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High School Athletes Joining in Record Numbers
Dec 10, 2007 (08:12 AM EST)

ATLANTA, Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- experienced a 241 percent increase in registered high school student-athletes last month as students across the nation increasingly turn to recruiting resources and tools to identify the right university for their academic and athletic preferences. beRecruited, the nation's No. 1 free online networking destination for high school student-athletes seeking recruitment from college coaches and universities, announced record-growth numbers in all categories based on activity during the month of November.

The data shows unprecedented year-over-year growth and affirms beRecruited as the premier platform that connects high school athletes and college coaches.

At the close of November, beRecruited had more than 155,000 registered users, including more than 140,000 high school student-athletes, 9,000 college coaches, and 4,000 high school coaches. More than 700 parents and fans registered with the service, the first month that option was available. The service enjoyed record numbers in November in the following areas:

-- New athlete registrations for November: 14,947 (+241 percent over Nov. '06) -- New college coach registration for November: 508 (+81 percent over Nov. '06) -- New high school /clubs coach registration for November: 724 -- New parent/fan registration for November: 817 -- Daily athlete/coach connections for November: Averaged 5,942 daily connections (+211% over Nov. '06)

"We are seeing a tremendous increase in our registered users, especially with athletes looking for collegiate opportunities in a highly competitive marketplace," said Jeff Cravens, president of beRecruited. "Our growth demonstrates the value we are delivering to high school athletes and their parents, as well as college, high school and club coaches."

beRecruited allows athletes to create profiles of verified athletic and academic information, as well as browse a comprehensive area of university athletic programs and curriculum. In November, athletes uploaded more than 16,000 photos and 500 video clips to the service. The athlete profiles section of the site generated nearly 500,000 page views in November, a 227 percent increase over the previous month.

"We're focused on educating athletes and their parents on how to use our platform to their advantage," Cravens said. "The 9,000 registered college coaches that utilize the service provide us with great feedback on how athletes and their parents can develop better profiles, as well as how our overall service can improve. And we continually make improvements in anticipation of a very busy 2008."

For the month of November, beRecruited experienced growth with new student-athletes in all states across the nation. The top-ten states that registered the most new athletes are as follows: 1) New York; 2) Pennsylvania; 3) Illinois; 4) California; 5) Texas; 6) Ohio; 7) Michigan; 8) New Jersey; 9) Florida; and 10) Georgia.

The top-ten sports that registered the most new athletes in November were as follows: 1) Football; 2) Soccer; 3) Basketball; 4) Baseball; 5) Track and Field; 6) Lacrosse; 7) Wrestling; 8) Volleyball; 9) Swimming; and 10) Ice Hockey.

beRecruited was founded in 2000 by Ryan Spoon, a collegiate swimmer for Duke University, in an effort to make the recruiting process more efficient for high school athletes and NCAA coaches. First created exclusively for NCAA swimming and diving, beRecruited now serves athletes and coaches from 18 different sports. beRecruited is a free service for registered users, maintaining the founders' principle of providing a free resource that efficiently and effectively connects student athletes and coaches nationwide.

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