No matter how excited you are to get involved in the recruiting process, if you have a lot of schools that are interested in you, it becomes a taxing process before everything is said and done. With visits, calls, scholarship offers (hopefully), things can become extremely stressful in a quick period.
Recruiting-101 had a chance to speak with a variety of different recruits throughout the country and ask them what they thought was the hardest part of the athletic recruiting process. Because these athletes seemed relieved that the process was over, I feel that they gave completely honest responses when asking them this question. For those that are going through the process, what has been the toughest part?
“We had games all over the place so it was hard to get all of the visits done. Then after I made my decision, it was calling the other schools and telling them that I made my decision. Calling all of the other coaches felt like it was the right thing to do.”
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“I thought it was just hard because I went on three visits during one week and that was during finals. It was hard to keep up on school work and try to figure out where you would go for the next four or five years of your life.”
“Every school has so many great things about it. The hardest part was narrowing it down until you think it was the best. There are so many great options. I was blessed to have quite a few options myself. The hardest part was finding the place I felt the best about. Eventually it did happen.”
“We had (basketball) games all over the place so it was hard to get all of the visits done. Then after I made my decision, it was calling the other schools and telling them that I made my decision. Calling all of the other coaches felt like it was the right thing to do.”
“Just waiting and not knowing what was going to happen. Day after day you would have to wait and be patient like Coach Mitchell told me.”
“It was mostly talking to schools that don’t know about you or don’t think you’re good enough. The hardest part was my measurables. I wasn’t tall enough to get recruited at a major school for tight end even if I have all of the other skills.”
“It was just trying to figure out if you are getting the truth from everyone. All of the schools will tell you what you want to hear. Sometimes you can find out that it isn’t always the truth.”
“The whole thing. I would probably say just figuring out which is the right place for you to be at. It is a difficult decision and it comes down to who offers the best package. There is a lot that schools will offer but it is important to prioritize the things you are looking for and decide from there.”
“It is your life. And it is hard to decide your life for the next few years in a month.”
“I would say calling all of the other coaches and telling them that you are going somewhere else.”
“It was just trying to narrow down the schools. You are start with a ton of schools that talk to you. And then you need to narrow them down to a few choices.”
“The number one thing is when some colleges will tell you no and that you are fourth or fifth on their list. Another thing too was first of all picking a school. If two stand out, it is hard. Then calling the coaching staff and telling them. That was really hard for me too. I just didn’t want to let anyone down but it is a business though.”
“It is just that all of the places I went to are really nice. I really liked the coaches. The hardest part was narrowing down the schools. There are a lot of pros and cons at all of the schools. It was also hard telling the coaches I had committed to another school.”
“It was turning down schools. I never thought that would be hard.”
“It was just deciding where I want to go and if I would walk on somewhere.”
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