Having been a recruited NCAA Division 1 men’s college soccer student-athlete myself at Georgetown University, I have first-hand experience of the process of getting recruited from high school to going on to play the sport you love at the collegiate level. For the last three years, I have had the privilege of working with hundreds of high school soccer and lacrosse student-athletes who have navigated this process and gone on to numerous colleges and universities at the Division 1, 2, and 3 levels.

There are many perks of becoming a college athlete. The most obvious benefit is the financial one; college athletes, on average, pay less for their college degree than non-athletes. From an admissions stand point, if you’re goal is to get into a more selective school, having a college coach hand-deliver your admissions packet gives you a better chance of getting into that school than does the traditional route. Another perk of being a college athlete is the experience. Having the chance to play at the highest level, learn from the best coaches, the facilities, the gear, the travel, the camaraderie, the pride of representing your university, playing in front of big crowds, the rivalries and the traditions make it a very special experience. It comes once in a lifetime for a very small fraternity of people, and for those who get a chance to experience it, leave with lifelong memories. Another huge perk is time management for those students that value some structure in their life. Being a college athlete isn’t too unlike having a real job where you have responsibilities and accountabilities. As a collegiate athlete you get many types of academic support that are not necessarily granted to regular college students, you get special access to tutors, academic advisors, guaranteed classes, help getting caught up after long road trips. And the last perk, which may be the most important but often the most overlooked, is the lifelong network. The personal relationships you create as a college athlete are what matter most. As college-level athletes you share a common bond that is rarely understood by those who didn’t experience it. It’s a bond you will hold dear to your heart for the rest of your life.

The recruiting process can be overwhelming for many high school student-athletes and their families. In working with Student-Athlete Showcase (SAS), I have utilized both my experience and the network of the many college soccer and lacrosse coaches I know, to deliver a fully comprehensive recruiting consulting service.  SAS implements the best recruiting evaluation tool on the market, allowing student athletes to showcase their athletic, academic, and personal profiles with highlight video, transcripts, stats, schedules and even scouting reports.

If interested in this service, please email me at bslingerland@student-athleteshowcase.com.