We at SportsForce would like to congratulate Patrick Davis on his commitment to Dickinson College. Here is Patrick’s recruiting story and interview from after he committed. Good luck as a Red Devil!

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1. Share your recruiting story and status?
The recruiting process really began freshman year for me, when I quickly established playing college baseball as a priority for me. Freshman year I began researching a mix of schools I thought I would be interested in, ranging from high Division I to Division III. I wanted to view all my options and not set my sights on a small, selective group of schools so early. Throughout high school, I began reaching out to coaches and expressing interest in their schools and attending specific showcases in which I knew the certain schools I targeted would be attending. Attending these showcases gave me the opportunity to be seen by the entire Dickinson coaching staff and allowed them to fully evaluate the aspects of my game.
 
2. What school are you going to, and why did you choose them?

In 2016 I am thrilled to be attending Dickinson College because it encompassed everything I wanted in a school. Dickinson has already established a great baseball program, filled with very talented players and a coaching staff who will do nothing but support me on and off the field and help to improve my game. Just as importantly, Dickinson offers a very challenging and rigorous academic opportunity that I look forward to. Deciding to compete at the Division III level will really allow me to expand my academic horizons in ways such as studying abroad in Spain. Dickinson is the school that will support my two track mindset of hopefully playing Major League baseball, and being successful in the classroom and whatever work field I decide to be in.

3. How did SportsForce help in the process?

SportsForce was a huge help to me because it gave me guidance that was essential to the recruiting process. SportsForce was able to help guide me in the right direction when it came to reaching out to coaches, what showcases to attend, and it also helped to put my stress on hold because even though I was inexperienced in this situation, I had the guidance from SportsForce to help me along the way.

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

I think the best advice I can give to other players and parents about the recruiting process is proactive, and RELAX. If an athlete has targeted a school as one they think they may be interested in attending, reach out to them, tell them that you’re interested. You can’t sit back and expect it all to come to you; scouts see thousands of kids over the course of a summer, and it’s tough for them to target a specific player unless you make it your priority to let them know that you are interested. Also, others may tell you that this process is going to be the most stressful one of your life, but it’s only as stressful as you make it. You need to focus on the things that only YOU can control: like playing as hard as you can, reaching out to coaches, and giving yourself the best opportunity to be seen by these schools. The moment you begin focusing on external things is the moment your performance will begin to decrease and your stress level will become unnecessarily high.

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

I couldn’t be more excited for my future at Dickinson. I think Coach Hanson and the entire Red Devil coaching staff is going to push me to be the best I can be on and off the field, and allow me to put myself in a position to be successful in whatever career I decide to pursue. I also think that when I arrive on campus in 2016, the teammates I’m going to have will push me as well, and become some of my best friends and brothers.

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

SportsForce is perfect for all student-athletes who are really serious about pursuing college athletics. SportsForce gives you guidance and insight that really cannot be found anywhere else. I think that SportsForce played a large role in my commitment to Dickinson, and I absolutely recommend this to any other student-athlete whose priority is to play in college.
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