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Prioritizing to find the right fit


For those of you who are just beginning your junior year of high school, you might be wondering what the final stretch of the recruiting process looks like. By now, you have done all of your research on schools, made contact with several coaches and may even be wondering when you will be asked to give a verbal commitment. Verbal commitments are a very exciting part of the recruiting process and should be considered carefully. Before heading down the final stretch, you should prioritize your needs and think about what is important to you in order to have the most successful collegiate career.

Think about your specific sport within each school’s athletic program. This is a good time to consider the pros and cons between a Division I school who might have a sub-par record and a Division III school who might have won back-to-back championships. Look at their track record of success. Look at the current team, as well as former players and coaches that have come from the program. Lastly, consider how much playing time you will have. Will you play for 10 minutes a game or will you be the star who plays the entire game? Consider what will make you the happiest as an athlete.

Another important thing to think about is your education and the support the school provides. Will there be tutoring provided for you? Will you be able to take any classes or will practice restrict which classes you can take? Does the school even offer your potential major? Sure a school could have a great sports program, but if they don’t offer your potential major it might not be the best choice for you.

Lastly, consider what you can afford financially. Take your scholarship offer into consideration and plan ahead by calculating the yearly cost. One great option to help pay for college is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

As you’re heading down the final stretch in the recruiting process, take these things into consideration. Think about what is most important to you and prioritize your needs. The school that meets the majority of your needs will probably be the best fit for you. Best of luck!

 

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