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.
Brooke Packard is one high school athlete who offered advice. Packard, a soon to be 2014 graduate of Woodgrove High School recently committed to the University of Texas at El Paso to play volleyball. Here is what Packard had to say about her recruiting experience:
Why did you ultimately choose the University of Texas at El Paso?
The University of Texas schools have great reputations both amazing academic support for the athletes and really good teams in the Division 1 conferences. They also offered a full scholarship and I want to move west.
How old were you when you started the recruiting process and what were the steps you took to begin the recruiting process?
My profile was put together my junior year during the volleyball season. I should have done it sooner. I uploaded short videos and feature photos to show my height and vertical jump. I entered and updated my profile through my the year.
How did BeRecruited help you make the connection with the University of Texas at El Paso?
The college search to match my academic skills with colleges was amazing. I was able to research hundreds of colleges and with the click of a button find out all pertinent information, coaches name, bookmark, send letters, and keep track of my research.
Who was pivotal in helping you through the recruiting process and why?
My mom did so much to market my skills. She monitored and managed my profile and correspondence. I did not have the time to do it all myself.
What was the most challenging part of the recruiting process, if any?
The NCAA Clearinghouse is a hard website to get into. You must be really patient every time you login. Trying to figure out what they consider to be "core classes" was also difficult. My high school didn't even know. The other challenge is prioritizing the interested colleges and narrowing them down to a select few that are realistic choices for you. By the end of your junior year you should post your grades and SAT scores.
What tips or advice do you have for student-athletes who want to continue their sport in college?
Be proactive! Fill out those recruit questionnaires from each college you want to attend. Reach out to the college coaches, especially right after they indicate interest in you. Don't be afraid to call them, they like that a lot since they cannot call you unless during the very strict time tables set up by NCAA recruiting rules (which is very confusing). Play club ball at the highest possible level, invite the school to watch you, and send them your tournament schedule. Also, go to their summer camps. This is huge.