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Student athletes commit to college athletics

Amber Robin, Harding University

How long have you been playing volleyball? Since 2nd grade. What was the process of committing like for you? First you have to take a lot of highlight videos, and you basically just have to do a lot of research and look at what schools you’re interested in and then you have to get in contact with the coaches. I had to do a lot of emails back and forth and set up times to talk, like confere...

Julia Ware, Purdue University

How long have you been playing soccer? Since I was 4 years old. When and at what moment did you realize you wanted to play during college? I think it was 8th grade, my sister was getting recruited for college and I realized I wanted to follow in her steps. Tell me the most gratifying/best experience you’ve had playing soccer? My club team won a national championship a couple of years ago a...

Nyk Yaquab, William Jewell College

How long have you been playing baseball? Since I was 3 or 4 years old. Tell me the most gratifying/best experience you’ve had playing baseball. Throwing a no-hitter against a team against Tyler All Saints and my second favorite was after the season of junior year I got 1st Team All-State so I was pretty excited about that. What is the best part of being a student athlete? Being part ...

Lauren Mackey, Bellarmine University

How long have you been playing soccer? Since I was in kindergarten. When and at what moment did you realize you wanted to play during college? Starting high school is when the whole process starts and so I would do stuff for my club team because my club coach told us to start reaching out to colleges. There have been a couple times where I’ve been having a bad day or a bad game and I’m...

Jackson Garrett, Trinity University

How long have you been playing football? Since 6th grade. When and at what moment did you realize you wanted to play during college? My first plan in high school was to pursue an Air Force Academy appointment. But I found out that if you have a food allergy, I have a peanut allergy that’s severe enough, it disqualifies you. What football did for me was it allowed me to get my foot in t...

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