By Halie Wingo
College recruitment can be an extremely stressful subject for many dedicated student athletes. Coaches and players are working together this year with juniors and seniors about their future plans, if they will be participating on college sports, and if they have the academic success to be recruited.
Senior girls basketball player Taylor Klenner was recruited by IU South Bend to play for the university’s basketball team.
Klenner is also involved in other activities including Athletic Leadership and sees that school is important to her recruitment and her success in getting scholarships. Students may also not need to know where they want to go in the first place. Klenner didn’t know what school she wanted to go to until she knew the benefits she would be offered from the school.
“I didn’t really know I wanted to play college basketball until I knew the benefits and getting a full ride was one of them,” Klenner said
Senior Reese Johnson, who was recruited by IU Kokomo, plays for the varsity tennis team and is involved in other activities as well.
She wanted to be recruited for her skills as a student and as an athlete.
“I play tennis and some other activities I’m involved in are Athletic Leadership, Riley Dance Marathon, and student council,” Johnson said.
Johnson also believes her academics are more important that athletics, but loves her sport and still wants to be able to play in after her high school career ends.
“I value my academics over my athletics, but tennis has always been my passion, and I really wanted to play in college,” Johnson said.
For some people, recruitment is a big part of their participation in a sport. For Johnson, recruitment for tennis was important and she made a big deal of getting her name out there and wanted to make sure she was showing colleges the best parts of her character and athletic ability, which lead to athletic and academic scholarships.
“I was trying to be recruited. I had created a profile and emailed several colleges to try to get my name out there,” Johnson said.
Athletic Director Ken Sears also gave advice to students on how they should be acting to be recruited and that it can be important to have a good reputation because coaches help with the recruitment process.
“Be a great athlete, have good grades and stay out of trouble,” Sears said.
Sears also believes that recruitment can be important to some students and they need to be playing to set themselves up for a successful recruitment process and for a useful education for their futures.
“If your goal is to just go to college and be a student then it’s not important, but if your dream is to play college athletics, it’s important. You have to set a name for yourself,” Sears said.
Students can be recruited for many different sports, but being involved in other activities and multiple sports can help with recruitment as well. Colleges want to see football players playing basketball and other sports and have good grades and be involved in the school.
Counselor Dave McMillan says he knows that scouts are watching athletes in and out of season.
“Colleges have scouts that they send out and a lot of high school athletes are not only involved in their sport during the season but also involved out of season. They are in tournaments and stuff like that and that’s when recruits look for them,” McMillan said.
Colleges are looking for talented athletes to recruit with the talent and drive to create a good name for the school.
Recruitment is important for many reasons, but getting a good education and a fulfilling college experience is a huge part of why people want to be recruited.