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July 2, 2014 / FieldLevel

“Get Recruited! Use FieldLevel” via Pick6 Magazine

Via Pick6 Magazine on July 2nd, 2014 Get Recruited! Use FieldLevel

During my high school career, I was one of the lucky ones, I had the opportunity to play football for a high school that was state and national ranked. Scouts and recruiters formed a line outside of my coach’s office, and if you wanted to play in college, all you had to do was say so.

Back then, I thought this was how recruiting worked at all high schools, but in the day of no social media and the internet just taking off, that was not the case. My friends and teammates in college told a much different story of how they had to bang on doors and get their tape seen to just get the opportunity to walk-on.

Today, times have changed, people watch their favorite college’s recruiting class like they would a Saturday game. The recruiting scene has exploded, from TV Shows to social media, it is everywhere. All of that is great if you’re a top 300 recruit or playing for a big name high school, but what about those high school and JUCO players who do not have the high profile status?

Well, let me tell you about FieldLevel. FieldLevel gives the high school and JUCO players that want to move to the next level in college football the opportunity to get noticed and get recruited. Here is my interview with Brenton Sullivan, CEO and co-founder of FieldLevel:

What started the idea of FieldLevel?

FieldLevel has been around for several years but only recently expanded into college football. After NCAA sanctions were imposed on USC in 2010, FieldLevel was hired by USC’s Athletics Department to streamline recruiting for all 21 teams. We saw firsthand how social networks like Facebook and Twitter were helpful in recruiting but also how they were severely missing the mark. College and high school coaches needed their own private social network to network with each other and to ensure that worthy prospects were discovered by the right colleges.  With over 1 million high school football players, FieldLevel helps college coaches overcome time and budgetary constraints while creating playing opportunities for athletes.

Who does it target?

FieldLevel is for college, junior college, and high school coaches. To be recruited on FieldLevel, athletes must be invited by a coach.

What types of colleges are using it?  Are there target schools (FBS, FCS, D2, etc)?

FieldLevel is used by half of college football teams across all levels of play. We intentionally launched in football right after National Signing Day when the majority of non-FBS college programs were looking to solidify their recruiting classes. However, many FBS programs have now joined, including teams in the SEC, PAC-12, BIG-10, and Mountain West conferences.

How does a player become listed on the social network?

Athletes must be invited by a coach, either their current high school coach or a college coach who is interested in recruiting them. This is because there have been dozens of online profiling sites that allow athletes to spam college coaches with inaccurate recruiting profiles; FieldLevel is the exact opposite which is why college coaches have flocked to it.

Does the player need help from their current coach / school?

Yes, an athlete’s coach is the catalyst in recruiting, and he must privately vouch for each of his players on FieldLevel. As Urban Meyer told Colin Cowherd on a recent ESPN interview, “The high school coach knows and I’m convinced that sometimes he doesn’t want to know (the truth about his players’ ability and character).”

Coaches are the best advocates for their players because they have personal relationships with their athletes and know them both on and off the field.  And because recruiting is largely based on relationships, when a coach recommends one of his players to a college coach, that recommendation carries more weight than if it comes from a parent, a recruiting service, or the athlete himself.

How do you verify that individuals and their performances are authentic? 

We have a thorough verification and vetting process for every college and high school coach that signs up to ensure the quality and authenticity of the network. With regards to what high school coaches write about their players, FieldLevel is a private social network, so they can confidently recommend and discuss their players with college coaches. Just as is the case in recruiting offline, if a coach doesn’t provide an accurate assessment of his players, college coaches won’t trust him and, therefore, won’t recruit from him in the future.

Any usage for the average fan?

No, FieldLevel is only for verified coaches and athletes who have been invited. This is why college football coaches trust FieldLevel, which has led to rapid adoption by football coaches across the country.

Any fees involved for the player, schools, etc.?

FieldLevel is free for coaches and athletes; we will always enable athletes to be recruited by the right teams for no cost. However in baseball, we’ve developed a propriety algorithm directly with college coaches that matches worthy prospects to the right college programs, and athletes can upgrade to premium features to increase their exposure to programs where they’d be a great fit. After we’ve honed the algorithm with our football coaches, we will release the same offering.

Future expansion?

We receive requests from coaches and athletes to expand into a number of different sports on a daily basis. We won’t rush into anything, but there are a range of expansion opportunities not only in other sports but also international college recruiting and professional team scouting.

If you are a player who wants to play college football, make sure your high school coach knows about FieldLevel. Trust me, the key to recruiting is getting seen and noticed as much as possible.

While the fan does not have access to FieldLevel, and I do love the stringent requirements to participate in FieldLevel (eliminates those Kevin Hart stories), they need to hope their favorite team does! This is the future of recruiting and can allow colleges the chance to round out their recruiting classes, achieve better depth and win more games. Plus, and as we have all seen, we really have no idea who the next Heisman Trophy winning recruit will be or where they will come from…

July 1, 2014 / FieldLevel

20 Trending High School Football Teams

20 Trending High School Football Teams On FieldLevel

Top trending high school football programs based on college coach network connections as well as ratings from college coaches regarding roster completeness, player assessment, projection accuracy, etc.

FieldLevel FieldLevel Intelligence
1

Redlands High School

Redlands, CA

Coach: Bryan Hornsby

Redlands High School
2

Chapel Hill High School

Tyler, TX

Coach: Thomas Sitton

Chapel Hill High School
3

Houston Christian High School

Houston, TX

Coach: Max Bowman

Houston Christian High School
4

Dominguez High School

Compton, CA

Coach: Keith Donerson

Dominguez High School
5

Milby High School

Houston, TX

Coach: Phil Camp

Milby
6

Upland High School

Upland, CA

Coach: Brian Chavez

 Upland High School
7

Paloma Valley High School

Menifee, CA

Coach: Juan Merida

 Paloma Valley High School
8

Louisville Male High School

Louisville, KY

Coach: Chris Wolfe

 Louisville Male High School
9

Shorewood High School

Shoreline, WA

Coach: Andrew Preston

Shorewood High School
10

Aledo High School

Aledo, TX

Coach: Tim Buchanan

Aledo High School
11

Willis High School

Willis, TX

Coach: Audie Jackson

Willis High School
12

Great Oak High School

Temecula, CA

Coach: Robbie Robinson

Great Oak High School
13

Sachse High School

Sachse, TX

Coach: Red Behrens

Sachse High School
14

Serra High School

San Diego, CA

Coach: Brian Basteyns

Serra High School
15

Trinity Catholic High School

Ocala, FL

Coach: Justin Wentworth

Trinity Catholic High School
16

Estancia High School

Costa Mesa, CA

Coach: Mike Bargas

Estancia High School
17

Midland High School

Midland, TX

Coach: Mike Rushton

Midland High School
18

Clarksburg High School

Clarksburg, MD

Coach: Larry Hurd Jr.

 Clarksburg High School
19

Corcoran High School

Carcoran, CA

Coach: Rich Lane

 Corcoran High School
20

East Lincoln High School

Denver, NC

Coach: David Lubowicz

East Lincoln High School
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July 1, 2014 / FieldLevel

Top 20 Trending Junior College Baseball Teams

20 Trending Junior College Baseball Teams On FieldLevel

Top trending junior college baseball programs based on college coach network connections as well as ratings from college coaches regarding roster completeness, player assessment, projection accuracy, etc.

FieldLevel FieldLevel Intelligence
1

College of San Mateo

San Mateo, CA

Coach: Bryan Faulds

College of San Mateo
2

Chandler-Gilbert Community College

Chandler, AZ

Coach: Dave Pankenier

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3

Mendocino College

Ukiah, CA

Coach: Aaron Ford

Mendocino College
4

Hesston College

Hesston, KS

Coach: Rob Ramseyer

Hesston
5

Muscatine Community College

Muscatine, IA

Coach: Stan Hunt

Muscatine Community College
6

Corning Community College

Corning, NY

Coach: Lou Condon

Corning Community College
7

Paradise Valley Community College

Phoenix, AZ

Coach: Victor Solis

Paradise Valley Community College
8

Ventura College

Ventura, CA

Coach: Steven Hardesty

Ventura College
9

Indian Hills Community College

Ottumwa, IA

Coach: Brett Monaghan

Indian Hills Community College
10

Dean College

Franklin, MA

Coach: Matt Harrington

Dean College
11

Arizona Western College

Yuma, AZ

Coach: Drew Keehn

Arizona Western College
12

Santa Barbara City College

Santa Barbara, CA

Coach: Jeff Walker

Santa Barbara City College
13

Butte College

Oroville, CA

Coach: Anthony Ferro

Butte College
14

Cabrillo College

Aptos, CA

Coach: Bob Kittle

Cabrillo College
15

Northeast Mississippi Community College

Booneville, MS

Coach: Kent Farris

Northeast Mississippi Community College
16

American River College

Sacramento, CA

Coach: Doug Jumelet

American River College
17

Cuesta College

San Luis Obispo, CA

Coach: Bob Miller

Cuesta College
18

Olympic College

Bremerton, WA

Coach: Ryan Parker

Olympic College
19

Lower Columbia College

Longview, WA

Coach: DJ Lidyard

Lower Columbia College
20

San Joaquin Delta College

Stockton, CA

Coach: Reed Peters

San Joaquin Delta
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July 1, 2014 / FieldLevel

Top 20 Trending Junior College Football Teams

20 Trending Junior College Football Teams On FieldLevel

Top trending junior college football programs based on college coach network connections as well as ratings from college coaches regarding roster completeness, player assessment, projection accuracy, etc.

FieldLevel FieldLevel Intelligence
1

Highland Community College

Highland, KS

Coach: Bob Majeski

Highland Community College
2

Laney College

Oakland, CA

Coach: Josh Ramos

Laney College
3

Lackawanna College

Scranton, PA

Coach: Josh Pardini

Lackawanna College
4

Northeast Mississippi Community College

Booneville, MS

Coach: Dustin Jones

Northeast Mississippi Community College
5

Ventura College

Ventura, CA

Coach: Steve Mooshagian

Ventura College
6

Feather River College

Quincy, CA

Coach: Bryon Hughes

Feather River College
7

Mendocino College

Ukiah, CA

Coach: Frank Espy

Mendocino College
8

College of the Sequoias

Visalia, CA

Coach: Joseph D’Agostino

College of the Sequoias
9

Fullerton College

Fullerton, CA

Coach: Tom Deep

Fullerton College
10

Citrus College

Glendora, CA

Coach: Eduardo Pacheco

Citrus College
11

Ellsworth Community College

Iowa Falls, IA

Coach: Marvin Bohannon

Ellsworth Community College
12

Cabrillo College

Aptos, CA

Coach: Eric Gerlach

Cabrillo College
13

Riverside City College

Riverside, CA

Coach: James Kuk

Riverside City College
14

Hudson Valley Community College

Troy, NY

Coach: Mike Muehling

Hudson Valley Community College
15

American River College

Sacramento, CA

Coach: Jon Osterhout

American River College
16

Mesa Community College

Mesa, AZ

Coach: Chenelle Jones

Mesa Community College
17

Southwest Mississippi Community College

Summit, MS

Coach: Jamie Everett

Southwest Mississippi Community College
18

Fresno City College

Fresno, CA

Coach: Rick Scheidt

Fresno City College
19

College of the Redwoods

Eureka, CA

Coach: Jordan Hamill

College of the Redwoods
20

Butte College

Oroville, CA

Coach: Jeff Lopeteguy

Butte College
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July 1, 2014 / FieldLevel

Top 20 Trending High School Baseball Teams

20 Trending High School Baseball Teams On FieldLevel

Top trending high school baseball programs based on college coach network connections as well as ratings from college coaches regarding roster completeness, player assessment, projection accuracy, etc.

FieldLevel FieldLevel Intelligence
1

Perrysburg High School

Perrysburg, OH

Coach: Dave Hall

Perrysburg High School
2

Valor Christian High School

Highlands Ranch, CO

Coach: Keith Wahl

Valor Christian High School
3

Oaks Christian High School

Westlake Village, CA

Coach: Tim Penprase

Oaks Christian High School
4

La Verne Lutheran High School

La Verne, CA

Coach: Mike Lange

La Verne Lutheran High School
5

O’Fallon Township High School

O’Fallon, IL

Coach: Jason Portz

O'Fallon Township High School
6

Phoenix Christian High School

Phoenix, AZ

Coach: Mark Band

Phoenix Christian High School
7

DeMatha Catholic High School

Hyattsville, MD

Coach: Sean O’Connor

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8

Maize High School

Maize, KS

Coach: Rocky Helm

Maize High School
9

Moeller High School

Cincinnati, OH

Coach: Tim Held

Moeller High School
10

Linn-Mar High School

Marion, IA

Coach: Chad Lechner

Linn-Mar High School
11

Bellarmine College Prep

San Jose, CA

Coach: Mike Rodriguez

Bellarmine College Prep
12

The Woodlands High School

Spring, TX

Coach: Ron Eastman

The Woodlands High School
13

Serra High School

San Diego, CA

Coach: Wil Aaron

Serra High School
14

Westgate High School

New Iberia, LA

Coach: Jerome Jacob

Westgate High School
15

Dubuque Hempstead High School

Dubuque, IA

Coach: Jeff Rapp

Dubuque Hempstead High School
16

Clackamas High School

Clackamas, OR

Coach: John Arntson

Clackamas High School
17

Monte Vista Christian High School

Santa Cruz County, CA

Coach: Don Keathley

Monte Vista Christian High School
18

West Florida High School

Pensacola, FL

Coach: Mike Wallace

West Florida High School
19

DeLaSalle High School

Minneapolis, MN

Coach: Douge Schildgen

DeLaSalle High School
20

Egg Harbor Township High School

Egg Harbor Township, NJ

Coach: Bryan Carmichael

Egg Harbor Township High School
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July 1, 2014 / FieldLevel

Top 25 Most Popular College Baseball Teams

Top 25 “Schools of Interest” On FieldLevel

Most popular college baseball programs according to high school and junior college baseball players.

FieldLevel FieldLevel Intelligence
1

Cal State Fullerton

Fullerton, CA

Cal State Fullerton
2

San Diego State

San Diego, CA

San Diego State
3

Long Beach State

Long Beach, CA

Long Beach State
4

USC

Los Angeles, CA

USC
5

North Carolina

Chapel Hill, NC

North Carolina
6

Florida State

Tallahassee, FL

Florida State
7

Texas A&M

College Station, TX

Texas A&M
8

UC Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, CA

UCSB
9

Arizona

Tucson, AZ

University of Arizona
10

South Carolina

Columbia, SC

South Carolina
11

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, CA

Cal Poly
12

Oregon State

Corvallis, OR

Oregon State
13

University of San Diego

San Diego, CA

University of San Diego
14

Miami

Coral Gables, FL

University of Miami
15

UC Berkeley

Berkeley, CA

Cal Berkeley
16

UC Irvine

Irvine, CA

UC Irvine
17

Virginia

Charlottesville, VA

Virginia
18

Pepperdine

Malibu, CA

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19

Oregon

Eugene, OR

Oregon
20

Stanford

Palo Alto, CA

Stanford
21

Washington

Seattle, WA

Washington
22

Clemson

Clemson, SC

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23

Coastal Carolina

Conway, SC

Coastal Carolina
24

Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL

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25

Fresno State

Fresno, CA

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Others Receiving Votes:

Florida Gulf Coast

Oklahoma

Ole Miss

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July 1, 2014 / FieldLevel

Top 20 Trending Travel Baseball Teams

20 Trending Travel Baseball Teams On FieldLevel

Top trending travel programs based on college coach network connections as well as ratings from college coaches regarding roster completeness, player assessment, projection accuracy, etc.

FieldLevel FieldLevel Intelligence
1

Evoshield Canes

Fredericksburg, VA

Coach: Dan Gitzen

Evoshield Canes
2

Houston Banditos

Houston, TX

Coach: Ray Deleon

Houston Banditos
3

Dallas Mustangs

Dallas, TX

Coach: Ralph Ross

Dallas Mustangs
4

Midland Tomahawks

Cincinnati, OH

Coach: Brian Carney

Midland Tomahawks
5

Showtime Baseball

Battle Ground, WA

Coach: Billy Hayes

Showtime Baseball
6

ABD Academy

Southern California

Coach: Keith Harwood

ABD Academy
7

Midwest Prospects

Aurora, MI

Coach: Nate Perry

Midwest Prospects
8

Houston Hurricanes

Houston, TX

Coach: Aaron Puffer

Houston Hurricances
9

PFA

Upland, CA

Coach: Dave Coggin

Performance Fitness for Athletes
10

California Baseball Academy

Chino, CA

Coach: Jon Paino

California baseball academy
11

Michigan Red Sox

Aurora, MI

Coach: Jason Novetsky

Michigan Red Sox
12

Rhino Baseball

Frankfort, IL

Coach: Brian Tehako

Rhino Baseball
13

Ontario Blue Jays

Ontario, Canada

Coach: Mike Steed

Ontario Blue Jays
14

Raiders Baseball Academy

Bayamon, Puerto Rico

Coach: Joe Rodriguez

Raiders Baseball Academy
15

Dallas Patriots 18U

Dallas, TX

Coach: Carlos Ramirez

Dallas Patriots
16

North Florida Scout Team

Jacksonville, FL

Coach: Shane Waller

North Florida Scout Team
17

Fairfield Marlins

Lancaster, OH

Coach: Ryan Weaver

Fairfield Marlins
18

Pittsburgh Diamond Dawgs

Pittsburgh, PA

Coach: Frank Merigliano

Pittsburgh Diamond Dawgs
19

CWBC Hawks

Yakima Valley, WA

Coach: Pat Wise

CWBC Hawks
20

St. Louis Pirates

St. Louis, MO

Coach: Rick Strickland

St. Louis Pirates
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