“We must remember that one man is much the same as another,
and that he is best who is trained in the severest school.”


Welcome to Varsityedge.com – Varsityedge provides information for parents, student-athletes, & coaches on the college recruiting process and what it takes to play at the next level. Here you will find information on athletic scholarships, recruiting, financial aid, recruiting rules, college applications, visiting schools, life as a college athlete, coaches/player interviews, NCAA rules, and much more. Varsityedge.com is also the home of The Making of a Student-AthleteSucceeding in the College Selection and Recruiting Process for High School Athletes, Parents and Coaches. Varsityedge.com is a free athletic recruiting information site for all student-athletes, parents, coaches, counselors, and anyone else looking for information on the college athletic recruiting process.

The Making of a Student-Athlete


“I have had the unique experience of coaching football at the D1, D2, and D3 level as well as high school for the last 25 years, and in that time, I have not come across a finer guide on the college recruiting and college selection process than The Making of a Student-Athlete. If you have any desire to play at the college level, I implore you to read this book!”

John PapasDirector - New England Elite Football Clinic

The Making of a Student-Athlete (now in it’s 14th edition! revised in 2017) is a 241-page guide for high school athletes, parents, & coaches who wish to learn the complicated college athletic recruiting and application process.

Whether you are a parent, a blue-chip athlete, an aspiring scholarship athlete, a walk-on prospect, a coach or guidance counselor wondering how you can help yourself or your players, The Making of a Student-Athlete will guide you through the archaic world of the college selection and athletic recruiting process.

The Making of a Student-Athlete evaluates every factor that plays a role in your recruiting process, from the college application process, matching your skills to schools, putting yourself in a position to be recruited, what college coaches look for in recruits, NCAA rules, athletic scholarships, financial aid, contacting coaches, resume writing, camp, showcase, and tournament participation, and much more…

The Making of a Student-Athlete has been used by parents and students at all levels to help them communicate with college coaches, find schools that are a good match, and secure thousands of dollars in athletic scholarship money, academic grants, and additional financial aid. GO

Let us help you succeed in the college selection and athletic recruiting process. You only have one chance to get it right. Get The Making of a Student-Athlete today!


Creating successful athletic recruiting videos

Recruiting video plays an important role for both families and college coaches today. Video allows college coaches to get an insight into your skills when you are not afforded the opportunity to play in front of a college coach in person. While nothing replaces performing in front of a college coach, a good video coupled […]

Your coaches role in the college athletic recruiting process

Recently I read a recruiting article that says the greatest catalyst in getting your son or daughter recruited is their coach! But the author didn’t say WHAT COACH. Your high school coach and/or summer coach is one tool in the recruiting process. How that tool functions in your recruiting efforts depends on many factors. A […]

Will specializing help me get recruited

To specialize or not to specialize. I field many questions from parents and recruits via email. I often find myself repeating the same line, “what is right for one family is not necessarily right for another family!” Specialization is a controversial topic. I was a multi-sport athlete and I think it made me a better […]

Odds for an athletic scholarship do not depend on participation numbers

Some recruiting services pitch exposure as the ultimate recruiting tool and the number one reason that you won’t be recruited, using the theory that if college coaches do not know you, they cannot recruit you. While exposure is important, it’s exposure at the right level coupled with what a coach needs for their team and […]

Choosing Schools By Division is the wrong way to choose!

“The No. 5-ranked Ohio Northern football team began preseason practice for the 2005 season on Sunday beneath overcast skies. One hundred and eighty six players, including 107 freshman, were expected to report to camp on Aug. 13” – Quote from Ohio Northern Website, September 2005.  That is from page 133 of The Making of a […]

Making the summer college camp circuit work for your recruiting process

Many families inquire as to the effectiveness of attending college athletic camps for the purposes of getting recruited. Some people will have you believe that college camps are a waste of money if you are trying to get recruited and others believe they are the best thing since sliced bread. The truth lies somewhere in […]

5 Tips for parents of prospective college athletes

1 – Understand who is responsible. Many families assume that their high school coach is responsible for their recruiting process. High school coaches are great people; they work really hard and usually don’t earn much money. Often, they are teachers who have papers and tests to grade or work other jobs to make a living, […]


  • Myths & realities of the college athletic recruiting process

    Separate fact from fiction in the college athletic recruiting process! GO

  • Athletic Scholarship Availability

    There are many athletic scholarships available but they vary by sport and division. GO

  • Ruining your athletic recruiting chances

    The recruiting process is hard enough. Don’t make it harder by making avoidable mistakes! GO

  • Why college athletes fail

    40 percent of NCAA athletic scholarship athletes do not graduate from the first school they enrolled in. Learn why. GO

Varsityedge.com Recruiting Quiz

Know what colleges offer the National Letter of Intent? Know what it takes to be eligible to play college athletics via the Eligibility Center? Can walk-on’s receive athletic scholarship money? Many families learn about the athletic recruiting process after it is too late and lose out on an opportunity to be recruited. Test your knowledge here to see how much you know and what you need to learn. GO

NCAA Eligibility Changes

Enrolling in college to play athletics this fall at the NCAA D1 level? Well, there is a new academic standard for which the NCAA Eligibility Center will be judging you. Starting August 1, 2016, in addition to your 16 core courses you must complete in high school, you now need at least a 2.3 GPA (up from 2.0) to be eligible as an NCAA D1 athlete. If you can’t make a 2.3 GPA, then you need at least a 2.0 GPA to be considered an “Academic Redshirt.” What’s that mean? It means, you can receive athletic aid and can practice with the team but may not compete in games during your first year.


Standford, Harvard, Princeton and Yale are typically the three hardest schools to gain acceptance to with an average acceptance rate of roughly 6%

Nationally, out of 100 9th graders, 68 will graduate from high school, 40 will enter college directly, 27 are still enrolled in college in their second year, and 18 will graduate from college. – US Dept. of Education

The Ivy League is the only basketball conference in the country that plays its games back-to-back on Friday and Saturday nights to minimize missed class time.

Out of roughly 11,500 Division 1 football players, only 2% will even get drafted by a pro team. This means on average, 98% of all college football players can only hope to get a degree and an education by playing college football.

When Wichita State won the 1989 college world series, they did not have one player on the team with a full baseball scholarship.


Beginning in the fall of 2016, FAFSA will be available starting on October 1st. For the next two years, FAFSA aid will be based on tax year 2015 income for 2 years, 2016-17 and 2017-18. This is known as the prior prior phenomena. Asset protection allowance is being reduced to $6,300 from $28,200 in fiscal year 2016. Translated in English, you will have more of your assets evaluated by FAFSA.

The NAIA recently launched a new eligibility center website. The NAIA consists of 300 colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada. The new website allows students to register with the NAIA for eligibility as well as build a custom profile and connect with NAIA coaches.

The NCAA has changed their policy in official visits. While the limit of 5 official visits still exists for Division 1 colleges, there is now no limit as to how many official visits you can take at Division 2 colleges. No changes to official visits at Division 3 colleges, it is still unlimited.


What attributes do college coaches look for when recruiting high school athletes? GO

How do I create and use an athletic recruiting video to aid my recruiting process. GO

What is the difference between athletic scholarship money and Merit aid and how can I potentially receive both? GO

What are the most common athletic recruiting questions. Well, here is a list of some of the more popular questions we get. GO