Back in my element (three years ago), I was highly considering playing college basketball at the Division II or III levels. I was an undersized shooting guard with not the greatest handle, but luckily I had an unpredictable vertical, long wingspan, and a record 157 three-pointers made for my high school. I’m sure there are tons of athletes out there that are/were placed in the same predicament I was in: to continue practicing, playing, and dedicating my time to the sport that I loved at the D3 level, or to attend a bigger University for academic and social purposes. I registered with the NCSA, attended scouting camps, and talked to a few coaches just in case I did decide to continue my basketball career.
However, my first college visit as a recruit came as a result of none of the above. My father’s friend knew the head coach of a small private school outside of Boston, who had seen my highlight tape and contacted me. After much consideration, I agreed to go to the campus to converse with the coach and look at their facilities. Being the summer of my junior year of high school, my dad, who is a travel enthusiast, decided to plan a little mini-vacation around my recruiting visit.
It really was a great idea for a mini-vacation, and my family and I were very excited about it. It was a combination of a recruiting/college visit and touring one of the best cities in the country. However, during our first day in Boston, I received a long text from the head coach of the University saying that he wouldn’t be at the school for my visit, but that I would be in good hands with one of his assistants. His reasoning was that he had an important meeting he had forgotten about or something of that nature. This was the same coach who told me to come to visit the school, so I was pretty confused but tried not to take it personally. My dad, on the other hand, was not happy in the slightest bit and felt strongly that it was a “dick move.”
Two Days Later:
Even though our source of information and supposed tour guide had vanished, we still went to the school to talk with the assistants and walk around the campus/facilities. One of the first questions my dad asked the assistant coach was where the head coach had gone and why he let us know so abruptly. He answered by stating that the head coach had gone to New York for a conference meeting, and he had to attend a camp. His answer didn’t sit well at all with my family. I was visiting the school because the coach asked me to, and now he’s at a camp scouting other players. Needless to say, I already felt less wanted and that the program wasn’t well-run.
After the visit, I decided that I was no longer interested in this school. In a sense, the visit was a total waste of time, but at least I got a really nice vacation out of it and this funny/awkward story. I also highly recommend going to Fenway Park.
When doing research in the recruiting process for my daughter I came across the LRT Sports website. I was immediately intrigued as this was another dimension of the recruiting process that many people don't even consider. My daughter and I could "short list" schools based on the education she was looking for, as well as the opportunity to play her sport. LRT Sports not only gave us pertinent information into the recruiting process with different interviews of coaches and players, it also gave us insight into current and/or former players' opinions on the coach of that school in her sport. We could use this information to re-prioritize my daughters list of schools based on this feedback. I have many friends that are, or will be, going through this process shortly and I highly recommend using LRT Sports as part of anyone's recruiting process.
The college process presents a myriad of challenges. Factor in athletics and it becomes even more daunting. Now, add the fact that you have zero experience with sports. What is a the mother of a college bound student-athlete to do? LRT Sports has truly lived up to its promise. It has kept "the college recruiting process honest and easy by providing first hand information about coaches, schools and the recruiting process." Their interviews with current students, coaches, and professional athletes have provided realistic guidance. I am much more informed because of LRT Sports! The coach ratings are the most helpful. LRT Sports interviews allow us to hear from students as to how the adults are impacting not only their athletic experience but also how they are helping to shape their adult self.
The C.A.L.C. was thrilled to have Keirsten Sires come and speak to us on multiple topics relevant to high school athletics today, including recruiting. Keirsten reached all of our students and left them with great strategies that will not only help on the fields, courts, and mats, but also in the game of recruiting. She was a true professional and delivered a wonderful message.
Now that the recruiting process and the related stress is over, I wanted to thank you for your guidance. You did so much more than we had expected. Once you started the process by matching the best academic schools first, not the best sport programs, I knew you were the one. The way you laid out a timeline of contacting coaches, visits, and camps completely took any guesswork out of the plan for us. All of the student athletes that you put us in touch with gave us a look from the inside, and made us more comfortable knowing what was coming. Finally, using your website as a resource for knowing what to expect from different coaches based on former recruit reviews gave my son confidence before our meetings. There is no way we could have figured this out on our own, you really put us in a great position when decision time came.
I think hearing from other athletes is very beneficial. To be able to learn from people’s mistakes, and to be able to have access to those voices is really helpful; especially voices that have been there and done that. It’s very important for people to have access to information that could benefit them, and in this case there are many voices that can help the next wave of athletes.
If you have something that’s going to spell [the recruiting process] out for you… it’s so valuable. I think what everyone at LRT Sports is doing to spread the word and help advocate and educate athletes on the recruitment process is incredible.
Without question would have used LRT Sports. It would have probably been one of the most valuable tools that I could have had. If you want to know what these coaches are really like then I think this is the best tool out there. I’m really glad you are allowing recruits to have a resource like this moving forward.