ranked players?
Recruiting 101 - The Big Four
For some reason nearly half of the commits to College Football last year came from Texas, California, Florida and Georgia. That leaves us 46 states left to pick away at the other half of the scholarships available at the Division one level. So why are these states recruited so heavily? Well first and foremost there happens to be a lot of Colleges in the general vicinity of these 4 states. Secondly, because of this it lessens recruiting budgets in order to recruit in these areas. Thirdly, since these states have been the highest recruited states for years now, they also have the most alumni of these major schools and as we know we all cater to our friends. Read about the unbalanced recruiting that is happening nationally below and ask yourself how are ANY of these so-called recruiting services really going to help your Student-Athlete overcome the inevitable? Most of the parents who have signed up with me had NSCA and have cancelled their contracts because they fully are aware of the scam. NCSA is also breaking NCAA regulations by charging families different amounts of money (anywhere from 300-4000 a year) and this in the NCAA handbook is a clear RECRUITING VIOLATION! Will NCSA get in trouble? No, but if this instance is reported you could lose your eligibility according to NCAA by-laws that were set-forth for such agencies.
The Road To Glory
So now your thinking wow, this is all really working against me and you're correct. But when you start to realize that "Pressure bust pipes, but also forms diamonds", you can either develop a plan of action and/or fold. They do not want too many diamonds forming so you must choose to manifest yourself into something that cannot be denied, nor contained. You must mentally define your process and start every battle from within. The constant separation that must take place daily is pivotal when you are the underdog. The cliche Blood, Sweat and Tears is simple, you must create mental anguish that propels you to a entire different level to succeed where we are coming from. You must grind until you have no more time on the clock and then you can put the naysayers to rest. The choice is not mine, but as the season approaches WE always must remember what we are up against. A severely rigged system that does not define us as individuals and/or ball players, but as cattle in a herd and as MANY top execs have told me, we can find another guy in 5 seconds to take his place. So once you end up where you thought you wanted to be you must remember, your extremely replaceable. It's a dog eat dog world and we have only one choice , Hunt or Be Hunted!