As a former high school football coach and father of a heavily recruited student-athlete, I understand the process and what parents are going through. My son Donte Botts played OL for East Stroudsburg South HS, and eventually received a scholarship to attend Marist College. This was a testament to his dedication, hard work, and ability in the classroom - and on the field. These are attributes I believe all kids have.
Many did not have a plan to succeed in life - or even a chance. I feel obligated to do whatever I can to help student-athletes have a shot to live the American dream. I live by the mantra “Each One Teach One.” If we all live by those words, not only would the world be a better place, but our kids would be better prepared for life’s challenges. These are beliefs I always had during my twenty-five years working with individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities.
Originally from Rockland County, NY I now reside in East Stroudsburg, PA. I have a BA from East Stroudsburg University in Interdisciplinary Studies.
Walter was a high school baseball and football two-way standout originally from Massapequa, NY. He has been with First Team Recruits since its beginning in 2014. Walter left his corporate job to work more closely with kids. He considers it a blessing to be able to help student-athletes obtain their goals and live out their dreams. Walter enjoys camping and traveling with his wife, daughter, and two dogs.
Walter has a BS in psychology from Northeastern University.
As a multiple varsity letter winner and decorated high school football athlete, Donte received multiple offers from programs – both verbal and official. His wealth of knowledge of the recruiting process is invaluable.
Donte recently completed an internship for sports journalist Michael Smith (formerly from ESPN). Currently, he is assisting First Team Recruits as a junior advisor, and completing his senior year at Marist College with a BA in Sports Communication.