Tommy DeLong

As Managing Director, Tommy DeLong, a native Houstonian, brings a wealth of recruiting experience and knowledge to Verified Athlete. Mr. DeLong has worked with over 500 student-athletes during his decade in recruiting and has developed a vast network of college connections. His passion and sincere interest in helping high school student-athletes is very evident and has led to many success stories over the years.

A multi-sport and lightly recruited student-athlete in high school, Mr. DeLong understands the lifelong advantages of having a game plan, taking a proactive approach, using social media properly and getting the most of out of the once-in-a-lifetime recruiting process. He and his wife, Whitney, have one son, Keegan (7 months).

Experience:

  • Attended BF Terry HS & Smithville HS
  • Recruited by Angelo State, TLU and others
  • Bachelors in Sports Management from Texas A&M Corpus Christi
  • Intern with the Houston Astros (2005)
  • Instant Replay Field Technician with the Houston Texans (Current)
  • 10 years of recruiting experience

Jimmy Andrews

Jimmy Andrews has been in Central Texas working with youth for the last 8 years and has been working with high school student-athletes in the region for the last 4 years. Mr. Andrews has worked directly with over 200 prospects now at D1 Power 5 programs, D1 FCS programs, Ivy League schools, and D2/D3/NAIA programs right here in Texas and around the nation.

Jimmy was born in a small south Texas town and understands the importance of networking, being proactive and having a plan in recruiting because of the lifelong impact the process has off the field or court. He graduated from Texas A&M Corpus Christi with Bachelor Degrees in Communications and Psychology. Following his passion for serving the youth in his community, Jimmy has worked in the non-profit world with youth programs such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and also as an English teacher.

Russell Vanlandingham

Russell Vanlandingham – “Coach V” – brings his energy, “time to grind” work ethic, and vast network to the San Antonio area as well as our Basketball Operations throughout the state of Texas. Over his 24 years as a very successful college and select basketball coach, Coach V has played a significant role in the lives of numerous high school and college players.

He is originally from San Antonio, where he attended East Central High School. He and his wife, Amber, have three children.

Career Highlights:

  • 20 year college coach at all levels NCAA D1, D2, D3 and NAIA D1
  • 4 years HS/Select coaching (UC Hoops)
  • Member of 9 Conference Championships at the College Level
  • 2012 National Small College Coach of the Year finalist
  • 2012 Texas College Coach of the Year
  • 2 time RRAC Coach of the Year (2010 and 2012)
  • 19 years as the Recruiting Coordinator for every College Level
  • Recruiting and coached 58 1st or 2nd Team All-Conference Selections
  • Recruiting and coached 23 All-Americans at various levels
  • Member of the 1990-1991 Conference Championship Temple JC team
  • Team Captain and All-Conference on the 1993-94 McMurry University Conference
  • Championship team that advanced to the NAIA Sweet Sixteen
  • Bachelors in Communications from McMurry University
  • Masters in Sports Management from Hardin-Simmons

Brandon Howard

As a Recruiting Analyst and Lead Evaluator Brandon brings his love for high school sports and college recruiting to Verified Athlete. A former track stand out at Euless Trinity HS, he will play a vital role in our scouting and recruiting efforts throughout Texas.

Experience:

  • Euless Trinity HS graduate
  • 3x Regional Qualifier in Track
  • Bachelors from Stephen F. Austin State University
  • Stephen F. Austin Basketball Team (Fan Support and Marketing)
  • Alumni Relations and Divisional Recruiter for Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity
  • Talent evaluator for DB Coach Jerome Henderson of the Dallas Cowboys 2013-2014 Season

Matt Welch

Coach Welch is a very experienced former college coach who has taken his passion for recruiting and helping student-athletes to the Dallas-Fort Worth area as well as our Football Operations throughout the state of Texas. Over his 33 years as a college coach he has played a positive role in the lives of hundreds of quality young men. Coach Welch’s fierce desire to achieve success and a wealth of knowledge has earned him a great deal of respect from both HS and college coaches throughout the Midwest and Texas.

“At our level from the recruitment of the athletes, to coaching the game itself, and witnessing the success of our student athletes on and off the field is very gratifying for me personally.”

Coach Welch and his wife Kim have three children, daughter Kylie (19), son Dustin (21) and son Monty (24).

Career Highlights:

  • 33 years college coaching experience as a Recruiting Coordinator/Defensive Coordinator
  • 2 time assistant coach of the year
  • 2 time finalist for national coach of the year
  • Part of 12 championships at the college level
  • 8 National Playoff appearances at the college level
  • Bachelor degree in HPER from Southwestern College
  • Master of Science in Management from Friends University
  • Author of “Defensive Philosophy” in Grid Iron Strategies magazine – August 2010
  • Owner/Camp Director of M&M full contact summer camps