Being recruited

Lara Hamdan, Editor-in-cheif

recruit 1 CMYKWith being a senior, a lot of stress comes with the year. Many need to start preparing for colleges and deadlines. But what if the college was looking for you? That is the case for selective student-athletes here at North. When athletes look good on the fields or court, they attract attention from colleges in hopes for recruitment.

Senior Brandon Minor is a football player, #33, 6-foot-2 and 226 pounds. His main position is a linebacker. Multiple colleges contacted him, but he decided on Southern Illinois Carbondale in December. He was first contacted through mail and Facebook; laws prohibited recruiters from calling him at the time.

“A process for recruitment is getting films out, contacting coaches, keeping grades up, take the ACT, and taking college visits,” said Minor. Athletes are offered a free college degree and a chance to play their favorite sport for four more years.

“There is definitely pressure; you have to perform in and outside of class, and live up to the expectations you have,” Minor said.

Myles Mcintyre is also a football player, #76 and stands at 6’3 and 280 pounds. His positions are offensive tackle and defensive lineman. He had many interests including University of Illinois, University of Western Illinois and University of Tennessee-Martin, but decided to continue his career at Northwest Missouri State.

“To be recruited, you have to be a hard worker, not only on the field, but in the classroom,” said Mcintyre. “You are a student before an athlete.” Paying attention and taking high school seriously will give you an advantage. Coach Schottmueller encourages his athletes to stay focused so they can have a better future.

“I want my students to be prepared for their colleges, especially if they are attracting attention,” Schotmuller said.

Mcintyre feels confident that he is prepared.

“I don’t feel that much pressure because I feel like I handled my business throughout high school so I’m just going to let the pieces fall where they fall and everything will work out,” he said.