Archive for September, 2012



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

I chose Adrian, because it had everything I wanted in a school. A great lacrosse program, but also a great program for what I want to major in. They take their sports and academics seriously, which is something I value. They also helped a lot financially, because it is not cheap to attend school here and they do their best to get you as much aid as possible.

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

It’s great to know that I’ve excelled enough in my sport to be able to play in college. I wasn’t a big star on my high school team, so to do something that not many people get to do is cool. On top of that I don’t come from a lacrosse heavy area, so being able to stand out above amazing players from the hotbeds of lacrosse is a great feeling.

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

Don’t wait for coaches to come to you, be proactive. It shows a lot of you as a person to approach a coach by yourself and show them you have passion and drive to play for their team. Also be gracious, these coaches don’t have to talk to you, so reply to all emails, call them back, and always say thank you, because they’ll remember someone who was nice and genuine over the cocky star athlete.

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

My dad has really pushed me in my sports career. He went to as many games as possible, especially after missing a year because he was deployed to Afghanistan. He really knows the game now that I’ve been playing for 8 years and he helps the other parents figure out what’s going on. He also really wanted to be active in the recruiting process and he helped me say the right things to coaches which really helped sell me as a player.

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

I really want to excel as a player, and be better than I was in high school. I hope that I can develop my skills and push myself to be better than people thought I was. I also want to make people from my high school team proud.

 

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Drew Peters

1.  Why did you decide to sign with Elgin Community College?

I decided to sign with Elgin Community College due to its rich program history and how great of a feeder program it has. There have been many players signed to big Division 1 schools out of Elgin and that’s my goal. I also know I can get my core classes out of the way and be prepared to go into my field of engineering. The goal at Elgin is to get stronger and put on some weight to add muscle and throw harder. I am already on a workout program for them and I’m excited to see results.

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

Being able to continue to play baseball at the collegiate level is a feeling not many people can have. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and it’s great to know that if you can set your mind to something, you can achieve it.

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

Getting recruited is a VERY difficult task. You have to be seen at the right time by the right people. You have to go where you feel right because if you don’t fall in love with the college that you’ll be at for quite some time, you will hate it. I was scouted by Division 1 schools, but I really didn’t get any offers. My dream has always been to play Division 1 baseball and that’s why I decided to take the Juco route. You have to make the most of your opportunities because you can only play baseball for so long, and you do not want to have regrets later in life.

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

My mom, she has always been very supportive of all my sports and activities. She is extremely busy with work nearly every day of the week, but still manages to find time to come and watch me play baseball, no matter where it is. I can give credit to Pat Fosnacht for teaching me the ways of baseball and I am extremely thankful for everything he did.

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

First off, I want to get an invite to the NJCAA World Series while I’m at Elgin and hopefully win it. My next step would be getting recruited to a big Division 1 school to play the rest of my career and hopefully get to the NCAA World Series. My overall biggest goal is to get drafted, no matter where or when, and have that opportunity that so few get.

 

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1.  Why did you decide to sign with the University of Tampa?

The University of Tampa competes for a national championship yearly. The coaching staff is phenomenal and the athletes are talented and dedicated. After visiting several schools I knew UT was the right fit for me based on the campus size and team dynamics.

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

I was fortunate to end my club season with a national championship. That excitement has carried over into my pre-season conditioning. I continue to work hard, so that I have the opportunity to make an immediate impact. I have had the chance to get to know my teammates during camps and we all get along great. I am looking forward to working towards another national championship. Taking classes that are specific to my degree is another amazing opportunity. I am ready to take the next step of my life as a college student.

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

I highly recommend that recruits visit numerous schools and make their decision based on what is best for them and not what others think is best for them.

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

My parents have been the biggest influence in my sports career because they have supported me in all my athletic endeavors. Both my parents were athletes, so they understand the demands. My dad was my basketball coach growing up and when I decided to play volleyball my mom spent hours in the gym working with me. My parents have promoted lessons and personal training to ensure I was in the best shape to compete. Most importantly, they are always there in the stands to cheer me on.

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

I would like to make an instant impact on the program and play for a national championship all 4 years.

 

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1.  Why did you decide to sign with Aquinas college?

Well I was originally signed to Saint Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, but ended up wanting to be closer to home and my fiancé. I made a very last minute choice to go to Aquinas because of their location, their environment, and of course their basketball program.

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

I am very excited, but have known this was going to happen for years. When I was 14, right before 10th grade, I decided that I wanted to take my game to the next level and have been working on it more and more since then. I am most excited about having unlimited access to a gym and weight room, I really believe I have loads of potential.

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

Try your hardest in school, because having good grades will open up more doors for you to play at the next level. Also, just make smart life decisions. No coach wants someone who posts profanity on social networks or talks about drinking, partying, etc. Don’t be afraid to email a coach and tell them about yourself either, maybe they will see something in you.

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

My 2 year high school coach Kevin White. He had 15 years of college coaching experience and definitely prepared me for the next level. He ran practice just like a college team and was the first coach I had who had us watch weekly film. I went to a workout at Marygrove a few weeks ago and since I had previously done every workout already with Coach White, I was very prepared. He also knew many college coaches at the level I was being recruited at, so he let them know about me personally.

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

I want to win championships with my team. I want to increase my strength and athleticism. I hopefully will prepare myself to play in Europe for a few years, since I was born in Sweden. I would also like to graduate with good grades and maybe go to grad school later.

 

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1.  Why did you decide to sign with State Fair College?

It’s a small college in Sedalia, MO with a 25:1 faculty to student ratio. I believe I’ll get a lot of one-on-one time with the professors, as well as focus more on my sports career. I also decided on going here because I want to travel and study business, which is why I’ll be majoring in business international (they have that option for me). Finally, I decided to go here because I received a full ride basketball scholarship.

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

It feels extremely surreal, because I’ve always considered myself an elite athlete, but to get the opportunity to play in college is one of the best feelings.

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

The best advice I believe I can give to other athletes is, do not depend on your coaches and school counselors. You should go online and make an online profile and go from there. As you continue with your online searches you will learn more and more about different colleges and began filling out sport questionnaires.

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

My father has been the biggest influence in my sports career because he was a student-athlete. He has been supportive of my sports career since I’ve been playing. I also believe he was a huge influence, because he gave me the confidence to play sports. He would tell me when I didn’t do well, and then take me to the park to work on my weaknesses. He inspired me to become the best!

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

During my college sports career, I would like to see myself stepping out of my comfort zone. If the coach asks me to play a position I don’t really play, I would like to see myself taking on the challenge and become a better player. If I get the chance, I want learn how to play all positions.

 

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

I chose this school because I absolutely loved the beautiful campus and the athletic program. I met the team and instantly knew I could feel at home with them and also have the time of my life playing lacrosse at the collegiate level.

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

I’m so pumped to play on a team where every player is dedicated and works hard to get the best results. My team will be like my family away from home, and I look forward to bonding with my teammates and also kicking butt on the field.

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

If you want to be recruited you have to put yourself out there. I played on a club team for a summer, which is how I was recruited. Even if you can’t afford to play club, there are tons of websites that you can make a profile and ask coaches to look at you.

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

My biggest influence would be my club coach Jessica Livingston. She taught me not only to work hard, but to also the love the sport. She is the reason I’m playing in college. She always pushed me past what I thought was my limit. I thank her all the time for opening my eyes to what I was missing out on.

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

I want to make an impact on the people around me and also those who know I’m playing in college. I want to push myself to be the best lacrosse player people have seen. I want to be a player that my teammates can count on. I want to be the best I can be and enjoy the opportunity I’ve been given.

 

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

After weighing my options and comparing the good vs. bad I decided Nicholls State had the best offer for me.  I will be starting as a true freshman at linebacker and special teams. I am close to home so there are no out of state fees. The school is smaller; therefore I will get more one-on-one time with the coaching staff.  The coaches are genuinely concerned with my academics and overall it was the best pick for me. I feel like it was a win-win situation. I get to play as a freshman and I have a full scholarship.

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

I cannot describe how excited I am to be able to continue playing football at the next level. This is something I live for and to go to the next level is just wonderful. I can’t sleep sometimes thinking about it.  I am ready to get on campus and get started.

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

I would say first and foremost keep your grades up. Be a student first and then an athlete. I would say stay humble and sincere about playing ball; respect your coaches and the game. Be a good leader and example for your teammates.  Stay focused and in shape.

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

My coach Michael Roach. He took me under his wing and basically nurtured me. He made sure I kept my grades up and stayed focused. He spent a lot of extra time with me getting me into good football camps and getting me exposed to the right people.  He was there even if I just needed a man to talk tom, being that I am raised in a single parent home by my mother who did a wonderful job. He lives by what he preaches and I respect him for that.  He is a great role model.

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

To be the best football player and teammate I can be and to make a mark so when I leave I will be remembered at Nicholls State. Also, to receive my degree and, of course, to go to the NFL.

 

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

It has a great academic program in mathematics and they also have a very competitive sports program for dedicated student-athletes.

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

I feel very excited having the blessing to be apart of what you love by playing the game of basketball. Playing college basketball at Siena will be a blessing for my family and I in the near future, and I’m very humble with the experience that God will present in the future.

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

The advice I will give prospects that are going to be recruited is to stay focus and be patient with the future. God has blessings for everyone and if you stay focus and aggressive now, your future will be bright.

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

I think my mother has been my greatest influence in my sports career because she carries a hard-working and independent attitude that serves as an example in my life. She puts God first and her family after. These actions serve as a lifelong testament both on and off the basketball court. Her strong personality rubs off on my passion for basketball. She’s a role model for a person like me and I love her for being there for me.

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

I would like to accomplish a balance as a student-athlete. I want to challenge myself everyday and push my body and my mind to the limit to stay successful in college as a student-athlete.

 

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Ricky Page

1.  Why did you decide to sign with Daytona State College?

I was talking with the coaches back and forth for a while after I went to a showcase at Daytona State, toured some of the campuses and learned about the program, I knew it was a good place to start my baseball career and education. After I had Tommy John surgery on June 30, 2011, they were one of the very few schools that still stayed in touch with me and checked out how my rehab was going, so I felt comfortable with them from the beginning of the recruiting process.

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

It really is such a blessing. Everyone dreams of playing in that next level and for me to be able to have a chance to play in college, after missing my senior year injured, it’s truly overwhelming at times.

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

All I can say is play like every game is your last, go the extra mile, run when others aren’t, stay positive if something isn’t going your way and have a short memory. Mistakes are made when your mind isn’t on the task at hand. Also, being willing to go up to a coach and initiate a conversation or introducing yourself in a professional way really makes an impact. 

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

It would have to be my father. He was an All-American athlete when he was in high school for soccer and baseball and played both sports exceptionally well at Rollins College in Winter Park. He knows what it takes to get to the next level and he put all of the time he could into helping me get where I am today. When I didn’t want to work he pushed me to get out there and keep getting better. I can honestly say I wouldn’t have made it past little league without his coaching and motivation.

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

Staying healthy and having a quality education that is paid for. I love baseball, but I was raised to know my education comes first. After coming off major surgery, staying healthy is my main focus and the success will come with the hard work I put in each and every day.

 

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A recruited student-athlete is 3 to 4 times more likely to get accepted to a more prestigious academic university then a non-recruited student or student-athlete.

To ensure you become a recruited student-athlete you have to perform in the classroom Here’s a link to the NCAA core class worksheet.  With this worksheet you can monitor how you are doing in your classes and make sure you are on track with your core classes.

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