How Hammond High’s Student-Athletes Have Prepared for Recruitment in College Athletics

By: Taylor Liguori
Staff Writer

The process of recruitment for a student-athlete is more than one would expect and is a rather tedious multi-step process. For each athlete, the process may vary a littlebit, but in the end there is a similar way that everyone goes about it. Seniors Tyler Walters and Mathias O’Neil had a similar experience to one another in the recruitment process with Senior Imani Reid’s varying in slight ways.

O’Neil’s process began in spring of his freshman year when he decided to become serious about recruitment and playing in college. “I started by putting together game film and I emailed the coaches the film with my team, some of my stats and my GPA.” The way that O’Neil went about this is much like most athletes do. The “unwritten” written rule of getting coaches attention is to email them like an annoying little bug and send them as many videos and emails as possible of game film and good plays.

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Senior, Mathias O’Neil playing soccer for Hammond’s Varsity team.

The first step in the process is to look at schools that are most appealing to you. This does not change whether you are an athlete or not. Most people already have an idea of the schools they want to attend so they go from there. From that point, game film and emails should be sent and camps should be attended. For most, if not all college coaches, they want to see as much of your skill as possible and want to see you at all camps. If they have an interest in you, you will know. No matter what, your best foot should always be put forward.

Bethune-Cookman commit, Imani Reid, was found during her AAU basketball season. “Through AAU, they recruited me. I knew I had to take advantage of when they were looking at me and play my best.” Coaches will come and watch games that you play in and as a competitor and athlete, you must take advantage of this opportunity. Reid took advantage of this opportunity and has been offered to play in college.

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Imani Reid warming up for the Girls Varsity Basketball game.

 

Much of the recruitment comes from off the court or field also.

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Tyler Walters wrestles his opponent in an intense match.

 The time spent in the gym and learning nutrition is crucial to being an elite athlete. Tyler Walters was a two-sport athlete that was being recruited for both football and wrestling but chose wrestling. He knew he wanted to be a collegiate athlete since he was five. When asked his routine for working out, he explained the struggle. “There have been a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. I put a lot of hard work in. I lift weights, eat right. On the off season, I wrestle 3 nights a week. In the regular season, 7 days. I work out everyday though.” Walters is now being looked at by McDaniel College.

I was recruited my freshman year to play collegiate softball at The University of Maryland. My experience was different than these other athletes at Hammond. The way that athletes go about being recruited is different and individually tailored to each person, but in the end, the dreams do come true and all athletes end up exactly in the best spot for them.

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