Congratulations to all of the athletes who have already committed or signed their NLI for the class of 2014! BeRecruited sat down with several high school athletes who either committed or signed their NLI and asked them about their recruiting experience. We were able to get a sense of what worked well for them, what did not, and what advice they would give to fellow high school athletes.
Sean Dever is one high school athlete who offered advice. Dever, a soon to be 2014 graduate of Blessed Trinity Catholic High School recently committed to Young Harris College to play lacrosse. Here is what Dever had to say about his recruiting experience:
Why did you ultimately choose Young Harris College?
Coach Rogers was extremely open about the recruiting process and he was very responsive to my questions and concerns. YHC is an excellent school and I want to attend a high quality college.
When did you start getting interest from college coaches? Were they contacting you or were you reaching out to them? If so, how?
I started getting interest during my junior year of high school. I participated in recruiting camps and that’s where I was introduced to many schools. Summer teams and recruiting camps are the best way to be noticed live and in person.
How did BeRecruited help you make the connection with Young Harris College?
BeRecruited gave me the opportunity to get my name, film, and stats to many, many college lacrosse programs. I would constantly update photos, film, and stats and send them to coaches through BeRecruited. I thoroughly enjoyed getting updates that coaches viewed my site.
Who was pivotal in helping you through the recruiting process and why?
My family was extremely supportive. My parents paid the fees and traveled with me to lacrosse tournaments and recruiting camps. For the past four years we have spent our summer weekends on the lax fields.
What was the most challenging part of the recruiting process, if any?
It is a great feeling when a coach says they want you. It is a process to get to that point. Many coaches say nice things but not all of them are sincere. The recruiting process is tough but I have great memories and I’ve met wonderful people.
What tips or advice do you have for student-athletes who want to continue their sport in college?
Perseverance. If you want to play in college – never, never give up.
Thank you Sean for taking the time to share your recruiting experience with us. Congratulations on your success so far and best of luck at Young Harris College!