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We at Sportsforce would like to congratulate Tyler Kleva on his commitment to Trine University. Here is Tyler’s recruiting story and interview after his commitment. Good luck as a Thunder!

Tyler Kleva

1. Share your recruiting story and status.

The recruiting process was long and a little stressful. SportForce was instrumental in guiding me through the process.  Once the initial campaign was put into action, I started receiving email replies from college coaches immediately. I received many emails from different schools, most of them inviting me to camps or their showcases. It was tough to decide which camps to attend and which camps were just moneymakers for the baseball programs. It wasn’t possible to attend them all, so I just decided to attend the ones that were near home or the schools I was really interested in attending. When I first started this process, I really had no idea what to expect and was just hoping to find the right fit to continue my education and athletic career. The process ended when I committed to Trine University on February 16, 2017.

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

I am going to Trine University in Angola, IN, because it best fits my criteria of location, size, academics and baseball. I feel it is the best fit for me. The baseball coach played a roll in my decision as well.  He came to watch me play several times, called to check on me, and basically showed a genuine interest in me.  I could tell he was recruiting me for baseball, but more importantly, he was recruiting me as a person. We developed a very good relationship during this process and this was a big part of my decision to attend Trine University.

3. How did SportsForce help in the process?

SportsForce helped me with this process in many ways: from initial contact, through my commitment, SportsForce was sitting alongside guiding me through every step.  The online tutorials were helpful with shooting video and developing the recruiting profile. Helping us contact college coaches was key for the initial communication process, then it was up to me to follow up with the schools that expressed interest in me. SportsForce has developed the system for student-athlete recruitment; one just needs to follow the system for success.

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

I recommend to future clients of SportsForce, to start the process early in their freshman, sophomore or junior year of high school.  For some, the process can start early, at least identifying some schools of interest. I would also recommend staying calm throughout the process and having realistic expectations.  Not every athlete is DI caliber. Find a school that best fits your needs and then worry about the athletic portion. The recruitment process is a marathon, not a sprint.  Enjoy the process, visit schools, communicate with the coaches and find what is best for you – don’t worry about what offers teammates may be getting or what they are doing.  Do what’s best for you!

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

I am very excited to be continuing both my athletic and academic career at Trine University. It’s been a goal of mine for several years to play baseball in college. I am very relieved that I have found a school that fits my needs for a college. I very much look forward to beginning the next charter in my life and the next 4 years at Trine University.

6. Would you recommend SportsForce to any other student-athletes? Why?
I would recommend SportsForce to everyone wanting to play a sport in college. It’s a very easy process that gets you maximum exposure easily and quickly. Consider SportsForce your first ever-personal manager. They will assist you in every step of the process, from creation of a profile, your recruiting video, email and phone help…. Everything is included to make the recruiting process enjoyable.  I couldn’t imagine trying to do this all on my own.  I owe a lot to SportsForce for achieving my goal of playing college baseball.

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 Kyle Joye on his commitment to Chapman University! Here is Kyle’s recruiting story and interview after his commitment. Good luck as a Panther!

Kyle Joye
1. Share your recruiting story and status.

Johnny Cash once sang “I’ve been everywhere man!”…and that sums up my path to recruitment.  The process is brutal and at the same time clarifying.  The game is hard enough, but if you truly love the game and have the passion to play at the next level and beyond, you have to run the gauntlet of showcases, and prospect camps, and scouting events.  The stress and pressure and adversity encountered in that process is character building and character revealing.  If you can emerge from the other end of that cycle…sane…and with game…it’s all good!  I committed over the holidays…can’t wait!

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

I am committed to Chapman University.  I chose Chapman because it was a great fit for me.  Great academics, highly ranked business school…winning program with great coaches who I like and who like me…chance to play early, to win, to contribute…great guys on the team!

3. How did SportsForce help in the process? 

SportsForce was critically important in the recruiting process.  They were honest, accessible, and represented me to the fullest extent.  Always there for timely advice.  Knowledgeable.  Truly cared about me.

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

Get independent, qualified, connected, experienced help!  SportsForce.  Any parent that tries to take this process on by themselves is doing a disservice to their son or daughter…you cannot honestly appraise your kid or represent them without inherent bias, therefore you will project them falsely and set them up for failure!  Hand this process off to the pro’s…they will land where they should land and they will be better for it.  Don’t bite at every invite…focus on a handful of schools that are academically realistic and baseball realistic.

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

Psyched to win the World Series…repeatedly!

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

$100K

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

Whole heartedly.  Complete package.  Highly connected.  Honest.  Respected.  Great cadence of communication and web presence.  Have your son or daughter’s best interest at heart!

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 Aryan Chordia on his commitment to Carnegie Mellon University! Here is Aryan’s recruiting story and interview after his commitment. Good luck as a Tartan!

aryan chordia
1.  Share your recruiting story and status

 The process for us was quite confusing at first as coming from Dubai we were quite unaware of how the process of college golf and college recruitment worked. However, through our initial discussions with Dave on Skype a lot of these doubts were cleared and it was great that we could fly over to the states for the summer to play, meet personally with Dave to further strategize my recruitment process and experience college recruitment first hand.

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

Carnegie Mellon – Firstly, as they are a top ten Engineering school and academics was my primary focus. Second as they have a great golf team and I connected very well with the coach.

3. How did SportsForce help in the process?

I was personally introduced to several college coaches which was otherwise impossible so it was only thanks to SportsForce that I got noticed. They expertly guided me through the process and how to interact with the coaches.

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

Start early and stay relaxed!

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

 Can’t wait to begin my college career and compete both in the classroom and on the golf course.

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

Definitely would recommend – SportsForce has extremely professional services and structured plans as well as being excellent at developing strong personal relationships with families and college coaches.

 

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 Mowrey on his commitment to Columbia University! Here is Austin’s recruiting story and interview after his commitment. Good luck as a Lion!

Austin Mowrey
1. Share your recruiting story and status.

A majority of my recruiting began during my sophomore season and the summer before my junior year. I ended up committing in December of my junior year.

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

I committed to Columbia University because it had always been my dream to play at a prestigious academic institution with a successful baseball program. As an Ivy League school, who had dominated in baseball during recent years, Columbia was the fit I was looking for.

3. How did SportsForce help in the process?

SportsForce helped my recruiting process by setting up a profile on their website with a recruiting video. They also had several connections to coaches and colleges around the country.

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

Some advice I would give to parents and players would be to make a recruiting video. This allows coaches to see you early on in high school and evaluate your talent before they see you play. Also, [for baseball] I would recommend attending Perfect Game events and the Arizona Fall Classic. Both of these events have a large variety of scouts.

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

I am very excited about my opportunities at Columbia and my future in New York City.

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

I would recommend SportsForce to other student-athletes because of the work they do for you. They provide all student athletes with the chance to continue their education and athletic careers.

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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Recruiting Events

As we have mentioned many times, tournaments, showcases, or camps  can serve as a great way for you to significantly increase your recruiting exposure. They can also serve as a great way to increase your contact with the college coaches on your target list and to maximize your college recruiting and scholarship opportunities.  You need to make sure you are taking advantage of these opportunities!

Have you connected with college coaches both before and after your events?

Many of these events are set up to include many top colleges coaches from across the country. You should choose your events by figuring out where your target schools are attending and where you can play against the best competition and maximize your exposure.  Sometimes this means regional team events, prospect days, or individual showcases.

Reaching Out Before an Event

The first thing you need to do is reach out to all of the coaches from the colleges on your target list that will be attending your upcoming events. You will want to introduce yourself, let them know your interest in their program, and how and where they can see you at the upcoming event. (See a full example below)

Here is what you want to make sure you include in your email to coaches:

– Full Name                           – School                                                               – Club Team Name

– Position(s)                          – Grad Year                                                         – Jersey #

– GPA                                     – Club/ High School Coach Contact Info

– Tournament Schedule (Fields, Times, etc.)

 

Example Email to Coaches before a Recruiting Event:

Email Recruiting Events

Following Up After an Event

Many of these events are designed to give coaches a great chance to see a good number of potential recruits playing against top competition. Do you feel that you have had a good amount of coaches at your games? Did you contact your target schools ahead of your events and did their coaches come out to watch you play?

If yes, the most important thing to do now is to follow up with them and thank them for taking the time to come out and watch you play. The biggest challenge in the recruiting process is establishing a solid relationship with your target schools’ coaches.

With the remaining events this year, it is important that you stay relevant in these coaches’ eyes.  Establishing and maintaining these relationships with meaningful dialogue will be the most crucial component in getting an offer from your target schools.  So while you don’t want to overwhelm them with contact, get your highlight video made, provide a personal update, and follow up with the coaches you’ve met to make sure that you stay on their radar.

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Podcast

We’re here again with The Realities of College Recruiting Podcast Episode 5. This week’s episode is titled, “Sport Specialization & Commitment.”

Our 5th episode once again features Ryan Thompson (former college baseball player and MLB Scout) and Andrew Beinbrink (Former All-American & MLB Player) discussing the importance of playing mutliple sports and how to minimize the pressure on your student-athlete…

How much time should you dedicate to your sport on an annual basis?
How can student-athletes prevent a “burn out”?
How can you minimize the pressure on your student-athlete?

Find out all of the answers to these questions in this week’s episode!

This podcast episode will also cover:
– The decrease of student-athletes playing multiple sports
– The importance of certain types of exercises and limitation of constant repetition
– How to manage the student-athlete’s dedication to a particular sport, especially at a young age.

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About the Realities of College Recruiting Podcast:
The Realities of College Recruiting podcast, brought to you by SportsForce, will tackle some of the toughest college recruiting questions. Our college recruiting experts will share their personal expertise and key insights that will help you maximize your college recruiting efforts. This is a weekly podcast that is hosted by former MLB scout for the Cleveland Indians, 2x coach of the year (Junior College) and current recruiting advisor for SportsForce, Ryan Thompson The Realities of College Recruiting podcast will bring you interviews with some of the top college coaches from around the country in order to help make your college goals a reality! Raise your game with SportsForce!

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Podcast

We’re here again with The Realities of College Recruiting Podcast Episode 4. This week’s episode is titled, “Exposure vs. Being Exposed.”

Our 4th episode once again features Ryan Thompson (former college baseball player and MLB Scout) and Andrew Beinbrink (Former All-American & MLB Player) discussing the factors you have to consider before you go to showcases and tournaments to be exposed.…

Where do you fit from an athletic standpoint?
How do you determine which events are right for you?
What do you need to know before you’re exposed to recruiters?

Find out all of the answers to these questions in this week’s episode!

This podcast episode will also cover:
– how to evaluate which event to attend
– how to qualify a college coaches interest
– what are the key intangible measurables for college coaches

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About the Realities of College Recruiting Podcast:
The Realities of College Recruiting podcast, brought to you by SportsForce, will tackle some of the toughest college recruiting questions. Our college recruiting experts will share their personal expertise and key insights that will help you maximize your college recruiting efforts. This is a weekly podcast that is hosted by former MLB scout for the Cleveland Indians, 2x coach of the year (Junior College) and current recruiting advisor for SportsForce, Ryan Thompson The Realities of College Recruiting podcast will bring you interviews with some of the top college coaches from around the country in order to help make your college goals a reality! Raise your game with SportsForce!

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Podcast

We’re here again with The Realities of College Recruiting Podcast Episode 3. This week’s episode is titled, “The role of high school and club team coaches.”

Our 3rd episode once again features Ryan Thompson (former college baseball player and MLB Scout) and Andrew Beinbrink (Former All-American & MLB Player) discussing the role that your high school and club team coach can play in the recruiting process…

How involved should your coaches be in the recruiting process?
How important is their recommendation/opinion?
What qualities should I look for in a good coach?

Find out all of the answers to these questions in this week’s episode!

This podcast episode will also cover:
– The pros and cons of high school and club team coaches
– The variability of recruiting knowledge of coaches
– Find your own path to college
– Managing expectations/priorities of club team coaches

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About the Realities of College Recruiting Podcast:
The Realities of College Recruiting podcast, brought to you by SportsForce, will tackle some of the toughest college recruiting questions. Our college recruiting experts will share their personal expertise and key insights that will help you maximize your college recruiting efforts. This is a weekly podcast that is hosted by former MLB scout for the Cleveland Indians, 2x coach of the year (Junior College) and current recruiting advisor for SportsForce, Ryan Thompson The Realities of College Recruiting podcast will bring you interviews with some of the top college coaches from around the country in order to help make your college goals a reality! Raise your game with SportsForce!

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Podcast

We’re here again with The Realities of College Recruiting Podcast Episode 2. This week’s episode is titled, “Times have changed.”

Our 2nd episode features Ryan Thompson (former college baseball player and MLB Scout) and Andrew Beinbrink (Former All-American & MLB Player) discussing just how much the recruiting process has changed in the last 10 years.

What’s the best route to take when considering college?
What are the best strategies to undertake?
Am I doing enough to get noticed by college coaches?

 

This podcast episode will also cover:
– Finding your own path to college
– Prioritizing which methods are the best to gain more exposure
– The amount of competition in today’s recruiting process
– Understanding where you fit on a college coaches recruiting board

Don’t want to miss an episode?

Sunbscribe on iTunes

About the Realities of College Recruiting Podcast:
The Realities of College Recruiting podcast, brought to you by SportsForce, will tackle some of the toughest college recruiting questions. Our college recruiting experts will share their personal expertise and key insights that will help you maximize your college recruiting efforts. This is a weekly podcast that is hosted by former MLB scout for the Cleveland Indians, 2x coach of the year (Junior College) and current recruiting advisor for SportsForce, Ryan Thompson The Realities of College Recruiting podcast will bring you interviews with some of the top college coaches from around the country in order to help make your college goals a reality! Raise your game with SportsForce!

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We would like to congratulate Ryan Friedman on his commitment to Hamilton College! Here is Ryan’s recruiting story and interview after his commitment. Good luck as an Alex!

Ryan Friedman

1. Share your recruiting story and status

I did not know how to go about contacting or being seen by coaches so I employed SportsForce to help guide me along and after about a year and a half I gave a verbal commitment to play lacrosse at Hamilton

2. What school are you going to, and why did you choose them? I am going to Hamilton because they have a beautiful campus, very strong academics and an open curriculum as well as a dedication to athletics as part of NESCAC.

3. How did SportsForce help in the process?

SportsForce helped educate me on what colleges I should consider myself a prospect for as well as what kinds of schools they were. Chad Hadlock, who helped me personally as an advisor with SportsForce regularly gave me advice on how to approach any aspect of the process from skill specific workouts to how to show myself at tournaments to how to speak to college coaches on visits. SportsForce also helped me maintain relationships with all the coaches I was interested in playing for as well as reminding them where and when I will be playing.

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

I think highlights and early communication certainly help, however some players develop later than others, such as myself; make sure you are doing the things necessary in order to catch a coach’s attention.

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

I’m very excited! I could not be more pleased with the school I have committed to.

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

If I had not been recruited I would likely not have known about this school, which is going to be giving us a large amount of financial aid, which I may not have received at a different institution. Likely several thousand dollars per year.

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

Yes they help you remain relatively stress free during the process and help maintain your confidence as a prospective athlete. They also help keep you very organized and make sure you do not lose track of any communication or interest from college coaches.

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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