Signing day is well behind us and the countdown is on for the start of the 2017 football season. Our Auburn Tiger football team is now in their fourth week of spring practice and focused on the upcoming football season.
While most fans and students are excited about what the 2017 season will hold, one special group of students is focusing on the 2018 recruiting class. This group is known as our Athletic Recruiters.
Athletic Recruiters assist the athletic department in recruiting student-athletes to attend Auburn University. According to Auburn junior Kate Cornelius, past president of the organization, about 75 students are selected each year to become a member of this elite group.
After the application process, all applicants are interviewed and selections are made for the final round of interviews. New members receive training and are responsible for learning facts about Auburn, the stadium and athletic program, as well as, learning the faces of the coaching staff.
These students serve as representatives of Auburn University and play an important role in showing new recruits and their families what it is like to be an Auburn Tiger.
When asked her favorite part of being an Athletic Recruiter, Cornelius stated, "The people I work with make this job so enjoyable. I have built so many awesome friendships with the other recruiters and have made connections with people I would have otherwise not met."
Second year Athletic Recruiter, Rachel Culp agreed with Cornelius. "Being an Athletic Recruiter has been so rewarding. I have been given the opportunity to meet so many great people and have been able to form relationships that will last forever," said Culp. "I have also enjoyed getting to meet all of the different prospective student-athletes and their families. It is really cool to get to know the recruits and show them what the Auburn family is all about."
From touring the campus to having a front row seat at an Auburn football game, our athletic recruiters strive to form relationships with the recruits and their families.
“We give prospective athletes and their parents a chance to see what Auburn is like from a student’s perspective rather than from a coach or someone else on staff," said Cornelius. “Because it is easier to talk to someone your own age, most recruits feel more comfortable asking us questions about Auburn."
Cornelius explains, “We play a huge role as a liaison between the prospects and the staff because we are able to know where they stand and how they feel about Auburn.”
According to CBS Sports, Auburn is ranked as having one of the top ten recruiting classes of 2017. Cornelius states, “It is incredible to be there on Signing Day knowing that you played a part in not only building the Auburn football program but expanding the Auburn family. It’s rewarding to think that you may have been the reason the student-athlete decided to come to Auburn.”
So the next time you are at a football game in Jordan-Hare, take a look at Section 17. You just might spot a future Auburn football star waiting for his chance to put on an orange and blue jersey and take the field.
By the way, you just might want to thank the Athletic Recruiters for the role they played in snagging him!
For more information on how to become a part of this team, visit the Athletic Recruiters' webpage!
(All photos from Rachel Culp)
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