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Exit Interviews: Signed prospects give advice to younger players

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Wandale Robinson
Wandale Robinson (Nate Clouse)

With the majority of the 2019 recruiting class already signed and just a select few big names still on the market, we thought it would be a good time to give the elite prospects from the class the opportunity to reflect on the recruiting process. In a series we are calling “Exit Survey” we polled some of the nation’s top talents at the recent all-star games to get their thoughts on notable recruiting topics.

Today’s question: What’s the one piece of advice you would give younger prospects going through the recruiting process?

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“Take your time. I didn’t rush my recruitment because I knew where I wanted to go. To anyone else that doesn’t know right away, take your time. Don’t commit and then de-commit. Don’t commit just because you told a coach or somebody else says that you were going to commit on a certain day. Make sure the school you choose is the one you actually want to go to. Just be firm with that. If you stay committed, you’ll grow a relationship with the coaches and players that will be phenomenal.”

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“I would say take your time and be mature with it. Make sure you aren’t playing anyone’s feelings. Would you want these schools playing with your feelings with offers and then pulling them? When you make a decision, make sure it’s your final decision.”

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“Remain humble and keep working hard. Don’t let the recruiting process get in your head. Just keep your head up and stay focused.”

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“Listen to the coaches but really do your own research because they’re going to tell you what you want to hear. But there’s a lot of things that happen behind the scenes that you need to do your own research on.”

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“Just go where our heart is. God is going to show you all the signs. You will find the right place that feels like home. Just go with your gut and never doubt it.”

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“Always follow your heart and listen to the people that are closest to you and have your best interests in mind. The people you really feel like are in your inner circle and not the outside sources of people like fans and people you’re trying to please. Always please yourself because you’re the one going to college for three or four years.”

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"With me coming to Rivals Camps for three years, I did a lot of growing between each year. So when you go, take in what the coaches are telling you and just focus. Rankings mean something at a certain point, but just grind. When you go to camps, you’re going to be on the stage and get your chance, so don’t get discouraged. You’re there for a reason to go against the best and get better.”