Archive for April, 2017



We would like to congratulate Ethan Wookey on his commitment to Whittier College! Here are Ethan’s recruiting story and interview after his commitment. Good luck as a Poet!

Ethan Wookey

 1. Share your recruiting story and status

I started my recruiting process back in my sophomore-junior year during the summer when I started attending big tournaments and showcases on the west coast.  These were great for exposure and it began a long and challenging recruiting process.  My junior year season my dad took video of me playing to create a highlight video.  My junior-senior year summer was the biggest for me as I attended the headfirst camp in Long Island, New York.  Along with that showcase, I played in a number of tournaments and showcases in Los Angeles as well.  Lastly, I attended 3 different school recruiting camps.  None of which I ended up committing to.  I decided after my third one I wouldn’t go to anymore and I also decided that I was going to stay on the west coast.  This cut off a lot of potential offers, but it worked out for the best.  I then came down to the decision in March between Whittier and another school, and I ultimately chose Whittier.  I went to both schools, talked to both coaches in person and made my final decision.

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

I will be playing at Whittier College next year in Los Angeles.  I chose this college due to location, coaching staff, and most importantly the academics.

3. How did SportsForce help in the process?

SportsForce helped immensely in this process as they helped with contacting different coaches, recommended different showcases for maximum exposure, and edited my highlight video to show to colleges.  Ryan Thompson (my recruiting advisor) was also a big help, as he gave me great advice as I traveled through the summer and through my senior year.

4. What advice would you give to other players and parents with the recruiting process?

I would definitely recommend lots of raw footage of game situations to eventually make into a highlight video.  Also to be open to the process, as college coaches are very busy and aren’t always responsive right away.  There were a lot of the colleges that didn’t express a lot of interest in me because my size, speed, or strength were not aligned with their recruiting needs.  Try not to set your heart on one school too early as that school might not have a need for you.  There may also be schools that you will match up well with, but they may not have a roster spot for you due to previous recruiting years at your position.  For me, going to a school where I will be able to get lots of playing time early was a key.  Don’t be afraid to contact coaches by email or phone call.  Not every coach will respond to emails right away, so if you are interested in going to that school, calling them to tell them about certain tourney’s or showcase’s your attending is important.  Lastly, grades in school are a major key.  I didn’t qualify academically for some schools as my grades were too low to attend them. Having high grades really opens so many more doors.

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

I am very excited to start my college career, as I have been working toward it since I was 4 years old.

6. How much money do you anticipate your family saving in college expenses because of you being recruited?

Because I am going to a D3 school I will not receive any sports scholarships, but I did receive a healthy academic scholarship to cover a lot of the sticker price.

7. Would you recommend SportsForce to any other student-athletes? Why?

I would recommend SportsForce to any student-athlete trying to play sports in college as they give you an upper edge in the world of college coaches.

Over the last six years, SportsForce has helped over 1,000 student-athletes and families successfully navigate the college recruiting and athletic scholarship process while saving families on average $50,000 in college expenses.

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We would like to congratulate William Sweeney on his commitment to Stanford University! Here are William’s recruiting story and interview after his commitment. Good luck as a Cardinal!

Will Sweeney
 1. Share your recruiting story and status

My recruiting process was difficult and stressful at times, but in the end, it turned out to be a total blast. After having promising sophomore and junior seasons, I initially cast a wide net and contacted schools from the D1 FBS level all the way to the D3 level. I attended camps during the summers, played 7v7 in the off-season, and trained year round. After my junior season, I began heavily contacting Ivy League and highly academic D3 schools, but I always had the dream of playing FBS football in the back of my mind. The recruiting process took a difficult turn when I tore my ACL during the winter of my junior year, but a few schools stood by me despite the injury. On a whim, I also decided to reach out to my dream school, Stanford University, and to my surprise, they responded quickly with interest despite my injury. They were interested in bringing on a preferred walk-on long snapper in my class and liked what they had seen from me in camp and on film. Once I displayed my ability to get into the school on my own with my grades and test scores, they offered me the spot. From then on, it was a waiting game to see if I would get in. I received my admissions offer on December 12th, committed an hour later, and signed my Letter of Intent on National Signing Day.

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

I chose my dream school Stanford University because it is the only school in the country that offers an elite education and the opportunity to compete for a national championship every season. Also, my mom and uncle are alumni, so I’ve grown up around campus and have always imagined myself there. It has been my goal since I was 7 years old.

3. How did SportsForce help in the process?

SportsForce and Andrew Beinbrink really helped me early on in the process by giving me the organizational tools to communicate with many schools. They showed me how to write effective emails that would give coaches an idea of my skills and who I am as a person. SportsForce really helped me put myself out there, as I was initially a little shy at first. Andrew also explained the NCAA recruiting rules for each level and simplified terms that I wasn’t familiar with, such as the Ivy League Band System. He was a great help to refer to if I was ever confused about something.

4. What advice would you give to other players and parents with the recruiting process?

I would advise that it’s good to start sending out emails early, right when an athlete has varsity film. Also, never be shy about reaching out to coaches. It is their job to find athletes, and you coming to them makes it that much easier for them. They appreciate it. Also, be careful about the number of camps you go to. You want to plan your summers in a way that allows you to recover and get sufficient rest before you see more coaches.

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

I could not be more excited. This is a total dream come true.

6. Would you recommend SportsForce to any other student-athletes? Why?

Yes, I absolutely would. SportsForce was a great asset to me early on in the process, and they supplied me with valuable information. The recruiting process can be tough or confusing sometimes, and it’s great to know you have someone there to answer your questions. SportsForce was there for me.

Over the last five years, SportsForce has helped over 1,000 student-athletes and families successfully navigate the college recruiting and athletic scholarship process while saving families on average $50,000 in college expenses.

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We would like to congratulate Jacob Sligar on his commitment to Beloit College! Here are Jacob’s recruiting story and interview after his commitment. Good luck as Buccaneer!

Jacob Sligar
1. Share your recruiting story and status

The process was difficult at first to understand the emails and responses to send to coaches, but I eventually understood what needed to be done. It involved paying attention and updating coaches that got interested and it paid off. I verbally committed January 29th. I will sign the first day I am permitted.

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

I am going to Beloit College. I chose them based off their academics and how good their baseball program was. It felt like the best fit for me.

3. How did SportsForce help in the process?

Sportsforce helped me to truly understand what needed to be done and understand what to talk about with coaches to get a better understanding of their school.

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

Start early and do not lose any hope that your son or daughter will not get a chance to play at the next level. There is a college that will want your son or daughter and your child will love that school.

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

I am extremely excited for my future in college and can’t wait until the season starts when I finally graduate.

6. How much money do you anticipate your family saving in college expenses because of you being recruited?

I would say about 75% savings for my family.

7. Would you recommend SportsForce to any other student-athletes? Why?

I would recommend SportsForce to other student-athletes because of how well their program works in helping you understand the process and getting noticed.

Over the last five years, SportsForce has helped over 1,000 student-athletes and families successfully navigate the college recruiting and athletic scholarship process while saving families on average $50,000 in college expenses.

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