The college recruiting process is very personal and is different for each prospective recruit. Each rower/coxswain’s profile is unique both in terms of rowing as well as academic achievement. In addition, every one of you is different in terms of which schools and rowing programs will be appealing. It is important that you do your own research and communication with coaches and not rely on anyone else’s conclusions about a school or rowing program. Sometimes, if a particular rower or coxswain has had a less than positive visit to a college, they will report this back to their high school team and the other kids from that team will “write off” that school/program. This is unfortunate because there are multiple reasons why a rower/coxswain may not have liked a particular school or program. The opposite may also be true-that a prospective recruit comes back from a school and tells his/her friends that the school was the greatest school/program that they have ever visited. That is great for them but may not be the right place for you.
Be aware that who gets recruited can change from year to year depending on the profiles of the potential recruits-so stories about who got recruited by a particular school in the past may not be relevant.
We know it is hard for both rowers/coxswains as well as their parents not to listen to and be influenced by “chatter”. Try to keep what you hear in perspective and understand that someone else’s conclusions may not be the same as yours.