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Football Standout Says, "You have to work harder than they do."


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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