Student Athletes Are Recruited


Photo: Caroline Schafer

Brigid Berndt, Staff Writer

The decision has been made, the next four years are determined. Committing is what all college athletes must go through, however, it happens at different times for different people.  “Most of the girls I know committed this summer or earlier. I know indoor volleyball commits a little later but all Pac-12 schools and most D1 schools have all of their commits by now,” junior Caroline Schafer, future UC Berkeley Beach volleyball player said. “I committed around Christmas because I decided to wait it out a little and really think about my decision.”

At this stage in the game, being “committed” means that the athlete has made a verbal commitment to the school that he or she plans on attending. Verbal commitment is a type of limbo for athletes and coaches. In this time period, athletes and coaches are only bounded by word.

“Before I committed to Cal, I was talking to the University of Washington, LMU, Stanford, Princeton, Yale, and Harvard” Schafer said.

Colleges scrambling for players happens at different times for different sports. In Men’s Basketball, NCAA rules allow for a coach to contact an athlete directly any time after June 15 of his sophomore year. However, in Football, a coach is not allowed to make weekly calls to the player until Sept. 1 of his senior year.

Uncertainty of the verbal commitment is eventually put to an end when signing day comes around. All decisions are finalized by May 18 of the player’s senior year.

On signing day, a student will sign both a National Letter of Intent (NLI) and a financial aid agreement. This means that athletes not receiving money from the school does not have to sign an NLI. The National Letter of Intent is a binding agreement between you and the college you decide on. If a player breaks the agreement and does not attend the school then the NCAA does not allow for the athlete to play on another school’s team for a year.

“I will be receiving a partial scholarship because Beach Volleyball is an equivalency scholarship. This means that the sport has six full rides that can be split up however,” Schafer said.

Even younger Miramonte athletes have committed to college. On October 2, 2015, sophomore Megan Bower made a verbal commitment to Santa Clara for Softball. Along with being one of Miramonte’s best hitters, Bower shifted her position to catcher.

“Most players commit that the end of their sophomore/ beginning of their junior. So it wasn’t unusual for me to commit my sophomore year.” Bower said.
“I will be receiving full tuition from Santa Clara so everything will be covered except room and board, food, and books,” Bower said.