We at SportsForce would like to congratulate Ryan Novis on his commitment to St. Mary’s College. Here are Ryan’s recruiting story and interview after he committed. Good luck as a Gael!

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1. Share your recruiting story and status

We started the recruiting process late but didn’t know it. At first, we didn’t think we needed help, but after a while what we were hearing from recruiters, schools, and showcases did not add up. Everyone was very positive, and despite our son’s many accolades (All District, All State, Junior All American) our communication with the colleges seemed to stall. We sought out Andrew and his team at SportsForce and they had an immediate impact for us. They helped us move beyond the marketing hype and wishful thinking and were able to give us the real information we could act on, even when we didn’t want to hear it.
They were always honest and supportive, a tough combination.

With their help, we reworked Ryan’s profile and videos (never underestimate how important this is!) and they could tell us who was really interested in Ryan and who was trying to collect a fee for a camp. Being recruited is a highly competitive process, especially on the west coast where the number of talented athletes outnumbers the available scholarship opportunities nearly five to one.

The process starts earlier and earlier and is more competitive in every way. To be honest, I am not sure how the Coaches themselves manage to navigate this process. It’s challenging for everyone, but Andrew and his team helped us get a handle on it, helped us put together a real plan we could act on, and they supported us through our efforts. In the end, the offers started to come and when the right school offered Ryan, everyone in the family was informed enough to know that it was the right offer.

In the end, we feel incredibly blessed because Ryan found exactly the right opportunity, at the right school for him and we could not be happier. I do not believe this would have been possible without the help of the Sportsforce team.

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

Ryan is going to St. Mary’s College in Moraga, CA. Ryan selected St. Mary’s because it had the best of all the factors that mattered the most to him. They are a division 1 school that competes in the West Coast Conference. They need players in Ryan’s position – outfield, and the school is well known for its academics. As a final bonus, it is located in Northern California, a beautiful part of the country.

3. How did SportsForce help in the process?

1) Advice – Andrew provided excellent and honest assessments

2) Programs – the email template, campaigns and tracking sheets made things much more manageable

3) Q&A – They helped us prepare for conversations with coaches and campus visit

4) Video editing – they took our raw footage and dramatically improved the presentation

5) Insight – The events we attended that were recommended by the SportsForce team lead to real recruiting conversations.

6) Encouragement – It can be a long frustrating process and SportsForce was always supportive and encouraging.

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

There are a lot of people who are happy to sell you what you want to hear. In my business I work with many advisors, some of them earning many hundreds of dollars per hour and they are well worth it because of the trouble they save me. Once I realized that Andrew and his team were much they same, their value became obvious. Get with their program and follow it. Early. If your son (or daughter) really does have what it takes to play at the next level, having a solid advisor, in my opinion, makes that process easier to navigate.

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

Ryan is extremely excited about his future in college as is the whole family.

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

We will have saved about $100,000 due to the athletic scholarship money.

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

I would absolutely recommend SportsForce for all the reasons I have mentioned above.

 

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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