By Dan Guttenplan, FNF Coaches Managing Editor
Collegiate Sports Data (CSD) is an NCAA-approved scouting service that provides player information to nearly 500 collegiate football programs each year. CSD never charges or accepts fees from high schools, their coaches, or their players.
It’s easy for a high school coach to get overwhelmed by the abundance of paid scouting services, combines, camps and clinics. At the end of the day, a coach just wants to do everything in his power to get his best players on the radar of college recruiters.
CSD provides high school coaches with that platform – at no cost – a direct pipeline to college coaches who are looking for incoming talent. Every high school coach in the nation can log into their CSD profile page and update their list of college prospects at any time. For coaches who are uncomfortable with updating their prospect list online, CSD allows them to text, call or email recruiting sheets to CSD staff members to enter in the database.
“We try to make it as easy as possible for high school coaches to get players in our system,” said CSD President Joleyn Smithing.
A coach provides CSD with a list of any player on his team that he feels is capable of playing any level of college football – from FBS to Division III programs. The coach can then enter specific metrics for each player, such as height, weight, position, 40-yard-dash time, player number, and a player rating.
The player and/or parent of the player can then go into the profile and enter academic information and college preferences such as geographic location or area of study. The player and/or parent is blocked from seeing the coach’s evaluation of the player.
“Our model is to help college coaches create a target board that is populated with college football prospects,” Smithing said. “The player rating filter helps decide who might be the best fit for the program. We’re just a giant filtering system that takes away the noise.
“We’re different from a matching service in that we don’t open the doors to every parent who believes their son is destined for a D1 scholarship. We get rid of the noise and work to make sure everybody who has the ability to play at the college level gets exposure.”
CSD is used by every college football program in the country, at varying levels. Some use single-state searches while others purchase the national package. Many area recruiting coordinators use the service to search for players in their geographic regions.
“Coaches are always going on to see what’s new,” Smithing said. “Players are trying to get in front of programs sooner and sooner. Our database includes freshmen through seniors.”
The CSD Scholarship
The CSD Scholarship is open to Class of 2018, 2019 or 2020 athletes. CSD awards the scholarship recipients money for tuition, supplies, books, fees and equipment at a non-profit, accredited two- or four-year university or college in the United States. To ensure integrity, transparency and legitimacy, the program is administered by International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc., a firm that specializes in managing sponsored scholarship programs.
Applicants need to submit essay/video content and proof of how amazing they’re doing in school. The football scholarship is non-renewable, and awards funds in $1,000 increments. A player can’t appeal if he’s not selected, but students can apply over and over again as long as they remain eligible. If a scholarship winner transfers to a different school, the money transfers right along with him.
Visit www.collegiatesportsdata.com/football-scholarship/ for more information.
Collegiate Sports Data
CSD works as a strategic partner with colleges, high school coaches and the high school athletes who are the future of their football programs.