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.
Kayleigh LeBlanc is one high school athlete who offered advice. LeBlanc, a soon to be 2014 graduate of Buena High School recently signed with Texas A&M University-Commerce to play softball. Here is what LeBlanc had to say about her recruiting experience:
Why did you ultimately choose Texas A&M University-Commerce?
I did alot of unofficial visits at a lot of different colleges ranging from DI, DII, DIII, NAIA and also JC's, but I felt TAMUC was a perfect size campus for what I was looking for, I loved the location, they have the program I want to study and what is really exciting is that 2015 will be the first year EVER for TAMUC to have a softball program so to be apart of the school history will be VERY exciting to me.
How old were you when you started the recruiting process and what were the steps you took to begin the recruiting process?
I started the recruiting process my freshman year of high school by setting up my own personal softball website listing all of my accomplishments, awards and my season schedules, I constantly updated my player profile sheet and emailed it out to college coaches to invite them to college showcases that I attended, I participated in college camps at their campuses and participated in college showcase camps at big tournaments. I also had a video on YouTube that I would email to coaches that I would attach when I would fill out college campus questionnaires. If it was available, I did it to try and recruit myself. It's so crazy these days how early colleges are recruiting athletes and filling their rosters, so never think that it's 'too early' to be seen/recruited because if you sit back and wait, you are passing up on your chance to fulfill your dreams..
Who was pivotal in helping you through the recruiting process and why?
My dad was my backbone during my recruiting process. He always kept up with all of the NCAA recruiting rules, explained to me the do's and don'ts and kept me focused on what I needed to do to help myself. I will never be able to thank him for all of his help and encouragement for all these years.
What was the most challenging part of the recruiting process, if any?
The most challenging part of the recruiting process for me was 'time'. It takes so much time and committment for your studies, your work outs, the college researching, contacting coaches and everything else in between.
What tips or advice do you have for student-athletes who want to continue their sport in college?
Keep your grades/GPA up for all 4 years during high school, study and score high on your ACT/SAT tests and more importantly NEVER GIVE UP! Keep your eye on the prize no matter what you face. Stay focused, stay committed, continue to work hard and never quit. Always remember, quitters never win and winners never quit!