Entries by Diane Bloodworth

Sonny Vaccaro Believes in Underdogs… Do You?

Sonny Vaccaro changed the name of the game for athletes with NIL. He was an advocate for the Underdog. Sparking change and disrupting the traditional way of business is never easy. After over 12 years working in the sports business, this still rings true in our industry today. Two weeks ago, I watched the new […]

2022 GHSF Daily All-Academic Team

scoutSMART is based in Georgia, a state with an abundance of outstanding football recruits. In the early days of scoutSMART’s journey, I heard from college coaches that wanted recruits who were strong on the field and in the classroom. We started the scoutSMART Georgia High School Football Daily All-Academic team in 2017 and the candidates […]

What is the Impact of a Coach?

When the news of Coach Vince Dooley’s death broke last Friday, I was struck with a great tinge of sadness. That was my coach. He valiantly led my beloved Georgia Bulldogs to the National Championship in 1980 and became a man I deeply admired. I realized that his passing is a loss for all of […]


ECCKER SPORTS PARTNERS WITH SCOUTSMART TO PROVIDE NIL EDUCATION PLATFORM TO ASSIST HIGH SCHOOL AND JUCO STUDENT-ATHLETES DURING THE RECRUITING PROCESS AUSTIN, TX (September 13, 2022) – Eccker Sports has entered a multi-year partnership with scoutSMART, a national recruiting data analysis platform for college athletics, to provide educational services for Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) […]

Is the Wild, Wild West of NIL Over?

By Jason Longacre, Guest Contributor Since NIL deals were allowed by the courts, there has been a decline in coaches preaching to players about their school. Recruit decisions have started to focus more on the opportunity to leverage NIL deals. One report by ESPN stated that Bryce Young, Quarterback for Alabama, has brought in close […]

Do college coaches care about academics?

We know that college football coaches need players that meet admission standards and maintain eligibility. But do coaches want players that have outstanding academic accomplishments? Most of the college coaches that we speak with at scoutSMART are looking for smart players and GPA is a factor in deciding on who to offer. Coaches want players […]

scoutSMART Signs First College Athlete Partnership

scoutSMART not only supports athletes on the field, but now off the field as well. The leading recruiting analytics platform is pleased to announce a partnership with college Running Back Deshun Murrell who leveraged his scoutSMART profile during his recruiting process and shares the belief that technology and analytics can help coaches and recruits win. […]

Improving the Adoption of Sports Analytics

How do we improve adoption of sports analytics by college coaches? The answer is simple, the execution of the answer more complex. The answer to improved adoption is to incorporate the benefits of the analytics into the daily activities of the coach. Most coaches do not want to understand the intricacies of how analytics are […]

Finding Recruits that Fit and Stay

College football players now have more latitude to transfer to a different program. Increased player rights and the pandemic have resulted in more influence and options to leave a program. While in many cases a transfer provides opportunities for the player, there is usually a negative impact on the football program. Coaches are always recruiting, […]

Finding FIT

At scoutSMART, our goal is to leverage predictive analytics to help college coaches find recruits that fit their program. Based on feedback from coaches, our latest scoutSMART release adds several key data points to provide insight into athletic, academic, and culture fit. https://youtu.be/BVzM7db5lts 1. Athletic FIT New Scores: Disruptor and Ball Security Verified Height and […]