Ex-Vikings LB Chad Greenway seeks to revolutionize college recruiting with innovative partnership

Before Chad Greenway made a name for himself in the NFLHe was a high school football player from a small town in South Dakota with little visibility in the college recruiting sphere. Now, after 11 years with the Minnesota Vikings, the two-time Pro Bowler hopes to change the process.

Greenway recently spoke to FOX Business about partnering with Signing Day Sports, a recruiting platform to facilitate the process of athlete discovery and recruitment by coaches using a unique digital ecosystem.

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“I got back into my 17 and 18-year-old shoes. As a small-town kid in South Dakota, it was just impossible to get recruited. I grew up in a town of about 400 people. I graduated with 26 kids in my class…and played nine-a-side football, so for Division 1 or any college to come and recruit me, that was an uphill battle. a different kind of battle, but it’s still an uphill battle to get people to come see me. It was 2001, so the recruiting technology and the video systems weren’t there. They weren’t part of it yet. our ecosystems,” explained Greenway.

Troy Smith of the Buckeyes is tackled by Chad Greenway of the Iowa Hawkeyes at Ohio Stadium in Columbus on September 24, 2005. (GN Lowrance/Getty Images/Getty Images)

“What Signing Day has really done is create this ecosystem for athletes, coaches, parents and high school colleges to live in the same world and make the recruiting process more efficient and really touch every corner and nooks and crannies of our country to give everyone an opportunity, which I think is really fun, and it also gives parents and kids a bit of control over their recruitment process, the data they send in, and the information they they share.”

Greenway stood out at Mount Vernon High School in South Dakota, where he earned All-State accolades. He only received one Division 1 offer from Iowa, but would become the 17th overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft.

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“I think there’s a bit of a problem with the timing and the pressures that come with it,” Greenway said of the recruiting process today. “I think in football in particular, it’s interesting because there’s no sport at club level. There’s a lot of seven-on-seven leagues that are popping up now that are becoming very popular across the countries and are developing rapidly but there are so many challenges from a parent and child perspective of what to trust and what to do and what’s next and how do I get in front of the right coaches and can “Maybe I’m not a Division I player but maybe I’m a Division 2 player and I want to make sure I’m in front of those coaches.”

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Chad Greenway of the Vikings is introduced before the game against the Chicago Bears on January 1, 2017 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images/Getty Images)

By streamlining data and incorporating cutting-edge technology, Signing Day Sports allows athletes from multiple sports to upload their measurables, stats, photos and videos to their profiles.

“It makes the process, in a way, a little cleaner – a little more visible to everyone and also compels people, in my opinion, to do it the right way and I like that people can control their own process. That was something that was really important,” Greenway said.

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