Welcome Welcome to the inaugural issue of my newsletter, The College Advisor, designed to be an informative source about all things college: applications and admissions, interviews with students, financial matters, interview tips, campus visits, resume and essay writing, test planning, summer programs, and much more. The newsletter is geared towards college-bound high school and transfer students and their parents. I hope you will find something interesting and useful in each edition of The College Advisor!
"Even if it feels uncomfortable, you have to contact the coaches. Nothing bad will come from sending out 100 emails to coaches."
Ten Questions for a Recruited Athlete: Zac Schuller Everyone has his or her own path to and through college. In my newsletter, I'll introduce you to high school and college students and let them give you a first hand glimpse of their college experiences. This issue I spoke with Zac Schuller of Moss Beach about his path through high school and community college to becoming a recruited athlete for the University of Oregon football team.
Two years ago, Zac Schuller of Moss Beach was working as a scribe in the Seton Hospital emergency room, typing up patient histories and physical exams. A City College of San Francisco student, Zac dreamed of playing football at a four-year college. Fast forward to 2014, Zac is a recruited athlete with a full ride scholarship to a Division I university. It is fairly safe to say that Zac won’t be spending any more Saturday afternoons describing kidney stones! I caught up with Zac to ask him a couple of questions about his background and experiences as a recruited athlete.
Where are you going to college? University of Oregon
What sport are you playing? Football
What path did you take to get there? I went to Saint Ignatius High School, a school with rigorous academics where I was a two-sport athlete. After that I attended City College of San Francisco for 3 years. I gray shirted for one year (took under 12 units) to maintain eligibility for football. That year, City won junior college national champs, My second and third years at City I attended full time, mostly taking general ed classes. I played football in the fall and ran track in the spring.
What obstacles did you face transitioning to City College? It was how hard we worked, how much running we did. City is a competitive school. I competed with really good athletes, some going to the National Football League. I had to learn how to be competitive every day and not to back down.
Who inspired you to play your sport at the collegiate level? Gabe Manzaneres, a teammate at SI and City. We were good friends. He is a really hard worker and gave me the idea to play college football. Now he plays football at UC Davis.
How did you put yourself out there to get discovered by college teams? At City it was easier to be noticed because it is such a big name school - it is one of the best schools in the country for football. Scouts are there all the time. I put together a highlight film and emailed coaches, I wish I had been even more proactive, contacting coaches and sending films.
How did you know this team was the right fit for you? When I went on my visit to Oregon it felt right. I like the style of play there. Nobody comes close to Oregon. It felt like a good environment for me.
One piece of advice to high school students who want to play in college? Do whatever you can to get your name out there. A lot of athletes slip through the cracks because recruiters have a lot of territory to cover. Unless you are a 5-star recruit, they won't come knocking at your door. Even if it feels uncomfortable, you have to contact the coaches. Nothing bad will come from sending out 100 emails to coaches.
What is one life lesson you have learned from playing your sport? Hard work, doing everything you can to get better,
What are you looking forward to, aside from football, at University of Oregon? The four-year college experience, maturity, being on my own, getting better, getting a good education in my major (General Social Sciences, Applied Economics and Business), taking advantage of the free education at Oregon.
Congratulations to our hometown boy Zac Schuller, Ducks' wide receiver, starting his collegiate career on a high note!
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