Claire Ross is a Division I soccer player at the University of Rhode Island. She transferred to URI from Mississippi State, so she took the time to discuss the recruiting process with us, and tell us what coaches want to see, how to format recruiting videos, and why she chose URI.
Despite common belief, Claire doesn’t think highlight tapes are essential; she didn’t have one herself, and neither did most of her teammates. Highlight tapes can be edited to make you look like the perfect player, without showing mistakes or bad games. This is not necessarily a good thing because coaches care just as much about how you respond when you have a bad game as how you play when you have a good game. She said if you do make a highlight video, make it “short and sweet.”
She thinks as an athlete, two of the most important characteristics are working hard and knowing the tactical side of the game: “You can teach technical.” If an athlete knows the tactical side of the game and is willing to work hard and learn, you can teach them the technical part.
On transferring, Claire said it was: “One of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do.” The biggest shock was moving from a sweet, slow-paced Southern town in Mississippi to the fast-paced city in Rhode Island. She said while your major/program and sport are two huge factors in deciding where to commit or transfer, you should take the culture of where you’re moving into consideration as well, and make sure it’s a place that you will be happy living for four years.
Finally, she says as a college recruit, and especially as a transfer, you have to be willing to play new positions. You work hard for the team, not for yourself, even if that means keeping an open mind and trying new positions.
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.
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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.