How did the school you chose separate itself from the others you considered?
I was immediately blown away by the campus and its proximity to Burlington and Lake Champlain. The mountains and the town reminded me a lot of where I currently live, (Boone, NC) except bigger. The size, location, and variety of majors was exactly what I was looking for in a school and program.
How would you describe your recruiting process overall?
My process was long and stressful at times, but I was extremely fortunate because it is a unique experience that only happens once. I couldn't have done it without my parents and their endless support or my coaches and teammates who pushed me to be the best version of myself as a student-athlete.
What was your favorite part of the recruiting process?
Receiving interest across all three divisions in the Summer going into my senior year was a great feeling. It showed me that all my hard work and dedication was finally paying off. Eventually committing to Vermont this past September was my favorite part. I completed the process and finally knew where I was going to attend college!
What opportunities and information assisted you during your recruiting process?
Getting to know Coach Flanagan and his staff this past Summer was extremely beneficial. They provided great insight and direction on how to handle my final few months of deciding on a school. I am thankful to have been exposed to great coaching and intelligent individuals who have helped dozens of athletes navigate this process before me.
Did you feel like you had support from the Team 24/7 Staff during your process? If so, how?
Most Definitely. As soon as I met the staff and Coach Flanagan following the merger, they tirelessly coached me at practice and every single game of each tournament over the Summer. I appreciated having additional people being hard on me and paying close attention to detail on how I could elevate my game.
What individual or showcase events, if any, did you find the most beneficial during your process?
There were definitely a couple prospect days and showcases such as the ODAC prospect day and the Prep Lax Showcase in Greenwich, CT that I enjoyed. I gained exposure there, however, I felt far more comfortable showcasing myself during tournaments because of my between the lines style of play.
What would you tell younger players or parents to help them prepare for the recruiting process?
Understand that a strong work ethic goes an extremely long way. Don't get so wrapped up in the process that you forget to have fun playing the game or you will miss great moments with your teammates. When you are in the process, ask the tough and direct questions; really find out where you stand at each of your potential schools.
Lastly, don't feel the need to rush your commitment. You can be a completely different player from September 1 of your Junior year to September 1 of your Senior year.