BeRecruited recently did a Q&A with several high school athletes who committed to a university and asked them about their recruiting experience. BeRecruited was 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.
Bret Boswell is one high school athlete who offered advice. Boswell, a soon to be 2013 graduate of Rockwall-Heath High School recently committed to the University of Texas at Austin to play baseball. Boswell is a member of the 2012 4A SS State Championship All-Tournament Team, 2nd Team SS THSBCA, 3rd Team Dallas Morning News All State, and 1st Team All District SS. Here is what Boswell had to say about his recruiting experience:
Why did you ultimately choose your college? How many other schools were you looking at?
Growing up in TX I’ve been a Longhorn fan for as long as I can remember. After visiting the school I knew it was the right place for me. I was recruited heavily, and had several school I intended to visit, but after visiting TCU, Baylor, Arkansas & Texas I felt like I didn’t need to visit any others.
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 was told that several college coaches had been keeping an eye on me for several years; but I didn’t really know of any interest until the summer between 10th & 11th grade. My summer team competed in the Perfect Game WWBA 16U National Championship in Marietta, GA and after every game several college coaches would come talk to my coaches. All of them were asking about me, so it was very exciting for me.
How did BeRecruited help you make the connection with your committed college?
My mom put information on the BeRecruited site.
Who was pivotal in helping you through the recruiting process and why? (Parents, a coach, a high school counselor?)
My parents were a huge help. My mom did most all the work for me.
What role did you club coaches/high school coaches have in helping you get recruited? How active were your parents in the process?
My club coaches were very helpful with relaying any information to us, and my high school coaches are amazing. I was very lucky because I know some coaches don’t help their players at all.
What was the most challenging part of the recruiting process, if any?
All the schools I visited were great academic schools and I liked all of the coaches I met. It was a very difficult decision because I couldn’t make a bad decision with any of them. I had full offers from several schools, but it doesn’t always come down to the money issue. I had to feel comfortable with my decision about the school, coaches and where I would live for the next several years.
To date, what do you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sport career?
My high school team winning the TX State Championship in 2012.
What tips or advice do you have for student-athletes who want to continue their sport past high school?
Decide if you really want to play a sport in college. If you do want to play then take money and everything else out of the equation and go to a school where you can play. If not, then pick the school of your choice and have fun.
Thank you Bret Boswell for taking the time to share your recruiting experience! BeRecruited would like to congratulate all high school athletes who recently committed to a university and we wish you the best of luck in your athletic career!
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