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Local father starts sports site

Like Facebook, page allows athletes to post profiles

Posted: March 28, 2010 10:53 p.m.
Updated: March 29, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 
Mike Stuart is a Santa Clarita Valley parent who has paid for five of his kids to go to college.

He has one child left and would rather not have to pay to put him through school.

Thus, the local businessman decided to start his own business so his son, West Ranch High football kicker Brady Stuart, can garner some attention.

Mike Stuart started EZSportsPage.com — a recruiting Web site that he likens to Facebook in that athletes can set up their own profiles.

“There’s a perception in the public that coaches should (market the kids), but it’s not necessarily all their responsibility, but they do want to help,” Stuart said.

Stuart said this takes some of the burden off of coaches and at the same time teaches kids how to market themselves.

The idea came from a talk Stuart had with renowned kicking instructor Chris Sailer.

In January, Brady shared the top prize as kickoff champion in January’s annual Chris Sailer National Kicking and Snapping Event, a top national competition held in Las Vegas.

Stuart said he was urged to build a Web site for his son, who will be a senior in 2010.

He did even more, by building a whole recruiting Web site.

Under the EZSportsPage.com umbrella, an athlete can build his or her own Web page that can display statistics, photos, YouTube videos, contact information and references.

Each domain is individualized. For example, one of the sites is bradystuart.com.

The challenge for the site is building a reputation so that college coaches will look at and trust the Web pages.

College coaches’ first option is usually to go to the athlete’s coach and have the coach fill out questionnaires about players with potential.

“I’ve heard (college coaches) get up to 1,000 DVDs a week,” Stuart said. “Getting an e-mail with a Web site attached, I would think they’d want to look at it sooner.”

Thus far, EZSportsPage.com is in the beginning stages so there’s no gauge yet as to if it’s effective.

Stuart said his son has received a couple of bites from colleges, though.

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