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Matt originally approached me approximately 5 years ago about possibly videotaping our home and away football games and providing us with copies to trade with other coaches. He also was providing the same service for our players. He assembled a presentation of his filming and video editing services for us at Bethesda Chevy Chase High School.
As time went on, Matt fostered many relationships that were vital to his success. I am now the head football coach at Winston Churchill High School and Matt has provided me with the same video services for the past 4 years. He has a staff that is very knowledgeable and he has been able to adapt to the ever changing world of technology, constantly staying ahead of the curve.
The quality of his product is very good and he is very timely in his delivery. He is always trying to find a more efficient way of doing business and he certainly values his customers. When there was a problem, Matt did everything within his power to not only correct it, but he also went the extra mile to make sure that we were taken care of to the utmost. I have watched Matt and Reel Athletics evolve in to a first class company providing quality video taping, editing, and player highlight DVD development for many of our local players and high schools. I strongly recommend his services; you will agree that he is the best!
Joe Allen, Head Football Coach.
I have known Matthew for the past four years and have worked with him on a number of video projects involving current and former players of Walt Whitman Football. During this time, Matthew has done an outstanding job of videoing players and putting together highlight features to assist players in their recruiting. Matthew also has demonstrated tremendous professionalism towards his work, the players, and their parents. He pays attention to detail and his work is very thorough. I look forward to continuing my work with Matthew and Reel Athletics in the future.
Jim Kuhn, Head Football Coach.
I have spent the past two seasons as head football coach and one previous season as an assistant coach at Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda, Maryland. It is without hesitation that I recommend Mathew Nickens and Reel Athletics to you. Matt was introduced to the Walter Johnson Football Program early last season. He was a great resource for the student athletes looking to play football at the next level. Matt helped several individuals including my starting quarterback gain exposure and recognition for their on and off field achievements. His efforts have contributed to our growing network of college coaches who are aware of our players and program. His services are top notch, and his attitude is professional at all times. Due to his business approach and great customer service, a relationship has been forged with Reel Athletics and our football program that I am sure will benefit our players and coaches for years to come.
Jonathan Kadi, Head Football Coach.
Matthew Nickens, owner of Reel Athletics, was very professional and an absolute pleasure to work with this summer. He worked around our demanding schedule, arranged a field to film the field hockey video, had goals set up on site, and carefully explained the drills he wanted my daughter to do ahead of time and what things coaches would be looking at on the video so that my daughter's video came out beautifully. One college coach who has seen the video and watched her play has offered to write the Admissions Department a Letter of Recommendation on her behalf based on the video.
For any parent of a high school athlete, football, soccer, basketball, lacrosse, baseball, I would strongly recommend Reel Athletics for making a performance sports video to help get your child into the college of their choice.
Dennis Wiggins, Father of a Field Hockey Recruit.
I began working with Reel Athletics after seeing Matt's abilities with video editing. He's assisted so many of Rockville High School's athletes, and after seeing the quality of his work, I could think of no better person for my guys to work with than Matthew. This year Reel Athletics will take over all of our season game filming duties, which will give us great game film and allow me to focus on coaching. It's been a pleasure working with Matthew. He's been great with my boys, and I'm really looking forward to the season!
Kevin Bernot, Head Football Coach.
Matt does a GREAT job and is easy to work with! Reel Athletics has worked with the Wootton program for a number of years now, and this service has taken an important aspect of the game and made it problem and worry free... we are always sure to get high quality video after every game. In addition to the program as a whole, Reel Athletics has worked with and helped a number of my boys with their recruiting videos. I can definitely say that the recruiting videos have helped many of the schools interested in our players -3 went D-I last year!! All in all, I've really enjoyed working with Matt and am looking forward to next Spring!
Colin Thomson, Head Lacrosse Coach.
I wish I had known about Reel Athletics when my son was a Junior. I feel that my son and I would have been better prepared when applying to colleges. I was really happy with the DVD. It was professional, impressive and a guaranteed asset for my son who was being scouted by college coaches. The DVD came in handy when sending it to coaches and it was very easy for coaches to access his video on the website. Matt was very patient, knowledgeable, experienced, and was able to advise me in the world of football. I think all of the services are great! Reel Athletics' services were a great investment and very wise use of my family's financial resources. Reel Athletics' services were a key element in my son's recruitment to play college football.
Susan Nsouli, a Whitman football mother.
Reel Athletics has done a great job working with Wootton football over the past several seasons! They have been extremely reliable and prompt with their services and always exceed expectations. Their services have been a great tool for the coaching staff and the players when doing film critique, and Matt has provided professional quality game recordings and video editing which has helped a number of our guys continue playing at the DI, DII, and DIII levels.
Eddie Tolliver, Head Football Coach.
When my daughter began playing basketball at a young age I never dreamed it could turn into a means to help fund her college education. As she continued to play all the way through high school, there were many factors that made me realize a college scholarship was a possibility. My daughter’s hard work and commitment is what put her in the position to receive a scholarship, however, Reel Athletics was the vehicle that allowed her to be seen by a wide range of colleges and ultimately let to her receiving a full scholarship to play Division I Basketball. Reel Athletics created an on-line video of my daughter’s basketball highlights that we used to send to dozens of colleges. They created a unique URL for her highlight video that we sent to schools my daughter was interested in and to schools that inquired about my daughter after seeing her play. One of the first questions the coaches and recruiters asked was if we had a highlight video they could see. It was great having an on-line video link that we could quickly and easily send via email. One of the other questions coaches and recruiters asked was if we had a half-game or full-game video we could send. Thanks to Reel Athletics, we also had game videos on hand. Their team of videographers recorded a wide variety of my daughter’s team games and the quality was always top-notch. I sincerely enjoyed working with Matt Nickens and his team. They were always friendly and accessible and their prices are quite reasonable compared to other recruiting agencies we had researched. My daughter was recruited by a variety of Division I and II schools along the East Coast and in the New England area. She ultimately chose Bryant University in Rhode Island because of the opportunity to play Division I basketball but still attend a small (just under 4,000 students), academically strong university, in a beautiful setting. I don’t feel she would have had this opportunity if it had not been for Reel Athletics. I strongly recommend their services to any family with hopes of having their child recruited for college athletics. Thanks so much Reel Athletics!
Proud mother of Danielle Douglas, Bryant University Women's Basketball, Fall 2009.
After months of unsuccessfully searching and editing through hundreds of hours of high school football video highlights, I realized that my nephew was getting frustrated and needed a professional to assist us in creating a marketing tool that would catch the eyes of college football coaches.
Before meeting with Reel Athletics, I wasn’t sure what to expect. However, after personally meeting with the company’s owner, I knew I had found the right man for the job. He reassured us that the highlight video would be of high quality using the latest technology and that it would be delivered on time and at a reasonable cost. Boy was he right. The video was beyond my imagination and 10 times better than anything I could have created on my own. Additionally, it was featured on the company’s website, which attracted coaches from around the country.
My nephew was very pleased with the outcome. He is currently enrolled at Grambling State University on full scholarship. The services offered by Reel Athletics are exceptional.
-Briant Coleman, a football uncle.
Reel Athletics was an invaluable resource for our son, John, and us, during his recruitment process for football. The cornerstone for contacting college football coaches is good quality game tape, put together on DVD in a format that coaches can easily review. Reel Athletics captured our son's best moments on the football field on film and then created a top quality DVD. Their turn around time was excellent and they provided value added services as well such as posting John's highlights and statistics on their website; thereby keeping his information up-to-date. The Reel Athletics staff has extensive knowledge about the football recruiting process, they counseled our son on the ins and outs of that process, and they stayed in contact with us throughout the process (which begins during junior year of high school) and took a personal interest in our son's success.
Our son aggressively explored opportunities to play the highest level of football possibly at the strongest academic institution possible. With a highlight DVD from his junior year season, he began contacting coaches at schools where he was interested in playing football. Because he had game tape, he was able to be proactive and get on the radar screen of coaches who had never seen him play in person. His junior film opened the door for his senior film.
We highly recommend Reel Athletics. They have had a proven success record from the start and the number of student athletes they have assisted in finding the right opportunity to play their sport in college continues to grow. Our son was one of Reel Athletics first clients. He was offered a position on the University of Maryland football team, where he will begin his sophomore year and second year on the football team this fall.
Debbie Dillon, a football mother.
Reel Athletics is an outstanding service for prospective athletes look ing to play in college. Our personal experience with Reel Athletics was only positive.
Reel Athletics helped videotape my daughter’s basketball games and put together an outstanding highlight tape that we sent out to schools. The highlight tape was extremely well edited. The DVD had a number of unique features that included a section where prospective coaches could obtain biographical and personal information such as athlete’s name, address, height, position, and recent statistics. Another section on the DVD included about five minutes of highlights of my daughter’s play. A third section was an uninterrupted game. The highlights and uninterrupted game used an arrow at times to point out my daughter on the court.
Overall, the DVD was done in a professional manner. Reel Athletics offered personal attention, made good recommendations on what to keep or to leave out of the video, and kept in contact with us throughout the process. Reel Athletics is very experienced at making highlight tapes, and I would trust the service to make the best possible videotape of your athlete. Once the highlights and game was identified, Reel Athletics finished a rough cut of the project that we could review. The rough cut needed very few corrections, and a final cut was made in a timely way. Copies also were provided in an expedient manner.
Overall, our experience with Reel Athletics was professional, positive, and rewarding. I highly recommend the service if you need someone to professionally tape your child competing in a sporting event or if your son or daughter needs a highlight tape. Feel free to contact me with any further questions. My home number is 301-251-5979.
Liz Feldman, a basketball mother.
My son played both football and lacrosse at Wootton High School and wanted to continue playing in college. We first met Matt a couple of years ago through the football coaches at Wootton.
Matt and his guys at Reel Athletics did an excellent job filming my son's games and putting together several highlight DVDs that we could send to colleges that were recruiting him. Matt was instrumental in helping us select the plays to use on the DVD, isolating my son's involvement in each play and putting together a professional product.
My son wanted to attend a college with a very strong academic reputation and was recruited by most of the Ivy League schools and several Division 1 programs. Each one of the schools requested a highlight tape. In talking to a number of the college coaches, having a highlight tape that is clear, easy to follow and that includes relevant information (height and weight, stats, GPA, etc.) is critical to their recruiting process.
After a number of visits to the colleges he was interested in and various football camps, my son chose Tufts University in Boston because he could get a top-notch education and play both football and lacrosse. We were very satisfied with Matt's work and would highly recommend him.
-John Cresham, a football and lacrosse father.
To Whom It May Concern:
It is with a profound sense of appreciation that my family and I would like to thank Mathew Nickens, President of Reel Athletics, for an outstanding professional service during the 2008/2009 recruiting period.
Reel Athletics produced my son’s games and highlight DVD’s. Through his efforts, my son, James Oboh (Sherwood High School), gained enough exposure to be recruited and signed by Florida Atlantic University to play college football on full scholarship.
-Sonny Oboh, a football father.
As mother and #1 fan, it was so reassuring to see Reel Athletics recording at games. It meant that I could enjoy the game, knowing Reel Athletics would be archiving footage that would be part of a professional highlight piece.
To be able to send high quality, professionally edited links and DVDs to coaches was an enormous help. Having access to my son's highlight DVD's and links really streamlined our communications with prospective schools. We found attaching a link to an email to be such a time saving tool for coaches during the very hectic recruiting months.
Our son was recruited to play basketball for Emory, Carnegie Melon, Rochester and Washington University. He will be playing for Wash U in the Fall.
Tip for parents: The camps and teams your child plays on in the Summer of Junior year are very important. Coaches are out scouting most during this time. One thing I reminded my son, was to choose the school he would want to go to - whether or not he was playing a sport.
Reel Athletics were reliable, professional and took a personal interest in our son. We can confidently recommend their services.
-Rhonda Oh, a basketball mother.
I remember back in 2007 when I was bewildered on how the college recruitment process worked. I diligently looked for answers from anyone who would listen. Finally, a good friend of mine put me in touch with a man that could create a highlight DVD for my son. This person was Matthew Nickens, of Reel Athletics, who assisted me in the recruitment process.
Mr. Nickens answered questions, taped games and kept me abreast on how the process works. He created a video with football highlights, game replay, grades, statistics and a brief bio on my son. This video was sent to various colleges in the area and college recruiters also could view a brief highlight reel of my son on the Reel Athletics website. He toured McDaniel College, Shippensburg University, Towson, Salisbury, Rutgers, Frostburg, and Bowie State just to name a few. His DVD was also sent to numerous other colleges throughout the United States.
I am proud to say he landed a scholarship at Bowie State University.
Reel Athletics assisted me in making this process easy, efficient and effective. They assisted in giving my son a broader range of colleges to choose from and helped in the selection process.
I would recommend Reel Athletics to anyone because it helps in promoting your child to all colleges due to accessibility to its website and videos. Matthew’s professionalism and assistance helped me through this difficult challenge. In hindsight, the only thing I would change is hiring Reel Athletics in my son’s junior year instead of his senior year. This way I could have had a head start on the recruitment process and two years of footage for my son’s highlights.
Thank you Reel Athletics
Clarence Claiborne, a football father who appreciates all you have done.