Recruiting begins for athletes


TJ McWilliams has multiple division one offers. He lines up against Fishers ready to receive the ball.

Israel Darring

September 1 is an important day for athletes in high school. It is the day colleges can officially reach out and start recruiting players to play at their schools. To some people, it is the most exciting day of their year, and for others, it can be a letdown if only a few or no schools reach out.

September 1 means a lot to certain athletes when seeing what colleges think about them and how they will fit in their program. 

“September 1 is an opportunity to see what colleges have interest in me or are on the verge of offering me,”  junior wide receiver TJ McWilliams said. 

This day can affect many athletes and how they look at the season along with setting their goals. 

“September 1 affected me mentally by allowing myself to become more humble, but also motivated me to work harder as it allowed me to see what other top players in my class are doing,” McWilliams said. 

When looking at schools and where to commit, it is not always the best program on merit. It is vital to find what is the best fit for you academically and athletically, 

“When looking at colleges, I look to see what majors they offer, as well as the graduation rate. As for their athletic program, I look at what offense they run and if they are on track to be a powerhouse school in their respected conference,” McWilliams said.

 Playing sports in front of coaches, you will always feel some pressure to perform. 

“Knowing that colleges are constantly monitoring me and my progress puts pressure on me, but it also motivates me to be better in everything I do so when they talk about me as a person outside of just football, they can see that I’m more than just a student-athlete,”  McWilliams said.

 With colleges recruiting athletes, new goals are set for the season, “My goals this year as far as football goes, is to lead the MIC in special team yards as well as be at least top three in receiving yards. I hope to finish this season with at least five offers,” McWilliams said. 

Attention is the first thing noticed, along with opportunities for hard working individuals.

 “My favorite thing about September 1 would have to be the sudden attention you receive, the satisfaction of all your hard work paying off and motivation to get more,” McWilliams said.