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.
Grant Kasal is one high school athlete who offered advice. Kasal, a soon to be 2014 graduate of Downers Grove North recently committed to Western Illinois University to play football. Here is what Grant had to say about his recruiting experience:
What school did you commit to and why did you ultimately choose that school?
I committed to Western Illinois University. The school was conducive to my future studies and I liked the football coaching staff.
How old were you when you started the recruiting process and what were the steps you took to begin the recruiting process?
I was 16 years old when I started. I filled out questionnaires at colleges and universities I was interested in. I signed up for and attended college football camps in the summer so I could get visual recognition of my skill abilities. I attended the Don BeeBe Big man football camps to perfect my skills. Don BeeBe camps provided an opportunity for his staff and college coaches to evaluate my skills and give me an realistic idea of a college football opportunity.
How did BeRecruited help you make the connection with this school and/or coaches?
BeRecruited gave me a nice accessible and well known link to showcase my profile as a student and athlete to college coaches.
What was the most challenging part of the recruiting process, if any?
I didn't get a lot of help from my high school coaches in the recruiting process. I had to research various camps in my area to help perfect my football skills. I made my own highlight video and uploaded it to YouTube to gain visibility. The link was accessible at my BeRecruited link!
What tips or advice do you have for student-athletes who want to continue their sport in college?
My best advice for student athletes is to start early. Never rely on high school coaches for recruiting help. Email coaches at the colleges and universities you are interested in and send them your BeRecruited link. Remind them that all your academic and skill highlights will all be accessible at that link! There are different periods of the year that college coaches are able to talk to you. When you are able to contact them, talk to them. Tell them about yourself. It will get you on their radar. If it is your passion to play a sport in college find a good skills program or club and work as hard as you can to pursue your dream. Never give up! If you have the skills there will be a college level to play at.
Thank you Grant for taking the time to share your recruiting experience with us. Congratulations on your success so far and best of luck at Western Illinois University!
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