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Hi, my name is Coach Gil Moody, and would like to welcome you all to an ongoing series called: “College Recruiting”. To gain a better insight on this topic, I have reached out to several formal: High School Athlete’s that are currently playing collegiate sports or had played and now have graduated from college.  Below is one of these interviews.

 

Please welcome Jared Silva

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Position: Baseball Pitcher

Height: 6’0

Weight: 190

Home Town: Charles Town, WV

High School: Washington High School, 2014 graduate

 

Q: What College are you currently attending or have graduated from?

A:   I am going into my first semester at the Virginia Military Institute.    

Q: What sports were you recruited for, and played in College? Did you play more than one sport in College?

A:  I was recruited for baseball. I will only be playing baseball during my involvement at VMI.

Q: Did you play more than one sport in High School, and if so which sports were they?

A: I only played varsity baseball in high school.

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Q: What preparations did you take to research what colleges you were interested in?

A: To prep for my research, I looked at the school’s baseball program, their academics, if they had my major, where the college was, and the lifestyle/environment of the college. Financing was the last thing I looked at during my research.

Q: Have you heard of College Board, and have you used it? Was it helpful in your college selection process?

A: Yes, I have heard of College Board and I used it here and there during my college research, in which I found it to be very useful.

Q: What kind of advice did your coach and or guidance counselor gave you about researching and selecting a college?

A:  My coach and/or guidance counselor told me to find a place I could see myself at for the next four years or so— somewhere I would like to be at and a place that would benefit me.

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Q: What advice did your parents give you to help throughout your college selection process? 

A: My parents told me to keep an open mind during my college research. They said to weigh the pros and cons and to find a place suitable for me that I would feel comfortable at.

Q: Were you under the impression that it was your coach’s responsibility to get you recruited? If so, where did you get that impression from?

A:  I never once thought that it was solely up to my coaches to get me recruited. I believed that they were there for help, upon showing ambition and reaching out to them for help.

Q: Did you attend any college summer camps? How many did you attend, and do you believe that it help you get recruited?

A:  I don’t recall ever attending college summer camps. However, I did participate in a few college baseball camps in the fall.

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Q: Did your coach suggest that you attend college summer camps, and if so at what grade level did you start to attend?

A: Yes, my coach suggested going to camps. I began attending them the fall of my sophomore year in high school.

Q: There several recruiting services, and combine services, have you tried any of them, and do you think that they were helpful?

A:  I registered with an online recruiting service called CaptainU through my former travel team. It seemed to be helpful, however I rarely used it.

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Q: What did you do to help yourself get recruited, and would you recommend the same to others?

A: To help myself get recruited, I started to reach out to collge coaches via email, I made myself a profile, I began to make a recruiting DVD, and I simply reached out to one of my coaches for help. I would recommend these same tactics to others for their recruiting processes.

Q: What was the biggest surprise to you during the college recruiting process?

A: The biggest surprise to me during my recruitment process is how much of a business it really is. College recruitment acts early and fast, therefore you have to get yourself out there before it may become too late.

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Thank you, Jared Silva for sharing your college recruiting experiences with our readers. We would love to have you back to share what it is like to be a college athlete.

Regards,

Coach Moody

 

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