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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
Top 25 “Schools of Interest” On FieldLevel
Most popular college baseball programs according to high school and junior college baseball players.
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.