FIND OUT WHAT DRIVES OURVISION
Most things in life are never quite as simple as they appear to be. The college recruiting game is no different.On first glance, the process seems easy. Look the part. Play well. Put up stats. Get recruited. Sign a scholarship. But that’s not how it works. The journey from high school player to college scholarship athlete has many ups and downs, twists, turns and challenges, both evident and unforeseen.Now, Our Vision Sports Education Foundation, Incorporated is here to help parents successfully navigate that long journey. The 501 ( c ) (3) organization is led by veteran coaches and college recruiting consultants Andre Wise and Kelvin White. “We’re all about educating student athletes and their parents about the total process,” said Wise. “There are a lot of steps in the process people are just not informed about or familiar with, and there are so many myths it’s not funny.”Wise said merely obtaining “5-star” status is not enough. Academic performance and character also play vital roles.
“A lot of times those kids think that if they are a 5-star they can do what other kids can’t do,” Wise said. “That’s not the case. We let kids and their parents know what is expected of them.”“We give student athletes and their parents the help they need,” White said. “The information is out there. What we do is access that information and teach them how to go about the process.”White and Wise have seen countless examples over the years of student athletes and parents who lost out on scholarship money on various levels of college athletics – from major NCAA Division I to NAIA. There was the mother who failed to obtain her son’s transcript in time to get it to the recruiter working with her son, so the school moved on. And there were the student athletes who had 3.5 grade point averages, but waited until February to take the SAT or ACT. They missed out on scholarships that were extended to athletes on National Signing Day, the first Wednesday in February. “We get parents and kids, dispel the myths, and hold their hands through the process,” Wise said. Among the most popular myths, Wise said, are the “new rules” covering academic eligibility and on-line courses.“The new academic rules are the same as the old ones in terms of passing classes. The difference is you cannot mess up during your ninth grade year anymore, you have to stay focused all four years,” Wise said. “And people think you can’t take on-line classes anymore. That’s not true. You just have to take the ones offered by on-line schools that have been approved by the NCAA.”