By : Elijah Campbell

College Football is the new professional league. Just like the NFL, College athletes now have free range to transfer to any program of their choice if they have eligibility. The world of Name, Image, Likeness (NIL) allows collegiate athletes to make their choice not because of the academics of the institution, but because of the amount of money. Entering the Transfer Portal has become the makeup and DNA of Collegiate Athletics. This has robbed the game of its rich traditions. Ten years ago, kids used to dream of going to a school due to the traditions and the rivalries that the game brought to the table. Some of the best traditions such as Howards Rock at Clemson mean less due to the Transfer Portal and the influence of Name, Image, Likeness (NIL).

The Transfer Portal has had positives on the game of football. The transfer portal has produced talent to spread across the country and the fruits of its labor have been displayed throughout the 2023 season. Let’s take the Colorado Buffaloes for example. Colorado won one game last season before their famous hire of NFL legend Deion Sanders. The Buffaloes were ranked at one point this year and even though their season is at a standstill, the impact of the transfer portal propelled them to a much better season with more football left to be played than the previous year. Transfers are also going to teams that have the best chance of performing at a high level. When a player comes out of High School more times than not the player is chasing after that “D1” scholarship. Everybody wants to be the best of the best. Everybody wants to go to an Alabama or Georgia, but the reality is that these programs utilize the transfer portal as well. If a High School athlete does get the chance to go to these “cream of the crop” programs the expectation is to produce quickly because you’re surrounded by guys that have experience. The Transfer Portal also is heavily utilized by Group of Five schools. These schools will use the portal to keep up and compete with Power Five Schools. Maybe a player didn’t work out at an Alabama, A team like Troy or Liberty would pick up that player quickly.

There are a few things that stand out to me when discussing the transfer portal and the frequency of the transfer portal use. The first thing that comes to mind is that it is nearly impossible for coaches to be able to plan. Everything is about the present time. You constantly have players coming in and out of college programs. This must be the toughest era of coaching since your team can look different every single year. The second thing that stands out is that these are still prestigious colleges and universities that players are signing contracts to attend. When you transfer you lose credits which prolongs the graduation process if that is even a goal in mind. I’ve played collegiate ball and I’ve also transferred. I can speak to the impact that transferring can do for a young man or woman in a positive and negative way. Transferring also impacts your draft stock. Professional scouts look at transfers and the first question they ask is “Why did you transfer?” They have every right to ask this because they want to make sure you would be a great fit for their professional program. The last thing that stands out to me is the near impossible chance for High School athletes to get recruited unless you’re a phenom. The room for development and coaches taking the time out to develop you is small. Let’s use Colorado as an example again. Deion has rebuilt the look of his team by transfers alone. To keep a job in this business you must win games. That is the bottom line. Coaches aren’t taking the chance on High school athletes anymore because you must have instant results. The best thing High School athletes can do is get in front of college coaches early. Coaches are filling up their roster spots fast. scoutSMART can help assist players with getting in front of college coaches.  This is something I wish I could have had access to when I was in high school.

To conclude, the transfer portal is a good thing when it comes to keeping things exciting. You never know who may end up on top. It’s any team’s season as I like to put it. It is simply not just one team’s season and everybody else falls behind. The ugly thing is that if not controlled, the transfer portal can poison everything we have come to love and know about college football. Lastly, high school athletes must work ten times harder to get a shot and develop their game. My advice would be to stay humble and hungry because with the high turnover rate and uncertainty that we are seeing, who knows when it’s your time to shine.

Congratulations to Dylan Cook, Quarterback at St. Augustine who was voted the Week 5 Player of the Week. Dylan passed for 3 touchdowns to 3 different Wide Receivers to led St. Augustine to their first win over Bartram in five years.

Head football Coach Brian Braddock stated, “Dylan is a young man with high character and is also an excellent quarterback. It is no surprise to us that when he was called upon he was ready and performed at a high level.”

To view more of Dylan’s highlights visit his scoutSMART profile online, his Twitter, and hudl profile

Kemari Scurry, a 6’0, 230-pound Defensive Lineman at Madison County High School was selected as the player of the week with more than 7K votes for week 3. Last week against a very talented Fitzgerald (GA) team, Kemari had 13 tackles and a QB hurry.

Kemari, who is a Junior, aspires to be a D1 player after high school. He also helps with his younger brother’s t-ball team. When asked, what makes him a great, player, Kemari responded “I think what makes me a great player is I am never satisfied but always humble.”

To view more of Kemari’s highlights visit his scoutSMART profile online, his Twitter, and hudl profile.

At scoutSMART we value academic success among all students and champion the opportunity to celebrate alongside our athletes. We partnered with High School Football America again to power the expansive list for the top academic prospects across the country. 

To make the cut, student-athletes must be an active participant on their varsity football team and maintain the 3.7 GPA or higher. This year over 2,050 athletes were selected from all 50 states to be on the 2022 High School Football America All-Academic Team.

To view the complete list of these athletes: Go to the High School Football America Website or if you’re a college coach check out the NEW All-American Academic Team Community on scoutSMART.  

HSFA 2022 All-Academic Team Community

Login to your scoutSMART account to browse the top academic prospects of the year!

Congrats boys! Keep up the good work! 

National Signing Day is made to be a day of celebration for all signing athletes across the country. Their hard work, perseverance and skill have gotten them a spot at the next level. At scoutSMART we are honored to help so many players along the way and today we are going to highlight the ones who are members of our communities. 

Compete24- Chris Bonner

Recruit High SchoolCommiting to
Jelani Lovett (RB)Chapel Hill High SchoolRhodes University 
JJ Callip (RB) Olentangy Orange High SchoolCentral Michigan University 
Briyar Powers (WR/ATH)Pebblebrook High SchoolCarson-Newman University 
Owen Davis (LB)North Union High SchoolPurdue University 
Noah Claxton (DE)Lovett High SchoolMercer University 
Khayru Mapson (OL)Lithia Springs High SchoolWofford College 
Khamari Small (OL)Archer High SchoolAnderson University 

Florida High School 7v7 Association (FHS7v7A)- Will Dettor 

Andre Gilbert (DB)Jesuit High SchoolUnited States Naval Academy 
Blake Boda (QB)Cocoa Beach High SchoolCoastal Carolina University 
Eddie Combs III (WR)Satellite High SchoolUniversity of Rhode Island 
Gabriel Garmon Jr. (WR)Edward H. White High SchoolTuskegee University 
Michael Leonard (LB)Bishop Kenny High SchoolDavidson College 
Jackson Burnett (WR)Bishop Kenny High SchoolArmy West Point
Alan Bailey Jr. (RB)Cocoa Beach High SchoolAnna Maria College 
Jawarren Corbin (LB)South Sumter High SchoolIowa Central Community College
Gage Hiers (OL) Dunnellon High SchoolWarner University 

High School Blitz- Charles Sutton and Veronica Frierson

Jonah Noris (RB)Lexington High SchoolNewberry College
Omari Jenkins (LB)Timberland High SchoolCharleston Southern College
Derrick Thompson Jr. (OL)Spring Valley High SchoolAnderson University
Logan S. Coldren (RB/WR)Hillcrest High SchoolLimestone University
Aaron Bowens (DB)Mauldin High SchoolSouth Carolina State University
Ja’Khaydin “K9” Kinard (WR)Airport High SchoolErskine College

Kickers Zone- Marc Nolan

Ripp Perez (Punter/TE) Marist High School United States Air Force Academy 
Bryson Hosea (Kicker/Punter)Blessed TrinityArmy West Point
Ryan Snipes (DT/DE) Blessed Trinity Army West Point 

Recruit Route- Brian Bedford 

Blake Meek (LB/TE)Crossing Christian High SchoolOklahoma Baptist University
Easton Rodgers (LB)Lincoln Christian SchoolEmporia State University 
Cam Dooley (WR)Lincoln Christian SchoolEmporia State University 
Cade Waggle (RB/WR)Fort Gibson High SchoolSouthwest Baptist University
Taylor Heim (LB)Bethany High SchoolUniversity of Oklahoma 

Congratulations to all of these athletes and all other scoutSMART recruits that signed last Wednesday! We are excited to watch you play in college and see where your football talent takes you in this world.

To learn more about scoutSMART communities check out:

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 for this team continue to inspire me.

We are honored to celebrate the accomplishments of these student-athletes and we wish them the best as they get ready for college. scoutSMART helps college football coaches find recruits that fit their program. scoutSMART has more than 75,000 recruit profiles with more than 20,000 GPAs. Visit for more information.


Dalton BradleyJohnson CountyQB
Kaden SchlegelLee CountyOL
Jacob BenjaminCherokee BluffOL
Jep HudspethSavannah ChristianOL
Bryson PhippsWhitewater High SchoolOL
Andrew CliettPeach CountyOL
Aiden RuckhNorth ForsythWR
Cole WeaverBlessed TrinityWR
Andersen CardozaStarr’s MillRB
Kellon MiddletonBrantley CountyRB
Jackson HughesMaristFB
Josh PhiferStarr’s MillTE


Brandon AlfordMary PersonsLB
Mavrick TorricoBlessed TrinityLB
William ChristmasSouth EffinghamLB
Josh TaylorJohnson CountyLB
Jonorian FootsSwainsboro High SchoolLB
Daniel GeilChristian HeritageDL
Mason DailySt Francis SchoolDL
Noah ClaxtonThe Lovett SchoolDL
Kason HooksLee CountyDB
Stacy AdamsTreutlen High SchoolSS
William YarbroughStarr’s MillDB

Special Teams

Will SnellingsWhitewaterLong Snapper/LB
HB ToddBlessed TrinitySpecial Teams
Roswell BondMidtownKicker
Jonah BlumWoodward AcademyPunter

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 us and makes me wonder… How can a coach have such an impact on a community?

(Gene Blythe/AP)

During my days at Georgia, I remember seeing him riding around campus in his Lincoln Continental. He was vibrant, full-of-life and influential. He gained the respect of many through his humble presence and impeccable winning record. He was the embodiment of a Damn Good Dawg.

It was after my time at Georgia when I got the opportunity to both meet and learn about the man behind the legend. In addition to his remarkable coaching career and the hundreds of players’ lives he positively impacted, Dooley had the mind of a renaissance man. He was a master gardener, assisted in building soccer fields in Honduras and he was always available to attend and participate in events that recognized student-athletes. He lived a balanced life of service, purpose and generosity.

Vince Dooley’s life showcased how the influence of an effective coach is immeasurable. He was adored by his UGA family and respected by the entire football community. Dooley was more than a coach; he embodied integrity, hard-work and determination.

This is why supporting coaches at both the high school and collegiate level, through scoutSMART, is so important to me. I see how coaches and men like Vince Dooley inspire young-men and women to be forces of good in the world. I want to be a part of that too.


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) to member high schools, junior colleges, student-athletes and coaches as they go through the recruiting process.

NIL has ushered in the most extensive disruption to amateur athletics in a generation and the industry is trying to keep up. With a lack of unified regulations, NIL has become a centerpiece to collegiate recruiting and has quickly thrown high school athletics into unfamiliar territory. Lack of education and resources has been cited by many, including the NFL Players Association, as a primary reason high school student-athletes and their families are vulnerable in the current environment. Eccker Sports and scoutSMART are looking to change that.

“NIL is now such an important part of the recruiting process, but there are a lot of unknowns for everyone involved,” scoutSMART CEO Diane Bloodworth said. “We believe it is important that we help provide everyone using the scoutSMART platform with a good understanding of NIL. Incorporating Eccker Sports’ educational services and resources into our comprehensive database matches up very nicely with what the recruiting communities need and also with our product roadmap of adding NIL data points. We’re excited to launch this partnership.”

Initially, the Eccker Sports NIL Playbook and Resource Hub will be available to all registered scoutSMART student-athletes from high school in the state of Georgia, with plans to roll access out to the more than 84,000 student-athletes with profiles in the database. scoutSMART also serves more than 17,000 high schools across the country.

“We consistently hear from coaches around the country that NIL has become overwhelming and that their kids need the proper guidance,” Eccker Sports COO and co-Founder Tim Prukop said. “Having the opportunity to partner with scoutSMART and deliver our NIL education platform and support services directly to their 84,000 student-athletes and families aligns perfectly with our mission. We aim to guide, inform and protect coaches, administrators, student-athletes and their families to help them thrive on their NIL journey.”

Each scoutSMART user will have links to access a license to the Eccker Sports NIL Playbook. The comprehensive service starts with a video curriculum of six module courses online that will educate users on the history of NIL, key terms and concepts, and best practices. Additionally, the Eccker Sports resource hub has the most detailed library of NIL information for the high school market, including articles, state laws, abstracts, summaries, bylaws, interpretations, as well as college and universities policies and procedures. Coach Assist offers high school junior college coaches NIL presentation templates, one pagers and other tools to help them educate their communities. Finally, the company is building a network of legal, financial and tax experts to help families build and execute an effective NIL plan.

About Eccker Sports

Eccker Sports is an information platform serving student-athletes, coaches, parents, and administrators navigating the disruption of NIL contracts coming to high school sports. They bring 60-plus years of experience mainstreaming new innovations in sports to help high schools guide, inform and protect their student-athletes on their NIL journeys. Their goal is to help schools create successful programs for their students rather than to represent any individual student in the NIL marketplace.

About scoutSMART

scoutSMART is an analytics platform that helps college football coaches identify recruits that best fit their program. Currently there are more than 80,000 high school and junior college player profiles in the scoutSMART database. The company works closely with high school coaches and recruits to ensure that the profile data is both accurate and current. scoutSMART is designed to help coaches efficiently find the best recruits for the program by bringing together recruiting insights into their one streamlined platform. scoutSMART’s ultimate goal is to help college football programs win games.

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 to one million dollars in NIL deals. Recruiting is more about money than what the school has to offer. If the NCAA wants to maintain the integrity of recruiting, then restrictions are a necessity.

One of the main restrictions that needs to be emphasized is that boosters cannot contact new players. This is especially important for NIL contracts that are contingent on the recruit playing for a particular school. The NCAA is increasing investigations into rules violations, and it is possible that more rules will be implemented.

To reduce misinformation, there is a need for NIL education for all participants in the recruiting process including high school coaches, recruits, and their families (additional information on NIL education). Clearly communicated rules and education will improve the success of all involved in NIL.

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 that make good decisions. The NFL uses the Wonderlic test to assess the ability to learn and solve problems. Scores in the classroom can translate into scores on the field.

scoutSMART has more than 17K recruits with GPAs in their profile. Of these recruits, there are about 3K players with a GPA of 3.6 or higher. To recognize the players that are strong on the field and in the classroom, scoutSMART is proud to partner with High School Football America (HSFA).

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For more information contact Diane Bloodworth at or DM us on Twitter @scoutSMART_