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.
Jextin Pugh is one high school athlete who offered advice. Pugh, a soon to be 2013 graduate of Bishop Guilfoyle High School recently committed to Binghamton University-SUNY to play baseball. Pugh is a Second Team All-Star and a two-time First Team All-Star. Here is what Pugh had to say about his recruiting experience:
Why did you ultimately choose your college? How many other schools were you looking at?
I chose Binghamton because they recruited me for two positions. I also loved the coaches and the program. I narrowed my selection to 4 schools before I made my final decision.
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 started getting interest from college coaches in 10th grade. I had some who were persistent and others I pursued. I never overlooked an email. I made sure I researched everything about their program. I also would call or email coaches to ask them questions.
How did BeRecruited help you make the connection with your committed college?
BeRecruited allowed me to market myself by taking advantage of the great tools that are offered. I was able to upload current videos, pictures, stats, and grades. College coaches always want to see video and know what kind of student you are. The website was very valuable in having everything they needed.
Who was pivotal in helping you through the recruiting process and why?
My parents were very helpful because they both were college athletes and have been through the process. My coaches know everything about me so they were able to market my abilities to the schools that interested me.
What role did your club coaches/high school coaches have in helping you get recruited? How active were your parents in the process?
My travel coaches have spent a ton of time over the years building solid relationships with college coaches. College coaches respect travel coaches who are honest about their players. It is important to play for a travel team who has that solid trust system developed. It makes the recruiting process a lot easier. It is also important when your travel coach is honest with you about what division I, II, III, or JUCO best suites your ability. My parents helped me more on the academic side of the recruiting process. It is really important to have good grades from 9th to 12th grade. You are recruited as a student-athlete not as an athletic-student. We were all on board with my guidance counselor since 9th grade.
What was the most challenging part of the recruiting process, if any?
I am a strong two-way player (1B and RHP). I had schools recruiting me for RHP and others for 1B. This was my biggest challenge during the recruiting process especially when I wanted to play both a little longer.
To date, what do you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sport career?
My biggest accomplishment in my sports career is getting a Division I baseball scholarship. I have worked extremely hard over the years to achieve this goal. My dedication and commitment will never stop there is always something to improve.
What tips or advice do you have for student-athletes who want to continue their sport past high school?
My best advice to other student-athletes is to work extremely hard training for your sport but also to work just as hard in the classroom. Constantly set goals for yourself and make the necessary sacrifices to be the best you can be. Really research your college choices and demographics before committing. Make sure the program is not over committed. Also, do not pick a school because of the name that novelty wears off after a while. Pick to play!
Thank you Jextin Pugh 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! Stay tuned for our next Q&A on December 25th.
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