I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you a mother’s perspective through the recruiting process. First let me say, what I actually know about football you could put in a thimble! As far as I knew D1, D2 & D3 were section numbers in the stadium. I root for our children and those of our friends and I am a loud and loyal fan for our boys’ team. Ask me “what just happened” and I am likely to respond “Go Pete! Go Mike”!
As our eldest son started the college process last year and indicated his desire to keep football a part of his college life, my first question was can he play at a college level—big burly men with beards vs. my son, my baby boy; overwhelming to say the least. I realized as he started researching colleges, possible career paths and football that there was a big difference in a parents perspective (my perspective) of my son’s abilities and the reality of those abilities. Enter Coach Cohen and Get Recruited!
After your thorough evaluation of Peter’s high school football career, scholastic achievements, course schedules, SAT’s, ACT’s and a host of additional personal information, you very quickly began putting pieces of the college puzzle together. I had questions (and anxiety) about Early Decision, financing a four year degree, where and when do we visit, why are camps so important, can he play, will he play - the list goes on. Although our personal conversations were few, my involvement and commitment to the process was equal to that of my son and my husband. You checked in with Pete regularly, answered e-mails, sent texts and spoke with my husband to many times to count. You have been realistic, straight forward, brutally honest and exceedingly fair in your assessments. You are and continue to be encouraging, thoughtful, candid and 100% Team Pete. What more could a mother ask for?
I watched as my son, my first born, my baby boy, soaked up your guidance as a coach, mentor and advocate. As interest in Peter became apparent, you guided us through highlight films, meetings with college potentials and camps; from the side lines I began to witness a shift in Pete’s confidence and a willing participation in choosing his path, his direction, his college. I saw first-hand my boy take command of his college visits, strong, self-assured and well prepared. He utilized every tool you had given him to present to college coaches and admissions counselors a well-rounded student athlete qualified to perform on and off the field. You have been an enormous part of that.
As a coach, your knowledge of football and the recruiting processes is exceptional and your connections amazing and often instantaneous! I am grateful for having had the opportunity to have you in our corner and open doors for Pete that he may have only been able to knock on.
Peter has accepted at Dickinson College Class of 2020 and already begun their pre-season conditioning! He is ready to play confidently for the Red Devils this fall and I will watch my son, my big burly man with a beard play college football. As Pete’s senior year is coming to a close and the anticipation of August football practice comes closer with each day’s passing, I am secure in the knowledge that we chose the right team with Get Recruited and excited to do it all again working on Team Michael, class off 2021!
From a mother’s heart, I thank you!