Written by: Phil Clarke

Former Division 1 Head Coach talks about the Consequences of Misinformation

December 23, 2014

There is a lot of misinformation concerning college recruiting, particularly regarding academic eligibility. Given the dramatic NCAA academic rule changes that are going to impact the class of 2016 and beyond, the process for academic preparedness needs to start now. 

Listen as former Division I College Head Coach, Eric Campbell, talks about the "Consequences of Misinformation" in the College Recruiting Process. 

TGU’s “Tough Talk” Educational Series is presented by former professional athletes for student-athletes of all ages and sports. 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.

If you are a Middle School Activities Director, High School Athletic Director, Youth/High School Coach, or a College Administrator, and you’re interested in educating and empowering your student-athletes to lead through sports, click here to “Schedule a Speaker” and TGU will be in contact with you shortly.

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Written by: Phil Clarke

Former WNBA Rookie of the Year, Tracy Reid, joins the TGU team.

December 22, 2014

Tough Guy University is happy to announce that former WNBA Rookie of the Year and Collegiate All-American, Tracy Reid, has joined our team of College Recruiting Experts/Educational Speakers.

Tracy is one of the most decorated athletes in Florida high school sports history. She was a USA Today and Parade Magazine All-American, 3-time Florida Player of the Year, National High School Player of the Year, and scored nearly 2,800 points during her stellar high school career. After high school, she accepted a full scholarship to the University of North Carolina... click here for the full story.

Tough Guy University - College Recruiting Experts | Educational Speakers

Who we are:

We are a group of former professional athletes and coaches, who are passionate about sharing our experience and knowledge of the college recruiting process, with current high school student-athletes and their families. Our educational speakers travel the country to present our College Recruiting Game Plan for Success (GPS) seminars at over 200 high schools each year. 

What we do:

College Recruiting GPS™ seminars are for all student-athletes [and families] with a serious desire to participate in collegiate athletics while pursuing a college degree. Our speakers guide parents and student-athletes through the importance of establishing athletic and academic goals, setting realistic expectations and seeking opportunities at all college levels. Our College Recruiting GPS seminar series has helped thousands of student-athletes across the country navigate through the recruiting process and realize their dream of competing (academically and athletically) on the collegiate level.

Why we do this:

All of our speakers participated in sports while in college, so we know exactly what college recruits are going through. That gives us essential insight and the ability to empathize with each student-athlete we meet. Our speakers know, through their own personal experience, that understanding what to do in the recruiting process is just as important as a student-athletes academic and athletic performance. So in an effort to give back to sports (which has given us all so much), we have made it our mission to educate as many families as possible on the rules, regulations and harsh realities of the college recruiting process.

How to contact us:

More in-depth information about Tough Guy University and our College Recruiting GPS seminars can be found on the World Wide Web.

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Written by: Phil Clarke

Student-Athletes and FAFSA

December 03, 2014

Just because you’re a standout athlete doesn't mean that college will be completely paid for with an athletic scholarship. Very few college athletes earn a full ride, but there are other forms of financial aid available to help defer college costs, especially if you understand the FAFSA. 

Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. Federal Student Aid distributes more than $150 billion of federal financial aid each year, and it’s available to you even if you’re an athlete. That’s why completing the Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) is essential. 

In addition, many states and colleges use your FAFSA data to determine your eligibility for state and school aid, and some private financial aid providers may use your FAFSA information to determine whether you qualify for their aid.

Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step toward getting federal aid for college. It's free and quick, and it gives you access to the largest source of financial aid to pay for college.

You can apply as early as January 1 of your senior year. Many forms of financial aid are given on a first come first served basis, so completing the FAFSA as soon as you can gives you the best chance of getting some sort of financial aid.

If you’re ready to fill out the FAFSA now, go for it! If you’d like more information first, we can help. Click here to read more about FAFSA. 

Need more information about the College Recruiting Process? Click here for further assistance.

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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.

Click here for help: http://tgu.wufoo.com/forms/q7x2w5/

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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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Written by: Phil Clarke

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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