In an interview with ESPN Rise, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall discussed how important decisions are in the recruiting process.
ESPN RISE: What advice will you give to the players at the Gridiron Kings [an ESPN RISE All American Football Game]?
Rashard Mendenhall: One of the more important things is decision making. A lot of guys have that talent, but college is where a lot of people decide where they’re going to be, who they’re going to hang out with and things they’re going to do.
RISE: How did you choose Illinois?
Mendenhall: I went there with my brother, Walter, because we wanted to go to the same school. It felt like the right fit. It had the perfect balance between football and school. We liked the program and the campus, and it was close enough to home but not too far away. For me, it felt right on all aspects.
Here, Mendenhall is showing how important it is to find the right school for you. Remember, choosing a college isn’t a four year decision; it’s a forty year decision. Where you go to school has an effect on your future, from friends to an eventual career, the college search has a major effect on the rest of your life.