At The Inside Blitz we are always looking for ways to better serve/assist Lowcountry prospective student-athletes with recruiting. Just recently, we were able to reach out to former Hanahan High star/current Virginia Tech wide receiver, Sam Denmark. The upcoming ACC star was willing to take time out, to share his knowledge/expertise to aspiring student-athletes about the hectic/chaotic world of college recruiting.
For most prospective student-athletes, the recruiting process can be very exciting for those who have a desire to continue their academic studies, athletics on the next level. As for others, it can be downright hectic/chaotic. Nevertheless, were able to get Virginia Tech freshman wide receiver, Sam Denmark, to share his wealth of knowledge about the recruiting process. We trust that this information will be useful to those of you who have dreams of playing on the next level.
“Do not get caught up in the whole recruiting process because coaches from all over will tell their prospects how much they need them and how much they want them to come to their school. But at the end of the day, it will be your decision to make for yourself.
Coming from personal experience I didn’t have much pressure getting schools to notice me because once I started peaking and making a name for myself locally, I reached out to hundreds of schools just to let them know who I was and to show them my highlights.
Communication is very important when being recruited because most of the time coaches aren’t going to have much time to watch thousands of films on high school prospects all over. They won’t know about you unless they hear about you through word of mouth or you going viral. Reaching out to schools personally lets the coaches know that you are interested and can in some ways make it easier for them to recruit you.
Once recruited, I think it is important to narrow your top choices down to 3 and make your decision based on: education first then, the environment (school environment/hospitality), and lastly playing time. If you are good enough the coaches will see that and give you a chance to display the talent that God has blessed you with. All of these things helped me to mentally be stress free. Planning your visits early and looking at all the aspects and opportunities these schools will bring you will help out a lot.” – Sam Denmark