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Eric Sanschagrin

Eric Sanschagrin - Princeton Lacrosse

Eric Sanschagrin committed to Princeton Lacrosse over the summer. Here is his take on the decision.

My main priority was to attend a top academic school, regardless of how good the lacrosse team was. Yet, like many aspiring lacrosse players, I had my heart set on playing Division I lacrosse. I decided early on that I wasn’t going to travel back east for school if it was just for athletic pursuits. I’d have rather played MCLA Lacrosse at an excellent academic school out west than at a lower level Division I school where I wouldn’t have fit academically. So, I sent out my emails to coaches whose schools fit my requirements. I emailed every coach or staff member listed on each school’s website. Thankfully, I got some responses and I was fortunate enough to hear from Princeton! Luckily, they were going to be at Under Armour All America tryouts in Ohio which I had already planned to attend. They noted that they would make sure to have their coach watch me while I was there. After a few follow up emails, I visited Princeton unofficially in July and absolutely loved the feel of the campus and the town of Princeton. During my visit I met most of the coaching staff and toured the campus and facilities. The coaching staff is made up of truly amazing individuals and I couldn’t be happier to have them as my future coaches. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to commit in July and I wasted no time in saying yes.

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Tanalia Faasua

Tianalia Faasua - Northern Colorado Softball

SportsForce got news this week that Oceanside Softball catcher and SportsForce alum, Tianalia Faasua has accepted a full ride to the University of Northern Colorado. Tialania is part of Division I UNC’s first recruiting class under new coach, Mark Montgomery. Tianalia’s mother, Suluoo Faasua shared the exciting news:“ Tianalia’s hard work in the classroom and athletic gifts on the field wards her a full ride DI softball scholarship to University of Northern Colorado. She is a left handed catcher that has a riffle as an arm, throwing at 1.43 seconds to 1st base and 1.83 down to 2nd”

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Dylan Trent

Dylan Trent - Richmond Tennis

Dylan selected Richmond based on their academic program (business) and he loved the campus, coach and team, which we found out is very important. Dylan loved playing high school tennis because of the team atmosphere in an individual sport and is looking forward to play at a higher level of tennis for the University of Richmond and competing against players he’s never played before.The most beneficial thing we did was the recruiting video with you. Not every coach has the resources to see all the recruits play in person. By developing the video for Dylan it open a world of opportunity for him.

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Mike Riis

Mike Riis - Denver Lacrosse

La Costa Canyon’s Mike Riis recently committed to the University of Denver to play for their Men’s Lacrosse Program. Here's his take on the commitment.

I plan on majoring in business and the program they have there is great. I also liked the location of it being close to home yet I am still playing big time Division I lacrosse. I was very impressed with Coach Tierney and his entire staff and I look forward to being coached by them over the next four years. The biggest thing that I am looking forward to about playing at Denver is the lacrosse games versus big time schools such as Syracuse and Duke. Those games will be huge for me because I have watched those teams play on TV all of my life.

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Oscar Sanay

Oscar Sanay - Cal State Bakersfield Baseball

SportsForce athlete Oscar Sanay has accepted an athletic scholarship to Cal State Bakersfield to continue his baseball career with them. Oscar, who plays short stop and second base for Bonita Vista High School and club for the Bonita Vista Legends, had a few key factors which helped him decide on CSU Bakersfield.  Oscar was able to secure a scholarship that would allow him to play at CSU and move away from home. Oscar was also equally impressed with the level of education CSU Bakersfield can provide as well as the playing time he will see with their baseball team.

Oscar, who was originally leaning towards attending another university became aware that he would have a better chance to grow as a player at CSU Bakersfield. Oscar shared with SportsForce that what he is most looking forward to in college is a chance be around others who love the game as much as he does well as get a great education for whatever the future may hold.
"The most thing I'm looking forward to in playing at CSU Bakersfield is getting better. Not just getting better about baseball, but being more educated," Oscar told us.

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Alysha Isaacson

Alysha Isaacson - University of Dayton Softball

SportsForce athlete, Alysha Isaacson recently committed to the University of Dayton to play softball for the Flyers. Alysha went on an official visit to the school in September and decided to commit after “falling in love with it” according to her mother. Alysha officially signed with Dayton on November 11, 2009.

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Alex Pardieu

Alex Pardieu - Florida State Lacrosse

SportsForce is excited to share the announcement of La Costa Canyon and NC Starz Elite player Alex Pardieu’s commitment to Florida State to play Men’s Lacrosse.

Florida State Men’s Lacrosse shared the news in a press release:

La Costa Canyon senior midfielder Alex Pardieu will attend Florida State University in the fall.  LCC High School is located in Carlsbad, California.

The 5’10”, 165 pound Pardieu was a four year varsity letterman and as a junior, was named All-County and All-Conference in the highly competitive San Diego section.  Most recently, he was invited to play at the 2010 World Lacrosse Championships in Manchester, England on the U19 team. FSU Head Coach Bill Harkins, “We are excited to have Alex join the program”.

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Frankie Sanchez

Frankie Sanchez - Luther College Baseball

1. Share your recruiting story and status (ex. what was the process like? when did you commit / sign?)

My recruiter was head coach Alex Smith. The process was long because he did not have my film and therefore was not able to make a proper evaluation of me. Once my film was submitted to the coach he became much more interested because I showed that I was committed.  I wanted to show them that I was not only interested in their baseball program but in their education program as well.  Once they had seen one of my games the coach had asked me if I would like to play for Luther and so I signed on April 14, 2012.

 2. What school are you going to, and why did you choose them?

I am attending Luther College in Iowa.   I chose Luther because I knew that this school has what it takes to provide me with a successful future academically and athletically.

 3. How did SportsForce help in the process?

SportsForce provides you with the means necessary to find coaches and schools of interests, while also providing the coaches with information about yourself.

 4. What advice would you give to other players and parents with the recruiting process (ex. start early, get a highlight video)?

Advice that I would give to others is to start playing ball at an early age and to have as much fun with the game as possible.  While playing always make highlight videos of yourself to show off your skills and the progress that you make.

 5. How excited are you on your future in college?

I am very excited to go to a school that will provide me with a great education as well as playing the game that I have always loved since I was a child.

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Rick Ortiz

Rick Ortiz - Pace University Football

1. Share your recruiting story and status (ex. what was the process like? when did you commit / sign?)

Rick was aggressively recruited by 10 Division 1 Colleges, (Penn State, Rhode Island, Maine, Colorado State, Towson, Wagner, Sacred Heart, Pitt, New Hampshire, Stony Brook)

It turns out he was missing a year of Math...So URI & Towson passed & the rest suggested he go to Prep School (PG) for 6 months.

He was accepted to both the Milford Academy & Hargrave Military Academy. (But at $22k for 6months) & tough economic times...

He is eligible for Division 2 & was offered Scholarships from CW Post, Pitt State, East Stroudsburg University, AIC, Delta State & Pace University. 

2. What school are you going to, and why did you choose them?

After much deliberation we were very impressed with the direction, immediate opportunities & financial commitment to our son from PACE UNIVERSITY.

I was a huge Jim & Mike Tice fan & to have an NFL level player /coach at a D2 program, with a hell of a business school, it made the decision easy.

Pace's Coach Jim Tice, let the dust settle with all the D-1 schools who were taking trips to "Putnam Valley" to visit Rick ahead of him (which in Football was a first for PVHS).  Tice had to come back twice to PutValley HS before he got to sit down with Rick & Coach Mello. 

We are very excited that Ricky will be getting a Top Notch education & Playing Football. 

Thank you... $52,000 a year tuition, Room & Board at Pace... & the opportunity to play as a Freshmen.  

3. How did SportsForce help in the process?

The ease & format of SportsForce's venue & format, made it easy to organize & track coaches interest in Ricky's athleticism. Coaches easily watched video, grabbed stats, grades, recommendations & contacted us easily. 

4. What advice would you give to other players and parents with the recruiting process (ex. start early, get a highlight video)?

Use SportsForce format as a Sophomore or Junior. We did it as a Senior & secured several Scholarship offers, much easier than I ever expected...

My only regret is that I didn't know about SportsForce when Ricky was a Junior...

Thank You Sportsforce!! 

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Ben Vickery

Ben Vickery - University of La Verne Football

1. Share your recruiting story and status (ex. what was the process like? when did you commit / sign?)

The first college that contacted me was because of my awesome coach over at Vista High School about 2 weeks after my season ended.  A week after that, I sent out letters of intent and highlight tapes to 3 colleges of my choice. Within the first 3 minutes of sending out my first e-mail contact, I received a call from one of the colleges. I then received another call within 5 minutes of my first call. By the end of my day I had 2 colleges on my list and 1 from my Coach in the hunt to have me attend their school. Within the next couple of weeks the last choice on my list had called me.  My Linebacker Coach, a valued guest at the college that I had thought about, contacted the college and all of sudden I had 5 colleges “fighting” for me. After months in the recruiting chair, I finally made a decision on April 25, 2012.

2. What school are you going to, and why did you choose them?

I choose to attend the University of La Verne for its valued academics and overall atmosphere of a small town school. There was a strong feeling of family among the program and everyone all over campus is kind to you.

3. How did SportsForce help in the process?

Thanks to the combined efforts of Andrew Beinbrink and the fantastic SportsForce Production Team, I was given the tools to approach colleges on a face-to-face level and contact them on my own. They designed an incredible video and webpage for me. They gave me special access to tools only available to members and recruits enrolled in SportsForce. They were a big help and I can’t thank them enough!

4. What advice would you give to other players and parents with the recruiting process (ex. start early, get a highlight video)?

To all you players aspiring to continue onto the next level, start quick and early. I am ecstatic to be attending a DIII college, but if you want to go to a DI or DII college then you need to start early. The SportsForce Team is ready and always willing to help at any moment. They can pump out a great highlight video quickly, so if you have new tape each week, send it in so colleges can see your progress. Finally, SportsForce will be there for you, but you also have to work for what you want.

5. How excited are you on your future in college?

I am very excited to be going to the University of La Verne. I liked the school the first time I saw it. The Coaching staff is up-beat and full of life. The campus is beautiful and the classes are small. I cannot wait to start school. I hope all of the new SportsForce recruits have a great time in your senior year and have fun during this process, do not stress a whole lot during it. Good Luck!         

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