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Advice from Recently Committed Soccer Player: Sam Hutchinson

Sam Hutchinson, soccer player

from Carson City, Nevada

Committed to Colorado Mesa University

Click here to view Sam Hutchinson's BeRecruited Profile

Earlier this spring, Sam Hutchinson, announced his commitment to play soccer in college. After he announced his commitment he shared some thoughts on his recruiting search to the BeRecruited Team. Within the various BeRecruited features available to help athletes and college coaches connect, Hutchinson felt, " The Deluxe version was especially helpful in knowing which coaches looked at my profile so that I could better reach out to the schools that had expressed interest in me." Included in this post is some additional feedback from Hutchinson.

While in high school, what other teams and/or sports were you playing? Did you know all along you wanted to play your sport in college? 

Yes, I knew I wanted to try and play college soccer. I did do track for one season but it took too much time away from playing club soccer so I did not do it after my freshman year.

Why did you ultimately choose your college? How many other schools were you looking at? When did you start getting interest from college coaches? Were they knocking down your door, or were you reaching out to them? If so, how? 

I ended up choosing the school I attended primarily due to location and cost. I had about a dozen or so schools that were recruiting me to varying degrees. I started reaching out heavily to college coaches between my freshman and sophomore years and made unofficial visits to schools all over the country all through my senior year. I always made a point to contact coaches prior to the event that were attending my tournaments and send them my game schedule. Also follow up after the event for feedback from the coach. I would also made heavy use of the blog section and post lots of pictures and links to youtube videos of me playing on my berecruited site.

Who was pivotal in helping you through the recruiting process and why? (Parents, a coach, a hs counselor?) 

My dad was very instrumental in getting me started early in the college search and recruiting process.

What role did you club coaches/hs coaches have in helping you get recruited? How active were your parents in the process? 

Club and high school coaches could were able to answer questions about my technical abilities if they happened to be asked by college coaches but it was all up to me and my dad in marketing myself to college coaches. My experience tells me there are way more athletes than there are college roster spots. Coaches like players being proactive and seeking them out given their limited recruiting budgets.

What was the most challenging part of the recruiting process, if any? 

Remaining persistent and following through with correspondences with college coaches.

What tips or advice do you have for student-athletes who want to continue their sport past high school? 

Start the recruiting process earlier the better. I found that attending the athletic camps of the top schools you are seriously considering attending to be a very good way to separate yourself from the potentially hundreds of potential recruits.

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