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Top 10 Camps Where College Football Recruits Get Noticed

Top 10 Camps Where College Football Recruits Get Noticed


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Aside from sending out a highlight tape, the best way for a high school football player to get noticed is to attend a camp or combine. There are many to choose from, but players have to be smart and keen on which ones are the best at helping them get noticed.

Quarterbacks would be wise to show their skills at an Elite 11 regional camp, while speedsters are advised to blaze the 40-yard dash at a SPARQ combine.

Plus, the old-fashioned one-day college camps are still popular today.

NFL Prep 100 Series

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Yes, the NFL has gotten into the camp business. The NFL Prep 100 Series only lasts a day, but it takes place at several NFL teams’ facilities and touches on an array of things to help players.

Aside from learning more about safety and leadership, players who attend this camp receive good coaching on the field. These events are growing in popularity, and a good showing here can open the door for an unknown prospect.

VTO Sports Combines

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Although it’s not free to attend a VTO Sports Combine, the $85 investment it requires could pay off if a player performs well. The combines are held at various locations, so players need to check the website and pick the closest one.

Prospects arrive, get a compression shirt and are given a platform to prove they have college-level speed and athleticism. Testing consists of a 40-yard dash, bench press, vertical jump and L-Drill, among others.

Past attendees include current NFL prospect Jadeveon Clowney, incoming Alabama freshman defensive end Da’Shawn Hand and incoming LSU freshman running back Leonard Fournette, per VTO Sports.

NUC Events

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National Underclassmen Combines are emerging as a serious player in the camps and combines business. Recruiting analysts are starting to pay more attention to these combines, which means more recruits are being noticed at NUC events.

With the support of 247Sports, NUC puts on combines, showcases and 7-on-7 events. Even recruits who reside in Alaska or New Mexico can attend a NUC event, as the tour comes to those states.

According to 247Sports:

Some Famous Alums include Johnny Manziel, Marcus Mariota, Landon Collins, Case McCoy, Kenny Vaccaro, Tajh Boyd, Joe Haden, Joe Looney, Eric Ebron, Casey Paschall, Tyrod Taylor, Robert Woods, Aaron Murray, Marcus Lattimore and many more. Over 1300 signed D-1 in 2013, Over 30 NUC alums drafted in 2013.

U.S. Army National Combine

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Most camps and combines take place in the summer, but the U.S. Army Combine is held around the same time as its famous All-American Bowl in January.

However, this is the big stage. Any underclassmen who want to get noticed early in their recruiting cycle need to go to San Antonio and light it up. It’s a traditional combine, as it has all of the standard athletic testing drills.

However, it also has positional 1-on-1 drills. That means recruits have a chance to show specifically what they can do on the football field.

B2G Battlefield

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This event takes place in Los Angeles, but it has a linemen skills challenge, which is why it’s a great camp to get noticed.

Offensive and defensive linemen are not involved in 7-on-7 events, so it can be tough for them to find offseason events to participate in. Well, B2Ghas them covered, as it not only has a 7-on-7 event, but also a linemen challenge for the big hogs to get after it.

While it takes place in January, an unknown defensive tackle or guard can have a coming-out party at this event.

Rivals Camp Series

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Credit: 247Sports is one of the premier recruiting websites in the industry. The powerful website has teamed up with Under Armour to present the “Rivals Camp Series.”

The camps are for all players to attend and test their abilities against one another. The tour started in New Orleans in February and will conclude in Chicago in May. Recruits can check out the schedule to see when the series will be at a location nearest to them.

A good showing at one of the camps in the Rivals Series can help a recruit get invited to the Rivals 5-star Challenge in June. says:

The Rivals Camp Series Presented by Under Armour is a new series of regional camps for elite athletes. The event is geared toward current juniors but sophomores and freshmen are eligible. Top performers could qualify for a spot in the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge and top underclassmen could qualify for a spot in the Rivals Underclassmen Challenge, both annual events and considered the elite events in the football recruiting world.

7-on-7 Teams

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College basketball recruiting has AAU basketball, and now college football recruiting has the 7-on-7 circuit.

Quarterbacks, receivers, running backs, tight ends, linebackers and defensive backs get to play year-round in these settings. Getting on a spring and summer 7-on-7 team is critical for skill-position players, as the teams travel to various tournaments that receive a ton of attention in the recruiting industry.

Among the top tournaments for 7-on-7 football is the Las Vegas tournament put on by Pylon Football.

Nike SPARQ Combines

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Student Sports has been putting on excellent football events for recruits for what seems like forever. Aside from the outstanding Nike Football Training Camps, the company has the Nike SPARQ Combines.

The combines are strictly for testing, as SPARQ provides exceptional and safe equipment at each event. Times and results from these combines are probably the most accurate in the business.

The combine tour started in February in New York/New Jersey, with the conclusion coming later this spring in the Pacific Northwest.

Student Sports says:

Nike Football SPARQ Combines are free of charge and open to Class of 2015 graduates and top underclassmen high school football players looking to showcase their ability as well as top 7th and 8th grade football athletes. Top performers will be eligible for selection to later Nike Football Training Camps as well as even possibly The Opening which takes place this summer at the Nike World Headquarters.

Elite 11 Regional Quarterback Camps

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The Elite 11 Quarterback Finals are an invitation-only event that brings the nation’s best high school quarterback prospects together all in one setting.

To earn an invite, a prep passer needs to workout at one of the Elite 11 regional camps. A trio of camps have already taken place in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Orlando, while cities like Chicago, Dallas and San Francisco will host a big rush of aspiring college quarterbacks this spring.

If you’re a quarterback looking to get noticed, this is it.

Various One-Day College Camps

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Perhaps the best way for a recruit to get noticed at a camp still is the classic college camp. Every college head coach and his staff holds a one-day camp and/or another camp that lasts several days, which is really a recruiting tool.

This allows coaches to get a personal look at a recruit on their campus while even coaching him up a bit. Student Sports has a great page showing all of the 2014 dates for many upcoming college camps.

USC, Florida, Florida State, Georgia and Ohio State are just a few schools to name who have competitive one-day camps. What better way to get noticed by college coaches than performing in their own backyard?

All recruiting ratings and rankings are from 247Sports.
Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals and 247Sports.
Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.
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What Type of Players Do Colleges Recruit? | by David Schuman

What Type of Players Do Colleges Recruit? | by David Schuman
Football players and recruits learn how to get recruited by college coaches

NUC is the longest running series of high school combine and football camps in the country. If you’re serious about taking your game to the next level, playing college football or getting early exposure to college recruiters then attend an NUC Recruiting Event. NUC Sports has Football Combines, Premier Football Showcases, Invite Only Football Camps, All Star Football Games, and 7 on 7 Football Tournaments. All NUC Sports Recruiting Events are in place to help the Athletes compete, get noticed, get exposure and get recruited.

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NUC Sports Showcasing New Jersey’s Top Young Talent at The Prequel

NUC Sports Showcasing New Jersey’s Top Young Talent at The Prequel

On March 4th in Paramus at The Arena, New Jersey NUC Sports will be hosting “The Prequel”, its second annual football showcase.

The Prequel is an event strictly for athletes in the graduating classes of 2021, 2022 and exceptional 2023 athletes. It will focus heavily on helping these young athletes compete and be coached up the proper way.

David Schuman, Executive at NUC Sports and Head Football Coach at Indian Hill High School, spoke about what he hopes to accomplish in year two of this camp.

“We just want the best players competing against each other in an atmosphere where they are coached the proper way, giving them the best chance to succeed” Schuman Said. “This is all stuff they are going to see at the next level, it will be good for them to get this experience.”

NUC Sports has an impressive track record when it comes to developing talent; they have had over 10,000 athletes sign D1 scholarships, along with training some pretty high level NFL talent. Some of their notable alumni include Johnny Manziel, Marcus Mariota, Landon Collins, Tyrod Taylor, Melvin Gordon and Amari Cooper.

At the event athletes will be evaluated in the following areas:

QB’s-Footwork, Release, Accuracy, Athleticism

WR’s- Release off Ball, Route Running, Catching Skills, Playmaking, Athleticism, Speed

TE’s-Release off Ball, Route Running, Catching Skills, Playmaking, Athleticism, Blocking

RB’s-Footwork, Change of Direction, Catching Skills, Athleticism

OL-Power, Footwork, Quickness, Technique, Flexibility, Physicality, Athleticism

DL-Quickness, Power, Hand Use, Technique, Physicality, Athleticism

LB’s- Change of Direction, Power, Athleticism, Coverage, Footwork, Playmaking

DB’s- Redirection, Athleticism, Coverage, Footwork, Quickness, Playmaking, Speed

This event is invite only, if you feel a teammate or player is worthy you can nominate them at

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Athlete Prep And Combine Company Creates A Football Sports Agency

Athlete Prep And Combine Company Creates A Football Sports Agency


Athletes hire sports agents to represent them in negotiations with professional sports teams as well as with brands that may be looking for particular product or service endorsements.  Athletes also commonly prep for their professional futures by engaging in combines, youth camps and training facilities before they are signed to professional sports organizations.  Sports agencies and prep programs have traditionally been mutually exclusive from each other; the one caveat is that some agencies will pay the training bill for their clients as they get ready for their respective Pro Days and/or the NFL Scouting Combine.  However, the game has changed.   Now there is a prep and training company that is trying its hand at also representing athletes in their contractual negotiations .

Dave Schuman and Dan Smith, both National Football League Players Association certified Contract Advisors, have created an athlete representation agency called Inspired Athletes.  It makes its official debut with the 2015 NFL Draft — Schuman and Smith are representing a total of 14 athletes eligible to be selected by NFL teams.  Clients of the new company who hope to be signed to NFL rosters include Notre Dame outside linebacker Kendall Moore, Marshall outside linebacker Neville Hewitt and University of Rhode Island inside linebacker Andrew Bose.  None of the 14 players under contract with Schuman and Smith are top NFL prospects, but that has not deterred the duo from taking their experience in the athlete preparation industry to the world of athlete representation.

Schuman has served as the CEO of National Underclassmen Combine(NUC) for over a decade, where he has serviced roughly 20,000 athletes each year in an effort to empower them with the opportunity to be exposed to scouts.  The NUC website says that Oregon quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota played in the first NUC All-Star game.  It also mentions that Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles, Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron and Cleveland Browns defensive back Joe Haden are all notable NUC alums.

Schuman said that he saw too many athletes and families that he helped get to college and receive poor advice when they were ready to take the next step at the NFL level.  He believes that his new athlete representation company will provide another opportunity for the college athletes he helps to live out their dreams of playing and succeeding in the NFL.

“Athletes will see a noticeable difference with Inspired Athletes representing them,” stated Smith.  “Our mantra is ‘Family Helps Family’, and that’s what we are looking to create.  A full service set of solutions from draft day to retirement, with the trust and full disclosure that one would expect from people who have only their best interests in mind.”

Schuman says that to the best of his knowledge NUC will be the first athlete preparation/combine company to enter into athlete representation.  His response to any criticism that it may be a conflict to prepare players and also represent them as professionals is that there simply is no conflict.

“In fact, our relationship with those prep players, when they are ready for the pro level, have already entrusted us with helping them get to college, so it is a natural extension to help them again,” added Schuman.  “It gives them someone they trust that they can work with instead many of the sharks they deal with at the NFL agent level.”

Both Schuman and Smith hit the recruiting trail to secure contracts with the 14 players they currently represent.  Schuman says the secret to signing so many players was to cast a wide net, ask for referrals and leverage existing relationships.  He mentioned that NFLPA certified Contract Advisors have responded positively to his concept.  However, once the word gets out that a prep and combine company is now in the business of representing athletes, it will not be long until the critics come out to disparage Schuman’s solution to what he views as a poorly operating industry.

“Who wouldn’t want to get evaluated by someone who can help them get to college, understand their athletic skill set, coach them and then know there is a resource out there that can help them again if they are good enough to make the NFL?” asked Schuman rhetorically.  The answer: his competition.

Darren Heitner is a lawyer and the Founder of South Florida-based HEITNER LEGAL, P.L.L.C., which has a focus on Sports Law and Entertainment Law.

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Interview With The NFL Agent: Dave Schuman – As Appeared On Sports Agent Blog

Interview With The Agent: Dave Schuman

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David Schuman, founder of the national high school football training, recruiting and camp network NUC Sports, frequently appears on television as a football analyst for NFL recruiting topics.David Schuman knows football. His company, Schuman Enterprises, operates the National Underclassmen Combine (NUC Sports) football training and recruitment program and annual training/assessment camps for high school students looking to earn a college scholarship and team slot.

Schuman, who was a star linebacker at University of Connecticut and serves as chief coach for NUCH’s high school football camps, has operated the growing training and recruiting network since 2005. It’s an enormous, daunting operation, and hundreds of student athletes’ futures rest largely on the results of NUC’s leadership, training, and relationships with college coaches.

But Coach Schuman says when it gets hectic or challenging to meet all the demands of NUC’s dozens of camps around the country and the hundreds of student-athletes NUC works with, he leans on his “mantra” Scripture: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)

“It’s one of those overlaying things that guides me in everything I do each day,” he told Kerusso’s blog team recently. “Trying to help others is a big part of it.” #christianathletes #teamjesus

NUC’s goal is to get athletes exposure through the combine events, testing, agility, position skills, and requirements as early as possible. NUC Sports also hosts 7×7 tournaments for high school players and youth tournaments for younger ones, and provides recruiting analysts for coaches and schools in addition to NFL analysis.



David Schuman's NUC Sports holds training camps and recruiting opportunities all over the country for high school athletes looking for college football scholarship opportunities.“I wanted to give athletes the opportunity and to give them some exposure,” Schuman explained about why he initially launched NUC Sports. “We really expanded it from there after we had some success in the beginning.

“Our primary goal is to give athletes an opportunity to compete and to be coached by great coaches,” he added, “to take their results and get it in the hands of college coaches.”

University programs such as Alabama, Rutgers, Ohio State, USC, Florida State, and Oregon have had several key players who were first recognized as top prospects at NUC camps. Additionally, NUC’s All American Game has included two eventual Heisman Trophy recipients.

“I think a lot of times we are a launching pad for people, for athletes,” Schuman says. “There is no doubt about it. There are over 300 NFL players who have gone through our program; and each year, there are several thousand athletes who receive scholarships to play in college.”

Since NUC’s inception in 2005, more than 10,000 alumnae of the camps and training programs have signed to play with Division I programs.

“We are now at 100 locations around the country, and we have teams of coaches who help run the camps,” Schuman explains. “There are [influential leaders in college athletics] who we stay in touch with and maintain relationships with. They have definitely found this to be a launching pad for their future success.”

David Schuman's NUC Sports holds training camps and recruiting opportunities all over the country for high school athletes looking for college football scholarship opportunities.

NUC’s Coach Schuman discusses his Christian faith

So, for how long has the coach to so many students been following his own heavenly “head coach” – God?  “Since I was born,” he replied, “I have believed in the values taught by Jesus Christ and all the things that go along with being a good Christian. To me that includes doing right by others my whole life.”

Another favorite verse that Schuman frequently hears running through his head: John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

“I don’t have a favorite scripture per se, but those two verses are the two I really subscribe to most,” he added.

While his company’s camps are focused on athletics, Schuman noted that his faith and his work do intertwine. But he emphasized that the camps are open to all athletes, regardless of their beliefs or religious affiliations.

“I am a Christian, so I try to bring some of my core beliefs into that, but anyone can attend,” he said. He added that he hopes that some of the lessons taught by his coaches succeed in pointing athletes in the right direction.

“I hope the participating student-athletes have become enlightened because of some things we have talked about,” Schuman says. “Being saved means more than just coming to our camps and believing in what we do. We are just trying to help them get on the path to continue to see that out.”

Schuman said being a Christian and working in an athletics environment has presented some challenges. He says it is important to stick with your values and handle things accordingly.

“Most of the people that come to our camps are fantastic,” he said. “But – just like anything else – there are always people who don’t align with the values that we have. Some have an expectation of manipulating something for their own benefit, and those are things that you just have to deal with, as you would in life and in Christianity.”

David Schuman's NUC Sports holds training camps and recruiting opportunities all over the country for high school athletes looking for college football scholarship opportunities.One of his favorite things about his job: When student-athletes and their parents personally thank him and his coaches for the impact they had on their lives.

“When people come up to me after the event and say the event either opened their eyes or changed their lives or helped them in a positive way – those moments are the most important,” Schuman explained.

Schuman has been a member of Hawthorne Gospel Church in Hawthorne, New Jersey, since 2008.

“I am not involved in a leadership way because my faith is private to me,” he noted. “I have a little bit of a public life and I am able to reach the families that I see. But at church, I think of it as time to really be one-on-one with the Lord and spend time with him.”

Schuman is engaged to fiancé Nicole, and he has a 2-year-old son, Troy. “My goal is to be a leader in the household and to do anything I can to help my family to the best of my ability – to bring the principles of God into everything we do.”

He says his relationship with his father has helped shaped his own fatherhood. “My father was a great leader in the family and put the family first to the best of his ability,” Schuman noted. “He was just fantastic with his children and always trying to make us happy.”

The coach says his favorite part of being a dad is when his son runs to the door to welcome him home. “Seeing his smiling face when I come home at night is the best,” he said. “He hears me come in and meets me right there at the gate, and calls for dad. Just experiencing that is unbelievable.”

On his Twitter page (@nucfootball), Schuman says that one of his favorite poems is by Charles Swindoll:

The longer I live,

the more I realize the impact on life.

Attitude to me

is more important than facts.

He echoes those words when giving advice to his own student-athletes.

“Believe in yourself and believe in the Lord,” the coach says. “He will help guide you to find your path and continue to reinforce that every single day. If you do that, you will always make the right decision, and you will always give everything you have to be successful, and you will always do it the right way.”

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Solving Problems Over Complaining

One of the biggest issues in today’s society is the propensity to complain over the ability to solve. I can probably end the article right now but i would not be offering solutions if i did that. So here are some important things that I have seen and how we can begin to THINK along the lines of solving problems. If we begin to solve problems instead of just complaining we will get to a place where we can make better teams, better businesses, and better people.

I have owned my own company for 16 years now and have coached football for 17, many of those years as a head coach. Along the way I have dealt with and seen some of the most interesting things that come out of these very different approaches to life and everything you do.

#1 Don’t get caught in the GROUP THINK TRAP. Just because a few disgruntled people with bad attitudes who hate their own lives recruit you to join their clique of disgruntled thoughts, come up with your own thoughts. Group Think is simply the old adage “Misery loves company”. I have learned over the years to distance myself from those people, because they end up going down a bad path. They make decisions based of the immediate wind blowing and not the long term. They may also succeed in their objectives in the short run but in the long run, people start to discuss those individuals with a but word. Simply but they will be branded with “He’s smart but watch your back”. If you allow that to happen to you then you will have major issues in the long run. My advice is always think for yourself and do not get caught up in gossip and innuendo. Find the facts, talk to the individuals that can help you and figure out how you can figure out a way to solve the problem not fester it.

#2 Get FACTS for each situation. I firmly believe your job in any problem situation or something that may be an issue is to get the facts. The best way to get the facts is to go to the source and then offer ideas, solutions and actions. Never ever gossip, talk in circles or create solutions by discussing things with anyone other than the source. If you can create the ability to go to the source and get the facts you will then see a better perspective and understand a way to help the source of the problem create a solution and they will be eternally grateful. I firmly guarantee it.

#3 Do not complain and gossip. There is a difference between gossiping and spreading rumours that make problems worse and discussing issues and figure out solutions. Gossiping is something like “ Can you believe the head coach yelled at him like that, if I was a player I would never take that.”, a better way to handle it would be to approach the head coach and say “ Coach, I think yelling at Johnny without telling him what he needs to do to fix, might not be a great way to get through to him, how about we let him know what technique he should be using and lets see if it helps him. What do you think?” By working with the head coach, he knows you are an ally and are trying to truly help the athlete, the other approach, the gossip one creates division and only causing more problems.

#4 Empower the team by boosting your leader, thereby becoming a leader. One of the biggest mistakes people make when working for a boss or being an assistant on a team, or even being a parent that has an issue is the mistake of screaming complaints to anyone that will listen. This just eventually gets back to the leader or director and just falls on deaf ears. In fact, more than likely this type of approach will create a negative feeling towards the individual or group and will be very difficult to repair. As a head coach if a parent is a negative nelly in the stands or complains about unwarranted issues just to complain, essentially all that happens is that coach is less likely to help you when you need it most. My favorite is when a parent will complain about a coach about playing time or getting the ball or someone not liking them and then go back and ask that same coach with help getting into college or with recruiting. Do you really think the coach is going to give you the same effort he would give you if you were a supportive parent or one that offers solutions.

Simply knowing your place is important. In today’s society everyone thinks because they have a smidget of information on a topic, then that qualifies them as an expert. The answer is no, you are not an expert, inform yourself, approach humbly, get permission and then offer solutions. This is just common courtesy and despite this not being so common anymore, it is the right way to do things. Instead of trying to get your way, figure out how helping the leader, boss or head coach improve his situation and you are way more likely to get your way. Leaders are human beings just like you with feelings and thoughts and if you understand that and then approach them by helping their situation get better, then I guarantee 9 out of 10 times you will not only get what you want, but most times you will get more than you bargained for.

In business and coaching, I cannot tell you how many times I hear people say, i am not kissing his but, I am doing my job but I kiss up to no one. It is the silliest thing I have ever heard. If you want the boss to promote you, you better help him solve problems, you better talk to him and you better help his situation improve or else you will have your false bravado and be unemployed. The leader has to care about his subordinates, players or assistants but in order to make your world better you must make his better. People love to say, “ I did it and my boss still screwed me” well yes maybe occasionally that does happen, but I guarantee if you helped your boss win, make profits or win a championship, I am sure you will be taken care of. If you aren’t taken care of, in time that leader will lose his respect and he will have issues. One of the most interesting things I learned as an assistant was to do whatever was asked of you, because if you want to be a leader, you first have to learn how to follow, earn your place, and then you will be given responsibility that will help you lead.

Finally, its ok to be strong, but never cut off your nose to spite your face. If you are willing to burn the boats, you better realize that you will never be able to go back. Burn the boats analogy works in warfare and in coaching a game in the championship, but doesnt work when you have to show up at practice or work the next day. It just makes your environment a very very tough one and very likely you better make preparations for getting a new job.

By David Schuman

David Schuman @nucfootball on twitter, @nuc_football on Instagram and @daveschuman on instagram.

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