Written by: Phil Clarke

Competition in the College Recruiting Process

November 21, 2014

Former Division I College Head Coach (Eric Campbell) talks about "Competition in the College Recruiting Process."

Nearly 8 million high school student-athletes across the country... less than 7% will compete on any collegiate level. U.S. student-athletes are also competing against International student-athletes for scholarship dollars.

College Recruiting GPS is a free seminar (powered by TGU) presented by former professional athletes and college coaches for high school student-athletes (and parents) who have a strong desire to compete in collegiate athletics. Our seminars have been presented at more than 300 events nationwide, inspiring student-athletes to utilize academics and athletics to ensure a productive life during and after sports. Email TGU at: seminar@toughguyuniversity.com for more information.

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Written by: Phil Clarke

UM vs FSU - The winner gets in-state bragging rights and leverage in college recruiting.

November 15, 2014

College Football Game Spotlight: Upset Alert?

Big game tonight in the sunshine state between the Florida State Seminoles (9-0) and the Miami Hurricanes (6-3). Anybody who knows anything about this rivalry game knows that you can throw out the records of both teams for this match-up. FSU looks to remain undefeated and stay on track to defend their National Championship and UM looks to knock off an in-state rival and improve to 7-3 on the year.

This game also has major implications on the college recruiting front... as many big time college prospects will be on hand to watch this game in person and many more will be watching from home. An impressive win by either team will go a long way in the minds of those prospects who are considering UM or FSU.

Our Prediction: Duke Johnson will have another big day running the ball, but it still won't be enough to secure the win for UM. FSU finds a way to win their 26th game in a row. FSU 31 - UM 17

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Written by: Phil Clarke

Choosing the right College or University

November 13, 2014


Choosing a college is a big decision that goes beyond picking a popular team, academics are important too. Remember, you are playing for a college team in exchange for an EDUCATION and it is important to study a program that you can use in the future. Follow these tips to make a decision that’s right for you:

1. Make a list of the schools that you are interested in.

2. Place your top picks into three separate categories: Ideal colleges, realistic colleges and back-up colleges

3. Research the admission requirements for each school, remember being recruited by the coach is one thing, you still have to meet the schools admission requirements.

4. Meet with your high school coach and guidance counselor to discuss your academic and athletic options.

5. Set GOALS for yourself. If your grades aren't where you would like them to be, set up a course of action for earning a higher GPA: set aside more hours for studying, ask your teacher to recommend tutors and participate more in class. 

Remember, the college recruiting process is a "once in a lifetime" opportunity. If you need additional assistance sorting through your recruiting process, click here... we'd be happy to help.

Start building your game plan for success TODAY!

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Written by: Phil Clarke

What is a Core Course?

November 03, 2014

Core courses are the foundation of the NCAA Eligibility Center standards. The more you know about core course requirements and the sooner you know it, the better prepared you will be to monitor your progress throughout your high school career. If you are even DREAMING of being a collegiate athlete, you should meet with your school counselor to map out a 4-year plan of the courses you will take. It's best to do this by no later than midway through your 10th grade year or as soon as possible after that if you are learning about this for the very first time. Making a plan prior to your 9th grade year is even better.

A core course is any course at your high school that has been reviewed and approved by the NCAA Eligibility Center as a course that meets its academic standards. In other words, core courses are courses "approved" by the Eligibility Center.

The NCAA Eligibility Center approves courses in four categories; English, Math, Natural/Physical Science and Social Science. Some Foreign Language, Philosophy and Non-Doctrinal Religion classes may also be approved as core courses. Please note that classes like Art, Band, Choir, Computers, Economics, Yearbook, and Physical Education are examples of courses that are NOT approved as core courses. 

You must complete a minimum number of core courses in each category as part of the NCAA Eligibility Center certification process.

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Recruiting Tips: Halloween Edition V

October 31, 2014

College Recruiting Tips: Halloween Edition V (Final)

Don't be SCARED to ask for assistance during your college recruiting process. You will only get one shot at being recruiting. There will be NO do-overs or mulligans in the recruiting process. It is extremely important that you get it right the first time. You get 4 years to play your sport in high school... and then a lifetime to remember or reflect on what you did or didn't do. The worst thing you can have at the end of your process is regret. Leave no stone unturned... start building a Game Plan for Success today.

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Written by: Phil Clarke

Recruiting Tips: Halloween Edition IV

October 30, 2014

College Recruiting Tips: Halloween Edition IV

Depending solely on your high school or club coach to secure a college scholarship for you... could have horrific consequences.

Most high school coaches will do everything in their power to assist you through your recruiting process. However, It is important to remember that your coach is multitasking... he/she not only coaches your sport, they probably teach a course and also has a family at home for which they are responsible. It is absolutely unrealistic to believe your high school coach is responsible for getting you a scholarship to college.

Getting recruited is a full time job... most high school coaches lack the time, resources and college coach connections needed to take on this task. Ultimately it is the responsibility of the student-athlete and their parents to maximize their recruiting potential. Don't blame the coach... it is NOT his/her job

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Recruiting Tips: Halloween Edition

October 29, 2014

College Recruiting Tips from TGU: Halloween Edition

What a frightening thought... to have the NCAA minimum 2.0 GPA only to find out it is not nearly enough to get you into your dream school.

True STUDENT-athletes understand that their academic performance is just as important as their athletic performance. True STUDENT-athletes are not interested in being average, mediocre or just doing enough to get by... they strive to be the best in every phase of their life... including in the classroom.

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Recruiting Tips: Halloween Edition

October 28, 2014

College Recruiting Tips: Halloween Edition (Social Media)

What a nightmare... to be qualified academically and athletically and lose scholarship opportunities because of something you posted on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. Wake up!

WWW stands for World Wide Web... which means everything you post online is possibly visible to everyone, everywhere... including college coaches all over the country. Don't get caught up in the social media web/trap... use these platforms responsibly or don't use them at all.

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Written by: Phil Clarke

Recruiting Tips: Halloween Edition

October 27, 2014

College Recruiting Tips from TGU: Halloween Edition

Nothing is scarier than finding out in your senior year of high school that you do not have enough core courses completed to accept a scholarship to college.

A core course is any course at your high school that has been reviewed and approved by the NCAA Eligibility Center as a course that meets its academic standards. In other words, core courses are courses "approved" by the Eligibility Center.

Please note that classes like Art, Band, Choir, Computers, Economics, Yearbook, and Physical Education are examples of courses that are NOT approved as core courses.

Click here for more info: http://youtu.be/nafUaPTA8b4

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Avoid the "Name Game"

September 29, 2014
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Student-athletes need to avoid the "name game" - meaning, they should not judge universities based solely on name recognition. There are over 1700 colleges at the DI, DII, DIII, NAIA, and Junior College levels. At this point, students do not know enough about these colleges to start ignoring schools based only on their name or the size of the program or how many games they play on national television.

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