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We would like to congratulate Matt Stearns on his commitment to California State University, Dominguez Hills! Here are Matt’s recruiting story and interview after his commitment. Good luck as a Toro!

Matt Stearns commitment

1. Share your recruiting story and status

A few weeks ago. The process was exciting. I had the opportunity to choose from three schools.

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

I chose Cal State Dominguez Hills. The fit was the best for me and my family. The coaching staff is really great there and I get to stay in SoCal playing baseball.

3. How did SportsForce help in the process?

Ryan and Darrell were super helpful and the insight they gave us was invaluable. Sportsforce helped us get noticed by a lot of schools. Ryan advised us on which showcases and tournaments I should attend to maximize being seen by the schools I was interested in.

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

Start early, find the schools that will be the best fit for you and your family.

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

I am super excited about taking my game to the next level and playing College Baseball.

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

I believe it will be close to $50,000

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

I would recommend Sportsforce to help others with the recruiting process. I learned a lot from Sportsforce on how to communicate with coaches and find the best fit 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 Cameron Parmigiani on his commitment to University of St. Francis! Here are Cameron’s recruiting story and interview after his commitment. Good luck as a Fighting Saint!

1. Share your recruiting story and status

I started working with SportsForce during the summer between my Junior and Senior years of high school.  After their evaluation, I was told that I would likely play NAIA or NCAA D3 college basketball.  My first introduction to college coaches was on the very first day of my Senior Year of high school.  I had about 40 responses from college coaches.  I began narrowing down these schools, with SportsForce’s help, of course. They guided me through the process, gave me advice on how to properly communicate with the college coaches who were interested in me.  They were there every step of the way.  I ultimately narrowed my list down to about 7 schools.  It was then when I began making official visits to schools, doing overnights at the campuses with the basketball teams, and having lengthy calls with the coaches to discuss the possibilities for my future as a student-athlete. On March 26, 2016, I signed with the University of St. Francis men’s basketball team, committing to them, reserving my spot on the team, and accepting the athletic scholarship money they offered me. Being a dedicated student, I also received a significant academic scholarship as well…

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

Next year, I will be attending the University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Illinois. I chose them for their location, school size, feel of the school, athletic prowess, and relation to the coaching staff.

3. How did SportsForce help in the process?

SportsForce helped guide me through the minefield of the college athletic recruiting process by telling me how to handle business, and how to approach the coaches with questions or concerns I may have had.

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

I would definitely recommend that perspective college student athletes get a head start, earlier than I did, in order to get the roster spot they may deserve before it fills up. The highlight video was a notably big part of my recruitment, so I absolutely would recommend that as well. One piece of advice for them, though, would be to choose a school where you could also see yourself attending without playing your sport. Say you get severely injured after your first year, you don’t want to be stuck there; unhappy, and have to transfer and begin the search again. Just something to think about.

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

I am STOKED for my college basketball career, and I know that I have chosen the right school for me!

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

Because of the help from SportsForce, we will be saving over 50% of our college costs through my athletic and academic scholarships.

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

Yes. I would recommend it. I had no idea where I wanted to go to college at the start of my senior year of high school, which was very stressing and intimidating. SportsForce helped me find schools that wanted me, and I went from there! 🙂

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 Jake Fosgett on his commitment to Concordia University of Nebraska! Here are Jake’s recruiting story and interview after his commitment. Good luck as a Bulldog!

Jake Concordia Commit Pic

1. Share your recruiting story and status

My college recruiting process began a little later than what probably would have been ideal.  I began after the summer of my sophomore year in high school, following a solid season of pitching for San Dieguito Academy.  The only time I really showcased myself was when I participated in tournaments trying to get some exposure from college scouts/coaches.  During my junior year in high school, I teamed up with SportsForce to get actual advice from people with actual experience in the field of recruiting.  I was given LOTS of help from the SportsForce guys.  I got some recruiting knowledge such as: what questions to ask coaches, how to contact those coaches, and how to effectively proceed through the recruiting process.  Helpful tips for my pitching form were even given in areas that needed to be improved upon.  All this eventually led me to perform in a Prospect camp that put me in contact with my future coach at Concordia.  He was impressed at how well I performed on and off the field, including grades, and showed a strong interest in me for his team.  I committed in October of 2015, three months after coming in contact with the coach at my school.

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

I am going to Concordia University of Nebraska. The two main reasons I chose the school would have to be the baseball coach there and the strong education that I am anxious to receive in my major of Computer Sciences.

3. How did SportsForce help in the process?

As I said before, SportsForce gave me an abundant wealth of advice that helped me converse and contact college scouts and coaches.

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

I’d say that one very important thing would be to start as early as you can.  The first big step you should take is during your freshman and sophomore year. If you’re starting a little later, as I did, don’t panic!  However, you will need to give more dedication to participating in tournaments, camps, and showcases in a shorter amount of time.

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

I’m very excited for college. Obviously, I’m quite nervous for it, but feel I made a great decision going to Concordia where there are some really cool baseball guys that will be my future teammates.

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

I currently have a $17,000 scholarship to go to Concordia, which is half the Out-of-State cost. For four years, that is $68,000 in savings for college.

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

I would recommend SportsForce to anybody willing to put in all the necessary effort for college and baseball, and then some. If you’re going to be a student athlete with SportsForce, then grades, baseball, and family are going to need to become your top priorities to succeed in the recruiting process.

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We would like to congratulate Tyler Hazlett on his commitment to Hawaii Pacific University! Here are Tyler’s recruiting story and interview after his commitment.  Good luck as a Shark!

Tyler HPU Commit Pic

1. Share your recruiting story and status

I play for a small Division 5 high school team in Temple City, California. I began participating in baseball showcases in December of my junior year. While attending a baseball camp at USC, I met the General Manager for Trosky Baseball and later that year was asked to play for the Trosky 18U team the next summer. Playing for Trosky was the best experience of my high school career and consistently put me in front of dozens of college coaches. We quickly realized that even starting the recruiting process as a junior we were somewhat behind. Some of my Trosky teammates were committing as sophomores and juniors. We felt behind in the process from the beginning. My coaches and I knew I would play somewhere but we didn’t know where. I didn’t commit until the middle of my senior year.

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

I committed to attend play baseball for Hawaii Pacific University in February of my senior year. I was being watched by many colleges and actively recruited by a handful. I visited the campuses and met with the coaching staff of the schools that were actively recruiting me. This was a very important experience and all I can say is I just knew that HPU was the right college for me. I considered the education, campus, location, team, coaching staff and the opportunity to make an immediate impact. The home field is not the best and the campus is not very traditional, but it all feels right to me. I met several families from Hawaii while playing for Trosky and the love and kindness they showed me and my family also influenced my decision.

3. How did SportsForce help in the process?

My mom heard a presentation from SportsForce at a college showcase and told my dad we needed to look into their service. We set up a phone call with Andrew (Beinbrink, CEO/Co-Founder of SportsForce) and he gave us some valuable advice about the recruiting process and what was required to be marketable. We decided to sign up because it seemed like Andrew really understood the process and we felt like we were already behind. My dad tells his friends that the recruiting process is another full-time job. My initial list had 50 possible schools from NCAA Division I to Division III. In baseball, there are only so many coaches and even fewer opportunities for them to see you play. Communicating to coaches when and where they can see you is the most important piece of the puzzle. SportsForce helped us email every single coach on the college staff on my target list before every game or tournament. SportsForce also helped us determine if a coach was really interested in me or just marketing their program. An invitation to a camp is not the same as a phone call or text message from a coach.

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

The process is different for every single person, start early but don’t be discouraged if you do start late. It’s hard to believe early means freshman year or earlier for some, but that’s what it means in baseball. A highlight video is a must and has to be short and focused, but playing or showcasing in front of coaches is most important. Be flexible, schools I thought I wanted to attend didn’t feel right when I actually visited the campus.

Grades are also extremely important. A GPA of 3.5 and above puts you in a different category for coaches and impacts the amount of academic money a college can offer you. A coach has a lot more flexibility when he can rely on your academic achievement. My offer was stacked with an academic scholarship and an athletic scholarship.

The process is not easy! Responding to emails from coaches can take hours after a game or tournament. You need to be organized and I relied on my parents a lot. My dad had his friends call me as mock college coaches so I would be prepared when the phone calls came. Research the schools you are interested in and be able to talk about yourself and what you like and don’t like about a school. Be honest with the coach and yourself and make sure it feels right to you.

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

I am extremely happy with my choice and look forward to a great college experience. I love the campus, the coaches, the people and the food. And hey, the location is Hawaii.

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

My offer is for $18,000 a year, so we will save $72,000 over the four years.

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

I play for Trosky Mizuno and we play and travel a lot in the summer. My Dad said we would not have been able to manage the email communication without SportsForce. SportsForce started out sending over two hundred emails at a time for me when we started. Darrell (Mazon, Co-Director of Client Team at SportsForce) kept me on task and made sure I got my emails to coaches in time so they would be able to schedule a time to see me at games and tournaments. When communication and offers started coming in, Andrew was there to provide advice. One of the best parts was that I was able to see which coaches watched my video and which coaches opened my emails.

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 at SportsForce would like to congratulate Joel Brown on his commitment to Chapman University! Here are Joel’s recruiting story and interview after his commitment. Good luck as a Panther!

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1. Share your recruiting story and status

I wasn’t up to speed with the recruiting process until the middle of my junior year. My dream has always been to play baseball at the collegiate level and to stand out on teams I play on. When I started playing with Trosky Baseball in the summer entering my senior year I began to realize how behind I was in the recruiting process when I realized the majority of my teammates were committed already. The reality of my current position in the recruiting process didn’t come easily to me because I had the mentality that I had to go to a D1 school. With the advice and knowledge passed on from Coach Ryan Thompson, I was able to sign on with SportsForce and dive into the recruiting process head on. We did research and selected at least fifty different schools that fit my interests. After my first email campaign, I was amazed at how many schools/coaches were interested in me and how many positive responses I received. I followed the instructions I received from SportsForce and created dialogues with numerous coaches. Eventually, I was able to showcase my skills in front of many of these coaches at tournaments and showcases. After the first month or two, I received my first offer and soon after I received 3 more. None of these schools were D1 colleges, but it didn’t seem to matter anymore. I realized the most important thing was a good education followed by a great degree. I found a school with a perfect social fit, location and baseball program. I am confident that I will be able to stand out and be an impact player in their program. I am thrilled that I committed before my senior season started because it is extremely stressful not knowing where you are going after your senior year. I am now able to completely focus on my last year of high school baseball and just have fun.

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

I will be attending Chapman University. I chose Chapman because of a handful of reasons. I like that it is a medium size student body so I won’t have to walk around campus and see the same faces every day. It is located an hour away from where I live in Southern California so my family and friends can come watch me play whenever they want, and it’s a ten-minute drive to the beach. Chapman offers a fantastic education and a variety of different degrees. The baseball program is a top D3 program where I know I will be able to excel and be coached by experienced coaches who know how to coach a championship team.

3. How did SportsForce help in the process?

SportsForce started off helping me by giving me the truth to the reality of recruiting. We then identified schools that would be the right fit for me academically and athletically. SportsForce did an amazing job at helping me create custom emails to send to coaches. SportsForce has a great staff that includes guys who were pro athletes and collegiate coaches so they know what specifically should and shouldn’t be said in an email. SportsForce also really helped in the dialogue process with coaches. When I didn’t know how to reply to a coach, I was always able to ask for help and I would always receive an immediate response.

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

I would say to start off with a quality highlight video that includes batting and your position. Create dialogues with coaches as early as your sophomore and even freshman year because it is never too early to start. Don’t be afraid to call coaches and ask them where you currently stand with them in their recruiting process and how you can proceed with them. Understand the realities of recruiting and keep an open mind to any division of a school because you may fit a lot better in a school you may never think you would go to. Go somewhere where you know you can play and not sit on the bench for 2 or 3 years.

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

I couldn’t be more excited to go to Chapman. The reality of my commitment hasn’t even set in yet. It still feels unreal. I couldn’t be happier with my decision to commit there. I found a college where I will be happy for the next 4 years.

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

D3 schools don’t offer athletic scholarships, but I received a 40,000 dollar grant and the coach is helping me find other ways I can save money. On top of the 40,000, I expect to save double that.

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

I would recommend SportsForce to any other athlete because recruiting today is entirely different than it was 10 years ago. You can’t just be a star athlete on your high school team or have a good weekend at a tournament and receive a college scholarship. You have to go out of your way and contact as many schools as possible and SportsForce makes sure you are able to successfully do this. They helped me receive opportunities I wouldn’t have been able to receive on my own. SportsForce is the way to go if you are serious about playing college athletics.

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 at SportsForce would like to congratulate Austin Ruiz on his commitment to Azusa Pacific University. Here is Austin and his family’s recruiting story and interview after his committment. Good luck as a Cougar!

Austin Ruiz 2016 APU #2

1. Share your recruiting story and status

Austin: The process was a lot more difficult than I thought it would be especially for my parents. They wanted to make sure I would find the college that was right for me. I just played the game I love and knew that I would end up with the right college. I feel that my selection to play at Azusa Pacific University is definitely the right place for me and I signed the National Letter of Intent on November 11, 2015.

Parents: As a parent, all you want is what’s best for your child. The college process today is much more complicated and a lot more nerve racking then when we went to college. We also feel it’s a lot more stressful for the parents. Not only do you want the right fit academically and athletically for your child you also want to hopefully get the best deal financially so it’s affordable. In baseball, it’s rare to get more than 35 to 50 percent and even then that’s a lot. So as parents you really need to make sure you approach the search with your child with realistic expectations. It may be a great school but if they only offer you 35% and you have to shell out the rest, can you afford it? Your child has to also understand your limitations as well and sometimes that’s more difficult than actually finding a school.

 

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

Austin: Azusa Pacific University is the school that I chose. I wanted a small private/Christian school with a good baseball program and one with great coaches who will take the time to help me get to the next level. I also wanted a school with a football team, and a sports science-oriented major program. With APU, I’m getting all of this, every time I talked with coaches they talked to me like I’m already there and everything they told me about how they run their baseball program seems to fit with the way I play the game. APU has the major that I’m interested in called “Applied Exercise Sciences”, which I’m excited about.

Parents: This question is one that should be asked up front at the beginning as well as half way through the process. Parents and children have different wants and those wants also change as the process evolves. For example when we first started Austin wanted to go to a school that was nationally ranked and always in the limelight. This school just happened to be on the other side of the US. No big deal right? Maybe/Maybe not! What about going to the games? Do we have a travel fund? How often can we go? Does he really want to be that far away? Etc. etc. That one idea sparked many questions. Answer them now and be honest. We wanted him to go to a prominent west coast school known for its academics as well as for baseball. All of the schools that both he and we picked were big with big campuses, tons of students etc. When we started to go visit these schools it became quite apparent that Austin didn’t like the feel of a big school. He loved the coaches and the baseball program but we could tell something was out of place. He just didn’t react the way we expected? Why? We never asked him right away. After visiting approx. 8-10 of these schools we finally asked him which one? He said he didn’t feel comfortable at any of them? As a parent, you can just imagine how we felt. What? How could you not feel comfortable at….. What we finally realized after many questions later, what our son really wanted was a smaller more academic-minded school with a great baseball program. Well, that definitely changed the next few months for us. We switched gears and started researching. That is where SportsForce really assisted us.

3. How did SportsForce help in the process?

Austin: SportForce helped with getting emails out to the coaches, bringing them to my site online where SportsForce outlined my sports web page which gave coaches instant knowledge on who I am and how I play the game. Their staff worked with me getting to know me and understanding what I wanted and then pointed me in the right direction. I worked one on one with Andrew and he took the time to get to know me as a person, a student, and an athlete. He really helped me to understand the process and how to talk with coaches about what I wanted in order to make the best choice for me. Andrew called me and we practiced and he helped ease my nerves.

Parents: As you can imagine as parents even though you have a great relationship with your child and think that you communicate perfectly you find out that sometimes you really don’t. Not because there is something wrong but more from the standpoint that your kid thinks you want one thing and doesn’t want to burst your bubble and vice versa. You see all this time we thought Austin wanted a big national school and he thought that’s what we wanted? When all along all we wanted was for him to find the best school for him and he wanted a smaller school that fit his personality and a good program where he could still improve, evolve and hopefully get to the next level. SportForce helped bring this out of both of us by having one on one conversations with Austin as well as with us. Andrew took the time to truly understand us, what we all wanted and helped articulate that with each of us. Once we all understood what was important from an academic, athletic and financial perspective it was a lot easier to develop a good list of schools. This made the process a whole lot easier and a lot of our concerns and worries just went away. We then started visiting these campuses and when Austin stepped onto APU and after he talked with the coaches he came home and said that’s the school and those are the coaches I want to play for. Everything just seemed to fit. As a family, we couldn’t be more proud and happy with our son and with the choices & decisions that he made. I want to emphasize this, “the choices that he made”! In the end, it has to be your child’s choice. It’s time to let go and allow them to grow and learn without the safety net. In the end, they are going there not you!

 

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

Austin: To the parents don’t put pressure on your children to get a scholarship as soon as they can and let them decide what school they want to go too. God has a plan for when and what school will come across that they like and when it does take advantage of it. To the players, definitely get started on videoing yourself as soon as you can, especially if you want to go to an out of state college and start putting yourself in front of college coaches as soon as possible. Also, don’t get nervous when a coach comes out to see you, just relax and play the game you love the way you know how. The way you have been playing your whole life. It’s a game! SportForce and my parents helped me with the above and they can help you too.

Parents: The process of finding a college for your kid can be a fun and exciting one as well as a frustrating and disappointing one. My biggest advice is remembering that to the college it’s a business decision and to you and your family, it’s very personal. Prepare yourself for disappointment and don’t let yourself get so caught up in the school that you lose sight of the real goal and that’s you and your child finding the right college that will give your child a great education for you at the least amount of money out of your pocket. After all you have spent thousands getting them to this point. They are your investment and you have done a great job getting them here. Contact SportsForce or a company like them early on. The money you spend with them will save you thousands in the long run. We found them after we had already spent countless hours and money looking at the big schools which were just a turn off to our son and the earlier you figure out what you really want will save you a lot of frustration later on. SportsForce is designed to flush out what’s important for your child as well as your family before you start, so take advantage of their years of experience and expertise. Having someone that your child can talk to other than you is invaluable. Andrew is a former collegiate baseball player and could relate to what our son was feeling and going through and he was able to get Austin to focus on what he wanted and what was important to him rather than what he thought we all wanted. I can’t thank Andrew enough!

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

Austin: I am super excited about my future in college. I believe that God has some great things waiting for me in the near future through my college experience at APU.

Parents: My son couldn’t have said it any better above. If you let go and let God good things happen. He wants you to be prepared and educated and that’s where SportsForce came in but in the end there is a school and a place for everyone. You have to trust and believe in that and let the process happen. We have friends that forced it to happen only to find out that it was the worst decision they had made. Their children have either left those schools or are miserable and unhappy. Don’t let that happen to you and your family. College is supposed to be a fun positive experience that helps set you up for the rest of your life. Trying to force your kid or trying to force a coach or college to take your kid is a recipe for disaster and no one will be happy. Our experience ended up being a very good and happy one and for that, we are extremely grateful.

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

Austin: My parents will be saving a minimum of $25,000 a year from being recruited plus any other grants or additional money I am eligible to receive.

Parents: Well it’s up to Austin but based on what he has been awarded and looking out over the next fours years it’s going to be over $100,000.00. We are excited for the next chapter in our son’s life and look forward to watching him excel and play in college.

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

 Austin: I would definitely recommend SportsForce to other student-athletes because they helped me with getting coaches to pay attention to my skillsets and ability. I believe APU came out and took a look at me as a result of my work with SportsForce. SportsForce helps with getting the schools you want to come out and see you and knowing how to talk to them when they do.

Parents: I highly recommend getting involved with Andrew and his talented team as early on in the process as you can. It will save you a lot of frustration and money in the long run. His team is very knowledgeable and they can help in many ways. It was money well spent and we thank you guys for everything you have done for our son as well as our family. Jenna is next!

 

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 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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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!

patrick davis
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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We want to congratulate Mikaela Livengood on committing to play golf at Morningside College.  Here is Mikaela’s recruiting story and interview from after she committed.  We wish Mikaela the best as a Mustang.

 

1. Share your recruiting story (ex. what was the process like? when did you commit/sign?)

My name is Mikaela Livengood and I am a 2015 senior. I just committed to Morningside College in October, and I will be doing a signing in November. The recruiting process can be a little stressful, but overall, it turns out just fine! I started looking at colleges the summer before my junior year, but I didn’t start talking to coaches seriously until the spring golf season of my junior year. By then, I regularly sent them updates and kept in contact with them. Many coaches asked for my schedule and I met a lot of them who came to my tournaments and meets, and it was nice to start those relationships out early. By the end of spring, I had my first couple of offers from colleges, but I decided not to choose where I was going yet because I still hadn’t visited anywhere. My first college visit was to Morningside in the summer, and then many followed. Even though having coaches talk to you all the time, offer you scholarships, and tell you why their college is the best can be overwhelming, it is important that you take your time with your decision and make sure to compare all factors of each college. After I had made all of the visits that I felt were important, I took about a month or so to decide on where I was going to college. During that time, I compared my notes I had taken and questions I had asked on each visit, and I also considered whether they felt like a good fit for me.

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

I will be attending Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. I chose Morningside because after communicating through email with the women’s golf coach there and then meeting him and going on a visit, I just really felt at home and knew I would be happy there. It was also the best financial package for me. I know that I chose the right place.

3. How did SportsForce help in this process?

If I was to include all of the ways that the SportsForce team helped me in the recruiting process, you would be reading for hours. Overall, they helped me gain exposure to college coaches not just in my state, but from all over the country. SportsForce also provided me with a professional-looking profile to post my scores, stats, academic, and other important information. Not only was I able to have this profile on display for so many coaches, but I was able to send out competent and well-worded emails to them with the help of SportsForce. They are also there for you throughout the entire recruiting process. If there is something you need, are confused about, or would like to communicate to coaches, don’t be afraid to send the SportsForce team an email and ask for their help. They will always be there to support you and assist you with whatever you need during this time.

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

My advice to other players and their families regarding the recruiting process would definitely be to start as early as possible. Make sure that you have a good-quality highlight video done as soon as you can, and try to get exposure to as many coaches as possible. Even if you don’t think you would want to attend that college, it is important to give them a chance and see what they have to offer you. I also believe that it is imperative for you to take advantage of all of the opportunities you have to play your sport and improve during the recruiting process, because that is what is really important. When coaches view your profile, they love to see someone who is active in their sport as much as they can be and is always looking to improve. As you progress in the recruiting process, don’t be afraid to send out updates or call coaches when you have had an important game or tournament; it is essential that you keep coaches up to date on your progress. I also recommend that you prepare for your college visits; write down questions you’d like to ask, and ask the same ones for each college so that you can compare them when making your decision.The most important thing to remember during this process is that you need to choose to go where you think you’ll feel the happiest! Don’t let anyone make or influence your decision for you.

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

I am very excited for college now that I have made my decision. I truly cannot wait to play the sport that I love in college and have fun with my new teammates! I am eager to get a college degree

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

SportsForce undeniably assisted in saving my family a lot of money in college expenses! Because of their help with the recruiting process, I received a great scholarship that will really aid me in the future. If it was not for all of the wonderful services that SportsForce provided for me, I am not sure I would be so lucky!

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

I would definitely recommend SportsForce to other student-athletes if they are really serious about playing a sport in college. SportsForce definitely helps you out with planning out the recruiting process and making it go as smoothly as possible. They provide so many services and reminders for student-athletes that it is just unimaginable. I am so thankful to the SportsForce team for helping me during the recruiting time and giving me the ability to contact many colleges and expand my options. I urge all student-athletes who are looking to take their love for their sport to college: Do not pass up the opportunity to work with the SportsForce team!

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 want to congratulate Ryan Orr on verbally committing to play college baseball at San Diego State University.  Here is Ryan’s recruiting story and interview from after he committed. We wish Ryan the best as an Aztec!

1. Share your recruiting story and status (what was the process like?)

Ryan has a verbal offer and has given a verbal commitment.  He just started his Jr. year in high school.  The recruiting process went relatively fast.  He had done well in National Tournaments the summer between his freshman and Sophomore year so he started getting on some college’s radar.  The key in my opinion is that he plays with an excellent travel ball team (San Diego Show) so he was at the big tournaments and there were lots of scouts watching the games.  They may have been there to watch other kids but he had his chance to make an impression.  His club team also does a good job of getting his and other kids names out to the colleges so they take a look.  Before every big tournament Ryan would also send out e-mails to the colleges he was interested in providing a link to his Sportsforce website and letting them know when and where he was playing.  Due to the # of hits on his webpage we think it played a big role in him getting seen.

He was talking to a few schools going into this last summer between his Sophomore and Junior year.  That is when things started moving quickly.  He did well in the Perfect Game WWBA 16U National Championships in Georgia hitting .542 and making the all tournament team.  The Perfect Game tournaments are key to getting seen.  They are by far the best run and have the most scouts.  Doing well in this tournament got him invited to the Perfect Game Underclass All American Games at USD.  He did well there as well.  The day after this Showcase we did the SDSU visit and Ryan was given the verbal offer.  He also did a visit to another DI school in CA that same week and while the baseball program is excellent, Ryan was not thrilled with the location nor feel of the campus.  He also did a drive by of another D1 school that was interested in him but did not like the campus location nor feel.  SDSU was clearly where he wanted to go so he committed on 9/16.

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

San Diego State:  The baseball coaches did a fantastic job of presenting their program and our entire family felt like they were being very honest and upfront about what the program offered.  Clearly they liked Ryan and made him feel very welcome.  They gave a great campus tour and the facilities were impressive.  The program is also on the upswing with 2 NCAA tournament berths in a row and the coaches made it clear that their next goal is to advance further in the tournament and become a perennial National threat.  Ryan wants to be a part of this.  Ryan’s older brother also just started school there so that played a role in the decision.  He/we also like to the location being close to home.  It was just a perfect fit all around. 

3. How did SportsForce help in the process?

Having the website for Ryan was huge.  We were actually on a college tour and the baseball coach asked if we had any video of Ryan.  On the spot we pulled up the Sportforce website and he was able to see his video.  This was a big plus.  I had just wished we had a more recent video package as it was over a year old.  The access to college coach e-mails was also key to streamlining the process.  We also liked the regular advice on how to navigate the process and the proper way to approach coaches and put together e-mails to coaches.  All in all it was very much worth the $.

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

First and foremost the player needs to play with and against the best players in their area.  Being the best player on a horrible team and only playing local tournaments does you no good.  The travel ball and high school team that they play for is important as the better ones just get more scouts coming to their games.  Ryan is very fortunate to play for the San Diego Show and La Costa Canyon High School.  The coaches in both of these organizations are the best around and have helped Ryan with his development and promotion to colleges.

The recruiters, in my opinion, can sniff out talent very quickly and if you are not good enough to play in college then all the exposure and websites will not do you any good.  Having said that, it is equally important to be proactive with how your son or daughter gets their information out there.  The top players will get found whether or not they self promote.  If you are not in the group, however, then you need to do some self promotion.  Sportsforce is a great way to organize the process.  They know how and when to do each step.  Coaches get hundreds of e-mails and letters each week from parents and players.  Yours needs to stand out or it doesn’t get read.  Sportsforce provides an easy template for getting you thru this process.

 

 

Over the last five years SportsForce Recruiting 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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