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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