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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