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Aaron Davenport Cedarcrest HS | College Recruiting Process

Author: Aaron Davenport
Grade: Senior
School: Cedarcrest
Mascot: Redwolves
League: Cascade 1A/2A
Classification: 2A

College Recruiting as a Student-Athlete

Since I was young, it was my goal to play baseball in college. What I didn’t realize at the time was that the recruiting process would bring its own unique challenges. I would experience incredible excitement and joy, but also stress and pressure that I hadn’t anticipated. It was a lot to deal with at 15 or 16 years old.

Since May of Sophomore year, college scouts and coaches contacted me frequently, asking where I was in my decision making process. When I first started being recruited it was a time I’ll never forget. My dream was coming true. With every text and call I received, it brought me more and more joy. Each college I talked with had something unique to bring to the table. Each school offered a different opportunity in baseball, academics, location and college culture. I found myself needing to figure out what my “right place” would be. I was still trying to figure out what my priorities were when choosing a school to attend. I knew one thing for sure; academics were a priority, in addition to athletics. I needed to choose somewhere that could be a fit for both. My parents and I felt strongly that along with baseball, the college I chose would need to be somewhere I wanted to study and live.

As I started receiving more offers from schools, I had to start letting some people down. I’m a people-person so this part of the recruiting process was very hard on me. Telling a coach “no” after they put so much time into me, and laid everything on the table, was grueling. I loved and appreciated all the interest from these coaches, and essentially telling them their school wasn’t the right one for me was hard to do. Even after telling coaches no, they stayed persistent. You are forced to grow up quickly as you’re faced with making this very big life decision even while you’re still young. At the end of the day you have to follow your gut and do what feels right.

After visiting University of Hawaii, spending lots of time with the coaches, and meeting with the academic advisor, I was pretty sure UH was a school I wanted to go to. I could play baseball in an incredible environment and study Kinesiology. (Not to mention learn to surf!) But, it was only when my mom asked “If any other University made you an offer at this point, would you entertain going there?” I knew in my heart the answer was “no” because I had found my “right fit”. It was time to commit!

Life for a college-bound athlete is different than it is for a typical
high school student-athlete. Day to day, you must conduct yourself in a way that will set you up for continued success. You have to make healthy choices physically and socially. Also, one of the first questions a recruiter will ask is your GPA and test scores. You need to maintain high academic standards and balance that with your sport. You have to continue to develop in your sport and not get complacent, knowing that when you arrive on that college campus, nothing is guaranteed. You must be prepared.

I’m excited for my future as a collegiate student-athlete and am grateful to be able to share some of the lessons I learned along the way.


October 2017

10/31/2017 Kathy Le Henry Foss HS | Homecoming or Home-making?
10/11/2017 Aaron Davenport Cedarcrest HS | College Recruiting Process
10/2/2017 Jade Chamberlin Connell HS | Pennies for Patients

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