Richie Contartesi delves into the NCSA recruiting software and services that aims to help athletes get recognized by college coaches, outlines its pros and cons, and provides recommendations based  on his own journey to provide a clearer understanding of the whole process.


In this blog post, we will dive into the world of NCSA (Next College Student Athlete), recruiting software, and recruiting services. We will discuss the pros and cons of these services and provide recommendations based on your goals and current situation. The recruiting process can be overwhelming and confusing, so it’s important for athletes and parents to understand their options. Let’s explore the truth behind NCSA and recruiting services and help you make an informed decision.


The recruiting process is often described as crazy, unethical, and the “wild wild west.” It’s crucial for athletes and parents to be aware of all the available options and make informed choices. As an athlete who went through the recruiting process and earned a full ride Division I football scholarship in the SEC at just 5’7″ and 150 pounds, I want to share the lessons I learned along the way.

Types of Recruiting Services:

There are two types of recruiting services: recruiting software and recruiting services.

1. Recruiting Software:

Recruiting software allows athletes to create a profile that coaches can potentially find. It offers increased exposure to schools that you may not have considered reaching out to. Additionally, it centralizes information in one place, making it easier to send your profile to multiple coaches. Some software platforms also provide supplementary services like education and monthly webinars to help athletes understand the entire recruiting process.

However, there are cons to using recruiting software. Many of them are overpriced, offering little human interaction and limited education. Sending template emails through these platforms makes your messages look the same as those sent by other athletes. Coaches often have a multitude of priorities and may not have the time to scour these websites. They use internal software to rank athletes, making the marketing and sales process crucial to getting their attention.

2. Recruiting Services:

Recruiting services go beyond recruiting software. They involve people who do outreach on your behalf to speak with scouts and coaches. However, it’s important to note that most recruiters are ineffective. College coaches want to hear from athletes themselves, not recruiters or parents. Recruiters often lack the personal touch and understanding of an athlete’s unique qualities. Coaches want to see the fight and drive in the athletes they recruit.


Based on my experience and observations, here are my recommendations regarding NCSA and recruiting services.

1. Recruiting Software:

If you decide to use recruiting software like NCSA, go into it with the right expectations. Understand that creating a profile and increasing exposure may not be enough. Unless your athlete belongs to the top 0.1% of athletes, they will need to learn how to market and sell themselves throughout the recruiting process. This includes getting coaches to watch their videos, engaging in phone calls, setting up visits, and ultimately receiving offers.

2. Recruiting Services:

I strongly advise against using recruiters. Coaches want to hear from athletes directly, as they will be the ones fighting for a spot on the team. Recruiting services that involve personal outreach from individuals can be more effective than software alone but always prioritize direct athlete-to-coach communication.

Personalized Accountability:

One of the drawbacks of most recruiting software and services is the lack of personalized accountability. Athletes often pay monthly fees for these platforms, but without someone who has already gone through the process, the motivation and inspiration to do the necessary work may dwindle. Finding a mentor or coach who can provide personalized guidance and hold the athlete accountable can greatly impact their chances of earning a scholarship.


The recruiting process is complex, and there are many factors to consider. NCSA and other recruiting software platforms can provide increased exposure, but they should not be relied upon as the sole avenue to a scholarship. Athletes must learn to market and sell themselves, demonstrating their unique qualities and drive to coaches. Personalized accountability and guidance from experienced mentors or coaches can make a significant difference in the recruiting journey.

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Thank you for reading, and I hope this blog post helps you make an informed decision about NCSA and recruiting services.