NCAAToo often in the recruiting process, high school players and parents are too focused on the processes of others more than their own.

Hearing that another player has already committed to a school often results in added pressure that can be a hindrance to the recruiting process.

This is the wrong way to attack the recruiting process, and it becomes reactive v. proactive.

If you are being proactive – contacting college coaches, sending them your academic and athletic information, and providing them a highlight reel – you will be in a far better place at the end of the process. It will limit your stress while assisting you in focusing in the right places – namely, the best school for you.

The last thing you want to do is begin rushing your process. It is imperative to find the right school for you, academically and athletically. A decision made because someone else has made one is likely not the correct one!

Take your time!!

For added background, here is some brief information on committing to a school.

Committing to a School

There are generally two steps when you have decided on a school to attend. The first is the “verbal” commitment, and the second signing a National Letter of Intent (NLI).

Verbal Commitments

A “verbal” commitment is a non-binding agreement where you have committed to a school before you can actually sign a letter of intent. Generally, these are made prior to your senior year, and serve as a sort of “handshake agreement” to attend a school.

National Letter of Intent (NLI)

The National Letter of Intent is a binding agreement in which you sign a letter agreeing to attend a particular school (and that school only). It is an official document tying you to an institution.


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