Josie Commits to Hofstra!
Date Posted: 7/16/2020
Q: Congratulations on your decision to play at Hofstra University! Can you tell us about your recruiting process to provide some insight for our younger players?
A: Thank you! I am very excited to play at a competitive program. My recruiting process was an interesting experience, but obviously I’m very happy with how it worked out. I started the process at the beginning of my sophomore year, but things started to pick up and get serious the summer of my junior year. I went to a bunch of schools for camps and tried to figure out what I wanted in a school. I decided that I really wanted to go to a competitive East Coast school with high academics. This helped me narrow down some schools. Unfortunately, mid season of my junior year we weren’t able to play in tournaments anymore because of COVID-19. Although recruiting became a lot more difficult, I tried my best to keep in contact with schools. I would send emails and videos, as well as weekly phone calls with coaches, to try my best to stay in contact with them. Even though it was definitely an unusual experience, I am super grateful for how everything worked out in the end and I am excited to continue playing!
Q: How has Wildcat Jrs. prepared or helped you through the college recruiting process?
A: A fun fact about me is that I’ve been on almost every single team at Wildcats. When I first came to Wildcat Jrs, I started off on the regional teams. I would move up a team each year and I would always be so excited. Wildcats has definitely taught me to always work hard and never give up. If you genuinely want to do something and you want to put in the work, you can do it. The recruiting process is basically all up to you because at the end of the day you need to find the school that is the best fit for you. It can be redundant when you have to update your video/send emails every time you have a big tournament coming up, but the little things can make a huge difference. Wildcats has always pushed me to be better and encouraged me to work hard. All of my coaches were supportive throughout my recruiting experience and without their coaching and training I would not be where I am today.
Q. Is there any advice you would give our younger Wildcat Jrs. players that want to pursue playing volleyball in college?
A: When I was going through recruitment, I would always try very hard to be “perfect”. I would try to make my video flawless and I would get nervous when I had any kind of interaction with a coach. It can be stressful, but just remember nobody expects you to be perfect. Try your hardest to not overanalyze yourself and just do your own thing. When you are confident, you play and present yourself in a much better way. Even if you are freaking out about something, just pretend to be confident and then it will all come easily. So just try your best to not stress out. Also, a very important thing is to make sure you are having fun with your teammates. You are playing volleyball because you love it, so make sure you are enjoying it all. Try not to get down on yourself when things don’t go accordingly. My teammates are my best friends and support system, so make sure you don’t take these moments playing with each other for granted. Try your best to be yourself and have fun, and you will end up where you are supposed to be!