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Core course GPA is calculated differently than your high school GPA. The scale is on an A, B, C, D evaluation with an A worth 4.00, a B worth 3.00, a C worth 2.00, and a D worth 1.00. The NCAA eligibility center does not use plus or minuses (+, -) and the lowest grade you can earn is a D. The NCAA eligibility center uses a scale to measure the length of a class, and its value to your overall GPA. A trimester course is worth .33 units, a semester course is worth .5 units, and a year-long course is worth 1.0 units. Only your best grades from the core courses will be used. You can include other core course scores if they improve your overall GPA. Here is an example for you to calculate your GPA:
An "A" in a semester course: 4 x .5 = 2 quality points and .5 credits earned
A "B" in a year course: 3 x 1 = 3 quality point and 1 credits earned
A "C" in a trimester course: 2 x .33 = .66 quality points and .33 credits earned
A "B" in a semester course: 3 x .5 = 1.5 quality points and .5 credits earned
The next step is to calculate your grade point average. Add up your quality points and divide them by the amount of credits you have earned. For this example it would be:
7.16 quality points (.5+3+.66+1.5) divided by 2.33 credits earn (.5+1+.33+.5) for a GPA of 3.07
Your GPA will determine whether or not you qualify to play college athletics. The NCAA does have a sliding scale in place for division one bound athletes that have a lower GPA but higher ACT and/or SAT test scores.
Anytime a college coach sends you a recruiting questionnaire, and you are interested in that school – fill it out! This gets your name into the school’s database of high school athletes that are interested in their program. This does not necessarily mean that you are getting recruited, but you are now on the mailing list to receive information about any upcoming games, camps, showcases, and breaking news. This is a good way for you to get acquainted with coaches because you can reply back to any of the material that they are sending you, and it could lead you to being actively recruited.
I recently spoke with a few coaches about recruiting questionnaires. They made good points about recruits filling them out, and here is why…
One coach said that if they ask a recruit to fill out the questionnaire and that recruit does not do it, then they see it as the recruit not being that interested; therefore, the coaching staff will back off on their recruiting efforts for that particular high school prospect. That means as a high school recruit, don’t be lazy! Take 5-10 minutes to fill out the questionnaire and send it back.
Another coach said that if an athlete submits the questionnaire, then they know that they are interested regardless of what reports might say. Most college coaches have contacts and sources that can fill them in on certain recruits, so if a recruit wants to stay close to home then schools might back off some; however, if the recruit is filling out recruiting questionnaires, the school will continue to take an interest in them. Which means the athlete now has options!
Going back to our question, why should you fill our recruiting questionnaires? The best answer is that you are giving yourself options. There is no blue print for landing an athletic scholarship, and if you don’t have other options then you put yourself at risk for not getting a scholarship offer. Most schools now have the recruiting questionnaires online at their website.
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Maize South High School – Kansas 2014 Cornerback 5’9” and 160lbs
Desean Washington is a shutdown corner. He has the speed and cutting ability to cover fast wide receivers, and he has the physicality to matchup against bigger tight ends. Every coach dreams of having a corner like Desean on the outside. Just pit him against the opponent’s top receiver and let him play man-to-man coverage. Desean put his freak skills on display during the Midwest Top Prospect Camp, and he was an obvious choice for MVP at cornerback. Desean is very good at checking the receiver at the line, and he has the speed to make up any ground if he does get beat. Desean has been clocked at a 4.5 40-yard dash, and has a 36.5” vertical jump. Desean has some recruiting interests from FCS schools right now, but that should soon change if he keeps performing like he did at the Midwest Top Prospect Camp.
Watch Desean Washington's junior highlight tape - click here
Tanner was voted as the Quarterback MVP at the Midwest Top Prospect Camp. Tanner displayed why he is a legitimate quarterback prospect in the class of 2014. He is considered a dual-threat QB, but his big arm would suggest he is better settling in and throwing out of the pocket. His team runs the Pistol-O offense, and that fits into Tanner’s ability to throw accurately on the rollout. If things do breakdown in the pocket for Tanner, he has 4.68 40-yard dash speed to escape the pass rush. Tanner led his Piper team all the way to Sub-State in Kansas, while passing for 1,400 yards and 17 touchdowns. Look for Tanner to be one of the top quarterbacks in the entire state of Kansas next season.
Watch Tanner Eikenbary's junior year highlight tape:
Camp participants stopped to watch David Graves run his forty yard dash and with good reason. David turned in the top time with a time of 4.51 seconds at the Midwest Top Prospect Camp. David carried that momentum over to the other combine drills and individual competition. David was named camp running back MVP. As a junior at Liberty High School, David rushed for 1,100 yards and 10 touchdowns. He has a combination of speed and power, and his footwork is unbelievable. He has the ability to cut on a dime and change direction without losing any speed. David has been a varsity starter since his sophomore season. He has been attending numerous camps and combines this offseason to prepare him for a big senior year.
Watch David Graves' junior year highlight tape - click here
Liberty High School – Missouri 2014 Offensive Line 6’3” and 300lbs
Tyler Stiff won the MVP for the top offensive linemen at the Midwest Top Prospect Camp. Tyler performed well in all the combine tests, but it was his individual work during the one-on-one drills that separated him from the pack. Tyler was dominating both sides of the ball during the individual drills. His footwork is outstanding for his size, and he has no problem being able to pull from the guard position. Tyler can eat up blockers on the defensive line, and pancake tacklers on the offensive end. His combination of size, strength, and footwork should land him on plenty of coaches’ recruiting boards. Tyler ran a 5.5 40-yard dash at the event.
Watch Tyler Stiff's junior year highlights - click here
Cole is a speedy and shifty running back that is chomping at the bit for next season to begin. He wants to follow up his junior campaign of 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns with bigger and better things. Tonganoxie will be bringing back 21 seniors, so this team should be solid again. Cole had a solid showing at the Midwest Top Prospect Camp running a 4.78 40-yard dash. His best time at another event was 4.6 40-yard dash. Cole said he is focusing this summer on getting better, weight-lifting, and attending events/camps.
This talented linebacker was the Midwest Top Prospect Camp overall MVP. As only a sophomore, he played an integral part of one the top defenses in the entire state of Alabama. He is a nice and humble kid, but don’t let that fool you. He plays with a nasty side, and he put that on display during the camp. Tim has speed and athleticism to play all over the field. He showed during the L-drill his explosiveness, which helped him make 85 tackles as a sophomore. Tim says his main goal this next year is to win state, and to keep making noise in the recruiting circles. Tim will be visiting a lot of the SEC schools for football camps this summer.
Watch Tim's sophomore season highlights: click here