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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