More than 100 students and their parents packed into the Goshen Intermediate School auditorium on February 26 to gain some wisdom and advice from nationally recognized speaker and college athletics recruiting expert Jack Renkens.
Renkens’ lively, spirited message, “College recruiting is a game – you have to know the rules,” contained some hard facts about high school and college sports. Only two percent of high school athletes will receive a fully funded Division I scholarship, for example. Another tough truth: student-athletes and their families must be open to leaving the northeast if they want to further their academic and athletic careers for as little money as possible.
“Schools will pay you to play, but schools will find you if they want you; not the other way around,” said Renkens.
Athletic Director Matthew O’Brien related his own athletic experiences to Renkens’ presentation, citing the lack of information available about playing sports in college when he was a student.
“I was a decent athlete in high school, but I never played a sport in college; not because I didn’t want to, but because I didn’t know the first thing about how to get recruited,” said O’Brien. “I want to make sure that doesn’t happen to any of our athletes. If they want to pursue college athletics, they and their parents will have the knowledge on how to do so.”