Hereford (Parkton, Md.) senior midfielder, Jessica Wojciechowski, has given a verbal commitment to play women’s lacrosse for American University.
Wojciechowski earned Second Team All-Baltimore Country honors last season.
ESPNHS: What other school’s did you consider?
Jessica Wojciechowski: “I considered Towson, Loyola, Denver, Ohio State and a few others.
EHS: What made American such an attractive choice?
JW: “American was such a good choice for me because it was the perfect size for me, a perfect distance (about an hour and a half away from my house) and it was a competitive D-I program that didn't feel like a job.”
EHS: What surprised you about the recruiting process?
JW: “The thing that surprised me about the recruiting process was that it was overwhelming. Going into it, I never though I was going to hear from some of the big name schools I heard from, like Georgetown. I was also surprised by the sheer amount of emails that you receive. It's definitely flattering.”
EHS: What was the most important question you asked college coaches during the process?
JW: “The most important question I asked during the process was, "where am I on your list?" Or when it got closer to committing or deciding to keep a school on your list or not was, how much play time do you think I'll be getting and when? Because to me starting my freshman year was important. I didn't want to not see playing time until my junior year.”
EHS: What one piece of advice would you give to other players who are just starting on the recruiting process?
JW: “The piece of advice I would give would be to go on as many visits and junior day trips as possible. They will definitely help you see the schools you're interested in and maybe you'll fall in love and maybe you'll realize that the school you always thought you loved, isn't right for you. Also, these visits help you meet the coaches and get a feel for the team.”
EHS: Is there anything about the recruiting process that you think could change that would have made it easier or less stressful for you?
JW: “Personally, the recruiting process went pretty well, but I think that it should be pushed back a little. I felt so young when I started getting emails and things from coaches and didn't feel like I exactly knew what I wanted from college yet. So if there was one thing I would change, it would be the timeline. It starts too early and goes too fast.”
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