There’s this sense that the recruiting process can be an extremely stressful time for people, but that the superstars of a support got a free pass, without stress or worry.
Abby Wambach — the Abby Wambach, who will go into the World Cup finals tonight with the rest of the U.S. Women’s National Team — tells her tale of how stressful the recruiting process was in the video below. Put aside every thought you ever had about how the recruiting process works for “superstars.”
Recruiting is a difficult decision to make because it is one that will affect the rest of your life.
As Wambach explains in this documentary, it was not about which college was the best in the country, but rather it was about what college felt like home to her. As her head coach at Florida said, “We were trying to create something, which I think really appealed to her.”
You don’t have to go on your recruiting journey alone.
As much as I love Abby’s winning attitude — I can go to this school, or I can go to this other school, and beat them — here’s the part of the video that really gets me.
“Abby being as stubborn as she was she didn’t put any input whatsoever,” her father, Peter, said.
“The recruiting process was a pain; it was a nightmare,” Abby said. “I was a little bit scared, so I didn’t want anybody to know all the details. I just wanted to do it myself.”
I was a little bit scared…I just wanted to do it all myself.
Every one gets overwhelmed by the recruiting process. Finding the right school for you to play your sport only happens once, after all. That’s completely normal.
But you don’t have to do it all by yourself.
Even if it’s just starting by joining a free webinar and listening to a recruiting expert give their guidance, or following @ncsa on Twitter, hashtags like #SHEbelieves and #mytime2win — conversations about how student-athletes just like you all over the country are all in the same boat, together — you don’t have to do it on your own.
Abby’s college experience has only furthered her development and skill, and has helped create the top scorer for the US Women’s National Team, with 183 goals. She has become one of the most successful female soccer players.
I’m pretty sure if we were to ask her, on the eve of her World Cup appearance, if her college decision paid off in the long run, she would unequivocally say yes.
And I bet if we asked her if she’d do it all over again, alone, she’d say that it would be worthwhile to get the help, and answers, you need.
Our scouts are always here to help you understand the recruiting process and how you can find the right school for you. The best way to get started is with a recruiting profile.