The Chattanooga area is chock full of incredibly talented athletes sought after by schools from coast to coast. On top of an intense practice schedule, games, homework, and after-school jobs, many of these players are fielding calls from coaches and recruiters day and night and juggling scholarship offers from as many as 30 schools at a time. Read on to find out how these eight local players made one of the biggest decisions of their sports careers.
Baylor School, 2023
29 COLLEGE OFfers
Signed with Ole Miss
What was the recruiting process like?
It was pretty hard at first, but to have all of those offers and to build relationships with all of those high-caliber coaches was a blessing.
Most exciting thing that happened during recruiting?
I would say getting to travel to different colleges and meet different coaches and players was the most exciting.
Most surprising or difficult thing that happened during recruiting?
The most difficult thing was having to text and call so many different coaches, especially towards the end of the process, because it was so time-consuming.
What were the different factors you considered when choosing between offers?
The main factors were the relationships I had with the coaches, how I felt on campus and in the cities the schools were in, and how the depth chart played out when I got to the school.
How did you choose which schools to visit? Did the visit have a significant impact on your decision?
I visited many schools unofficially, but I only took three official visits. I chose Ole Miss, Tennessee, and Oklahoma to officially visit because I had good relationships with those three coaches.
About how long did it take you to make the big decision?
My family really helped me make the decision. After I took my last official visit, I took about a week to think about everything, then I committed. It was about a year and a half from the time I got my first offer to when I committed. It was a relief to finally sign and get ready for college.
What was the factor that eventually made you choose one offer over others?
I felt the most comfortable at Ole Miss over the other schools.
Do you have any advice for other players going through the recruiting process?
Enjoy the process because it is a blessing a lot of people wish they had.