Commits reflect on the recruiting process

Seniors required to sign letters of intent before officially signing to universities



Signing a letter of intent is one part of the recruitment process for potential college athletes.

After four years of tiresome practices, gruesome games and hours of time spent around sports, Granite Bay High School’s finest athletes are awaiting their collegiate careers.

This process however wasn’t easy for many students.

Recruitment processes are typically lengthy as collegiate coaches across the nation have to handpick hundreds of high school athletes to scout.

Senior Hana Rosenblatt, a girls varsity soccer player, faced these difficulties as well.

“I first made a list of colleges I would go to, it ended up being about 25,” Rosenblatt said.

Most athletes consider a variety of schools, meeting both their academic and athletic interests.

Soccer recruits typically attend ID Camps, a place where their skills are put on showcase for coaches across the nation.

“A lot of girls and coaches attend these camps. If they like what you do then they reach out to you and attend games and other showcases of your,” Rosenblatt said.

Coaches for different sports take on different processes for recruiting, and often seek for different attributes in their future athletes.

Sydney Page, a senior at GBHS and athlete for Capital Crew Rowing team had to undergo a process unlike other sports.

“My position on my team is a Coxswain, so I steer the boat and give commands,” Page said. “Coaches wanted to hear audio recordings of me giving these commands and evaluated me in that manner,” Page said.

Page’s recruitment process entailed her sending these recordings to coaches, and receiving feedback from them.

“I had to push forward in the process both academically, and with whatever else coaches wanted from me,” Page said.

Paige Tattersall, a swimmer for GBHS, committed to Pepperdine University last fall.

“The whole process was really stressful, and I had my parents perspectives kicking in too. Now that it’s all said and done it’s a relief,” Tattersall said.

Though her process was equally difficult, Paige had the help of her family through it all.

Her brother, Evan Tattersall, graduated from GBHS in 2018 and went on to play football at The University of California- Berkeley.

“Having my brother and my dad’s perspectives helped, but they had different recruiting processes since it was for football,” Tattersall said

For all three girls, their recruitment process were finalized with the signing of a letter of intent.

These letters essentially end the recruiting process, and signify the athletes’ decision to play athletics of their individual sport at the collegiate level.

Each college has different requirements regarding what their signees can or cannot do after signing the agreement.

Rosenblatt, Page, and Tattersall all signed their letters of intent in the fall to officially end their lengthy process.

Rosenblatt will be playing soccer at the University of Pacific, Page will be rowing for UCLA, and Tattersall will be swimming for Pepperdine University.

After much thought, consideration and exploration of choices, a multitude of Grizzly athletes have signed their letter of intent already, while others will be signing in the near future.