But in recent years the development of the 7-7 Passing leagues has really blown up the high school football scene. In these mini-tournaments teams bring their backs and receivers and will work offense against defense going 10 minutes at a whack against each other. Things get heated and there are a lot of balls thrown, caught , and picked.
This is a great way to see what you have as a coach and team and to see how things are shaping up for the season. Recently a top national 7-7 Tourney was held in Vegas and it drew a big crowd.
Truthfully this is a very productive addition to the Summer Camps, Combines, and sweat of Summer. It is great to see the athletes build an appreciation for each other and even a friendship or two along the way! See some great Pics from a recent 7-7 below.
Here are some more pics of this event. Very Cool Stuff. Come check the Album]]>
by Dirk Knudsen
Posted on: Prep Football News
You would have to know the while story to really appreciate it. Someday we will tell it all. But today in Portland, Oregon a jet will leave for Lubbock, Texas carrying a young man that has been through the fire and back.
Myles Wade in the past 4 years has been to the top as an All American playing and starring the the 2007 Army All American Game. He was ranked a 5 star athlete and the #2 tackle in his class that year. The 325 pound phenom out of Portland’s Central Catholic High School was on top of the world with 10 offers.
But that all changed as Wade’s GPA missed the requirements to be enrolled at the University of Oregon who he selected over Florida and USC. A common tale true. So Wade dug in and attended Arizona Western JC in Yuma where is suffered with sub standard living conditions and unbelievable heat and humidity.
He made All American as a JC player. But the Summer of 2008 was a bad one as his mother Lori was stricken with Brain Cancer. On top of that he learned that 30 plus credits of the heavy load he was taking did not transfer to U of O. By Fall of 2008 the Ducks added to his woes by turning a cold shoulder to the recruit they had at the top of their list out of high school.
The home grown star had hit rock bottom. In December of 2008 Wade de-committed with Oregon to focus on school and his Mom. Things got worse. Myles had been in Summer school and JC non stop since High school had ended and he was running out of will. Than s few days before Christmas he lost his mother to cancer. Things were completly out of control.
But hope springs eternal and Wade continued his schooling and training 6 days a week. He dug in again with school and family. Everyone said that Wade was done and academically too high a risk. Everyone but Jerry Glanville at Portland State University who believed that Wade would make it. He offered him a scholarship.
While Wade was trying to decide a Coach in Texas informed Coach Mike Leach at Texas Tech about Wade. Leach saw a work out tape online at PrepProfiles.com and was on the first plane out. The Red Raiders offered him right away and Auburn, Nebraska, and USC as well as the Washington Huskies jumped in.
The one issue was the lost Arizona Credits. To make that up Myles would have to complete 24 credits in Spring term. That is a super full load. Just a few months after Lori’s death Myles was climbing his way back up….at least he was trying.
Signing day came in February and Wade decided to become a Red Raider siging his letter on intent. He felt he had found a home in Texas. now he just had to finish the degree under a mountain of classes and tests and coursework.
So it was with great joy and celebration that Myles Wade walked the podium at Portland’s Memorial Coliseum and received his AA from Portland Community College. He has done what no one but a few though he could do. He will get another chance and play on a bigger stage than the U of O where he originally was meant to play. The Ducks did not believe in him and it looks like things worked out for the best for Wade.
“I am so happy to return to the field.” he said. “There were times when I almost gave up but my mom was my biggest supporter and she still is. My degree is #1. So I am going to Texas tech to take care of business.”
Myles added, “There won’t be a down on that field I don’t think about her. My effort will be 110% and I am going to give the team and my coaches and fans everything I have.”
Imagine anyone enduring more. From the Pedestal of a High School Super Star to the dark lonely dorm of a far away JC and the cold reality of a funeral home Myles Wade has endured it all. He is not back on that pedestal nor does he want to be.
Many analysts expect him to be an NFL prospects as his strength and conditioning numbers are as high as any recruits in this years NFL Draft. Right now for Wade it is enough to be getting on that plane and heading to Lubbock. A place he expects to call home for the next 3 years.
PrepProfiles.com wishes Myles Wade the very best as he makes his triumphant return to the grid iron. Your story is one of hope and perseverance for us all. Best wishes Myles.]]>
Enjoy this photo essay we have attached and follow up on our upcoming articles that we will be writing. Thanks to Nike for putting on such excellent events on.
Nike recently bought the company but has been a good partner to SPARQ for years. Speed Power Agility Resistance Quickness! Great name and great product. The events that SPARQ has hosted all over the country to build awareness of the product may be coming to an end due to budget cut backs but in their place hundreds of trainers will continue to use the bands, ladders, chutes and hurdles to make athletes better.
PrepProfiles.com had seen the products work and believe in their use as excellent training tools. Take a look inside a recent SPARQ testing in Hillsboro, Oregon. Check out www.sparqtraining.com to get more information.]]>
Recruits wanting to stay in touch with a specific coach can follow their Tweets at Twitter by getting their own accounts. I would imagine the same will go for athletes trying to get recruited as well. Schools and coaches need to be very careful not to step over this line and can not have any one way specific communication but a coach could Tweet “going to Portland to see a couple games tonight” as a way to let folks know he will be in town. And a player could Tweet “had 3 more sacks and am now at 15 and 2nd in state” to catch the coaches attention if he is on his Twitter page following him.
NCAA has weighed in on this:
The specifics on the text message ban are outlined in NCAA bylaw 126.96.36.199.
“As long as the coaches are not using Twitter to contact individual prospective student-athletes and are abiding by other recruiting rules, such as discussing specific recruits, there is not an issue with them using Twitter,” says NCAA associate director for public and media relations Cameron Schuh.
So get in the game and start tweeting! It can not hurt that is for sure.
PrepProfiles recruiting staff]]>
Frequently Asked Questions
When should a student register with the NCAA Eligibility Center?
Students should register with the Eligibility Center at the beginning of their junior year in high school. At the end of the student’s junior year, a transcript, which includes six semesters of grades, should be sent to the Eligibility Center from the high school. Additionally, students should have their SAT or ACT scores forwarded directly to the Eligibility Center (by using code “9999″) whenever they take the exam.
What requirements do I need to be able to practice, play and get a scholarship at an NCAA Division I or II college or university?
You need to complete the following:
1. Graduate from high school;
2. Complete a minimum of 16 (for Division I) or 14 (for Division II) core courses;
3. Present the required grade-point average (GPA) (see the sliding scale in the Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete for Division I or a minimum 2.0 GPA for Division II);
4. Present a qualifying test score on either the ACT or SAT (see the sliding scale in the Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete); and
5. Complete the amateurism questionnaire and request final amateurism certification.
How do I know if the courses I am taking will count as core courses?
You need to look at your high school’s NCAA List of Approved Core Courses. Follow these steps:
1. Go to the NCAA Eligibility Center Web site at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net;
2. Click on “General Information”;
3. Click on “List of Approved Core Courses”;
4. Input your high school’s CEEB code (if you know it) or search by your high school’s name and state; and
5. Review the list.
*Very important: If a core course you took is not on the list, it will not be used in your eligibility determination. Courses that appear on your transcript must exactly match what is on the list.
What do I do if a core course I took is not on the list?
See your high school counselor immediately. Someone at your high school is responsible for keeping your high school’s list updated. It is important your high school does this each year to make sure the core courses you are taking appear on the list.
What is the lowest grade that will be used for a course to count as a core course?
Follow your high school’s policy regarding its lowest passing grade. If the Eligibility Center does not have this policy, the lowest passing grade that will be used is D.
Academic Eligibility Frequently Asked Questions
Will credit-by-exam courses meet core-course requirements?
No. Courses completed through credit-by-exam will not be used.
Are vocational courses acceptable? No. Traditional vocational courses (e.g., typing, auto mechanics, driver’s education and health) are not acceptable.
Do pass/fail grades count? Yes, these grades may satisfy your core-course requirements. The Eligibility Center will assign your high school’s lowest passing grade for a pass/fail class.
May courses taken in the eighth grade that are high school core courses (e.g., Algebra I, Spanish 1, Freshman Composition) be used to meet the core-course requirement? A high school course taken in the eighth grade may be used if the course is on the high school transcript with a grade and credit and if the course is on the high school’s NCAA List of Approved Core Courses.
May independent-study, Internet and correspondence courses count as core courses? Yes, if the following four conditions are met:
1. The course meets core-course requirements;
2. You and the instructor have access to each other during the course so that the instructor can teach, evaluate and provide assistance to you;
3. Appropriate academic authorities evaluate your work according to the high school’s academic policies; and
4. The course is acceptable for any student to take and is placed on your high school transcript.
May college courses count as core courses? College courses may be used to satisfy core-curriculum requirements if the courses are accepted and awarded credit by the high school for any student and meet all other requirements for core courses. For NCAA Division I only, such courses must be placed on the student’s high school transcript. Courses taken at a college will NOT appear on the high school’s NCAA List of Approved Core Courses. The high school’s NCAA List of Approved Core Courses will include only those courses taught/offered by the high school.
How are courses taken over two years counted? A one-year course that is spread over a longer period of time is considered one course and will receive a maximum of one core-course credit. (Example: Algebra 1, spread over two years, would receive one unit of credit.)
Academic Eligibility Frequently Asked Questions
May my study in a foreign country help me meet core-course requirements? If you attended a secondary school outside the United States for all or part of grades nine through 12, different evaluation procedures will be applied to your international education documents. You must submit original-language documents with certified translations for Eligibility Center evaluation.
How is my core-course GPA calculated?
Your core-course GPA is the average of your best grades achieved for all required core courses. If you have taken extra core courses, those courses will be used in your GPA, only if they improve your GPA.
Can weighted grades for honors or advanced-placement courses be factored into the calculation of the student’s core GPA? A school’s normal practice of weighting honors or advanced courses may be used, as long as the weighting is used for computing GPAs. Weighting cannot be used if the high school weights grades for the purpose of determining class rank. Additionally, in no instance may the student receive greater than 1.000 additional quality points for purposes of calculating the GPA for initial eligibility. How is the NCAA core GPA different from a student’s overall GPA? The NCAA core-course GPA is calculated using only NCAA-approved core courses in the required number of core units. High school GPAs generally include the grades from most or all courses attempted in grades nine through 12.
Will courses taken after my senior year meet core-course requirements? For Division I, maybe. Only courses completed in grades nine through 12 will qualify as core courses for Division I. If you graduate from high school on schedule (in eight semesters) with your incoming ninth grade class, you may use one core course completed in the year after graduation (summer or academic year). You may complete the core course at a location other than the high school from which you graduated and may initially enroll full time at a collegiate institution at any time after completion of the core course. For Division II, yes. All core courses completed before your full-time enrollment at any college may be used by the Eligibility Center. For Division I students with diagnosed disabilities, yes. If you have a properly diagnosed and documented disability, you may use one or more core courses completed after high school but before full-time enrollment in college.
How does the NCAA treat courses similar in content?
Some approved core courses might be considered duplicates. That is, the content of one course is the same as that of another, even though the classes might have different titles. If you have taken two classes considered to be duplicates, you will receive only one core-course
credit (typically for the course with the higher grade). Please ask your high school counselor if you have questions about duplicate courses.
May courses taken at high school “A” be accepted if they appear on high school “B’s” transcript? No. High school “A” may provide the Eligibility Center with an official copy of high school “B’s” transcript, but grades from one high school cannot be accepted on another high school’s transcript.
Does the prohibition against special education, remedial or compensatory courses apply to students with education-impacted disabilities? No. In order for courses designated for students with education-impacted disabilities to be approved, the course must be substantially comparable, qualitatively and quantitatively, as a regular core course offered in that academic area.
Can students with a diagnosed education-impacted disability use courses that are designated for students with an education-impacted disability to meet NCAA core-course requirements? Students with appropriately diagnosed education-impacted disabilities may use courses for students with education-impacted disabilities for the purpose of meeting NCAA core-course requirements. Courses for students with education-impacted disabilities must appear on the high school’s NCAA List of Approved Core Courses in order for a student to receive NCAA credit for the course.
May a nonstandard ACT/SAT exam be used for initial eligibility? Yes. Students with diagnosed education-impacted disabilities may take a nonstandard ACT or SAT exam. The test score must be provided to the Eligibility Center from the testing agency, just as any other test score.
How are students prioritized for processing at the Eligibility Center? Students who have their status requested by an NCAA institution are prioritized by the Eligibility Center for processing. If a student’s eligibility status is never requested by a member institution, the Eligibility Center may not process such a student’s status.
*If you have additional questions or need further assistance, please contact the Eligibility Center’s customer service staff at 877/262-1492 at the NCAA.
Did you get all that??? This is complicated stuff but with a little help you can make it all happen for your student athlete!]]>
Glad you asked. What we have done here is to give athletes all over the US and The Pacific Islands a chance to get themsleves noticed in a way that no other Network can provide! We offer High School age athletes a chance to be listed within their sports and region not only in that region but in our National databases as well.
Once you join you will have your very own Webpage full of cutting edge features and tools aimed at getting your story told. Load your name and personal info, contact data, sports accomplishments, pictures, VIDEO, News articles, links to more information, your documents like a transcript or data sheet, and more. And check it out…. you get your very own URL address that you can share with Coaches and families all over the country. Why worry about keeping track of all this when you can keep it all right here on line at your very own Profile Locker!! Check this out.
This is one of our athletes Pages:
This is just a small part of Dallen’s Page. Now that he is set up he can add all his contact info, decide who see’s him, add friends to his roster, keep notes and add pictures and videos he likes of his team and his sport.
There is a lot more you can add about yourself. Its your Showcase so come on and showcase yourself!
There is a lot more but…that will have to wait!
Check back and we will continue to add more information about how you and your Coaches, parents, Fans, and others can join our network!
Until than all our best!
Send us your News and Pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a great Play off run!]]>
Video is perhaps the key to success in the collegiate recruiting game as much as anything. Without good film you can not get seen. We offer a few ways we can help in this regard. You can link to an upload YouTube Videos right into your profile form your control panel once logged in. You can also upload your own footage to our site through our Partners at Viddler.com. This will allow you to upload up to 100 MB of film in the following formats:
We support up to 100 mega bytes with these file formats: .avi .dv .mov .qt .mpg .mpg2 .mpeg2 .mpeg4 .mp4 .3gp .3g2 .asf .wmv .flv (flash).
Once uploaded this film has a lot of great functions within our site as well as the ability to be seen through the embed and sharing features loaded right in the Video Viewer! Check it out and feel free to contact us with questions and concerns.
The crew@ prepprofiles.com]]>