In April, the NCAA Division 1 Council announced changes to recruiting rules to more closely align with that of the general student body.
Wednesday marked the start of the signing period for high school senior wrestlers across the nation. Social media was littered with announcements about seniors signing National Letters of Intent.
In the second episode of The Mat Boss Podcast, Chad Dennis talks with South Dakota State head wrestling coach Damion Hahn. They discuss what attracted Hahn to SDSU, what he looks for in recruits, how top recruits deal with pressure, as well as how he views youth results, wrestlers being held back, showing emotion on the mat and more.
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On July 1, 2011, my youngest son came back from his off season wrestling practice with a letter. Inside that letter was an offer from a Division I school. Assistant coaches from the school met him at practice, the very first thing in the morning, on the very first day the NCAA rules allowed them to have direct contact with athletes. He was excited and flattered as he should have been, but he was nowhere near ready to commit. This was just the beginning. Ahead of us, a journey that would take months. Now, six years later, he is a graduate of a Big Ten university, getting his diploma this past May. As I took a look back at the time before we knew where he would go to school I came up with ten tips for parents who are entering the recruiting process.