Pryce G. Macon / Founder
Pryce G. Macon
As a young athlete from Corpus Christi, I wanted a chance to compete at the collegiate level after high school. However, the recruiting process was long and confusing. I knew I had the talent to compete at the collegiate level but I was lacking the guidance and exposure necessary to get recruited. Like many young athletes, I didn’t have many people I could turn to for advice on the recruitment process. Young athletes have many questions they need answered, such as: What does it take to become a collegiate athlete? What do colleges expect from their student athletes? What steps should athletes take to compete post-college? The earlier a player is able to interact with people who can give them insight into what steps they should be taking, the better chances a player has of getting recruited.
Fortunately, I had a mother who believed in my talents and who went the extra mile to get the NCAA eligibility information, along with making the time to take me to various collegiate camps and recruiting services camps. It was not until I went to these camps that I started to pick up some steam in the recruiting world. At collegiate camps, young athletes have the chance to showcase their skills in front of the people who decide which athletes they want playing for their colleges, and at recruiting services camps young athletes have the chance to showcase their skills in front of the people who influence the collegiate coaches. I can testify to the fact that going to both collegiate and recruiting services camps allow an unknown player the opportunity to make a name for themselves. Athletes attending camps often have a chance to compete against other students who have already been recruited by colleges. This works in favor for unknown athletes trying to prove themselves because they can demonstrate that they are just as talented and dedicated as those recruits.
For instance, I attended a University of Texas Football summer camp without having received any kind of offer. I worked hard to impress the camp’s coaching staff during my time there, and the week after the camp ended I received an official offer from The University of Texas. Even though I didn’t choose to attend the University of Texas, I had the option to do so simply because I took advantage of my opportunity and proved myself.
College and Career
As a result of going to various camp and combines, CollegeFootballNews.com ranked me as the 25th defensive tackle in the nation and Rivals.com ranked me as the 33rd strong side defensive end and the 54 ranked player in the state of Texas. I then had my choice of colleges; I chose to become an OU Sooner. I became part of a team that won four Big 12 Championships, had three Tostitos Fiesta Bowl appearances, and made a trip to the National Championship Game during my five-year span at Oklahoma. I got a chance to play with NFL draft picks Gerald McCoy, Trent Williams, Jermaine Gresham, Sam Bradford, Adrian Peterson, DeMarco Murray, Frank Alexander, Donald Stephenson, Jeremy Beal, and many other great athletes. All of this was possible because I was able to showcase my skills and gain exposure at camps and combines.
After graduating from the University of Oklahoma, I became a personal trainer. As a Trainer I have had the opportunity to train and work with athletes ranging from professionals all the way down to elementary students. After training for three years, I became a certified teacher and coach. My time working in the school system provided me with the chance to work with hundreds of student athletes. As a Transition Coordinator at my school, I had the duty of working with students to create goals and objectives for transitioning to life after high school.
The Beginning of B.A.S.I.C.S.
Using the skills I have developed during my post-college careers, I started Bay Area Sports Initiative Community Services (B.A.S.I.C.S.) to help bridge the gaps in the recruiting process. We want as many high school athletes as possible to get recruited and to go to college. We want to provide NCAA academic and eligibility information. We want to help young athletes create goals and objectives, and develop plans for transitioning to life after they’re done competing. We also want to advise and provide a service to make attending collegiate camps easier for young athletes.
There are numerous young athletes with the potential to compete at the collegiate level who never reach their full potential. Here at B.A.S.I.C.S. we want all of our athletes to reach their full potential and achieve their goals. We want to give young athletes the opportunity to learn from former collegiate athletes who have been through the collegiate ranks and who can give them insight on what it takes to get to the collegiate ranks, what to expect during their journey, what to expect in post-collegiate athletic competition, and how to make the most of their opportunities.