Recruitment advice from your fellow athletes

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College commitments for student athletes at Northwood are impressive this year. The recruiting process is complicated, and as more and more students begin to realize they might have what it takes, it’s vital for them to understand the process the best they can.

The first thing to keep in mind with the recruiting process is your timeline.

“Don’t expect coaches to come to you,” Emory University Men’s Swimming commit senior Hwa Min Sim said. “If you want to get recruited, you have to make the first move and really make personal connections with coaches as soon as you can.”

Another is your schoolwork.

“Grades are equally as important as athletics in the whole process,” said senior Kaitlyn Lologo, who has committed to St. John’s University Softball. “You absolutely cannot rely solely on your sport, so make sure to try your hardest in the classroom.”

Also, make sure to keep up correspondence with coaches to let them know where you are in the whole recruiting process. The content of that correspondence is extremely important as well, so be sure to make sure you understand what you are sending to coaches.

“It’s almost like applying for a job,” New York University Men’s Tennis commit senior Nicholas Wang said. “Don’t be afraid to sell yourself in the emails you send to schools. Don’t lie, but make sure to highlight all your best qualities.”

Your mindset is also extremely important. Think optimistically and really think about what’s best for your future.

“You should never stop pushing yourself to be better and to create a lifestyle that adheres to accomplishing your goals,” University of California, Berkeley Women’s Soccer commit junior Kaylee Nguyen said.

“Keep your options open,” Lologo said. “Don’t narrow your focus on one school. It’s always good to have backup upon backup upon backup.”

Show coaches that you’re a team player and a good person.

“Potential recruits definitely take for granted the importance of how you portray yourself as a person,” Lologo said. “Coaches and scouts talk about your attitude and effort as well as your performance amongst each other, so watch how you act.”

But the most important thing about the recruiting process is that you never give up.

“It’s never too late to work towards becoming a college athlete,” University of California, San Diego Women’s Tennis commit senior Shweta Kumar said. “No matter what situation you may be in, your passion for your sport will take you to where you wanna be.”