Dylan Autenrieth, 15, son of Chantelle and David Autenrieth of Dallas, received the National Athleadership Grant from NCSA Athletic Recruiting, a company that matches college coaches with high school players around the U.S.
The grant is valued as a $1,000 package and includes a NCSA online athletic profile and education on the recruiting process, said Morgan Billinger, public relations consultant for NCSA.
“It closes the world of recruiting,” Chantelle Autenrieth said.
Through the grant the family has learned more about getting Autenrieth’s information out to coaches to get him noticed, she said.
Autenrieth, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard, received the grant by getting a referral from NCSA employee Matt Ryder, who his father had coached. Mr. Autenrieth has been a middle school and high school coach for 12 years. Even with the referral he still had to go through the application process to receive the grant, Autenrieth said.
NCSA has an average of 1,500 applicants each year, Billinger said.
Recently Autenrieth updated his online profile with his grade point average of 3.5, and his statistics such as his average of 10.1 points per game with a season high of 14 points. There is also a space for highlight videos to be uploaded for coaches to see.
“I think this will eventually get me into a good school,” Autenrieth said.
He said his goal is to play at a Division 1 college on a full scholarship.
As a freshman Autenrieth starts on the varsity team, and plays on Georgia Next Level, an Amateur Athletics Union team which plays in tournaments when students are not playing during regular season. In playing with both his school and Next Level, coaches could hear about him through word of mouth but he hopes the NCSA grant can bring him more interest, Autenrieth said.
On his profile he can see which colleges and coaches have looked at his page. Currently he has views from some Division III schools.
“If there are people who want to go to college for sports they need to create a page,” he said.