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Jake Lawrence

We would like to congratulate Jake Lawrence on his commitment to Trinity University! Here are Jake’s recruiting story and interview after his commitment. Good luck as a Tiger!

1.Share your recruiting story.

The process was stressful as expected, but SportsForce, as well as my high school coaches, were very helpful in guiding me.  I got exposure through team tournaments and showcases and started receiving attention my junior year. When I started playing varsity, I eventually received offers during the fall of my senior year.  I decided between several Division 3, high academic universities and committed in February of my senior year.

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

I chose Trinity University because it was a great combination of high-level baseball and quality academics. I also think very highly of the coaching staff and respected the players I met during my visit.

3. How did SportsForce help in the process?

I was fortunate that my high school program and coaches were able to help me get exposure.  But Andrew and the SportsForce team helped me organize my reach out to coaches after showcases and, most importantly, helped prepare me to effectively communicate with coaches by having prepared answers to the typical things they ask as well as have questions ready for them.  I don’t think I would have made a very good first impression without SportsForce’s help.  Andrew also helped guide me in deciding which showcases would be the best to attend so that we didn’t waste a ton of money and time trying to go to all the ones I got invited to.

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

I think many would tell you to start as early as possible, but I’m not sure that would have been the right thing for me.  Up until spring of my junior year, I mostly played shortstop and focused primarily on fieldwork and hitting.  Turns out that I was a better pitcher than middle infielder and that’s what got coach interest.  I am now a PO and don’t think I would be playing high-level college baseball if I’d stayed the path of infield/hitting.  So waiting until I developed some as a player was better for me.  I also used actual game footage for my video which I heard from many coaches they liked better than the more typical, non-game highlight videos. [Mostly applies to Pitching]

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

I am very excited that I get to live my dream of playing college baseball.  Trinity University is a great overall fit for me and I’m not sure I would have gotten there without baseball being part of the process and decision.

6. How much money do you estimate your family saving in college expenses over the entirety of your college career?

Division 3 schools don’t give athletic scholarships but I did receive the academic Trustee’s Scholarship from Trinity for $22,000 per year or $88,000 for the full four years.

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

I would recommend SportsForce because they helped me navigate the recruiting process which can be confusing, stressful and exhausting.  They definitely helped find the right fit for me in terms of a baseball program and school.  I appreciate all they did to help me and my family.

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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Brodie Maloney

We would like to congratulate Brodie Maloney on his commitment to Southwestern University! Here are Brodie’s recruiting story and interview after his commitment. Good luck as a Pirate!

1. Share your recruiting story and status 

I live in a small community in California that does not have a summer club team. I started traveling down to Southern California my freshman year and played for Trombly Baseball. The process was hard and long, but it was very rewarding in the end. I committed to Southwestern University in January 2018.

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

I am going to Southwestern University in Austin, Texas. I chose SU because it was definitely the right fit for me, academically, athletically, and socially. SU had a great campus feel and it has a great baseball program.

3. How did SportsForce help in the process?

SportForce helped me understand how the recruiting timeline worked, how to communicate with college coaches, and how to keep myself in better shape.

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

Definitely try to get on a team that goes to the AZ Fall Classic (major baseball recruiting event) and if you have good enough grades try out for the All-Academic team. Other then that never think it is too late to get interest from coaches.

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

I am extremely excited to start my college career as a Pirate mainly because Austin is an extremely nice area and the school and baseball program are outstanding.

6. How much money do you estimate your family saving in college expenses over the entirety of your college career?

Over 4 years my family and I will save 80,000 dollars.

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

I would recommend SportForce to other athletes that do not have enough guidance from another coach because they helped figure out my needs and wants for college.

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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Angelo Zorn

We would like to congratulate Angelo Zorn on his commitment to Occidental College! Here are Angelo’s recruiting story and interview after his commitment. Good luck as a Tiger!

1. Share your recruiting story and status 

I was recruited by some Division 3 liberal arts schools which I had mutual interest with. I visited these schools the summer after my junior year of high school and chose to apply early to a small school in PA. The school was on the east coast, it was a small liberal arts school, and I was told I would be a contributor on a winning team right away — three things I highly desired in my school, so it seemed like a good fit. Unfortunately, I did not get admitted to the school ED and had to search some more. Application deadlines for the regular decision were approaching so I put together applications to other schools I had been talking to, in hopes of getting in on my own. After gaining acceptance to Occidental College I spoke with the Head Coach Luke Wetmore and he said that from what he’d seen I would have a good shot of making the team for the next spring.  I had sent him my SportsForce video.  Oxy was high on my list of remaining schools and I decided to enroll. I made the team in the fall and look forward to a successful spring.

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

I am going to Occidental College because it is a small liberal arts school with intense academics mixed with a winning baseball program and excellent coaching staff. It offers a good balance of sports with school which will help me grow into the person I want to be.

3. How did SportsForce help in the process?

SportsForce helped set up a webpage with all my information and accomplishments as well as a video which I could send to coaches at schools I was interested in. The skills video that SportsForce put together showcased the right skills of mine which were attractive to coaches. Another great thing that SportForce helped set up for me was a personal recruiting e-mail that I used to communicate with coaches and SportsForce even helped introduce me to college coaches that were effective in gaining interest.

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

I would advise future players to reach out to the coaches at schools they are most interested in early in high school and tell them that you have interest in their school and inform them about events that you will be at to show your skills. The most important thing is to work as hard as you can at your game and stay focused on always getting better because that is what coaches are looking for.

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

I’m very excited for my future at Oxy. I want to make my teammates better and contribute to the team’s success. This season is going to be an everyday grind with a lot of baseball and still reaching high academic success. I plan to study Math and Economics and gain some work experience to prepare for my life after baseball as well.

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

I would recommend SportsForce to other student-athletes because their advisors are helpful and knowledgeable about the new ways that recruiting works. They understand and teach you the best ways to be recruited by the schools that you want to go to most. Take advantage of their expertise as much as you can because SportForce is there for you!

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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Calvin Koo

We would like to congratulate Calvin Koo on his commitment to Claremont McKenna! Here are Calvin’s recruiting story and interview after his commitment. Good luck as a Stag!

1. Share your recruiting story and status 

The recruiting process for me really started during the fall of my junior year when I participated in my first official showcase. This was where I met Ryan and SportsForce. Ryan and the awesome SportsForce team helped me get myself on the recruiting map by starting off with an intro recruiting email to send out to my list of colleges and a recruiting video. They also helped me make this list of schools and it was only after I met Ryan that I really understood what school was the best fit for me both athletically and academically. I started to receive feedback from schools and I felt well prepared going into my important junior year summer. While I had contact with many schools, Claremont McKenna reached out very early in the process as Coach Walkenbach first saw me at a GBG Scout Day in the first month of summer. I attended a Headfirst Camp, Stanford Camp, Arizona JO’s, and two specific college camps on the East Coast during the summer. Ryan and SportsForce helped me along the whole journey. After Stanford Camp ended in July, Coach Walkenbach at CMC gave me my first offer during this time. I officially committed in September of my senior year.

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

I am committed to attend Claremont McKenna College and I chose this institution because of the balance between strong academics and competitive baseball. I love the atmosphere and the people at Claremont and I highly respect Coach Walkenbach and his vision for the program.

3. How did SportsForce help in the process?

SportsForce helped in the process by helping formulate my list of schools, sending out emails, and creating videos to send to college coaches. SportsForce really helped me just concentrate on just playing baseball and not have to worry too much about the more intricate details of the recruiting process.

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

The most important advice of the recruiting process would be to truly find the best fit for you as a student-athlete. Before getting help, I didn’t really understand what school was the best fit for me and I fell into the trap of only looking at prestige or renown. Once I really understood what type of school was personally the best fit for me, I was able to commit to what I was doing instead of having to hop around from showcase to showcase. In addition, this clarity helped put me at peace as to whether I was rejected or offered by any of the colleges on my list. There were no “what-ifs” or regrets when I made my final decision. Furthermore, coaches want players who are genuinely interested in attending their school because this passion is what wins championships. If you are aiming for a school you truly want, this genuine interest will naturally be evident and it will not only be better for appeal but your own commitment to the process as well.

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

I am extremely excited to attend CMC and am blessed to be able to look forward to my future.

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

I would recommend SportsForce to other athletes because of the time and energy that you save by focusing on a more efficient approach to recruiting. SportsForce helps you not waste time on pointless showcases or unhelpful emails and really targets on important tasks such as making a recruiting video and attending beneficial showcases. Ryan is not just an extremely helpful recruiting counselor, but also a person, friend, mentor, and coach. He really helped me along the process in various ways, not just recruiting but as a coach and helped me develop as a player and person. I would like to truly thank him for his help.

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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CJ Whelan

We would like to congratulate CJ Whelan on his commitment to Tulane University! Here are CJ’s recruiting story and interview after his commitment. Good luck as a Tulane!

1. Share your recruiting story and status 

I signed an NLI to attend Tulane University on 11/15/17 as a second year Junior College player. Signed on with SportsForce during the first year of Junior College. Had D1 interest out of high school but an injury derailed those opportunities. My time in JC gave the opportunity to get stronger, receive great coaching at San Joaquin Delta College and my college opportunities were bigger and better as a result. SportsForce helped get my name out to various schools, organized my marketing material, and helped orchestrate the initial contact to the school that turned out to be the perfect fit. Ultimately I had to choose between numerous D1 offers up to a D1 full ride scholarship.

SportsForce was very helpful through the entire process which became very busy with daily calls/texts from coaches and was always available to talk and give advice. Having SportsForce on my team along with supportive JC coaches that colleges would call was a one/two punch.

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

Tulane University. Coaches, team, and school were a perfect match.

3. How did SportsForce help in the process?

Andrew (our personal recruiting advisor) initially spoke with the Tulane coaches about me (was his idea), their team needed pitching and had scholarship money available. Andrew was available to consult through the entire process and was very helpful.

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

First of all, work on your skills to be able to contribute at the next level and get great coaching along the way, which will make you more marketable. Be realistic about college choices and be open to suggestions.

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

Extremely excited. Look forward to the challenges ahead.

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

Absolutely! I felt they were a big asset to let schools like Tulane know about me. It is difficult to go to school, play sports and also let schools/coaches know are available. SportsForce made a big difference and I would use their services again.

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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Charles Beilenson

We would like to congratulate Charles Beilenson on his commitment to Brown University! Here are Charles’ recruiting story and interview after his commitment. Good luck as a Brown Bear!

1. Share your recruiting story and status 

The process for me was long and stressful.  It required a lot of work but in the end was totally worthwhile.  Talking to all the coaches required a new skill that I learned and developed throughout the whole process and became something that will be very helpful in the future.  I committed on October 27 and I officially signed on November 13.

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

I am going to Brown University in Providence, RI.  I chose the school because of the strong academics and the D1 sports.

3. How did SportsForce help in the process?

SportsForce helped a ton in the process from helping me talk to coaches to teaching me how to stay organized with all the information I got.  They kept me on task and told me everything I needed to do in order to get through the recruiting process.

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

The biggest advice I could give another player is to start early and get your name out there.  Once your name is out there, it will spread around among different colleges and you will start getting contacted by schools you haven’t even talked to before.  Also being genuine with all the coaches you talk to will help.  Being honest and upfront with them in what they are looking for especially because they are looking for a person who they think will fit well personality wise with their team.

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

I am very excited to continue my sport in college.  It has been a game that I have loved playing my whole life and getting the chance to continue playing is the best thing I could have ever asked for.

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

I would 100% recommend SportsForce to other athletes because they made everything so much easier for me and for all the other reasons I listed above.

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 Jimmy Chatfield on his commitment to Yale University! Here are Jimmy’s recruiting story and interview after his commitment. Good luck as a Bulldog!

Jimmy Chatfield

1. Share your recruiting story and status

I stayed in contact with several target schools throughout the year, sending them updated videos approx. once per month.  Ryan Thompson with SportsForce also made a more consolidated highlight video and helped us reach out to our target schools as well. I had a great high school season, went to JO’s (Junior Olympics) in AZ, then Head First in Sacramento followed by the Stanford camp.  Interest really started to accelerate at the latter two camps as I hit, fielded, and pitched well.  Offers started to come in at the Stanford camp, and on the last day of that camp, several schools were making either offers or inviting me to visit the campus.  Yale was in our top three from the start, so when they offered, it was over!

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

Yale because it’s an elite school that we felt had the right balance of sports and scholastics.

3. How did SportsForce help in the process?

Initial help in establishing the target school list was good, but the communications directly with coaches, and knowledge of the coaches’ needs/priorities/interest was paramount!  We have to thank Ryan Thompson for his work.  Also, his personal interest, assessments, and coaching were huge.

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

It’s extremely important that you take charge of the splicing, compiling and sending of video updates to coaches.  Coaches want to gauge a student-athlete’s interest in their program and get to know them.  Make sure a professional video is both shot and edited to increase the chances of getting a college coaches attention.  SportsForce can counsel the parents on the proper angles to shoot for hitting and fielding.  Even if the student-athlete attends a camp or event and have professional video services available, the parents should film the assessment events as well…there’s no such thing as too much video!

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

Extremely excited!

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

Yes….for families that really don’t have a plan or experience in college sports, they need help.  For our family, it was really Ryan Thompson that made all the difference!

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 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 Austin and Dylan Thomas on their commitments to Linfield College! Here are Austin’s and Dylan’s recruiting story and interview after their commitments. Good luck as Wildcats!

Austin & Dylan Thomas

1. Share your recruiting story and status

We started working with SportsForce in the spring of our junior year. Ryan and the SportsForce team were extremely helpful in evaluating film and listening to our wants and needs when deciding on a college. The team was very helpful putting us in front of college coaches that were a good fit academically, athletically and matched our financial criteria. SportForce met the unique challenge of finding a school that allowed both of us to find an opportunity to play.

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

We will be attending Linfield College in the Fall of 2017. We selected Linfield because of their excellent academic program and it provides both my brother and I the opportunity to play baseball. Our financial needs were met, and the campus and surrounding area are what we were looking for as well. In particular, Coach Manley’s philosophy and enthusiasm was very compelling and made Linfield the best choice for my brother and me.

3. How did SportsForce help in the process?Ryan and the SportsForce team were extremely helpful in the recruiting process. Through our numerous conversations with Ryan, he got to know us personally and helped create a list of schools that he felt were a good match. SportsForce met the unique challenge of finding a school that provided the opportunity for both my brother and me to play together.

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

It is never too early to start the recruiting process. It is important to get an objective and honest evaluation about your talent level and be sure to focus on schools that fit your academic and athletic needs.

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

We are very excited to begin our college career as a Linfield Wildcat. We look forward to leaving home and being more independent as well.

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

I would highly recommend using SportsForce for your recruiting needs. They take the time to get to know you, understand your wants and needs, and help tailor your college choices to schools that meet these needs and provide a good talent fit.

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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