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.
Christopher Bonk is one high school athlete who offered advice. Bonk, a soon to be 2014 graduate of Shenandoah Valley Junior/Senior High School recently signed with Lock Haven University to play football! Here is what Christopher had to say about his recruiting experience:
How old were you when you started the recruiting process and what were the steps you took to begin the recruiting process?
I was a freshman when I started the recruiting process. The first step I took was to get my name out there on recruiting sites. I started to get a video out there and stats for some of the recruiting questionnaires my freshman year.
How did BeRecruited help you make the connection with this school and/or coaches?
berecruited helped me with connecting with college coaches.
Who was pivotal in helping you through the recruiting process and why?
My parents were mainly most helpful in my recruiting process with running me to visit schools and camps to help me get noticed and my recruiter from the school that covers my area helped me out alot and answered all my questions.
What was the most challenging part of the recruiting process, if any?
Most challenging part that I had was trying to decide which school I wanted to go to. Also, trying to connect with schools through emails knowing that some couldn't answer me until my junior year of high school.
What tips or advice do you have for student-athletes who want to continue their sport in college?
My advice would be to stay strong in the classroom, that's a major part of what colleges look at. Keep those grades up. Start early on recruiting sites! Upload videos to YouTube and recruiting sites that offer them. Work hard on the field and also in the weight room. Keep trying to get better because as my father says, "someone, somewhere is going to be trying for your position. So you have to work harder than they do."
Thank you Christopher for taking the time to share your recruiting experience with us. Congratulations on your success so far and best of luck at Lock Haven University!
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