A pivotal time in every young collegiate athlete’s career is making the transition from high school athletics to the college level. To better understand this difficult process, our Athletes USA marketing intern Conner Huff spoke to a couple athletes that have survived college recruiting and lived to tell the tale. Both athletes are excelling in their respected sports; Cyrus Kington is a senior football player attending Hopkins County Central High School, and Ethan Noble is a South African pursuing a career in track. Connor asked both athletes a series of questions to better understand their issues; the first athlete Connor interviewed was Cyrus Kington.
When asked what inspired him to pursue his passion for football in high school, Cyrus explained that he is a fierce competitor. Every challenge he has faced in his career has helped him develop into the player he is today. Cyrus has the stats to prove it; last season he lead the state in tackles, shattered school recorded and is on pace to hold the all-time career record. He says, “I am achieving everything I can at my level and want to see the impact I can have on the next level. In college, there is better talent to play against. I want to play the best there is.” Next we want to know the obstacles that a young athlete must overcome in trying to gain the attention of college coaches. Cyrus has already excelled in academics, receiving a GPA of a 3.1 last year. Cyrus says the key to be recruited is to continue to strengthen and develop his body to be able to compete on the highest level possible.
Our final question for Cyrus asked what drives him to want to compete in college athletics. He loves everything there is to the game of football. Most importantly, though, he enjoys the hard work necessary to excel in football. He feels that he has what it takes to overcome adversity and has the makings of an elite player. Football has helped Cyrus overcome the loss of his mother who wished for him to play at the college level, which is why he is so determined to succeed. Upon graduating from college, he aspires to one day receive his degree in education; he plans on giving back to the community as a coach and being a positive role model.
Next we interviewed Ethan Noble, an international athlete who, much like Cyrus, excelled in high school athletics and has been competing in America at the collegiate level. Ethan praises high school sports saying, “If it wasn’t for me doing athletics in high school, I would not have been able to receive this wonderful opportunity. And on top of that, doing athletics at Grand Valley State University.” We asked Ethan about his expectations of the recruiting process compared to what actually transpired. “To start off with I was skeptical about the process and thought it wouldn’t work out for me.” Local universities had passed on him so he wasn’t expecting a school from overseas to take interested, but he was wrong. He ended up receiving a full scholarship from GVSU, and since receiving the news he has excelled on his SAT and received his visa.
Finally, we asked Ethan the reason behind his passion to compete in college sports. He said, “I’ve always wanted to play a college sport, because I know it will help me achieve my goals in life.” With his coaches help and support alongside him, Ethan knows he will be able to achieve success.
Both athletes have different stories, but both are working towards the same goal of being successful in life. No matter where you come from, we all have the same struggle, the struggle to overcome our obstacles and reach the goal of achieving our dreams.