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Baseball Recruit - Michael Weber (University of Tampa)

The most challenging part of the recruiting process was being patient. Finding a college which fit academic as well as athletic certifications is hard, but in the end is very satisfying.

The recruiting process can get pretty tiresome after a while, but once you have found that special college/university, you feel so relieved that your talent is recognized. Now I am moving on and up to bigger and better things in my college baseball career here at Tampa.

NCSA impacted my recruiting process by contacting schools that they believed would best suit my interest. I used the NCSA College Baseball Game Plan and tips. Having a personal coach is definitely a big plus too.

I would advise student athletes going through the process now that you don't have to commit, give in, or make choices early. Be patient, and in the end you will find a college that fits your every need. You will be much more satisfied if you do.

Traveling over 1,400 miles away from home for college was a big first step. Making the team in the Fall of 2008 was a great feeling! There definitely will be some success stories for me in Spring 2009 and in the Class of 2012 here at the University of Tampa baseball program. I've got some great teammates and coaches and we have fun, are focused to improve and we always are expecting to improve and win.



Football Recruit - Vince DiPiero

The recruiting process started because my name was in the local paper a lot. I was a three sport athlete in high school and succeeded in all of them. I started receiving a lot of information from different recruiting agencies. My parents didn't feel like they were bringing much to the table for the amount of money they were charging. Basically, they promised to send out a mass email to a bunch of colleges and that was it. I did a lot of research myself and realized I could do the same thing, just by logging on to school athletic websites and filling out the recruiting questionnaires myself.

I went to a Nike football camp and that is where I was introduced to NCSA. I thought this would be just like every other recruiting program, but after talking with them I realized they did have more to offer. Not only would they be sending out emails, but the profile page they design for you was very appealing, especially including actual highlight footage. You will still have to send game tapes to most coaches, but at least the coaches can look at a few highlights and get a feel for your athletic abilities. If they are interested, they will definitely contact you.

Once the profile page was built and sent out the real work began. I decided I wouldn't eliminate any area. I wanted to keep an open mind through the entire process. I never told a single coach that I wasn't interested in their school at all. I stayed in contact with many coaches over the next year. You start to get a feel for the coaches that are really interested in you and those that are just trying to fill their roster.

The best advice I can give you is DON'T RULE OUT ANY SCHOOL. I was contacted by a small private school at the end of my sophomore year. I looked them up on line, and wasn't impressed only because I saw that they only had 3,000 students. At that point I wanted to go to a bigger school. The coach kept inviting me down to check out the campus and I just never made the time. Finally my parents convinced me to check out the campus. After spending one day and one night on campus my entire outlook on smaller schools changed. I had no idea what a great and successful football program this college had and how prestigious the academic program was.



Volleyball Recruit - Katrina Wigginton ( University of Maine at Fort Kent)

When I first started looking into the college process, I put a great deal of effort into my applications and researching campuses. I also signed on with NCSA to help with recruiting for volleyball.

The best part of recruiting was definitely the feeling I got each time I was contacted by a college that actually wanted me to play for them. NCSA impacted my recruiting process greatly. They got my name out for college coaches, some of which may have never found me, if I hadn't joined NCSA!

The best advice I could give someone in the process now, is to stick with it. Even when things get tedious, and the outcome looks bleak, stay with it! It took time, but I found the place that was right for me, and so will you!!!

Being a college athlete is amazing. First and foremost, you are automatically a part of the team; a family that will certainly stick with you for your entire college experience. Also, you not only get an education, but you also get to travel, meet new people, and have more fun than most at college. It's true, athletes do have more fun!!!

The most successful part of my story so far is that i made the Dean's list for my first semester with a GPA of 3.3 and my volleyball team finished 2nd in the conference. I also received "Rookie of the Year"!!!! for the Sunrise Conference. Thanks for all your help!



Tennis Recruit - Kevin Madden

I am very excited about the opportunity to play college tennis. The NCSA sent my information to a lot of colleges. The hardest part of the recruiting process was keeping up with the the large amount of e-mails and mail from different schools. I heard from colleges that I wouldn't have heard of or considered because of the NCSA. One of my top choices was actually a suggestion from a recruiting coach.

I enjoyed the opportunity to talk with the different tennis coaches about collegiate tennis. It was fun when I had the chance to meet and get to know the players from two of the teams I was considering. I enjoyed visiting different colleges.

My advice to other recruits is to talk to as many schools as possible. Try to visit schools early if you can and apply for early admission. Do well at school. The coaches I talked to wanted good students for their teams. Colleges look at class rank, test scores and GPA to see if you qualify for scholarships.



Soccer Recruit - Cole Houser (Penn State University - York)

About six months ago, I decided to join forces with NCSA to enhance my selection of a college. It was a great decision. NCSA gave me unlimited recruiting knowledge and resources that otherwise would have been difficult to reach. Their support and determination helped me get to this point today.

My only regret is that I wish I would have started this process earlier. I should have been looking at colleges at the start of my freshman year. But either way, there's no doubt the most fun I had making my decision was touring the campuses. Without college visits there is really no way of judging that school.

Those were the good times, but the worst times were when putting in those long hours of doing applications, sending countless e-mails, and talking on the phone to no-avail. But you can't let the negative things discourage you; part of the process of determining a college is going through ups and downs. There are going to be days where you just want to give up and quit, but then there days where you feel on top of the world. The key is to stay even keeled and things will work out.



Swimming Recruit - Emma Forbes (Old Dominion University)

To be successful in the process I made sure to keep in contact with all the coaches who contacted me, and made sure that I was on top of my correspondence. That allowed me to think about my options and what places seemed truly interested.

The most challenging part was the decision making process. I loved so many schools, teams, and coaches. Picturing myself at different schools, and following my gut was the hardest part of the process. Everyone is always so nice when they want you to go there, but you have to think where you will fit in and be appreciated for what you can bring to the table.

NCSA helped get me organized and aware of the opportunities available. They made it clear that I could not blow off coaches or not respond and that there were rules to recruiting. It wasn't just "Hey, come here and swim!", there is a lot more to it.

Being a college athlete is nothing short of amazing! When you are talking to other students and say you are on a college team, you can see the respect in their eyes.



Track and Field Recruit - Jessica Walker

It took lots of hard work to be successful. Hard running workouts were followed by weight training. Ultimately it comes down to being mentally strong enough to push yourself through the workouts.

The most challenging part of the recruiting process was knowing where to start. I received so much feedback from many schools, but I wasn’t sure what school I wanted to look into first. Having a lot to choose from was challenging, but it was also the best part because it gave me the opportunity to find the right school for me.

NCSA impacted my recruiting process by being available to me during every step and all my questions or concerns were answered. NCSA teaching me about the process, like how to speak with coaches, what questions to ask, and how to clearly interpret what a coach is telling you.

I would advise athletes going through the process to give every school an equal chance, even if you have never heard of them or do not think you would go there. Do your research and visit, and you might find that the school becomes your first choice.