Archive for August, 2012



1.  Why did you decide to sign with Northeastern State University?

Coach Janssen just sold the program to me from the start. He and his staff have already turned the program around in his first season. His coaching style fits my playing style!!

2. Describe the excitement you feel about becoming a college student-athlete?

 It’s just an amazing feeling knowing I’m going to college. On top of that, I’m one of a select few that get to play the game I love at the college level. All the hard work over the years is paying off!! 

3. What advice would you give to other athletes looking to get recruited?

Work hard on & off the field, grades are everything! Promote yourself as much as you can with videos, showcases & email coaches! 

4. Who has been the biggest influence in your sports career and why?

My parents & family, they have been in the stands for every game, win or lose!!

5. What would you like to accomplish during your college sports career?

My degree comes first! Then I would like to become an All-Conference Baseball player & and at some point, be taken in the MLB Draft!! 

 

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1.  Why did you decide to sign with Millsaps College?

Visiting the campus and meeting the team really solidified my decision to choose Millsaps. I really like the coach and my new teammates and the educational opportunities this school has to offer.

2. Describe the excitement you feel about becoming a college student-athlete?

I am beyond excited to begin my journey as a collegiate athlete! It is such a rewarding feeling to finally achieve something you’ve been working towards for so long.

3. What advice would you give to other athletes looking to get recruited?

Start early, know what you’re looking for in a school, coach, and team, and be proactive! Contacting coaches yourself is very important. It also establishes good connections among college coaches.

4. Who has been the biggest influence in your sports career and why?

My coaches for sure. They have shaped me into the player I am today, and I owe a lot to them.

5. What would you like to accomplish during your college sports career?

I would love to start all four years while keeping my grades up!

 

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Cole Roark

1.  Why did you decide to sign with Southwest Baptist University?

I decided on Southwest Baptist because of how honest and straightforward Coach Martin was. He really made me feel welcome on my visits and made me feel like I could come in and make as big of an impact as I wanted to. Coach Martin works really hard to make SBU a great place to play, and I started feeling that vibe as soon as I met him.

2. Describe the excitement you feel about becoming a college student-athlete?      

When I signed to play at Southwest Baptist, I was incredibly excited to be taking the next step in my baseball career. I had never really doubted that I had the ability to play ball somewhere, but I was ecstatic to find a place like SBU. I couldn’t wait for class to start so I could start working out with the team and Coach Martin.

3. What advice would you give to other athletes looking to get recruited?

The best advice I can give is to just make yourself somebody that you would want to coach. If you can make yourself presentable, I believe that you have a legitimate shot at being noticed. Be respectful when you meet a coach, even if they’re not interested in you, because who knows who they could be in contact with.

4. Who has been the biggest influence in your sports career and why?

The biggest influence in my sports career has probably been my Dad. He taught me baseball from a very early age. Without his guidance and knowledge, there is no way I would have had the opportunity to play at the collegiate level.

5. What would you like to accomplish during your college sports career?

My goals for my collegiate career would be to become the best I can be on the mound, and really make strides towards making the MLB draft. I am ready to work hard and do everything I can to realize my goals.

 
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1.  Why did you decide to sign with Southeastern University?

I choose Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL. because of the location, the Christian environment, and the new coach. When I went to visit the campus it felt like the right place for me. I felt like I could do well in the classroom and on the court too.

2. Describe the excitement you feel about becoming a college student-athlete?

Well, it’s a blessing because I didn’t think any college would offer me a scholarship. I know it will be a lot of work but I’m ready to work, I can’t wait.

3. What advice would you give to other athletes looking to get recruited?

Please, please take advantage of your opportunities, never take anything for granted, always play hard where ever you are playing, you never know who’s watching you. Keep a positive attitude; never play lazy, trust God. Work on your skill set, develop your game always.

4. Who has been the biggest influence in your sports career and why?

My HS coaches and AAU coaches, but mostly my dad. He is a coach and he was always on me to work on my game to get better. If it wasn’t for him, I would not have a scholarship.

5. What would you like to accomplish during your college sports career?

Win a conference championship, national championship, graduate from college and hopefully play professionally overseas or get a job that pays well.

 

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1. Why did you decide to sign with Southern Wesleyan University?

It’s so family-like! Everyone there is so welcoming, from the teachers to the students!

2. Describe the excitement you feel about becoming a college student-athlete?

I can’t wait! I’ve always wanted to be a collegiate athlete and I’m finally getting the opportunity to play for not just a great school, but for great people. I don’t think I could have chosen a better school for my sport and education.

3. What advice would you give to other athletes looking to get recruited?

Get started early. Annoy the college coaches with emails and the earlier you start the better. Most importantly, pick somewhere you can be successful, not as just as an athlete, but as a student as well.

4. Who has been the biggest influence in your sports career and why?

Get started early. Annoy the college coaches with emails and the earlier you start the better. Most importantly, pick somewhere you can be successful, not as just as an athlete, but as a student as well.

5. What would you like to accomplish during your college sports career?

To be apart of the family and the rebuilding of a great program and build myself, not just as an athlete, but as a better Christian and show people my faith.

 

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1.  Why did you decide to sign with Northwood University?

I choose Northwood University because all arrows pointed in that direction. It is not too close, nor too far from home. The student to teacher ratio is great. The campus is perfect! Also, I had a friend who attended that school and passed away last year due to heart complications. And I know if he was here he would want it no other way. : )

2. Describe the excitement you feel about becoming a college student-athlete?

 Honestly, I try not to show my excitement! But since you asked, I am beyond excited! I am just ready to begin this new chapter and be on my way to the goals and dreams I have been shaping for the last 18 years of my life!

3. What advice would you give to other athletes looking to get recruited?

The advice I would give to others is just take care of business, be persistent, and put all you have out there, yes including yourself – put yourself out there in front of college coaches! No holding back! And keep the FAITH!

4. Who has been the biggest influence in your sports career and why?

My loving mother! Because all the stuff I’ve seen her go through for my siblings and I. I just can’t way to see the day I put a smile on her face for all good she has done.

5. What would you like to accomplish during your college sports career?

I would like to just see my self excel in the sport of volleyball, see some playing time on the hardwood as a Freshman, get to the level where I can compete in the 2016 Olympics, and let God do the rest.

 

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1.  Why did you decide to sign with Cornell University?

I decided to sign with Cornell University for many reasons.  My journey with Cornell started with my recruiting coordinator, Coach Travis Burkett staying in contact with me throughout the whole process.  He was always very confident and upbeat about the program.  His excitement about the upcoming football season was beyond contagious for both my family and I.  I went on my official visit in November of 2011 and instantly fell in love with the Cornell football program.  Every coach showed a lot of enthusiasm and were beyond excited about telling me all about the program.  I felt welcomed as a family member by the coaches and players right away.  I had an opportunity to eat breakfast with the team, go to a game, and spend quality time with the coaches and players after.  It was everything I had hoped playing college football would be like.  Everything I saw, the campus, the football program etc…told me that this was the college of my dreams.  This was an opportunity I just could not pass up.  I will be able to play college football and graduate with an Ivy League education.

2. Describe the excitement you feel about becoming a college student-athlete?

I am very excited to become a student-athlete at Cornell University.  I am beyond anxious to expand my knowledge in the classroom and prove myself on and off the football field.  I will work hard in everything I do at Cornell University in order to be successful as both a student and an athlete.

3. What advice would you give to other athletes looking to get recruited?

My advice toward other athletes getting recruited would be to let the college football team choose you.  Yes, have your dream schools and work your hardest in all that you do.  However, you should not go to a school just because it has always been your dream; you need to feel wanted and needed by your future team.  Also, don’t expect everything to come to you just by playing. You need to put yourself out there and send emails to colleges stating your interest in the program, a short biography about you and your highlight film.

4. Who has been the biggest influence in your sports career and why?

My biggest influence in my sports career would have to be my brother who is 2 years older than me.  My parents always supported me in everything that I did and always set me up to train with the best athletes including former professional football players and always pushed me to be the best that I could be.  They also attended every sporting event I have ever had to support me.  However, I wouldn’t be the athlete I am today if I hadn’t been constantly competing with my brother Adam since we were little kids.  We always competed with each other and if one person did more in something, then the other would beat it.  This started when we were young kids in youth football when I was around the age of 7.  A prime example of our competitiveness between each other was every night we would both do about 350 pushups and sit-ups and call it even, then leave the room and knock out more on our own to beat each other.  Then the next morning we would tell each other how many we did and whomever did less would then knock out the difference.  This has gone on between us ever since. 

5. What would you like to accomplish during your college sports career?

During my college sports career I would like to become a leader and a captain on my Cornell Football team.  I would like my fellow teammates to come to me for help and guidance, whether it be on or off the football field.  As for my selfish goals, I would like to become the starting running back and help my team win an undisputed Ivy League Championship.   

 

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1.  Why did you decide to sign with West Virginia State University?

I chose this school because it is close to home, it isn’t very expensive, they have a great basketball and education program, and I like all of the coaches on the coaching staff.

2. Describe the excitement you feel about becoming a college student-athlete?

I am extremely excited to be playing college basketball. It has been a dream of mine for awhile and I can’t wait to finally fulfill it. I am also excited to be representing my city and family as best as I can while still earning a degree.

3. What advice would you give to other athletes looking to get recruited?

Work as hard as you can. Find websites for recruiting. Make a video and send it places, maybe not everyone will look at it, but most will. Remember that not every school is the right one for you; you have to find one that fits you, both athletically and educationally.

4. Who has been the biggest influence in your sports career and why?

My biggest influence in my sports career would probably be my high school coach. I may have only known him for a couple years, but he was my sports role model and he molded me into the player that I am today. He helped me grow as a person and a player and he is one of the reasons that I will be playing a college sport.

5. What would you like to accomplish during your college sports career?

I would like to be a perfect example of a student-athlete. I want to be able to succeed in the class and on the court. Also, I would like to improve my game and become a sixth man, role player, or possibly a starter.

 

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1.  Why did you decide to sign with Milligan College?

Overall, Milligan College was the best fit for me.  It was a small Christian school, which I was looking for, and it was close to home.  It was also a place I could pursue a college tennis career.

2. Describe the excitement you feel about becoming a college student-athlete?

It is very exciting!  I have always wanted to play a sport at the next level, so I hope to get up there and really enjoy it.

3. What advice would you give to other athletes looking to get recruited?

First off, you have to be self-motivated because you are the one who controls your own future.  No one is making you do it; you have to have dedication.  Play as much club/select sports as you can because that’s what the college coaches really look at.

4. Who has been the biggest influence in your sports career and why?

My parents.  Both of them played collegiate sports and had success.  I have just wanted to follow in their footsteps.

5. What would you like to accomplish during your college sports career?

I would love to be a major contributor these next four years and want to contend for conference championships year in and out.

 

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Abram White

1.  Why did you decide to sign with Loyola University?

I ultimately decided to sign with Loyola because of its growing program, and the atmosphere surrounding the school. Also, I favored Coach Cassard amongst the other coaches because it was evident he truly wants to help his players, not only athletically, but educationally as well

2. Describe the excitement you feel about becoming a college student-athlete?

The excitement was exactly what I pictured. It was what I had been working and waiting for, ever since I started High School.

3. What advice would you give to other athletes looking to get recruited?

I would tell other athletes that there really isn’t anything you can’t accomplish. All you have to do is set your goal and work towards it as hard as you possibly can. Lastly, I would say don’t let any small humps in the road or obstacles stop you from achieving your goal, just stay persistent.

4. Who has been the biggest influence in your sports career and why?

The biggest influence in my career would be each and every one of my teammates. Throughout the last four years, side-by-side, we’ve all competed crucially and kept each other going.

5. What would you like to accomplish during your college sports career?

My goals are to do the best that I can possibly do, both athletically and academically.

 

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