National Scouting Report is recognizing a Volleyball Player of the Week each week in Lee and Collier Counties in South Florida.

Abbie Quarles of Gulf Coast High School is the Week 2 National Scouting Report Volleyball Player of the Week for Collier County.  Abbie had a total of 26 kills, 6 blocks and 38 digs.  She had a phenomenal performance against some of the best teams in the area.  Way to go Abbie!
Go HERE to see Abbie receive her award from NSR Scout Scott Hills.


Brianna Correa of Fort Myers High School is the Week 2 National Scouting Report Volleyball Player of the Week for Lee County. Brianna is an Outside Hitter who had 45 kills, 11 aces, 54 digs and 7 blocks.  She has committed to Tulane to play her collegiate volleyball.  Way to go Brianna!
Go HERE to see Brianna receive her award from NSR Scout Scott Hills.


National Scouting Report and The News-Press Media Group have teamed to name Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week for the 2014 high school football season for Lee and Collier counties in South Florida.

For week 2 the winners are Chris Ceaser from Evangelical Christian School and Tanner Thomas from Fort Myers High School.

Week 2 Offensive Player of the Week is Chris Ceaser.  Chris Ceaser, Running Back from Evangelical Christian School, is a sophomore who ran for 272 yards on 33 carries and had 4 TD’s.  Way to go Chris!
Go HERE to see Chris receive his award from NSR’s Scott Hills.

Week 2 Defensive Player of the Week is Tanner Thomas.  Tanner Thomas, Defensive back from Fort Myers High School, was on top of his game against North Fort Myers last week.  He recovered 1 fumble which led to a score and intercepted another for a touchdown.  Way to go Tanner!
Go HERE to see Tanner receive his award from NSR’s Scott Hills.


Robby Wilson, NSR of Arkansas will be directing NSR's part in the Gulf Coast Exposure Camp.

Robby Wilson, NSR of Arkansas, is the Softball Vertical for National Scouting Report.

You hear it all the time. From your neighbor, from a teammate, from a cousin’s friend that heard it from a college player they once knew. It seems these days that since the college softball recruiting process is getting earlier and earlier as well as getting more competitive by the day, everyone continuously seeks out the answers and direction, but they’re often looking in the wrong places. Like with anything else, there is no shortage of people who will volunteer what they know about a topic. It’s human nature, we automatically interpret our “opinion” as a “fact,” but in choosing which information to follow which will determine your child’s collegiate and even athletic future, don’t leave it to opinions, get the facts. If your child had a life-threatening illness, would you trust the remedy that your neighbor told you they heard worked for someone you don’t even know? No. You would go to a doctor, be referred to a specialist if necessary, and make sure that your baby girl (no longer a baby of course) had the best care. Leaving your child’s collegiate and athletic future to chance is no different. Get the facts and know for sure.

Parents, athletes and travel/HS coaches ask all the time “what is a college coach looking for?” The truth is, there is no set standard of what “they are looking for.” The first thing one has to realize is that college coaches are human. Regardless of division, regardless of sport, they are human. Which means they have individual beliefs, individual pet peeves, individual factors that are non-negotiable, and an individual type of player that the coach typically recruits, regardless of position. What does that mean? That means that what does a college coach look for in a player? Bottom line is they look for a good “fit” for their program, their university, and their personality. Period. They look for “that kid” that is going to help propel them to the top of their conference and more. And players/parents hoping for their kiddo to play in college should be no different, you should look for the best “fit” for your athlete. How do you find the best fit? There are a number of things that you should keep in mind:

1. Talent level

2. Academics necessary to attend

3. Academics offered and do they offer your major

4. Where does the coach place his/her emphasis position-wise

5. Communication between the coaches and yourself during approved communication time periods and/or prospect camps, etc.

6. How well you “mesh” with the current athletes already committed to the team

7. What was your impression of the University when you toured the school? (Make sure to tour the school either via admissions or by simply going yourself)

8. What graduation rate does the softball program have for their athletes?

9. What % of athletes in your major are accepted into graduate school? (If you’re considering a post-graduate study)

10. How is the University ranked Nationally in the major you intend on studying?
There are various other things as well that can help you determine if a program is a good “fit” for your needs academically and athletically. Often times a softball athlete has a top dream school, then 2-3 others in mind simply because they know the name of the school. However, they have trouble listing 50 other schools out of the 1,458 there are across the nation. I see it all the time that as soon as the athlete begins paying attention to “finding the right fit,” their priorities change and they begin listing other schools at the top of their list that originally weren’t there. Why? The academics, the coach(es), the current players, the campus, the atmosphere, the location, and so forth. Bottom line is that the first step in answering “what is a college coach looking for,” leads to the fact that the college coach is looking for the right fit in an athlete, as the athlete should be doing as well.

One of the things I tell all of the college prospects I work with is to consider the simple statement: “Who is recruiting who?” We will dive into that in a separate post next time, but essentially, that is the next step. Once the coach has begun his/her process in determining if you’re the right “fit” at his/her program, and you’ve begun doing the same, as he/she begins taking a closer look at you, if you’re genuinely serious about playing at his program, you should be taking a closer look at him/them as well. If you and the coach both continue recruiting each other, then the coach gets a player that he/she knows is dedicated to playing for them and attending their university as well as the player gets to play for a coach that has put in the time and effort to in their due diligence and determined that they want you to be a part of their softball family.

Take home message? It’s simple:

1. Keep your grades up

2. ACT/SAT brings added value in dollars and demonstration of work ethic

3. Talent is king, but is nothing if standing alone

4. Don’t take advice from everyone else. Seek the college coaches themselves and/or a resource that works in college recruiting daily.

5. Do your research on the school, the coaches, their recent signees, and post-grad opportunities

6. Taking the next steps instructed by the coach if he/she so chooses to begin recruiting you.

7. Reciprocate by recruiting that program and the coach as well.

8. Do not be afraid to walk away if the interest is not mutual.

9. Be realistic about your talent level and where you should be playing. By targeting the right schools within your talent range you ensure higher levels of interest from programs that are a better “fit” for you anyway.

10. Stay dedicated. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Fully understand what it takes to be a college athlete and do a self-evaluation on whether or not you’re willing to sacrifice as much to achieve such.

The recruiting process can be complicated, it can be scary, it can change at the drop of a dime. But although less than 2% of girls get to go on to play college softball, it is however, possible. Like anything in life, it is best to evaluate the situation yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Don’t give up! It will be tough. It will be emotional. It will be a constant grind. But at the end of all of that is that beautiful day sitting at the table, pen in hand, parents sitting beside you and coach behind you, where you finally put the pen to the paper and realize it was all worth it.


Robby Wilson is the National Scouting Report Softball Vertical.  Robby lives in Arkansas, but he works with scouts and athletes all over the country.  Robby has a wealth of information when it comes to recruiting and especially softball recruiting.  Contact Robby Wilson if you have an athlete you would like to be EVALUATED.  Robby and his scouts look forward to assisting you with your future athletic endeavors!

National Scouting Report is recognizing a Volleyball Player of the Week each week in Lee and Collier Counties in South Florida.

Savannah Tessier a 2015 graduate was chosen as the Week 1 National Scouting Report Volleyball Player of the Week for Lee County. Savannah plays Outside Hitter for Evangelical Christian School in Fort Myers, Florida in Lee County. In two matches, Savannah had 35 kills, 8 aces and 10 digs. Way to play Savannah!
Go HERE to see Savannah receive her award from NSR Scout Scott Hills.

Gabrielle Moriconi a 2017 graduate was chosen as the Week 1 National Scouting Report Volleyball Player of the Week for Colllier County. Gabrielle plays Outside Hitter for Community School in Naples, Florida in Collier County. Gabrielle had 26 kills and 25 digs. She and her identical twin sister, Camberly, both stand at 6’1″ and excelled on a club team from Tampa and even won National AAU’s and JO’s Championship. Gabrielle has also been named as an Academic All American.
Go HERE to see Gabrielle receive her award from NSR Scout Scott Hills.


National Scouting Report and The News-Press Media Group have teamed to name Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week for the 2014 high school football season for Lee and Collier counties in South Florida.

For week 1 the winners are South Fort Myers QB Keith Smith and Naples LB Max Joseph.

Week 1 Offensive Player of the Week is QB Keith Smith of South Fort Myers – Lee County Florida threw for 335 yards with 20 completions of 30 attempts for 3-T.D.’s and ran for 1 TD…Great game Keith!
Go HERE to see Keith receive his award from NSR’s Scott Hills.

Week 1 Defensive Player of the Week is LB Max Joseph of Naples High School – Collier County Florida had 15 tackles (2 for losses) , 2 caused fumbles (with 1 recovered) Defense only allowed 50 yards rushing with 27 attempts. Great game Max!
Go HERE to see Max receive his award from NSR’s Scott Hills.

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Most people, some time over the next week, will be watching some football!  Whether you are catching a college game on Thursday night, a high school game Friday  night or a multiplicity of college games on Saturday followed by a professional game on Sunday – most of us are affected by football on some level if not inundated by the sport.  What is it about “the boys of fall” that has our society captivated?  Truthfully, Football is nothing short of exciting!

Personally, I have been around this game for over 30 years.  My husband played at our high school then went on to play his collegiate football at Ole Miss.  I also decided to attend Ole Miss on academic scholarship where I served on the Rebel Recruiting staff during our time there.  The game has continued in our family’s life over the years as I have been the wife of a high school football coach and the mother of a high school football player and an NSR Scout.  The game continues on for me personally, as I am now the mom to a D1 football athlete, as our son has begun his collegiate football career.

Why the personal history?  Well, to establish to the reader that when I discuss recruiting, it’s not something I read about or learned on the Internet or picked up from some “organization” that has no personal knowledge of the recruiting process. I lived it when, my then, boyfriend was in high school.  I was dating him when he was being recruited in the mid 80′s.  I lived it on the Rebel staff as I talked with, met with and recruited some of the top prospects of the day.  I have seen the recruiting process over the years as an NSR Scout while assisting hundreds of high school athletes get scholarship offers from all the country.  I have lived the recruiting process as a mother to a highly recruited high school offensive lineman.  And finally, I continue to live in the recruiting world in my role with the world’s largest, oldest, and most respected scouting and recruiting organization, National Scouting Report!

The football recruiting process is, by far, the most complex, complicated and confusing of all college athletic recruiting processes.  Truthfully, the vast majority of recruiting information provided to parents, athletes and high school coaches by the general media is full of myths.  One might ask, “How so?”  Let me start with this example.  How many football athletes does an NCAA Top 10 football program really need to offer in order to get the 25 National Letter of Intent signees for a recruiting class?  Some media sources and so called recruiting experts provide a list of “offers” and give “star” ratings to athletes.  Some of these sources might show that one of these Top 10 football programs made as many as 100 verbal offers to potential student athletes.  100 offers?  Ask this question, do college football programs like Alabama, Auburn, Texas, USC, Oregon, Ohio State, Texas A&M, Florida State or Notre Dame really make 100 verbal scholarship offers to high school athletes just to sign the yearly NLI signee maximum of 25 athletes?  NO,NO, NO!  The so called recruiting sites, experts and media outlets are providing information concerning recruiting based on what the high school athletes or the high school coaches tell them.  Why?  Why doesn’t the REAL recruiting truth come from the actual college coaches who are supposedly making the offers?  Simply put, the NCAA rules forbid college coaches and their staff members from discussing specific prospects prior to the National Signing Day.  So how do these recruiting sources get “bad” information.  The answer is complicated but here is one major point concerning this that I want to share. “Committable Offers or Non Committable Offers?”  It takes no less than 4 coaches on a D1 football staff to agree to make an official offer to a prospect.  Hours and hours of serious evaluation of that athlete will have taken place before a REAL COMMITTABLE OFFER is made to the prospect.  A position coach or recruiting coordinator may tell a kid, “son, you are an offer type player for us.  We look forward to seeing you at camp and following you this fall.” The athlete hears “offer” and not all the qualification statements attached to what the coach said.  Next thing you know, that young athlete has posted the “offer” all over his social media and called his local media outlet and reported that he was offered.  The truth?  Unfortunately, NO.  A prospect and their family must understand what the truth is about recruiting.  Does the average person know what it means when a college coach asks “does the kid pass the eye test?”  Does the average person know what ” does he play large?” really means.  Does the average person understand the “recruiting box?”  How about the use of the term “war-daddy”?  How about the term “he is long”.  I often wonder just how much a typical parent and student athlete really knows, then I sit down with a family who has a son that wants to play in college and I realize, quickly, they truthfully, are lost because someone has given them so much bad information about recruiting.  Some examples of bad information- A kid needs to attend combines and showcases.
Why? Parents and athletes, college coaches DO NOT care what your results are at a combine!  They don’t recruit “stars”! They recruit football players that really fit into their “recruiting box”.  For example, college coaches tell us all the time, “This is what I am looking for and if the kid don’t fit then I will move on till I find the kid that fits our box.” What does that mean?  It means that a college football staff is looking for a very specific fit to offer their scholarship money to.  So if the coach tells me, “I need tackle bodies, ” I know he will not consider inside guys.  Now, the reality is most people do not understand many of the terms, phrases and lingo I have used in this blog thus far.  Football athletes, parents and high school coaches, recently an SEC coach told us this statement.  He said, “I wish every parent and athlete and high school coach would take the time to sit down with you and get the REAL DEAL education on how football recruiting really works.  We receive thousands of emails, hudl links and phone calls each week from well intended parents, kids and coaches!  We don’t have the time to open or even pretend to evaluate those.  Those really just bog down our process.  Truthfully, we only evaluate the stuff that comes to us from a TRUSTED and PROVEN source!  Thanks for helping us find the kids that can play.”

I can only write so much in a blog!  So, are you really being recruited?  Mom and dad, is your child really being recruited?  Don’t sit there and wonder if you are really being recruited.  Recruiting is not mystical.  You are being recruited or YOU ARE NOT!  Feel free to contact me and I can have one of our scouts talk with you and give you an honest and free evaluation of your athlete.  High school athletes only have ONE opportunity to be recruited.  Don’t let it slip away and one day look back and say, “shoulda, woulda or coulda!”  Get your FREE evaluation.

High school athletes all over the country and even world, dream of playing their sport in College.  Sadly, many of these athletes will NEVER get recognized by colleges to begin their recruiting process.  This lack of recognition does not necessarily reflect negatively on the individual athlete’s abilities but rather on the limitations of the colleges. Colleges and Universities, Division 1 to JuCo (Junior College), have limitations they have to work within.  For the minor sports and smaller schools, these limitations are often based upon recruiting budgets.  For the major sports (men’s and women’s basketball and football) and larger schools, more often the limitation is based on NCAA guidelines.  These colleges face very small windows of opportunities and limited days to find athletes they want to recruit.  Whether a particular sport or college is limited by recruiting budgets or NCAA time constraints or both, the result is the same. Many athletes, that should have been recognized as potential collegiate athletes, simply are NOT recognized.  Whether a student athlete is not recognized because they are at a small high school that has not produced collegiate athletes in the past, or because their city is not convenient for coaches to get to – to watch the athletes, or because they are not as showy as other athletes on their team – this lack of recognition is the problem.  How can a student athlete overcome the dilemma of not being on the colleges’ radar?
If you are a great athlete with a great work ethic, good grades, good test scores and a great attitude you may have what it takes to play in college.  National Scouting Report is here to evaluate you!  Upon our personal evaluation, not a phone call off of a roster, we can give you an unbiased opinion.  With 34 years of success behind us, we have the tools to get you past your lack of recognition problem.  Our Scouting Organization is equipped all over the country and world, for that matter, to get you recognized and evaluated by colleges.  Our Scouts are previous college coaches, college athletes, and professional athletes that are trained and experienced in getting you in front of the coaches where you can play.  Do NOT let your lack of recognition problem keep you from realizing your dreams!  Get Evaluated!

At National Scouting Report we make it our goal to help our athletes play at the
next level. With about a 96% success rate, our athletes have the opportunity
to play their sport in college.  The dreams that many of these young athletes
have come to fruition while we promote them and their abilities to colleges all over the country in all of the NCAA sanctioned sports.  But, what does it mean to my future to play my sport in college?  What are the advantages to me after my four or five years of collegiate play?  The opportunities afforded to collegiate athletes after they put in the blood, sweat and tears at their chosen university can be immeasurable.  Outside of the obvious that many students end up with college
degrees due to their ability to play in college and the scholarships afforded them, there are many advantages for the future, as well.  For student athletes that want to get advanced degrees and need to get accepted into such programs, collegiate athletics can be a major advantage.  The majority of undergraduate students applying for graduate programs have good to excellent grades and very good entrance test scores.  What sets a student apart from the crowd in this selection process?  Extracurricular activities!  Collegiate athletics is a tremendous extracurricular activity.  It is an activity that takes a great amount of devoted time and dedicated practice.  Both of which are great indicators for success obtaining advanced degrees.

In addition to applying for graduate programs, being a collegiate athlete helps tremendously in the competitive job market.  As an employer, your being a successful collegiate athlete tells me more than you might think about your character and work ethic. Future employers are looking for individuals that can work well with others, can take direction and correction, will work harder when things get tough, love a challenge, know how to set goals and work towards those goals, and can fail and still pick themselves back up. The above description exactly describes a collegiate athlete.  Collegiate athletics also helps athletes develop a mental strength that few other disciplines develop.  So, when you are working hard for your high school team or club team with the ultimate goal of playing in college, realize that the traits you are developing can go way past athletics.  These traits can help you for the rest of your life.  National Scouting Report looks forward to evaluating your abilities and helping you fulfill your athletic dreams and future goals.  For your FREE evaluation -  NSR can assist you in realizing your dreams and your future potential.  Do NOT leave your recruiting to chance!

Leanna Bachman

National Scouting Report loves to scout volleyball athletes. We DIG It!
One thing is always true about a competitive volleyball player, they understand REAL teamwork with selfless play.  Competitive volleyball requires team chemistry and great communication, among every position. Watching a great volleyball team is truly like watching a “well oiled machine”.  On the other hand, a struggling volleyball team will almost always have had a breakdown in communication. For 34 years, National Scouting Report, like competitive volleyball players, understands the key to recruiting success is that same communication.  NSR has made communicating with College Coaches one of our top priorities throughout the years.  And of course, communicating with our athletes is paramount as well.  With NSR being recognized by college volleyball coaches as being the most credible source of scouting and recruiting information, our goal is to begin and facilitate the communication between athletes and college coaches.  NSR believes in Volleyball and Communication!

Over the summer and now moving into fall, NSR Scouts have seen and will see some great volleyball.  But what makes a great volleyball athlete?  Based on position, there is obviously some height requirements, some vertical jump requirements and some ball speed advantages.  But, outside of these tangibles, what in addition are coaches looking for?  College coaches are looking for team players.  They need that athlete that can be added to their team without adding drama.  They need someone who can add positive communication to their existing team.  Must the athlete be able to jump and have great court awareness and a great swing – yes, but she must have the intangibles as well, a great attitude with a team spirit.  The best volleyball athlete with the worst attitude has the ability to
tear up a team.

NSR is currently working with some great volleyball athletes.  We, like the college coaches, are looking for great athletes with great attitudes.  At great events like the Festival, AAU Nationals, Big South and the host of other national and regional club tournaments and even some high school teams, NSR Scouts are finding great athletes with very bright futures.  If you have the tangibles, but just as important the intangibles of attitude and effort, we are looking for you.  We have college coaches across the country that tell us exactly what they need in the tangibles and then we tell them about the intangibles.  Let us help you begin your conversations with the college coaches you want to play for!  Look for NSR at a tournament near you!  Or fill out an  athlete evaluation form and we will make a point to come evaluate you.  Keep working on your tangibles and definitely keep working on your intangibles.


Dave Johnson, NSR scout in North Central Florida is back at it again. In 2005, after a National Scouting Report National Meeting, Dave Johnson decided to go back to his territory and begin a showcase. Dave went to talk with Chuck Baylor at Daytona State College. Chuck was the softball coach at the time, he retired later that year. He received permission to use the Daytona State facilities for the showcase. The then new softball coach, Sabrina Manhart, jumped on board. She and her team work the on field part of the showcase. She and Dave “Work like clockwork after all these years.”
Dave Johnson holds this tournament each year, the Sunday after Labor Day to avoid the holiday. This timing also works as it does not effect SATs or ACTs that are held on Saturdays around this time. In addition, this timing avoids Junior College (Juco) scrimmages and the start of fall travel teams, that usually begin on Saturdays. As with most things in life, timing is EVERYTHING.
Softball College Coaches from the region come in to evaluate the girls.  The athletes will be graded on skills by position.  These athletes get a great evaluation. To insure a thorough evaluation, Dave limits the showcase to about 70 girls. Dave is not willing to sacrifice the quality of the showcase for numbers. Because of this fact, there is usually a waiting list of girls trying to get in this showcase.
At the conclusion of the showcase, Dave collects all the evaluation or grade books and collates the scores on these athletes. He gets ALL of this valuable information back to the athlete. He then has National Scouting Report post these results on their website and then sends the results to Florida colleges. Dave Johnson puts a great deal of work into this first class showcase. All in attendance enjoy the benefits of his labor. Way to run a great showcase Dave.
Why does Dave Johnson go this extra mile to run this showcase? Because Dave Johnson loves “Changing Kid’s Lives!” If you would like to attend the National Scouting Report @ Daytona State College Individual Softball Showcase, sign up now.  This event will be Sunday, September 7, 2014 from 9 AM TO 1 PM at the DSC Softball Field.  We know there will be a waiting list as usual, so sign up quickly.