Rivals.com Junior Day 2006

The Junior Day events scheduled for San Diego State and the University of South Carolina have been canceled for several different reasons. Players that were interested in the San Diego Junior Day are encouraged to attend the Junior Day in Orange County on March 25. Players that wanted to attend the event in South Carolina are welcome to attend the event at Lovejoy High School on March 11.

Are you ready for the recruiting process? Do you know how to select the right college for the right reasons? Do you know the complex rules that Division I prospects must follow? Are you aware of the new NCAA qualifying standards?

Junior Day Schedule Location Site
February 4 Dallas, Texas Southern Methodist
February 25 Akron, Ohio University of Akron
March 4 Naperville, Ill. North High School
March 11 Atlanta, Ga. Lovejoy High School
March 18 Hattiesburg, Miss. University of Southern Miss.
March 25 Anaheim, Calif. Servite High School
April 1 Orlando, Fla. Bishop Moore High School
April 1 Richmond, Va. Highland Springs High School
April 2 East Brunswick, N.J. Rutgers University

Well, Rivals.com is here to help.

It's become clear that parents, coaches and recruits often go into the recruiting process uneducated. Many people are merely focused on how tall and how fast a player is, but they don't care about the recruits themselves.

At Rivals.com, we have a different goal. Sure, we care about how talented a prospect is and rank players accordingly on our web sites, but we also feel that it's important to assist the recruits when it comes to understanding the recruiting process.

Instead of just finding out how fast or tall you are, Rivals.com hosts a series of Junior Day events across the country that help recruits and their family members get important questions about the recruiting process answered from coaches, speakers, parents of former recruits and players that have just completed the recruiting process.

After stops at SMU in Dallas, Texas, and the University of Akron, the Rivals.com Junior Days head next to Naperville North High School in suburban Chicago on Saturday, March 4. That event is followed up with a trip down south to Lovejoy High School in suburban Atlanta on Saturday, March 11. That's followed up with an event at the University of Southern Mississippi on Saturday, March 18. On Saturday, March 25, Rivals.com will be at Anaheim (Calif.) Servite High School for an event featuring many of the top players in the West. On Saturday, April 1, there will be two events - at Bishop Moore High School in Orlando, Fla., and Highland Springs High School in Richmond, Va. The final stop on the tour is Sunday, April 2 at Rutgers University in East Brunswick, N.J.

These events are one day of education that could have an impact on the rest of your life.

Key topics discussed at the Junior Day:

-What certain types of letters mean from schools

-How to handle telephone calls from college coaches

-How to interact with college coaches

-What they must do academically to be qualified.

-The difference between official and unofficial visits

-How to garner the most attention from recruiters

-How others make college decisions

-Some tips on getting physically prepared to play on the next level

What the players need to bring:

-Game or highlight footage

-Parents are also welcome to accompany them.

How do you get invited?

These events are invite only, but if you are a legitimate Division I prospect, have not received an invitation and you would like to attend an event, please contact Jeremy Crabtree of Rivals.com.

Who does the talking?

The main speaker that Rivals.com has entrusted to help conducted the events across the nation is Joe Hornback of Des Moines (Iowa) Roosevelt. Hornback was a three-year letter winner from the University of Kansas and has established himself as one of the best in the state of Iowa and previous to that in Missouri at Grandview High School.

He has coached numerous Division I players. He is also a veteran of the Rivals Junior Days and has been the main speaker at the events the previous five years. He also was recently quoted by CBS Sports as one of the nation's foremost experts in helping kids understand the recruiting process.

Rivals.com also brings in former college football players, high school coaches and players that have just recently completed the recruiting process to talk about their experiences, share their stories and help educate the recruits in the Class of 2007 about the journey that they're about to embark on.

The events at Anaheim, Orlando, Richmond and East Brunswick will feature different speakers, including former University of Texas recruiting coordinator Randy Rogers, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure coach John Mack and several others.

If you are a legitimate Division I prospect and you you would like to attend an event, please contact Jeremy Crabtree of Rivals.com.

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