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Rachel Martin

Rachel Martin

1.  Why did you decide to sign with Oregon Institute of Technology?

I chose this school because of the strong academic programs provided and the incredibly high job placement rate. I loved being on campus, I enjoy the coach, and it felt right to be there.

2. Describe the excitement you feel about becoming a college student-athlete?

I am very excited about the opportunity to be a college student-athlete. It’s something that many people do not experience, and I am thankful that I am one that does.

3. What advice would you give to other athletes looking to get recruited?

I would just let them know that if you have an offer early from a school you love, it’s okay to sign early.

4. Who has been the biggest influence in your sports career and why?

My dad has been my biggest influence because he he has spent hours practicing with me and pushes me to be the best I can be.

5. What would you like to accomplish during your college sports career?

I want to improve over the next four years.

 

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A lot of the questions we receive here at SportsForce Recruiting have to do with athletic scholarships.  As you are probably finding out the hard way, the college recruiting process can be very difficult and confusing. A lot of the confusion comes from athletic scholarships and what is actually available for student-athletes in their perspective sports.

Many families are very stressed over finding athletic scholarships! To help families alleviate the stress, and have a better understanding about athletic scholarships, we have created our Athletic Scholarships Available Guide.

Over the next couple of weeks we are going to take a closer look at specific sports and breakdown what scholarships are actually available and the competition for these scholarships.

We’re going to start off by taking an in-depth look at College Baseball Recruiting.

While there are a decent amount of baseball scholarship opportunities available at the NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA levels, there is also an abundance of talented high school baseball players competing for all of these different scholarship opportunities.

Below is a chart that shows all of the schools that offer baseball and the baseball scholarships that are available at each level:

Division

Schools Offering Baseball

# of Scholarships per School

Total Scholarships Available

1

298

11.7

3451.5

2

259

9

2331

NAIA

212

12

2544

NJCAA

511

24 *

12264 *

Totals

1280

Varies

20590.5 *

 *Number of scholarships varies

 *** Division 3 schools don’t offer athletic scholarships ***

 

Baseball Participation by the Numbers:

  • 473,500 baseball players at the high school level
  • 10,400 go on to play DI baseball (About 2% of all HS players)
  • 20,200 go on to play DII or DIII baseball (About 4% of all HS players)
  • 6,300 go on to play NAIA baseball (About 1% of all HS players)
  • 15,300 go on to play at Junior College (About 3% of all HS players)

In summary, only about 11% of all high school baseball players actually end up playing some level of college baseball.

So, not only is the recruiting and athletic-scholarship process confusing, but it is also super competitive!  That is why it is very important for you to understand where you stand in the college recruiting process and what schools you should be realistically going after when you are creating your college target list.

A few tips for maximizing your scholarship opportunities:

  • Scholarships aren’t based solely on talent
  • Schools also make their “target list” and look for athletes that will be a good fit
  • Many schools are looking for athletes that have a good academic standing
  • “Full Ride” scholarships are VERY RARE – partial scholarships are more likely
  • There are many more opportunities outside the top Division I schools
  • If you are looking to walk on, there are still scholarship opportunities available
  • BE OPEN to all levels of competition to maximize your opportunities

Remember, even though the recruiting and scholarship process is difficult and confusing, it doesn’t mean you have to go through it alone!  We are here to help provide you with expert guidance and the tips and tools necessary to maximize your opportunities.

 

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1.  Why did you decide to sign with Hesston College?

They actually found me–and it was a blessing! The soccer coach found me on berecruited.com. I decided to sign my letter of intent with Hesston College for many reasons. I wanted to attend a small college–most of my friends were going to OSU or U of O, both sporting over 25,000 students. Hesston only has 450 students enrolled. I wanted the lifetime experience of attending a school in a different state, a different geographical location, and I wanted to experience something that I have never experienced before. Hesston had everything I wanted all wrapped up in a bow.

2. Describe the excitement you feel about becoming a college student-athlete?

Excitement, are you kidding? It was beyond excitement, beyond words. I wish everyone could experience the thrill that I had when I heard that I received not only a soccer scholarship, but an opportunity grant on top of it. I was delighted. My dream was not only to attend college, but to also play soccer. This is a huge dream come true for me!

3. What advice would you give to other athletes looking to get recruited?

Don’t give up. Start early with having your parents videotape your games. If possible take only about 10 minutes of total video and some still shots and add some stats and facts about yourself. Don’t let anyone take your dream away from you and if one coach doesn’t think you have the skills or the speed, don’t let them discourage you. Sometimes their judgment of your abilities could be wrong, so keep practicing, training, stay clean and keep up your schoolwork. Eventually your hard work will pay off.

4. Who has been the biggest influence in your sports career and why?

Probably my parents–they went to every single game and practice, washed my practice gear, and made sure I had every opportunity to achieve my dream goal of playing college soccer.

5. What would you like to accomplish during your college sports career?

I would love to be picked up by a 4-year school. Currently, I will be playing for Hesston College in Kansas, which is only a 2-year private school. I would love to play for a D-3 or D-2 school; because of my height I doubt that I will be able to play D-1. But for now I am good, and am happy that I’m playing!

 

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1.  Why did you decide to sign with Tennessee Wesleyan College?

I loved the campus and location. They have the degree I am pursuing: Exercise Science. I really liked the soccer Coach (Naomi) and the girls I met on the team were awesome. I could also play starting my freshman year and that’s huge. Overall I could see myself really happy there for 4 years.

2. Describe the excitement you feel about becoming a college student-athlete?

I have had dreams of progressing in my game of soccer and this is another step on my ladder. I am so proud that all my hard work has paid off and I want to keep working hard the next four years in developing further, and I hope maybe to continue playing after college. Who knows? National team, Olympic team, play abroad professionally or in the US – anything is possible.

3. What advice would you give to other athletes looking to get recruited?

I would make sure you are on the right club team to get noticed. You need to market yourself. Reach out to colleges that interest you and don’t give up. Keep working hard in the classroom and on the pitch.

4. Who has been the biggest influence in your sports career and why?

There are a lot of influences but I love Abbey Wambach. She is so awesome, not only as a dominant soccer player but as a role model for young women and a great leader on the US team.

5. What would you like to accomplish during your college sports career?

I want to earn a starting spot and I would like to be a person that is there for my teammates. I would like to win championships, of course, and improve my game to earn the opportunity to take my game to the next level after college.

 

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Here is a brief overview of the three phases of the college recruiting process:

Phase I – Introduction

  • Build your student-athlete resume
  • Create your target college list
  • Prepare your introductory letter to coaches
  • Email an introduction to all the coaches on your target list

Phase II – Evaluation

  • Market yourself to college coaches via email
  • Let coaches evaluate your skills (online profile with video)
  • Select the right events to showcase yourself
  • Build a relationship with college coaches
  • Visit colleges in person and online

Phase III – Negotiation & Selection

  • Determine the colleges that are most interested
  • Negotiate the best financial package possible
  • Review your final choices
  • Make the best all-around college selection

Following this basic timeline will provide you with the best chance of achieving recruiting success.

 

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Achieving the college athletic dream is a process that many families find difficult to understand and overwhelming to manage. There are many obstacles in your way, from the strenuous SAT preparation to the various recruiting deadlines.

Here are some important questions to keep in mind:

  1. Do you know where you are on the recruiting timeline?
  2. How many college coaches have had a chance to evaluate you?
  3. What is your academic status (GPA, Core classes, SAT / ACT)?
  4. What is your athletic status (JV, Varsity, Club team, awards)?
  5. What is your recruiting status (unsigned, in communication, offers)?
  6. Do you have an online resume to organize your academic and athletic statistics and information?

We set up this checklist for you to start asking the right questions. Write down each of your answers and take a look at where you currently stand.

This will give you a good idea of where you are, and what you need to do next!

 

 

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1.  Why did you decide to sign with Adrian College?

I chose Adrian, because it had everything I wanted in a school. A great lacrosse program, but also a great program for what I want to major in. They take their sports and academics seriously, which is something I value. They also helped a lot financially, because it is not cheap to attend school here and they do their best to get you as much aid as possible.

2. Describe the excitement you feel about becoming a college student-athlete?

It’s great to know that I’ve excelled enough in my sport to be able to play in college. I wasn’t a big star on my high school team, so to do something that not many people get to do is cool. On top of that I don’t come from a lacrosse heavy area, so being able to stand out above amazing players from the hotbeds of lacrosse is a great feeling.

3. What advice would you give to other athletes looking to get recruited?

Don’t wait for coaches to come to you, be proactive. It shows a lot of you as a person to approach a coach by yourself and show them you have passion and drive to play for their team. Also be gracious, these coaches don’t have to talk to you, so reply to all emails, call them back, and always say thank you, because they’ll remember someone who was nice and genuine over the cocky star athlete.

4. Who has been the biggest influence in your sports career and why?

My dad has really pushed me in my sports career. He went to as many games as possible, especially after missing a year because he was deployed to Afghanistan. He really knows the game now that I’ve been playing for 8 years and he helps the other parents figure out what’s going on. He also really wanted to be active in the recruiting process and he helped me say the right things to coaches which really helped sell me as a player.

5. What would you like to accomplish during your college sports career?

I really want to excel as a player, and be better than I was in high school. I hope that I can develop my skills and push myself to be better than people thought I was. I also want to make people from my high school team proud.

 

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Drew Peters

1.  Why did you decide to sign with Elgin Community College?

I decided to sign with Elgin Community College due to its rich program history and how great of a feeder program it has. There have been many players signed to big Division 1 schools out of Elgin and that’s my goal. I also know I can get my core classes out of the way and be prepared to go into my field of engineering. The goal at Elgin is to get stronger and put on some weight to add muscle and throw harder. I am already on a workout program for them and I’m excited to see results.

2. Describe the excitement you feel about becoming a college student-athlete?

Being able to continue to play baseball at the collegiate level is a feeling not many people can have. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and it’s great to know that if you can set your mind to something, you can achieve it.

3. What advice would you give to other athletes looking to get recruited?

Getting recruited is a VERY difficult task. You have to be seen at the right time by the right people. You have to go where you feel right because if you don’t fall in love with the college that you’ll be at for quite some time, you will hate it. I was scouted by Division 1 schools, but I really didn’t get any offers. My dream has always been to play Division 1 baseball and that’s why I decided to take the Juco route. You have to make the most of your opportunities because you can only play baseball for so long, and you do not want to have regrets later in life.

4. Who has been the biggest influence in your sports career and why?

My mom, she has always been very supportive of all my sports and activities. She is extremely busy with work nearly every day of the week, but still manages to find time to come and watch me play baseball, no matter where it is. I can give credit to Pat Fosnacht for teaching me the ways of baseball and I am extremely thankful for everything he did.

5. What would you like to accomplish during your college sports career?

First off, I want to get an invite to the NJCAA World Series while I’m at Elgin and hopefully win it. My next step would be getting recruited to a big Division 1 school to play the rest of my career and hopefully get to the NCAA World Series. My overall biggest goal is to get drafted, no matter where or when, and have that opportunity that so few get.

 

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1.  Why did you decide to sign with the University of Tampa?

The University of Tampa competes for a national championship yearly. The coaching staff is phenomenal and the athletes are talented and dedicated. After visiting several schools I knew UT was the right fit for me based on the campus size and team dynamics.

2. Describe the excitement you feel about becoming a college student-athlete?

I was fortunate to end my club season with a national championship. That excitement has carried over into my pre-season conditioning. I continue to work hard, so that I have the opportunity to make an immediate impact. I have had the chance to get to know my teammates during camps and we all get along great. I am looking forward to working towards another national championship. Taking classes that are specific to my degree is another amazing opportunity. I am ready to take the next step of my life as a college student.

3. What advice would you give to other athletes looking to get recruited?

I highly recommend that recruits visit numerous schools and make their decision based on what is best for them and not what others think is best for them.

4. Who has been the biggest influence in your sports career and why?

My parents have been the biggest influence in my sports career because they have supported me in all my athletic endeavors. Both my parents were athletes, so they understand the demands. My dad was my basketball coach growing up and when I decided to play volleyball my mom spent hours in the gym working with me. My parents have promoted lessons and personal training to ensure I was in the best shape to compete. Most importantly, they are always there in the stands to cheer me on.

5. What would you like to accomplish during your college sports career?

I would like to make an instant impact on the program and play for a national championship all 4 years.

 

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1.  Why did you decide to sign with Aquinas college?

Well I was originally signed to Saint Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, but ended up wanting to be closer to home and my fiancé. I made a very last minute choice to go to Aquinas because of their location, their environment, and of course their basketball program.

2. Describe the excitement you feel about becoming a college student-athlete?

I am very excited, but have known this was going to happen for years. When I was 14, right before 10th grade, I decided that I wanted to take my game to the next level and have been working on it more and more since then. I am most excited about having unlimited access to a gym and weight room, I really believe I have loads of potential.

3. What advice would you give to other athletes looking to get recruited?

Try your hardest in school, because having good grades will open up more doors for you to play at the next level. Also, just make smart life decisions. No coach wants someone who posts profanity on social networks or talks about drinking, partying, etc. Don’t be afraid to email a coach and tell them about yourself either, maybe they will see something in you.

4. Who has been the biggest influence in your sports career and why?

My 2 year high school coach Kevin White. He had 15 years of college coaching experience and definitely prepared me for the next level. He ran practice just like a college team and was the first coach I had who had us watch weekly film. I went to a workout at Marygrove a few weeks ago and since I had previously done every workout already with Coach White, I was very prepared. He also knew many college coaches at the level I was being recruited at, so he let them know about me personally.

5. What would you like to accomplish during your college sports career?

I want to win championships with my team. I want to increase my strength and athleticism. I hopefully will prepare myself to play in Europe for a few years, since I was born in Sweden. I would also like to graduate with good grades and maybe go to grad school later.

 

Over the last five years SportsForce Recruiting 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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