It is important during the recruiting process to spend at least one night of your school visit with a prospective teammate in a dorm. This will give you a taste of what life is actually like on campus. You'll be able to connect with prospective teammates and other students and get honest answers to questions about the program or school.
While you are there, take the time to ask other student-athletes if the coaches try to develop you not only as an athlete, but also as a student and a person. GOOD COACHES are interested in DEVELOPING YOU both ON and OFF of the FIELD.
The answers you receive from the current athletes at the school should provide clarity around what your daily life would be like there. If the athletes or coaches are not transparent or seem hesitant to want to discuss the program, it should serve as a warning and the program may not be the best fit for you.
Check out our other blogs for how to plan your visits to gain a deeper understanding of the school, team and coaches and make the most informed decision.