We at SportsForce would like to congratulate Jacob Sniffin on his commitment to the University of Hawaii Manoa. Here is Jacob’s recruiting story and interview from after he committed. Good luck as a Warrior!

Jacob Sniffin

1. Share your recruiting story and status

The recruiting process for me was a very interesting experience and very different from what I thought it would be. It can be very long or very short, and sometimes it is just playing well in the right place at the right time. For instance, I started being recruited by Hawaii by playing well against one of Hawaii’s coach’s best friends, who referred me to their coach and it took off from there. I ended up committing after I went on an official visit, and knew it was the place for me.

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

I am going to the University of Hawaii, Manoa. I chose this school because I loved the entire atmosphere of the island itself, the campus was very nice and the baseball team gets a lot of help with academics because they are on the road a lot, and the coaching staff really cares about making their players better and succeeding in their careers, with the team itself being one big family. I loved everything about it.

3. How did SportsForce help in the process?

Sportsforce helped me by asking me all the right questions about myself, my skills, my academic ability, and what I am really looking for from a college and its baseball program. They really helped me in learning what to say to college coaches, either in emails or in person, which was very important because in hindsight I would not have been ready to talk to coaches or even know what to say or what questions to ask to find out most of the information on their school and program. Lastly, they helped me by putting a video together to showcase my ability to the coaches I wanted to, and that was one of the factors that made the Hawaii coach come to watch me play was when he saw my video.

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

The best advice I would have for people is to start early in the freshman/sophomore year, and do not be so focused on going to a D1 school or an absolute powerhouse. Keep an open mind, because you want to go somewhere you will have a chance to play and that you will enjoy being a part of that school.

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

Personally, I could not be more excited about my future in college. It has been a dream of mine since the day I realized I loved playing and it was what I wanted to do when I was older. I have a great opportunity to come into a program with spots open and a lot of competition, and I am looking forward to that very much.

6. How much money do you anticipate your family saving in college expenses?

We are saving around $20,000+ a year by being a recruited athlete for an out-of-state school.

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

Yes, I would, because Sportsforce being by my side and guiding me through the crazy process was a blessing, they were always available to answer questions and helped us get on the right track for everything we needed to do. I don’t think I would be in the same spot today if not for Sportsforce.
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