XOS Digital Offers Free Film
BY DON CALLAHAN
MORE THAN SIX YEARS AGO, JASON PUGHE
started a hobby in his home that quickly grew into
a full-time job.
“The first year that I did this, I remember hav-
Since its inception, AthleteVault.com has grown
ing the hardest time getting film because people
figured there was no way that this could be a free
service,” said Pughe. “I remember Myrtle Beach,
Charlotte Christian, Independence and A.C. Flora
were the first schools to give me a chance.”
Pughe started a website called AthleteVault.com
that created highlight films free of charge for thou-
sands of high school football prospects in North and
South Carolina – let us emphasize it’s free of charge
to the high school prospects. In turn, that film pro-
vides those athletes the opportunity of earning a
like wildfire. From cutting highlights on 200 pros-
pects the first year, Pughe estimates he’s cut over
1,500 highlights this year alone.
Pughe then sends those highlights to nearly 200
It has been a long road and Pughe feels fortunate
subscribed colleges. In January of 2013, Pughe
joined the XOS Digital team where he scouts
the Mid-Atlantic. Through XOS, almost 100 FBS
schools are subscribed, as well as a large number
of FCS and D-II schools. The colleges foot the bill
for the service and data that XOS provides, which
allows them to not charge high school coaches, ath-
letes or parents. In addition, XOS Digital recently
partnered with the U.S. Army and is part of the
selection committee for their All-American game
and All-American Underclassmen combine.
to do this for a living.
“I have been blessed,” he said. “I basically had
Pughe’s service is not limited to FBS prospects,
to do this as a hobby for three years before I was
finally able to get the colleges to subscribe. I was
taught how to cut film by a friend that is very suc-
cessful doing this in Florida and he showed me the
ins and outs of this industry.”
Most of the schools in the SEC and ACC rely on
the videos and data Pughe provides to plan their
annual spring evaluation trips. Colleges subscribe
to recruiting services so they can learn about tal-
ented prospects all over the country sooner.
however. The lower division kids also benefit.
“At the end of the day and the way that technol-
While film is a huge piece to the recruiting
ogy is now, it’s very rare for a D-1A kid to fly under
the radar,” Pughe said. “I specialize in trying to
get those kids first to the colleges as freshmen and
sophomores. However, it’s the D-1AA, D-II and D-
III kids that need the most help. I am passionate
about trying to find a home for them. A lot of times
I am working past signing day to make sure those
kids can play at the next level.”
This upcoming season will be Pughe’s eighth year
cutting film in the Carolinas. He moved to Mt. Pleas-
ant, S.C., over three years ago as the volume of film
he was receiving on a daily basis was overwhelming.
He felt being in the region he covers was an absolute
must. He works over 80 hours a week getting film pre-
pared and out to colleges, and he does it all year long.
puzzle, there’s more a student-athlete needs to do
to make sure he can play at the next level.
“It has almost come to the point where there is too
much media exposure in recruiting,” Pughe noted.
“It’s a common misconception that you need to be
ranked on one of these big sites to get a college scholarship. That’s not true. The first thing you need is
make sure you have a high core GPA and that you are
preparing to take the SAT and/or A.C. T. The next step
is getting your film out there. Once your film is sent
out there and the coaches like what they see, they will
call your coach, check your transcripts out and either
offer, ask for game film or tell you to come to camp.
“Once the colleges know about you, don’t worry
you will get ranked. At the end of the day, rankings,
all-star game invites and all of that means nothing
to a college coach, especially once you step foot on
a college campus as a freshman.”
XOS Digital/ AthleteVault.com is a free service!
Don’t hesitate to send your film to: Jason Pughe,
3546 Ashwycke Street, Mt. Pleasant, S.C. 29466 or
Follow Jason Pughe on Twitter: @AthleteVault
Please send game film/highlights to:
or mail to 3546 Ashwycke St. Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466
Considered by colleges as the top recruiting resource
for Carolina high school football prospects.
Since 2005, AthleteVault.com through XOS Digital has
been a FREE resource that sends film/data of
Carolina high school football prospects to nearly
200 subscribed colleges across the country.
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