| by AJ Chase - special collaborator |
Recruiting is an interesting process by which student-athletes go through with very little guidance. There are many factors to consider when you’re trying to decide where to pursue your CEGEP or university career. Many put a huge emphasis on playing time being a big influence on where a player should play. Personally, I’ve always wanted to compete with the best players and felt that I would be able to rise to the occasion of playing for a D1 team. When I finished my first year of midget AAA, I had the choice to stay and play another year at that level or make the jump to a CEGEP D1 level team. I felt that, for the betterment of my career, I would grow faster as an athlete as a first-year player in a good division 1 program than I would should I remain with with my midget team for a senior year - even if I was guaranteed lots of playing time. My decision to leave was met with contempt and given that I was left to myself to promote my skills, I opted to attend a showcase combine which ultimately helped to open many doors for me. I tested well and my performance on the field that day led to a few schools calling me up and showing serious interest. That was an amazing feeling.