A few days after beRecruited's feature in the Wall Street Journal is the below mention from Guam's Pacific Daily News. The article profiles a local softball player - MeiLani Quintanilla - who received a scholarship to play at Calumet in Indiana. Quintanilla was found via beRecruited:
"I was really shocked," Quintanilla said. "I didn't think that I would get a chance to play at all. I had to recheck my e-mail to see if it was really my account. It was surreal."
Crimson Wave softball coach Tom Fickett sent the e-mail. After Quintanilla replied, Fickett called her and offered a year-to-year scholarship later that month. She said she has partial academic and athletic scholarships to attend Calumet, which participates in the NAIA. She said she will serve as a utility player.
The opportunity presented itself after a motherly intervention. Lillian Quintanilla, MeiLani's mother, posted a profile of her daughter on a Web site called beRecruited. The site states that it can be used as a tool to connect high school students with college coaches.
MeiLani Quintanilla's mother was also her softball coach in her senior year at George Washington High School. Lillian Quintanilla knew that if she wanted her daughter to play college softball, she would have to do something different because coaches in the U.S. mainland rarely come to Guam to scout athletes.
She said that she did her research online and found the beRecruited site. She then posted a profile of her daughter, and Fickett read it.
"It was good information," Fickett said via telephone from Whiting. "I really liked the grades academically as strongly as athletics. I saw that she was award winning."