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Athletes, parents invited to recruiting seminar

CONYERS - Rockdale County Public Schools wants student-athletes to be prepared for their future sporting careers.

For the first time, RCPS will have a College Recruiting Seminar at 7 p.m., Tuesday, in the auditorium at Heritage High School, at 2400 Granade Road, S.W. in Conyers.

At the program, student-athletes, parents and school coaches will learn about the college recruiting process.

"As a system, we want to support student-athletes and ... give them the opportunity to ask questions and clarify the roles and duties that each person plays in the process of college sports recruiting," said Kechia Seabrooks, athletic coordinator at RCPS.

The seminar is free and open to the public, but it is geared toward student-athletes, parents and coaches. Any age student is welcomed.

"It's never too early to find out what's involved in the process," Seabrooks said. "It's good to have the framework, so you will already know the steps you need to take."

The National Collegiate Scouting Association will provide information about expectations, roles, athletic ability and academic eligibility requirements with classes, testing and grades as it relates to college sports recruiting.

Additionally, Joe Burns, former running back for Georgia Tech and the Buffalo Bills, will give tips about college recruiting.

"Academically and athletically Rockdale (public schools) is preparing them, but that's only half of the process," Seabrooks said. "This will give them a better understanding of expectations."

If the program is well attended and draws a lot of interest, Seabrooks hopes to continue it or something like it in the future.

SideBar: If you go

· What: College Sports Recruiting Seminar

· Who: Middle and high school student athletes, parents, coaches

· When: 7 p.m. Tuesday

· Where: Heritage High School auditorium, 2400 Granade Road S.W., Conyers

· More Information: www.rockdale.k12.ga.us