Sometimes that hardest part is knowing where to start.
It's a challenge that thousands of college soccer hopefuls encounter each year, but there are ways to tackle the recruiting process in its early days. That's at least the message from eight college coaches throughout the region, who shared advice to prospects when interviewed by New England Soccer Journal.
The central themes related to the broader college experience and knowing what you're looking for at the next level beyond the fall season. In expanded detail below, the eight coaches offered their respective takes.
Let's get right on into things, with responses coming from men's and women's programs across all three divisions.