How did the school you chose separate itself from the others you considered?
I thought the academics at Delaware made the most sense for what I wanted to study. I also build a great relationship with the coaching staff. I really enjoyed speaking with the coaches, hearing their goals for the program, and how they conduct practices. Delaware also has a specific goalie coach (Coach Fossner) which was a big draw for me and I am looking forward to learning from him. Finally, they are about to finish new facilities that rival those of the top athletic facilities in any sport across the country.
How would you describe your recruiting process overall?
Overall, my recruiting process was a rollercoaster. On September 1st, I received emails and phone calls from some of the top schools in the nation which was a dream come true. I remember being at Midnight Mania with my teammates and thinking "this is what I've been working for". That was a day that will forever be memorable for my family and I.
What was your favorite part of the recruiting process?
My favorite part was playing the summer before my recruiting process started. Looking over at the sidelines and seeing all of coaches for the first time really motivated my team and I more than ever before. The sidelines of every game were loaded with coaches from all over the country. The other thing I really enjoyed was seeing my teammates commit. I knew how much it meant for each of them so was really happy when it happened.
What opportunities and information assisted you during your recruiting process?
For opportunities, I would say having the opportunity to be on the 2021 team for 24/7 was a huge aspect. Being surrounded by some of the top talent in the nation pushed me to be better throughout my entire career. We all always helped each other out through the process and had a really good group that played together for a long time. For information, I would say the recruiting meetings my family and I had with Ryan were enlightening and talking to past collegiate players that had been through the process was really helpful.
Did you feel like you had support from the Team 24/7 Staff during your process? If so, how?
Ryan and the 24/7 staff were really helpful throughout the entire process. With the new recruiting rules around when coaches were allowed to contact us, it was difficult to know what to expect but Ryan guided my family and I through the process so we knew what to expect every step of the way. The 24/7 staff has been extremely supportive of my dreams and aspirations over the years, I have always felt supported by them, even before the recruiting process started.
What individual or showcase events, if any, did you find the most beneficial during your process?
I thought that Maverik Showtime was by far the most beneficial event I attended. After I attended the event, I had more confidence in my ability and most of the coaches I spoke with said that is where I stood out during recruiting.
What would you tell younger players or parents to help them prepare for the recruiting process?
Know what you're looking for in college before the recruiting process begins. Whether that is the coaching staff, a specific division, or something else. Having that in mind really assisted me in narrowing down which schools I was most interested in. Also, take your time and keep your mind open to everything. Being able to think through which schools stood out, where you could see yourself, and which is right for you is essential throughout this process. Don't focus on just the top schools you had in mind, make sure to evaluate all your options. Remember everything happens for a reason. Lastly, work hard and have fun, that's what this is all about. Being recruited and committing is just one step in the process but you have to enjoy all of it.