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.
Samantha Sterling is one high school athlete who offered advice. Sterling, a soon to be 2014 graduate of Mckinney North High School recently committed to Schreiner University to play tennis. Here is what Samantha had to say about her 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 junior in high school when I started the recruiting process. That summer I started looking at colleges and the tennis programs they offered. I had my dad video me and we kept track of all my USTA matches along with high school matches for the statistics to share with coaches.
How did BeRecruited help you make the connection with this school and/or coaches?
BeRecruited helped me to have a page that would show my statistics, and to have a statement of my ability to show coaches what I could do for their team. BeRecruited allowed me to have one location for contacting them and them contacting me. Coaches could look at my page and decide if I was someone they wanted before they contacted me so neither one of us was wasting our time.
Who was pivotal in helping you through the recruiting process and why?
My mom helped me research the best recruiting website to have my information on safely. She was tireless, consistent in communication, and supported me with my decision.
What was the most challenging part of the recruiting process, if any?
The most challenging part of the process was making the right decision to where I would go. I had so many coaches look at my recruiting page on BeRecruited that I was overwhelmed with the choice I had to make. BeRecruited allowed me to have that and feel confident that I would play tennis in college for sure.
What tips or advice do you have for student-athletes who want to continue their sport in college?
I would not wait until your junior year, and start earlier to have a BeRecruited page. Make sure you have every match you play, high school or USTA listed along with the updated statistics. Make sure you respond to every coach that contacts you whether you're interested or not.